Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, a graphic artist & designer. He is a Complete Works poet alumni and a graphic designer at White Space Creative Agency. He facilitates workshops in creative writing where he explores reoccurring themes in his work – identity, displacement and destiny – in accessible, enjoyable ways for participants of all ages and backgrounds. His creative work has been recognised with a number of awards, most recently, The Live Canon International Poetry Prize, an Arts Council of England Award, a Wellcome Trust Award, shortlisted for the Brunel Prize for African Poetry, longlisted for the Alfred Fagan Award, and a 2009 Edinburgh Fringe First. He has been commissioned by Tate Modern, Louis Vuitton, Chris Ofili, National Theatre, BBC Radio & Television, Battersea Arts Centre and Soho Theatre. His first two books of poetry Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales and Candy Coated Unicorn and Converse are available from Flipped Eye, and several plays including Black T-shirt Collection and Knight Watch are available from Oberon. In 2005, he founded the Midnight Run, a cross art form nocturnal urban movement to reconnect inner city lives with inner city spaces.

Anthologies featuring Inua Ellams

Refugee Tales

Fourteen stories exploring real life refugee experiences, told in the style of the Canterbury Tales