POETRY

 

Although her first poems were scrawled in the back of a Maths text book, over the years they have moved from page to stage. A nationally award-winning public speaker, Justina Kehinde's poetry draws strongly on oral performance, and is often a direct exploration of social or personal concerns including mental health, diasporic identity, womanhood, hybridity, political and social injustice and history. In 2012 she won the Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry prize for a poem on female genital mutilation. From there she competed in and was a national finalist in the 2014 Hammer & Tongue slam poetry competition, and has also performed comedically, winning the 2015 Cambridge Anti-Slam. Committed to exposing untold stories, and with a deep interest in the notion of identity and nationality, her TEDx keynote 'Write your Own Story', explored Britain's unacknowledged colonial history, while her poem 'On Beauty' was recorded and published as part of the 2015 collection The Fifty Project. She has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Latitidue Festival, Brainchild Festival, been featured on Sky 1's prolific Arts programme, 'What's Up TV' and performed for the BBC. In 2016 she performed at the home of slam poetry, the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe, in NY, receiving a perfect score. She has been commissioned by the Women's Equality Party and Powerful Media for both their inaugural conferences/dinners and she's also written a few wedding and birthday poems too. She would love to write a piece for you so don't hesitate to get in touch. 

 

 Performing at Hammer & Tongue

Performing at Hammer & Tongue