Malaika Kegode is a poet, promoter and workshop facilitator based in Bristol. Invited for the quality and content of of her poetry and empathy towards growing up mixed race in Devon. She will perform in the spoken word area and lead a pre-workshop for young people alongside Tom Denbigh. She has performed around the UK at venues, festivals and poetry events includingTongue Fu, Out-Spoken at The 100 Club, WOMAD, Boomtown Festival and BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2017 she was support for Saul Williams at The Fleece. Her overall themes of family, mental health, addiction and love always have an undercurrent of optimism and strength. Her performance style has been described as “filmic” and “musical”. Malaika’s debut poetry collection Requite was published by Burning Eye Books in 2017. As a workshop leader she has worked with organisations such as Arvon and Cheltenham Literature Festival, encouraging young or vulnerable people to begin telling their own stories. She is assistant producer for Blahblahblah, the longstanding poetry event at Bristol Old Vic and is founder & director of Milk Poetry, a cult poetry organisation that produces innovative poetry events in a supportive environment.