New Frontlines of Development: Private Security Companies and Corporate Extraction

10 September 2014 - 1:00am

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 6-7.30pm
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

FREE EVENT - performance poetry, video and reception. 

This unique event will mix performance poetry, music and video to open up a discussion on militarism and human rights abuses, destruction of livelihoods, and displacement in resource-rich developing countries. We will showcase short videos from War on Want partners around the world and campaigns in the UK, along with performances from inpsiring and powerful poets and singers to highlight community struggles. 

» Spaces are limited: Register NOW for powerful performances from Danny Chivers, David Lee Morgan and Bethany Elen Coyle.

Danny Chivers is an author, activist and performance poet. Never one to shy away from controversy, his poems tackle subjects such as climate change, government cuts, human rights, and world domination by militant pigeons. He believes that humour, sarcasm, dodgy rhymes and pop culture references are all suitable weapons in the fight against global injustice.

Danny is an Oxford Hammer & Tongue Slam Poetry Champion and was a semi-finalist in the BBC Radio 4 National Poetry Slam. He has performed at hundreds of festivals, comedy nights, benefit gigs, youth clubs, conferences, campfires, Borough Council award ceremonies and in front of lines of riot police around the UK. He has just completed a run at the Edinburgh Fringe with his one-person show "Arrest That Poet!".

David Lee Morgan has travelled the world with his saxophone, as a performance poet and street musician. He has won many poetry slams, including the 2014 BBC Edinburgh Fringe Championship, the London and UK Slam Championships. His 2013 spoken word show, Science, Love and Revolution, received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was featured at at StAnza 2014, the international poetry festival in St. Andrews, Scotland. He is a longstanding member of the Writers Guild, and holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. He lives in London, grew up in the USA, was born in Berlin, and considers himself a citizen of the planet. He has been published in The Wooster Review, The Delinquent, The Human Rights Anthology, Huffington Post and Indigo. His book, Science, Love and Revolution, the text of poems from his critically acclaimed 2013 Edinburgh show, is published on Amazon.

Bethany Elen Coyle  a singer, songwriter and community musician, performing her music all over the UK. Bethany studied Folk & Traditional Music and is passionate about the culture, musical heritage and sociopolitical history of the NE region. Bethany works often with the Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company where she is developing singing, songwriting, music and cultural work within the company. Bethany is a political activist working alongside trade unions campaigning for community issues, disability rights, women's rights, young people's rights and calling for more creative approaches to political campaigning - as demonstrated through her protest song work. Bethany has recently visited Brazil as part of a British Council/Sage Gateshead partnership delegation to develop community music pedagogy throughout Sao Paulo state, where she also delivered workshops as part of the Cultural Olympics 'Unlimited Programme' @ MAM.

This event is organised in collaboration with War on Want and the Spoken Word Educators Programme.


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