The Half God of Rainfall: Inua Ellams in conversation
Multi award winning poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams (The Barbershop Chronicles) introduces his new epic story of pride, power and female revenge The Half God of Rainfall, published to coincide with the world premiere Kiln Theatre production.
Crossing Greek with Yoruba Mythology, The Half-God of Rainfall follows a tempestuous young basketball prodigy called Demi whose skills on the court have attracted the eyes of the Gods. As Demi’s stardom grows, his mother Modupe looks upon his success with a mixture of pride and fear. Modupe knows that when the Gods' allegiances change—much like those of the fickle basketball fans who now chant her son's name—it won’t matter how special Demi is; only she will stand between his life and a lightning bolt.
Fast becoming one of the most important poetic voices of his generation, Inua joins us to perform extracts from the book, discuss its transfer to the Kiln Theatre stage and examine how re-fashioning the narratives of myth and legend can help reveal fascinating insights about today's world.
The event will be chaired by Ghanaian curator, poet, lecturer, broadcaster, producer of Literature and Talks at Brighton Festival and founder of flipped eye publishing Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Tail of the Blue Bird) followed by a Q&A and a book signing.
Tickets: £12.00 including a copy of Half-God of Rainfall (RRP £10) / £8 standard / £5 Student or Foyalty member*. When purchasing a Student or Foyalty ticket, you'll need to bring a valid in-date Student card or Foyalty card with you.
Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road
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