Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams, born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered to be Boko Haram territory, left Nigeria for England in 1996 aged 12. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, finding friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or a place to call home.
This performance is presented as part of the Bloomsbury Festival, in association with the School of Advanced Study, where Inua is a Practitioner in Residence based at the Institute of English Studies, and Choose Love, an organisation that supports refugees and displaced people all over the world. Proceeds from this event will go towards Choose Love’s vital work supporting refugees, including those here in the UK.
The event will be introduced by Sarah Singer, Professor of Refugee Law at the Refugee Law Initiative.
The Bloomsbury Festival
will take place 13-22 October 2023.