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We are delighted to be hosting a special online event with George the Poet is a renowned spoken word performer, social commentator and recording artist who has received great acclaim for his work on exploring and explaining the black British experience and discussing major issues around systemic injustices. A Cambridge graduate born to Ugandan parents in north-west London, George was originally signed by Universal Music Group’s Island Records which culminated in the release of his debut EP The Chicken and the Egg to critical acclaim, before leaving his label and choosing poetry and spoken word as he sees it as a more effective means to communicate with his audience. He has been widely recognised for his output in a series of prestigious awards including being shortlisted for Critics’ Choice category at the 2015 BRIT Awards. His podcast series on European colonialism and its impact on black identity and culture won “Podcast of the Year” at the 2019 British Podcast Awards, and he is notable for having turned down the offer of an MBE, citing the British Empire’s treatment of his ancestral homeland, Uganda. Brought to you by King’s Business Club, Oxford Guild, Oxford ACS, Cambridge Guild, LSESU BIG, Imperial Finance Society, King’s Business Club, Warwick Finance Societies, EUTIC and other leading university societies, the event is 100% FREE and open to all and supported by The Oxford Foundry.
He has been described as “England’s most influential poet” by The Telegraph and was chosen to open the BBC coverage of the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a love poem. George has a large and rapidly growing online following, and has been celebrated for his frequent appearances on television and in the media, notably on Question Time and in a recent Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis, in which he gave what has been described as the “perfect” response to the “It’s not that bad is it?” argument about British institutional racism.
We very much hope you can join the event to see what he has to say and his unique perspectives on major, topical issues facing our planet. George the Poet is an excellent speaker and will be covering some fascinating and topical issues in light of recent global developments including tackling society’s greatest systemic challenges and also discussing rap music’s unrecognised economic potential. To quote a recent article in The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/podcaster-george-the-poet-talks-cambridge-colonialism-and-crime-rldrbr56x, “The 29-year-old Londoner talks about colonialism, Reaganomics, romance and violent crime, interweaving his softly playful tone with voices and sounds from his inner-city estate. Some episodes sound like radio plays, others like surreal Alice in Wonderland excursions into the neural pathways of his brain. They are funny, poignant, ambitiously metaphorical, endlessly surprising — and this description, I’m afraid, does not even begin to do them justice.”
The event will also serve as special keynote event for The Oxford Guild’s Infinity Diversity Speakers Series and will undoubtedly be one of the most unique, fascinating and topical events of the year. We highly recommend you do not miss out so please join us by registering below – we will send those who register the link for the online event.