Award-winning artists share their exploration of the language and history of the names we inherit

What does it mean to inherit the names given to us?

Award-winning artists come together for a provoking evening of exploration, movement and thought through the sharing of film, words and BSL dance.

International multi-award winning artist Sethembile Msezane continues her examination into the processes of mythmaking and how these are used to construct histories recognising the absence of the black female body in both the narratives and physical spaces of historical commemoration with film ISIMO.

trailer from Nataal Media on Vimeo.

After watching the trailer you can read more on Msezane’s film and its concept on Nataal, our 2021 media partner: 

Following his “exceptionally brave and kind” exploration of the deaf experience, in 2019 poet Raymond Antrobus became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre and his poem Jamaican British was added to the GCSE syllabus. With his highly-anticipated second collection All the Names Given, Antrobus continues his essential investigation into language, miscommunication, place, and memory.

“Antrobus has a special gift of making music from stories and giving his lyrics gravity and urgency that’s inimitable.” Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic

They will be joined on the evening by Catrina Nisbett, David Ellington. The evening will be narrated by award-winning storyteller Mara Menzies.

Saturday 23 October, 17:30 – 19:00 (BST)
Knowledge Centre Theatre and British Library Player
Tickets: £10 / £8 / £5* (or also included in Saturday Day Pass)

Together we unpack how we embody the names we desire, defy the names that limit us and reclaim the names once lost to us through an evening of exploration, movement and thought.

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