Crossings: Newcastle Poetry Festival 2018

Free-Form: Poetry and Music

Sage Two

Jugar con Fuego with Fernando Valverde and Juan Pinilla
This is the long awaited UK premiere of the Latino Grammy-nominated performance of Jugar con Fuego, a collaborative album by poet Fernando Valverde and singer Juan Pinilla. Critically acclaimed Spanish writer Valverde directs the International Festival of Poetry in Grenada and Pinilla, a flamenco singer and writer, has won many awards including the Lampara Minera, the top prize for flamenco music. This inspiring performance features Valverde reciting his poetry in duet with Pinilla’s songs.

Tyehimba Jess and Binker & Moses
New York-based Tyehimba Jess and London-based duo Binker & Moses are joining forces for an exciting transatlantic collaboration of poetry and jazz. Jess will read from his Pulitzer Prize winning collection Olio (2016), which features poems about the history of African-American music. Saxophone-drum duo Binker & Moses’ debut album “Dem Ones” won the MOBO award for Best Jazz Act and was named as both Breakthrough Act & Jazz Act of The Year at the 2016 Jazz FM Awards.

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