Writer. Performance Poet. Producer
Malaika Kegode is a poet, promoter and workshop facilitator based in Bristol. She has performed around the UK at a number of celebrated venues, festivals and poetry events, such as Tongue Fu, Out-Spoken at The 100 Club, WOMAD, Boomtown Festival and BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2017 she was support for Saul Williams at The Fleece.
Malaika’s work tells of how we can find beauty and hope through the darkness. Her overall themes of family, mental health, addiction and love always have an undercurrent of optimism and strength. Her performance style has been described as “filmic” and “musical”. Malaika’s debut poetry collection Requite was published by Burning Eye Books in 2017.
As a workshop leader she has worked with organisations such as Arvon and Cheltenham Literature Festival, encouraging young or vulnerable people to begin telling their own stories.
She is assistant producer for Blahblahblah, the longstanding poetry event at Bristol Old Vic and is founder and director of Milk Poetry, a cult poetry organisation that produces innovative poetry events in a supportive environment.
Photo Credit: Chelsey Cliff
Malaika is Represented by Disruptu Management