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THE WIRE-HEADED HEATHEN (kindle)

Poetry Pamphlet. April 2015. // ISBN: 9781617753862

The Wire-Headed Heathen is a foray into the art of vitality peppered with a language that is at once evocative and mutinous . . . At times playful and always incisive, Ellams’ is a mineral-rich poetry, organic in its ability to speak across oceans, cultures, and histories. Critical of a contemporary life that has placed the material over the ethereal, Ellams reminds the reader of just how central the art of storytelling is to our ability to locate ourselves in the constant transformation that de nes our daily lives.” —Matthew Shenoda

“The archaeologist / who dusts her teeth will catch the yellow glint / beneath and read her soul back to life and give to us what’s free.”  – Inua Ellams, from “To Preserve Value”

From The 2015 African Poetry Box Set by Akashic Books. 

Reviews: Sabotage Reviews and African In Words (Box set review: Africa In Words).

£4.00  // Also Available from Amazon.

 


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The Wire-Headed Heathen (epub/ibooks)

Poetry Pamphlet. April 2015. // ISBN: 9781617753862

The Wire-Headed Heathen is a foray into the art of vitality peppered with a language that is at once evocative and mutinous . . . At times playful and always incisive, Ellams’ is a mineral-rich poetry, organic in its ability to speak across oceans, cultures, and histories. Critical of a contemporary life that has placed the material over the ethereal, Ellams reminds the reader of just how central the art of storytelling is to our ability to locate ourselves in the constant transformation that de nes our daily lives.” —Matthew Shenoda

“The archaeologist / who dusts her teeth will catch the yellow glint / beneath and read her soul back to life and give to us what’s free.”  – Inua Ellams, from “To Preserve Value”

Reviews: Sabotage Reviews and African In Words (Box set review: Africa In Words).

£4.00

 


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CANDY COATED UNICORNS AND CONVERSE ALL STARS.

Poetry Pamphlet. November 2011. // ISBN: 9781905233335

Candy-Coated Unicorns & Converse All Stars is a document of transformations, the fine lines between the real and the surreal, the mundane and the extraordinary. Contemporary culture clashes with mythology as Bruce Lee angles for space alongside Prometheus,  where twin towers burn and yellow hues bleed into London sunsets.

Yet it is a text of conversations: the transformations that memory can inflict on the present, the clear light that today can cast on yesterdays. Through it all there is music and musicians, a language that Inua Ellams seems to be exploring, testing, riffing on.

Flap Series. Published by Flipped Eye. 

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THIRTEEN FAIRY NEGRO TALES.

Poetry Pamphlet. October 2005. // ISBN: 9781905233045

The second in the ground-breaking mouthmark series, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales is a vibrant pamphlet of contemporary poetry. In language scooped directly from a paintbrush, Inua Ellams announced his arrival on the poetry scene, with what has become a runaway bestseller.

Written in language that has roots in Keats, hip hop rhymes and Shakespearean narrative, in the voice of a wandering/wondering storyteller and urban philosopher and social commentator, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales has sold over 2000 copies since its release.

Mouthmark Series. Published by Flipped Eye.

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SIX / thirteen fairy negro tales.

Audio recording. February 2008.

Recorded by John Hendicott at Musflash Studios, Six of the Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales captures the detail, tenderness, passion and effortless mellifluous quality Inua Ellams brings to the reading of his poems.

01. Intro // 02. Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales // 03. Gangsters Geishas & Goat Herdsmen // 04. Midnight Music Marauders // 05. The Last Bohemian // 06. Dustbin Diaries. // 07. Swahilian Gingerbread Men.

Available for digital download.

£5.00


PLAYS.


The Spalding Suite

Stage Play. 2015 // ISBN: 9781783198078

When we were young, we worshipped stars,
gleaming long-limbed gods
framed in the act of impossible flight.
For a time we tried to follow,
to carve out our own piece of sky
with a butter-smooth arc of an arm
and a Spalding ball glued to the fingertips…

Seen from a British perspective, The Spalding Suite gets to the heart and soul of the gravity-defying game and delves into the hopes and dreams of those who play it. From the fleeting high of the score and the robust camaraderie of the team, to the poignant lows of a body too worn to play the game.

Published by Oberon. Available from Oberon and Amazon.


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CAPE

Stage Play. 2013 // ISBN: 9781783190669

It’s a simple idea, really:

1. Wear a uniform. 2. Protect who you love, what you care about. 3. Let nothing get in your way

Someone mugged Bruce’s mum and he is not having it. The shock is still visible in her trembling fingers, rippling out across the calm waters of their lives. He grabs his hoodie, his uniform, his cape and goes out to find the culprit. Smithy wants everyone to stay inside, Uhuru wants everyone out. Tanya thinks it’s boyish fun and games until, very suddenly, it isn’t.

Published by Oberon.

Available from Amazon and Oberon.


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BLACK T-SHIRT COLLECTION

Stage Play. 2012. // ISBN: 9781849431910

“The wild things they did with those tees. Some held together by wooden pins. Some strung to wear just once. Some of long thin detachable sleeves...”

A T-shirt is something most people have. It is a common denominator like a pair of blue jeans or a pair of Converse All Stars. From Fringe First winner Inua Ellams, comes a new story about two foster brothers building a global t-shirt brand. On their journey from a market in Nigeria to a sweatshop in China, Matthew and Muhammed discover the consequences of success. The play tackles capitalism and exploitation, as well as sectarianism and homophobia in modern day Nigeria.

Published by Oberon.

Available from Amazon and Oberon.


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Knight watch.

Stage Play. 2012. // ISBN: 9781849434041

In a world where tower blocks are stone mountains and city walls are urban tapestries retelling epic fights, Michael keeps away from the warring tribes until a passerby helps him out of a tight situation. Instantly, he is pulled into the culture he has tried to escape. The city spirals out of control as battle lines are drawn and redrawn. In the quest for balance, loyalty, faith and friendships are tested, but will Michael succeed in ending the war? In rhythmic, sizzling poetry award-winning spoken word artist, Inua Ellams, conjures the violence of a city not unlike London and imagines a more beautiful world beyond it.

Published by Oberon.

Available from Amazon and Oberon.


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untitled

Stage Play. 2010. // ISBN: 9781849431170

To name something is to call it into life, to determine its future. If we let our children name themselves, will they author their own destinies? Will the nameless ones be free? Untitled is a magical realist story set in Nigeria and England, of identical twin boys separated at infancy. In the quarrel after the marred naming ceremony, the mother grabs the titled child and flees, leaving the unnamed brother to lead an impetuous, chaotic, blasphemous existence until the spirits of the land make their stand.

Published by Oberon.

Available from Amazon and Oberon.


the14thtale

the 14th tale

Stage Play. 2009. // ISBN:9781783198856

The 14th Tale is a hilarious, poetic coming-of-age story about a natural-born trouble maker and his relationship with his father. The story follows Inua’s real life journey from his birth place in Nigeria to the culture-shock of England, charting his trials, tribulations and mischief-making along the way. Using playful rhymes, Inua weaves vivid and endearing characters, while at the same time challenging expectations of what it is to be a young black male in the UK today.In 'The 14th Tale', Inua vividly describes the exploits of a natural-born mischief growing from clay streets in Nigeria to roof tops in Dublin - and, finally, to heartbreak in London.

Published by Oberon.

Available from Oberon and Amazon.


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