a boundary-pushing literature movement, spearheaded by myself and fellow poet Belinda Zhawi, bringing storytelling and community back into poetry through events, book clubs and more.
Veranda began as a poetry night at east London's independent bookshop Libreria and was their highly-anticipated monthly event. It featured (and had cameos from) internationally renowned, powerhouse poets and writers including: Malaika Booker, Inua Ellams, R.A. Villanueva, Rachel Long, Amaal Said, Jacob Sam-La Rose and Raymond Antrobus to name a few.
Returning in a vengeance later in 2018, we will be relaunching the movement with our night, along with a themed book/supper club, publishing opportunities, workshops and more.
All event photography featured is by Ortise-Etemi Olugbo.