Inua Ellams


Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, a graphic artist & designer. He is a Complete Works poet alumni, a playwright-in-residence at Soho Theatre, resident at the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Library, and graphic designer at White Space Creative Agency. He facilitates workshops in creative writing where he explores recurring themes in his work – Identity, Displacement and Destiny – in accessible, enjoyable ways for participants of all ages and backgrounds.

He has been commissioned by the Tate Modern, Louis Vuitton, Chris Ofili, National Theatre, BBC Radio & Television, Battersea Arts Centre and Soho Theatre. His first two books of poetry ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ and ‘Candy Coated Unicorn and Converse’ are available Flipped Eye, and several plays including lack T-shirt Collection and Knight Watch are available from Oberon. In 2005, he founded the Midnight Run, a cross art form nocturnal urban movement to reconnect inner city lives with inner city spaces.