Platform Presents & Montblanc
In June 2019, Platform Presents was asked to curate an evening of poetry for the launch of Mont Blanc’s Writer’s Edition, inspired by Rudyard Kipling. They approached and worked with spoken word performer George The Poet and actress, playwright and poet Jade Anouka.
Both artists responded to the original poet, Kipling, taking on the baton in their own particular way, performing both his and their own original poetry at Annabel’s London to an audience of 100 people. This curated evening demonstrated the thrilling feeling of live performance and the power of poetry.
Jade has performed her poetry regularly around London including featured spots at The Southbank Centre, Richmix, The Roundhouse, Whitechapel Arts Gallery, Sofar Sounds and most recently A Lovely Word at Liverpool’s Homotopia festival. She has had poems commissioned by Audible UK, Stylist Magazine, Broccoli Content and The Young Vic Theatre. Her poetry pamphlet was published by Poetry Space and is titled EGGS ON TOAST.
Her first play, HEART, combined her love of writing poetry and acting when she performed it at the Vault festival in 2019 and Theatre Peckham, a 2020 London run was postponed due to Lockdown. In summer 2018 Jade did a TEDx talk in which she used poetry to talk about 'Being Black, Being a Woman, Being ‘Other’
George The Poet
A young black poet blending spoken word and rap; an inner city upbringing with a Cambridge education; a social consciousness with a satirical wit and infectious rhythm – George The Poet is the voice of a new generation.
George The Poet’s mesmerising and unforgettable live performances have earned him critical acclaim. From sell-out headline gigs and YouTube hits, to recording his own music, and now his first collection of poetry, George uses his work to speak truth to power and challenge our preconceived ideas about the society we’re living in.