Making poetry is a way into the Universal. To connect with all that is familiar, destroyed, loved and liberating. By shaping, twisting and re-imagining language I am offering myself, all of myself, as an instrument towards Freedom. As a Human. As a collision. As Me.
Poetic Bio //
Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson is a Spoken Word Poet (Roundhouse Poetry Slam Finalist 2015, Hammer & Tongue Team Slam Finalist 2014) who has gigged, facilitated and and been commissioned to share her words across the country and online. Including the making of her Apples and Snakes poetry podcast: ‘WRD PRTY // Let’s Talk Heritage’, collaborating on Inua Ellams’ 12 hour night art journey ‘The Midnight Run’ and Southbank Centre.
Her work delves head first into personal questions, stories and myths that explore and nurture our capacity to see what connects us as all, as Human. Towards liberation, equality and justice.
Some things she likes: Trees, bright radiant colours and giving endless amounts of proper hugs!
Poetic Highlights //
Green Man Festival 2016: ‘Lateisha’s Book Of Complexity made Simple by Poetry: Birth’s, Life’s, Death’s’
I was invited by the lovely ‘Einstein’s Garden‘ producers at Green Man festival to make a full length poetry set around the theme of ‘Complexity’. This was one of the BEST gigs/sharings I have ever experienced. The atmosphere was relaxed and open, allowing me to facilitate a beautiful poetic conversation. It was a real joy to share my words across the weekend on a SOLAR POWERED STAGE!
Roundhouse Poetry Slam Final 2015
After a successful ‘heat’ round I made it into the Roundhouse Poetry Slam Final 31st May 2015. 12 of us took to the blue lit stage in front of 800 audience members and 3 judges to perform our poetry and find out who will be crowned the winner. You watch my two poems here at 29mins:30secs and 1hour:19mins.
Arvon Foundation + Apples and Snakes Writers RESIDENCY
In December 2014 I spent a week in the lovely surroundings of the Arvon Foundation’s Lumb Bank Cottage. Ted Hughes old Home in West Yorkshire. I was one of 15 poets to be selected and funded to go on week long writers retreat by Apples and Snakes. This residency was lead by Warsan Shire and Inua Ellams. Workshops in the morning, tutorials in the afternoon and sharings / discussions in the evening, culminating in a huge sharing platform at the end to celebrate the work we created throughout the week….
Peckham Co-Design + Apples and Snakes Commission
In November 2014 I was Commissioned to write a piece of poetry inspired by Peckham, South-East London. Then to perform that piece as part of a promenade pop up performance in varying loactions around Peckham Rye Station. So that is what I did at a Caribbean TakeAway, Le mange Afro-Hairdressers, by the Market Stalls on Peckham Rye then back at the Peckham Co-Design hub in situ at a disused building. For me, this was a pop up spoken word protest, collecting people along the way.
Have a look at the links below…
I collaborated with Hana Walker Brown on her Final MA Radio feature to create ‘Mankindness’, a creative radio feature that explores the idea of the 2011 London riots as a howl of inarticulate rage thrown into relief by spoken word artists, myself and Saf.
Using raw audio footage from the riots and national news clips against a bed of intricate sound design to comment on the consequences of not being heard.
“Stop and take a minute to look at the world around you, look at the way things are, and ask yourself, are you happy with it? Is this the right way?”
MYDEPTFORD fEstival at Southbank Centre
I was commissioned by Daisy at Apples and Snakes to write a 5 minute piece about Deptford. Mentored by Jacob Sam La Rose, I performed this piece on the Clore Ballroom as part of the evening’s plenary: showcasing the work and talents of people and organisations in the area…. Continuing the love, an extract of my poem was painted up in the Albany Theatre cafe. It’s still there now, you can’t miss it.
Cutting Shapes installation in ‘Indiana Jones and The Extra Chair’
Interactive poetry and Art Installation for Simon Mole’s one man show ‘Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair’ at the Albany Theatre.
Architects Of Our Republic
2013 was the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. Architects of Our Republic marked this iconic moment in history with an open air celebration – an explosion of poetry, music and film inspired by the message of the speech and its resonance today.
I wrote and performed as part of the spoken word workshops lead by Miriam Nash and Kat Franciou with Apples and Snakes. Bringing together a multitude of voices to challenge, debate, tell personal and political stories and explore the power of speech to create social change.
TREMers present… Pigeon Poetry
Here’s a picture of me performing at TREMers produced poetry night at the poetry cafe
Upcoming I will performing at Green Man Festival this Summer. 18-21 AUG 2016 BRECON BEACONS, WALES. (watch this space for set times) // Past I will be featuring at SpeakBeats – a great new poetry night taking place at the Purple Turtle bar in Reading Saturday 23rd April 2016 Epic London Midnight Run created by Inua … Continue reading Poetry: Performances
I was commissioned by Apples & Snakes: England’s leading organisation for spoken word, with a national reputation for producing exciting, engaging and transformative work to make a poetry podcast. This podcast features as part of their year long ‘Home Cooking’ series of 1 hour radio shows. Where eleven poets were invited to create programs focused on … Continue reading Podcast: WRD PRTY // LETS TALK HERITAGE