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Inua Ellams – 05Fest

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What’s in a name? Dive into the fascinating world of names as writer Inua Ellams invites a panel of guests to dig deep and explore the story and meaning behind their own names.

In parts of West Africa it is believed children grow to embody their names; that a child named Peace will grow up to create serenity wherever they go. Other West Africans think this is nonsense, but how do we come to be named? What then do we inherit? Do names change us? Who cares? And why should we?  

Held before a live audience, Inua Ellams guides intelligent, funny and insightful guests through Anonyms, a rich, invasive and poignant exploration into what we are called, and why. Audience members are invited to come along with the story and meaning behind their own names.

This event is part of Inua Ellam's 05Fest. A week-long festival that puts poetry centre stage and unites separate strands of Ellams' work in different styles. View the full programme of events.


Running time: 2 hours, no interval

Age guidance: 12+ (this performance will contain haze)

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Inua Ellams – 05Fest

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