An evening with Elizabeth Acevedo and Akala
Friday 16th August 19:00 at London - Piccadilly
Elizabeth Acevedo, winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal and New York Times bestseller, will be discussing her debut novel The Poet X with award-winning artist Akala.
The Poet X, set against the backdrop of slam poetry and written entirely in verse, tells the story of Xiomara living and standing her ground in a Harlem neighbourhood. Showing the power of language, this raw and effervescent novel follows Xiomara’s creative release in the world of slam poetry. As well as winning the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2019, The Poet X was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and won a 2018 National Book Award.
“I fell in love at slam poetry. This one will stay with you a long time” – Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City where she began performing poetry and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post and Teen Vogue. Her own poetry success stems from becoming a National Slam Champion and was the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington, D.C.
In conversation with Elizabeth, will be BAFTA and MOBO award-winning musician, political commentator and author Akala. Akala’s Sunday Times bestseller, Natives, explores race and class through his own experiences within social, historical and political settings.The Evening Standard described Natives as “one of the most thoughtful books of the past year”.
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