Inua Ellams appointed Tower of London’s official poet for 2018

PUBLISHED: 09:57 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:05 15 February 2018

Inua Ellams appointed Tower of London's official poet for 2018. 

Picture: Henry Nicholls

Inua Ellams appointed Tower of London's official poet for 2018. Picture: Henry Nicholls

Henry Nicholls ©

A new ‘poet in residence’ has been appointed at the historic Tower of London for 2018.

Inua contempates prospect of a year as poet-in-residence at The Tower. Picture: Henry Nicholls Inua contempates prospect of a year as poet-in-residence at The Tower. Picture: Henry Nicholls

Writer, artist and performer Inua Ellams, 34, is to run a year-long programme of “thought provoking” events at the royal palace.

The Nigerian-born writer and performer, the first to hold the post, is to curate a series of poetry, spoken word and performance events called Confessions at The Tower, mixing historic records with real confessions.

“The Tower represents aspects of Britain’s past which have shaped its history,” Inua says. “But these themes are also a problem in a modern context such as power and control, colonial wealth, and torture.

“I’ll be able to commission and curate writers and performers to articulate the complexities of The Tower’s history and its relevance today.”

The 34-year-old takes up the role at The Tower following a sell-out run at the National Theatre for his fourth play Barber Shop Chronicles and having recently won the Liberty Human Rights award for another play, An Evening with an Immigrant.

Ellams is also to feature in Historic Royal Palace’s second podcast series, Outliers, a selection of historical fiction stories on the people hiding in the shadows of real events.

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