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Leeds Central Library to host first Collections in Verse showcase

A nationwide collaboration between the British Library, Poet in the City and Arts Council England launches in March.

Khadijah Ibrahiim, Malika Booker & Vahni Capildeo - Collections in Verse showcase
Khadijah Ibrahiim, Malika Booker & Vahni Capildeo - Collections in Verse showcase

Collections in Verse – a unique nationwide collaboration between the British Library and Poet in the City funded by Arts Council England – is set to launch at Leeds Central Library this March.

Following on from the British Library’s successful exhibition Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land last year, the inaugural Collections in Verse showcase will celebrate the Caribbean community’s impact on the cultural landscape of Leeds.

Looking at music, fashion and language, this lively takeover event at Leeds Central Library will feature live music, poetry, performance, talks and real-life stories.

Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library says, “Collections in Verse is a truly exciting, and wholly original, collaboration. Public libraries are natural homes for live poetry and performance, and so we are excited to work with Poet in the City and our five public library partners to reimagine British Library exhibitions for
new audiences across the country.”

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Colonizin’ in Reverse: Celebrating Caribbean Culture, starts off the programme at Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, on Wednesday March 27 from 6.00 to 9.30pm. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance at


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