Celebrated poet and activist Andrea Gibson first appeared on the forefront of spoken word poetry and the US scene in 2008, when they won the first ever Woman of the World Poetry Slam. Author of three collections of poetry and six LPs, Gibson isn’t one to shy away from themes of war, sexuality, identity, spirituality and politics. The Deaf Institute will be hosting her for a rare UK performance this summer. Latest offering ‘Your Life’ is a rallying cry to anyone experiencing their own issues with identity. Listen below.

Forthcoming album ‘Hey Galaxy’ is out 12th January 2018 was created “in the midst of another project as a result of the current political upheaval in the United States”. Starting life as an album focussed entirely on love, accompanied by an orchestra, Gibson was inspired to produce a social justice-oriented project following the the 2016 presidential election pushed Gibson. Speaking on the record, the US poet commented “there’s a quote that says, ‘Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.’ I wanted to do that. I wanted to make something political and human and gutsy in its revolt”. Catch her at Deaf on 2nd June.

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Andrea Gibson performs at the Deaf Institute on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Tickets are available here.

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