Artist Gallery 5
Kat is a well‐known performance poet on the UK and global scene. She was the first person to win a televised poetry slam competition in the UK, winning the BBC3 TV Slam. That gave her the platform to compete in the World Poetry Slam Championship in Rotterdam the following year where she was crowned 2005 World Slam Champion. As resident poet at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, Kat hosts and organises a monthly poetry and music night called Word4Word. It was here that Kat, ensuring a bar audience respected poets on stage, grew and crafted a natural talent for asserting herself through comedy. Kat also runs a Poetry night every first Friday of the month at The Poetry Café Covent Garden, called INTIMATES.
Kat Francois is also an educator and has 20 years experience working with young people as a youth worker, workshop leader and PHSE facilitator. Kat uses poetry, drama and creative writing to reach young people and adults; she teaches in schools, colleges, universities, youth clubs, homeless hostels, pupil referral units, and young offenders institutes.
Internationally recognized dubpoet Klyde Broox, (a.k.a. Durm-I) is a Spoken Word veteran. Active since the late 70s; he has done readings, workshops and guest lectures, in Jamaica, North America and Europe. Born in Jamaica, in 1957, Broox taught and performed poetry for sixteen years in his homeland before migrating to Canada in 1993. He now lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he is considered “an influential literary entity.” Broox, a 1992 University of Miami James Michener Fellow, won the 2005 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Literature, and the Hamilton Black History Committee’s John. C. Holland Award for Arts Achievement, in 2011. Klyde hosts PoeMagic, Hamilton’s most popular, poetry performance series. He has published two poetry volumes, Poemstorm, (Swansea, Wales, 1989) and My Best Friend is White (McGilligan Books, 2005), which was selected as the Arts Hamilton/Seraphim Editions Best Poetry Book for 2006. “Steeped in both old and new-world oral and scribal traditions; Broox invites audiences to experience poetry as social communion.”