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The R.A.P. (Rhythm and Poetry) Party

The R.A.P (Rhythm and Poetry) Party is a unique, vibrant live literature event inspired by hip-hop culture and hosted by Inua Ellams. Joining the party are a floor-filling selection of poets.

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The R.A.P (Rhythm and Poetry) Party is the most unique, exhilarating, vibrant, live literature event anywhere in the world. Founded by Inua Ellams, it is a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, evening of poems inspired by hip-hop culture, paired with favourite hip-hop songs.

It is neither club night nor poetry reading, rave nor literary event. More like a lowkey house party, where a few errant guests make beautiful speeches about why the DJ's selection is the best. Joining the party are a floor-filling selection of poets: Inua Ellams, Theresa Lola, Rachel Long, Malaika Kegode, Jenny Lindsay, Harry Baker, Joe Dunthorne, Tania Nwachukwu, Tyrone Lewis, John Osborne and resident Rap Party DJ, DJ Sid Mercutio

In association with Edinburgh International Book Festival. This is a free, drop-in event and no tickets are required.

Inua Ellams The R.A.P. Party founder and host

Cast includes Theresa Lola, Rachel Long, Malaika Kegode, Jenny Lindsay, Harry Baker, Joe Dunthorne, Tania Nwachukwu, Tyrone Lewis, John Osborne and DJ Sid Mercutio


More information about some of the artists:

Inua Ellams
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Theresa Lola
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Rachel Long
Website | Twitter

Malaika Kegode
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Jenny Lindsay
WebsiteTwitter | Facebook

Harry Baker
WebsiteTwitter | Facebook

Joe Dunthorne
WebsiteTwitter

Tania Nwachukwu
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Tyrone Lewis
WebsiteTwitter

John Osborne
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Sid Mercutio
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16 August 2019

  • The Spiegeltent at the Book Festival
  • 2hrs approx. (no interval)
  • Free
This is a free, drop-in event
Free

* A transaction fee of £1 per ticket, up to a maximum of £5, will be added to all bookings. If you choose to receive your tickets in the post, you will be charged £1 for postage.

Ticket prices may vary from previously published prices. Discounts are subject to availability.

People with access needs can buy a seat in the area of the venue most appropriate for their needs for the lowest (unrestricted view) ticket price for that performance. Your essential companion's ticket will be free. Access discounts are only available by phone, in person or by using SignLive to allow us to provide you with the best possible service for your needs.

With thanks to our supporters


Funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Edinburgh Festivals and

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