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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.

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.

This event will start at 9.00pm

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
Website | Twitter | Facebook

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
Twitter

Tyrone Lewis
WebsiteTwitter

John Osborne
Twitter

Sid Mercutio
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16 August 2019

  • The Spiegeltent at the Book Festival
  • 2hrs approx. (no interval)
  • Free

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2020 programme will be announced in the spring.

With thanks to our supporters


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