Poetry at Arnolfini

Arnolfini has a long tradition with the spoken word and poetry.

Here are a selection of more recent offerings.


    Sophia Harari is a writer, poet and musician creating content surrounding identity and self-expression. She is part of Creative Futures, the developing talent programme at Creative Youth Network, which provides emerging artists and creatives with support to establish their careers and make new work.

    Arnolfini Project: Two Worlds Collide
    Arnolfini approached Sophia to creatively respond to Hassan Hajjaj: The Path.

    Two Worlds Collide is an exploration of her identity, considering the duality of her Moroccan-ness and Blackness and questions how they inform one another.

    Please click on the image or title to read Sophia's Two Worlds Collide.

  • Malaika Kegode

    Malaika Kegode is a poet and performer based in Bristol. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize. She was also included in the 2019 BME Power List, celebrating Bristol’s 100 most influential Black and Minority Ethnic people. 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.

    Malaika wrote three especially commissioned poems for Arnolfini to reflect a period of evolution at the organisation in 2019.

Sign up to our newsletter

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you recieve from us, or by contacting us here. We will treat your information with respect. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accorandce with these terms