A Story I Am In: A Benefit Performance
THE James Berry Fundraising Project is presenting A Story I Am In: A Benefit Performance at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill on September 27, 2013.
Featuring a line up of some of the UK’s leading poets and performers, A Story I Am In pays homage to the life and work of seminal poet James Berry, in a night of poetry, music and spoken word.
Through the performances of 19 different artists, the event bears witness to the poet’s unique contribution to national, Caribbean and international literary landscapes, whilst raising money for the James Berry Fundraising Project, presented in association with Renaissance One.
The line up includes former children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, the critically acclaimed dub-poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, Queen’s Medal for Poetry recipient John Agard, and the highly celebrated poet, broadcaster and author Roger McGough.
There will also be performances by Hannah Lowe, Grace Nichols, Ian McMillan, Maura Dooley, Michael Horovitz, Inua Ellams, Susanna Howard, Dean Atta, Myra Barrs, Keith Waithe and Melanie Abrahams, with Lovers Rock Monologues by Janet Kay, Victoria Romero Evans and Carroll Thompson.
James Berry, who emigrated to the UK in 1948, rose to prominence in 1981 after winning the National Poetry Competition. He is the author of numerous books, including five collections of poetry for adults, two anthologies of Caribbean poetry, books of poetry and short stories for children and essays. Throughout his career he has received a host of awards, among them the Smarties Prize and a Cholmondeley Award, while in 1990 he was awarded an OBE for his contribution to literature.
In 2002, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and since then has been resident in five different care homes and has spent four months in hospital. Despite the serious nature of his illness he continues to enjoy listening to poetry and talking about everything under the sun.
The evening raises money for the James Berry Fundraising project, which is a brand new trust set up by a collective of those close to James and supporters of his work, including Hannah Lowe, Susanna Howard, Melanie Abrahams and James Berry’s partner Myra Barrs.
The beneficiaries of the project include the Alzheimer’s Society’s programme ‘Singing for the Brain’, to which part of the proceeds of this Benefit will be donated.
Tickets: £45 (early bird tickets £35, if booked before September 12) – available online at www.renaissanceone.co.uk/whats-on.
Running Time: 3 hours.
The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY