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We That Wither Beneath

by Thembe Mvula. Premiere performance

Thurs 21 March 7.30pm

Gloucester Guildhall

Tickets £10/£5



Join South African born poet Thembe Mvula for an evening of storytelling through poetry, in the premiere launch of her debut poetry collection We That Wither Beneath.


Accompanied by violinist Jessica Thompson and guitarist Nathan Ardaiz, Thembe brings a nostalgic, honest and moving multidisciplinary performance showcasing some of the pieces featured in the book to a live audience. Thembe started performing as a spoken word artist five years ago, and has since shared her poetry at a range of platforms including the TEDx stage, the UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and was a finalist in the Roundhouse poetry slam in 2017. Her debut poetry collection We that wither beneath was shortlisted for the Melita Hume poetry prize in 2017.


Drawing from her experiences of childhood in South Africa, growing up in Gloucester and navigating her sense of belonging, Thembe’s poetry explores themes of home, love, loss and healing mainly through the lens of relationships, with a vulnerability that is brave and beautiful.


“We that wither beneath plays with and breaks the familiar…it is a book that works itself out via images, sometimes raw, sometimes ethereal” – Vahni Capildeo


Support act: JPDL


JPDL is an artist who has spent more than ten years working on his craft, over a variety of different platforms from UK rap to spoken word. Whether it’s history or politics, JPDL’s content is socially aware and has stretched throughout a variety of subjects. He has shown this throughout the years with diverse appearances: from summer festival shows to working with the BBC for Armistice Day and headlining Cheltenham poetry festival.


Duration: 1hr approx, including support.


Thembe’s performance will be followed by a book signing.


Earlier Event: March 20
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer
Later Event: March 22
Hansel & Gretel