The Writers

Yemisi Blake is a writer and blogger based in London who writes and performs poetry, short-stories and essays. He is currently an Emerging Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, where he curates events, runs workshops, performs, collaborates with artists and mentors young creatives. The three main values in Yemisi’s practice and work with people are creativity, connectivity and communication. Since 2003 Yemisi has delivered participatory and education workshops for a variety of organisations including All Change, The Southbank Centre, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Lambeth Council, The Roundhouse, Goldsmiths University and the National Association of Literature Development.

Aoife Mannix is an Irish poet and writer based in London.  Her first novel Heritage of Secrets was published by Lubin & Kleyner in 2008.  She is the author of four collections of poetry; The Trick of Foreign Words (2002), The Elephant in the Corner (2005), Growing Up An Alien (2007) and Turn The Clocks Upside Down (2008) – all with Tall Lighthouse.  In 2009, she released a CD with musician Janie Armour of their Phrased & Confused commission ‘Different Words For Snow’.  Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and she has toured internationally with the British Council as well as throughout the UK with Apples & Snakes.  Her short stories are included in the anthologies Tell Tales Volume 3 (2006), Small Voices, Big Confessions (2006) and Westside Stories (2003).  See for more information or have a listen at

screaming joe smallJoseph Coelho is a poet and playwright. He runs performance poetry workshops all over the country in schools, youth theatres and museums. He is an associate artist at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and a coach for the London Lynk Reach Poetry Slam.  Joseph specializes in encouraging participants to write creatively in performance poetry and play writing and has a particular interest in developing basic skills and curriculum areas through the arts. He has had poetry published by The Southbank Centre ‘Freedom’ 2004 and in ‘The Works 6 – Every kind of poem you will ever need for assembly” – Macmillan 2007. and “Read me at School”, Macmilan 2009. He is currently co-writing Polka theatres next show an adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three bears. or for audio content

Sarah Butler writes short fiction and novels, and has an MA in creative writing from UEA. She has worked in the field of community literature development for 8 years, as a project manager and as an artist. Sarah has a specific interest and expertise in the relationship between people and place and how that can be realised and expressed through creative writing. She has been actively investigating the role writers can play in exploring, developing and strengthening people’s relationship to place, particularly in places undergoing change.


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