Sleep, AI and the concept of home explored by poets of colour at first public readings

How will AI affect our language and environment? Do we all have equal access to sleep? And what constitutes the idea of ‘home’? These were a few of the concepts explored by three writers taking part in a pioneering project to support emerging poets of colour in Northern England.

Emerging writers’ poetry-in-progress received positively by live audience

The Poets of Colour at their scratch performance
The Poets of Colour at their scratch performance

How will AI affect our language and environment? Do we all have equal access to sleep? And what constitutes the idea of ‘home’? These were a few of the concepts explored by three writers taking part in a pioneering project to support emerging poets of colour in Northern England.

Reading to a live audience at Manchester’s Contact Theatre, Princess Arinola Adegbite, Jeremy Pak Nelson and Ilisha Thiru Purcell’s debuted their poetry-in-progress exploring themes of sleep, artificial intelligence and home.

The trio have been developing their work as part of 12-month creative development programme Poets of Colour Incubator, giving them the space and support to create dynamic new work in response to global challenges.

A new collaboration between Manchester Met’s Manchester Poetry Library and immersive change agency Words of Colour, the project gives each poet professional mentoring support plus a bursary to develop their ideas. This latest interim ‘scratch performance’ at the Contact Theatre enabled the poets to test their work before the project’s final performance on Thursday September 12th.