Writer. Performance Poet. Producer.
Photo by Paul Blakemore.
Malaika Kegode is a writer, performer and producer 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. She has also worked with a number of organisations including Roundhouse, Historic England and Elstree Studios. She has been shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Poetry Award, had her work displayed at the Arnolfini in Bristol and has acted as tour support for Saul Williams at The Fleece.
In 2020, Malaika’s debut theatre show Outlier - was commissioned by Bristol Old Vic after scratch performances as part of their Ferment season. In 2018 she was included in the BME Power List, celebrating Bristol’s 100 most influential black & minority ethnic people.
Malaika has been performing with folk inspired prog-rock band Jakabol since 2018. Together they have performed at music venues and theatre venues alike - bringing a unique and exciting blend of poetry and music to diverse audiences. In 2019 they supported Dizraeli at the Arnolfini.
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”.
As a workshop leader, she has worked with organisations such as Arvon, Cheltenham Literature Festival and Narcotics Anonymous. She is passionate about helping people realise the value of their stories.
She has worked as a producer for Roundhouse, Watershed and Strike a Light. She is also founder and lead producer of Milk Poetry, a poetry organisation that produces innovative spoken word events in a supportive environment.
Outside of her poetry work, Malaika studies film, and has worked as a programme selector for Encounters and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Her two poetry collections Requite (2017) and Thalassic (2020) were published by Burning Eye Books.