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True Storytelling Event: Life Stories Cafe

New independent bookshop, cafe, and gallery Woolfson & Tay in Bermondsey Square, London SE1, continues its true storytelling event Life Stories Cafe on Friday, June 24th


Writer Karen McCarthy Woolf

Haiku Poet Nigel Young

Artist Kinsi Abdulleh

Educator Jane Trowell

Emcee: Poet Dorothea Smartt


Life Stories Cafe

True Storytelling Event

Friday, June 24th, 7.00 pm, £5

Continuing what we hope will be a regular event at Woolfson & Tay, poet and author Dorothea Smartt hosts performances by four guest speakers who'll share their personal stories and images on the theme: 'Recycle'. A different theme will be announced before each Life Story Cafe, with members of the public invited to take part. Do you have a story to share? To book, please go to:


Dorothea Smartt, a respected Black British poet of Barbadian heritage is 'among the best of her generation'. She enjoys working with visual imagery. Most recently anthologized in 'Red' [Peepal Tree Press, 2010], her latest collection is 'Ship Shape' [Peepal Tree Press, 2008]. She regularly reads internationally, and most recently at Derbyshire Literature Festival and Exeter Poetry Festival. She is poetry editor for SABLE Litmag, and Co-Director of Inscribe writer development project.


Karen McCarthy Woolf's illustrated pamphlet 'The Worshipful Company of Pomegranate Slicers' was a New Statesman Book of the Year and PBS recommendation. Working with images is an integral part of her process as a writer and she explores this on her blog - a commission from literature development agency Spread the Word. Karen's poetry has been an installation for the London Word Festival, exhibited on London Underground, and is published in Poetry Review, Poetry London, and in 'Ten New Poets' [Bloodaxe, 2010].


Nigel Young

It has taken me

sixty four and a half years

to have got this far...

Nigel Young has written haiku for 30 years. He is a political activist since Ban The Bomb demos in the sixties, is queer, and spends considerable time wondering whether or not to tidy his flat.


Kinsi Abdulleh is a freelance artist, designer, educator/curator and founder and director of Kudu Arts. "I make art in communities, through creative dialogue. By setting up situations that facilitate this dialogue, I have been able to create collaborative projects that take a wide variety of forms. work encompasses themes of social justice, histories, gender and Women’s voices and professional practice” - Kudu Arts projects' including Numbi represent such situations. To see more of her work projects please log on to


Jane Trowell is a member of PLATFORM, an arts, ecology and human rights group based in Bermondsey. Jane's interest is in art and activism, and in particular, how we learn collectively and individually. Together with other colleagues, she founded the popular course "The Body Politic - Social and Ecological Justice, Art, Activism" in 2004. In 2010, working with artists from African Writers Abroad, Afrogroov and Chocolate Films, she coordinated the pilot of a new course for young people called "Shake! Young Voices in Arts, Media, Race & Power, in partnership with Stephen Lawrence Centre, Deptford.


Woolfson & Tay

Books. Cafe. Gallery.

Retail Unit, 12 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN

Tel: 0207 407 9316 Fax: 0207 407 5296





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