Debut Zine Launch

Wed 5 Feb 2020 7 - 9:30PM

£8 / 7
Curated by Sumia Jaama

About the Event

Join us to celebrate the launch of Sawti's debut zine. The night will include poetry readings in Kiswahili, Arabic and English - alongside visuals from artists based in Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda, the UK and elsewhere.

Sawti was founded by Sumia Jaama to connect East African poets to their counterparts in the diaspora through conversation and collaboration. The platform engages and represents a multitude of voices that represent what it means to be East African and writing today. 

Featuring performances by Ada B, Eljae, and Ola Elhassan. There will also be an in-conversation with Rehema Chachage and Amaal Said, and a screening of Sawti's commissioned film.

All ticket holders who attend the event will receive a free copy of the Sawti zine.


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curated and introduced by Sumia Jaama

Sumia Jaama is poet, educator and winner of FourHubs’ 2018 Poetry Prize. Founder of Sawti (an East African literature project) she is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and a recent graduate of the Creative Writing and Education MA at Goldsmiths, University of London.

She often writes about movement and the constant process of leaving. Her work has most recently been published in Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry and has been commissioned by Royal Academy of Arts and Keats House Museum.  

event programme

18:45 – 19:00 Doors open

19:00 – 19:15 Compilation of project video

19:15 – 19:25 Welcome and introductions

19:25 – 19:40
Digital Zine Launch

19:40 – 20:00 In conversation with Rehema Chachage and Amaal Said

20:00 – 20:45 Artist Performances

20:45 – 21:00 Sawti comissioned Film

21:00 Closing remarks


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Sumia Jaama

Read a poem by the FourHubs Poetry prize winner Sumia Jaama

About Eljae

Eljae's poetry centres on the doing of relationships, and the ways in which we construct ourselves as people. Featuring at nights such as Boomerang, Brown Sugar Movement, and Poetry and Shaah she has loved every second of her poetry career so far.

Previously published online and in collections such as, I Know Two Sudans, The Colour of Madness, and Azza fi Hawak, Eljae is excited to share with you these two pieces, on her grandmother's unnamed lessons and her own recollections of finding home in otherness. Her next step is to publish her first pamphlet, which she hopes will welcome you in to how she constructs her self.

About Ada B

Ada B is an R&B/Neo Soul Singer and Songwriter from East London. Her dad was her first introduction to music as he would DJ at local events. Thus exposing Ada to artists such as New Edition, Whitney Houston and Floetry at a very young age, whilst practising at home.

From there Ada B began writing in her diary; tales of her life, stories, poems and songs whilst listening to the instrumentals of some of her favourite songs. However songwriting stuck with her and she began converting a lot of her diary entries, stories and poems into full songs from the age of 9. Ada B would sing them to herself but would never share a song she made until the age of 22.

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February 11th 2017, Ada B released her first single and freestyle, What You Sayin which gained her, her first radio play on Reprezent Radio. After the successful release of her EP in 2018, Ada B was dubbed a timeless act and has been working hard to attain that. Currently Ada B performed in and around London gracing over 50 stages including XFactor with Stormzy, iLuvLive and O2 Academy Islington. Her songs have been featured on numerous playlists such as the MOBO Awards #TheConnect playlist and aired on stations such as Fubar Radio, Westside Radio and BBC 1Xtra to name a few.

She has successfully maneuvered her way into studios, stages and spaces with no experience or connections prior to her musical career. Hence with her new project underway and a new hunger for development Ada B is keen to grow from the girl next door to the girl who sells out tours!

Listen to Ada B here

About Ola Elhassan

Ola Elhassan is a Sudanese poet and electrical engineer. She grew up between Denmark and Sudan, and currently resides in London.

She has previously performed at Ace Hotel Shoreditch alongside Nick Makoha, Kevin Coval and Safia Elhillo at their Break Beat tour of 2018, as well as other venues including Roundhouse and the Free Word Centre.

She recently completed a writing programme for Sudanese Femmes Azza Fi Hawak facilitated by Safia Elhillo and Nehal El-Hadi.


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SAWTI Poetry Prize 2019

Read the winners' work - available in English, Arabic and Kiswahili

Accessibility at AUTOGRAPH

Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.

This event will take place in our ground floor gallery. Seating is not reserved in advance. If you would like to reserve seating to assist with hearing, visual or any other access needs, please contact us before your visit.

Carers receive a free ticket when they accompany the person they care for. Please contact us to book.

Download our Accessibility Guide for detailed access information about our venue and transport. If you would like to discuss your visit, or have any questions, please contact us at or 020 7749 9200

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This event has been curated by Sumia Jaama in collaboration with Autograph.


Autograph's events are popular, and often sell out. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available on the door, and recommend booking a ticket in advance. If you need to cancel your ticket for any reason, you can receive a refund up to 24 hours before the start of the event. Concessions tickets are available for students, those on low income, and 65+. Seating is not reserved in advance, and is on a first-come first-seated basis. You do not need to bring your paper ticket to the event.


Tickets to this event can be booked on this webpage, on Eventbrite, via the Facebook event, by phoning Autograph at 020 7729 9200, or by emailing Tickets to Autograph's events are only available through Eventbrite, Autograph, and Autograph's Facebook page. Tickets obtained unofficially or resold via social media or other platforms may not be genuine.


Please note that photography and/or filming will take place at this event. Images from this event may be used by Autograph, Sawti and external press for marketing and promotional use, including: printed and online publicity, social media, press releases, or other use.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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Banner Image: Photograph by Nim BJ.

Page images, from top left: 1-3 and 7-8) Photographs by Amaal Said. 9) Entrance to Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.