Historic Royal Palaces has announced that Inua Ellams will be the Tower of London’s first Poet in Residence.
Throughout 2018, the international poet Inua Ellams will present a yearlong programme of thought provoking events at the iconic fortress.
Known as an award winning writer, artist and performer, Inua Ellams will be the first Poet in Residence at the tower. He will be curating a new series of poetry, spoken word and performance events called Confessions at the Tower; mixing re-imagined historic records with real confessions from some of the country’s most exciting contemporary poets.
Also as part of his residency Ellams will feature in Historic Royal Palace’s second podcast series, Outliers, produced in association with Rusty Quill. The series presents a selection of historical fiction stories on the people hiding in the shadows of real events delivered by award-winning contemporary writers.
The poet will take up his new role at the Tower following a sell-out run at the National Theatre for his fourth play ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’. He has recently won the Liberty Human Rights award for his play ‘An Evening with an Immigrant’, and been named by The Stage as one of the top 100 ‘most influential people in theatre’ for 2018.
Talking about the news Inua Ellams said: “By collaborating with Historic Royal Palaces as the Tower of London’s Poet in Residence, I’ll be able to programme events and commission and curate writers and performers to articulate the various complexities of the building, its history and, importantly, its relevance today.”
Meanwhile Lisa Vernon, Adult Learning, Historic Royal Palaces commented: “Inua’s style and ability to craft mesmerising stories makes him the perfect fit as our Poet in Residence. At Historic Royal Palaces, our ambition is to bring the Tower’s history to the widest possible audience – and that means we’re constantly in search of new creative ways to explore the stories of this remarkable building. Inua will bring a fresh perspective to some of this history and we’re particularly excited to work with him to explore contemporary parallels to the Tower’s past in this unique series of events.”