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‘Beautiful food. Beautiful people. Beautiful words.’ (event attendee)

Date: 21 March 2014 at 7pm
Venue: The Writers’ Place, Jew Street, Brighton, BN1
Event line-up: Appetizers – Open Mic; Starter – Sirena Reynolds; Main – Sonority Turner; Dessert – MC Angel; and hosted by Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger
Ticket: Performance and Caribbean Supper £12.50 (£10 conc); Performance only £7.50 (£6 conc)

Date: 18 April 2014 at 7pm
Venue: The Writers’ Place, Jew Street, Brighton, BN1
Event line-up: Appetizers – Open Mic; Starter – Dan Cockrill; Main – Peter Hayhoe;
Dessert – Laurie Bolger; and hosted by Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger
Ticket: Performance and Caribbean Supper £12.50 (£10 conc); Performance only £7.50 (£6 conc)

Imported from London, New Writing South’s popular monthly poetry night, Come Rhyme With Me, is a regular sold out success in Brighton. This spoken word explosion is presented by Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger as a dining experience; with a set menu of Caribbean food (supplied by Brighton-based caterers Cummin Up) and a set menu of performers – each performer’s style is specific to the course they have been chosen to represent. There is also an open mic to start the evening.

Watch Dean and Deanna present a previously held date in London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKnHclNcICE

Dean Atta is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Atta won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. An ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards, he lives in London and teaches writing workshops across the UK.

Deanna Rodger is an actor and spoken word poet. The youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007), she has written and performed in the 2012 Olympic Team Welcome Ceremonies, Buckingham Palace, Speakers House,10 Downing street and Honey Coated Dream. Deanna is co founder of two popular spoken word events, Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is in poetry collectives: Rubix (who released their debut spoken word album RED in 2012), Point Blank Poets (winners of the UK Artist International award 2011), and Keats House Poetry Forum. In September she began two separate facilitator positions, one for the BAC strand of ‘The Agency’, and the other for ‘The Poetry Project UK/US’ in association with Bite the Ballot, Come Rhyme With Me and The Poetry Project US.

Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger are both members of New Writing South’s Creative Learning Team.

New Writing South is the pre-eminent creative writing hub in South-East England, dedicated to inspiring, nurturing and connecting all kinds of excellent creative writers. It aims to support writers, encourage creativity and inspire audiences. Their community of writers embraces professional, mid-career, emerging or just starting out and embraces authors, playwrights, poets, radio dramatists, bloggers, screenwriters and more. NWS is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and is supported by Brighton & Hove City Council.

For more information about the event or NWS’s work please contact: Shelley Bennett, Yeti PR: shelley@yetipr.co.uk | 07890 101841 | @shelley_yetipr

Notes to editors:
Quotes from attendees:
‘It was a privilege being among people who are so talented and humble with it.’

‘Lovely vibe, great work being done here.’

‘Fantastic. Really really good to see approachable, fun, uplifting, joyous, rhythmic brilliance. Ta!’

‘First time I have had heard poetry like this, I loved it. Thank you for opening my eyes!’

‘What a warm spicy night of gorgeous words here at Come Rhyme With Me. Thank you.’