Sunday 23 April 2017
6 – 8pm in the Church Dungeon
A special Expresso evening of story and insight with two talented spoken word poets, Roje Ndayambaje & Will Small.
Roje Ndayambaje was born in Congo and raised in Uganda in a Rwandan family. His poetry is marked by each of these places and a deep love for Africa. Roje writes and performs poetry to share the story of his people and encourage others to find and share their own. Roje has performed Spoken Word at numerous events including the Australian Poetry Slam Newcastle Heats, Poetic Justice, Art Bender Newcastle, Soul Lounge (Adelaide) and SpeakUP Gosford. He has supported Luka Lesson and collaborated with Will Small and Manal Younus. Roje’s storytelling abilities and soulful poetry will leave you changed after hearing it. Hear Roje on YouTube.
Will is a writer and spoken word artist with an ear for rhythm, a heart for justice and a belief in the human act of storytelling. His unique style of spoken word infuses hip-hop influences, an honours degree in literature/philosophy, and an enchanting rhythmic delivery. Will has been a finalist at the Australian Poetry Slam at the Sydney Opera House twice and is the founder of the monthly ‘SpeakUP (Urban Poetry)’ night in Gosford. Will has performed his work in front of diverse audiences in High Schools, Youth Justice centres, education forums, libraries, churches, conferences, backyard gigs and arts festivals. Will has a story to tell for every audience, and a diverse repertoire of work that marvels at the wonders of birth, confronts the injustices of a chaotic world, and dwells on simple moments of hope.
Read more about Will on his website. www.willsmall.com.au