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Nikki Giovanni: In Conversation

Poems 1968-2020 + Going to Mars film screening

Nikki Giovanni

Join Nikki Giovanni, the world-renowned poet and leading figure of the Black Arts Movement for this in conversation and film screening hosted by author and broadcaster Emma Dabiri.

Her poetry has dazzled and inspired readers for more than sixty years. In celebration of her illustrious career,  Nikki Giovanni sits down with Emma Dabiri at this special event to discuss the release of her latest anthology Poems: 1968-2020, published by Penguin Modern Classics this March.

Following the conversation, there will be a screening of the award-winning documentary Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project. This acclaimed film explores Giovanni’s powerful expressions of the Black experience against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement up to Black Lives Matter. 

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6:45pm- 7:45pm: Nikki Giovanni in conversation with Emma Dabiri and readings from 1968-2020

7:45pm-8:15pm Interval with book signing in Cinema 1 foyer

8:15pm- 9:50pm Screening of Going to Mars

Film running time: 1 hr 36 mins


Subject to availability.

Aged 14–25? Join Young Barbican for free. 

*Excludes £1.50 booking fee
‘Going to Mars shows she’s still on the adventure of living, taking those willing to do the work along for the ride‘
‘[Make Me Rain] is thick with affection for African-American people in their everyday lives‘

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