Poetry In Commotion VI – Thomas “Ghettogeek” Owoo @ Towngate Theatre
Foundation for Essex Arts and Poetry To Succeed present the sixth instalment of Poetry In Commotion!
This is a free open mic poetry night at Towngate Theatre, Basildon. Previously, all open mic spots have been snapped up fast so please let us know asap if you wish to perform!
This months feature – Thomas “Ghettogeek” Owoo
Thomas ‘Ghettogeek’ Owoo is a psychology and sociology teacher who, for last 13 years, has been using rap, spoken word and poetry to engage disaffected young people in north west London. He has been a manager or an alternative education seclusion unit and was an SEBD Advisory Teacher for Brent Council where he has trained schools, staff and pupils in finding ways to reduce exclusions from school. During the day, he is a rap therapist and spoken word teacher in a primary school in London . He is also the founder of the new creative arts YouTube channel called GhettogeekTV.
Ghettogeek only started performing within the London poetry circuit over the last two year after his A-level sociology class (The #Sociology7) asked him to perform his teaching resource called “Sociology in Rap” out in the community. Since listening to them it has led to him also featuring at events at the Clapham Grand, Lyric Theatre, Nozstock Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe BBC Poetry Slam.He also just recently performed for Mim Shaikh’s show on the BBC Asian Network.
Hosted by – Olmo Lazarus
Olmo Lazarus is the stage name of Jacques Bottjer. He is a spoken word artist, emcee, children’s poet and educator. He is based in Basildon, Essex. Olmo’s poetry is heavily inspired by a DIY punk ethos and rooted in the elements of hip hop. He has performed and featured his spoken word at numerous London events, appeared on stage at festivals such as Leefest, The Elements Festival and Village Green/village beech festival representing Apples & Snakes, METAL and Sundown Arts. He has been lucky enough to be invited to perform on stage at an event in Times Square, NYC. In late 2016 his work was also featured on national television in a short film for Channel 4. He has recently published his first solo book “Cro Magnon Plan” which is available through the Poetry to Succeed website. Olmo works tirelessly in his local community running workshops and organising competitions for the youth of his town.
Although this night is free, there will be a hat to collect money for the featured artists travel. Previously the audiences have been very generous. Any amount is always seriously appreciated.