Emmanuel Speaks is a performance poet from east London who admits he wasn’t “always the type of guy who writes poetry”. In his talk, he...
Emmanuel Speaks (he/him)
Performance poet, storyteller and musician
Emmanuel Speaks is a performance poet from East London. He has appeared on Channel 4, Huffington Post, GRM Daily, Sofar Sounds, and, more recently, collaborating with New Look for their Christmas and Spring/Summer advertising campaigns. Striving to “influence and tell the stories of a generation”, he has transitioned over the past two years from studying full-time at university to working full-time as a musician and spoken word artist. In May 2018, Emmanuel launched the first official single from his upcoming album The Composer, titled ‘Who Told You?’ (feat. rapper TE dness). By focusing on wordplay, Emmanuel strives to capture the soul as well as the imagination of his listener. He has used poetry as a force for the better in his life. He now seeks to change the dynamics of the spoken word art form – fusing it with music, mixing it with potent bass lines and purposefully sinister overtones while maintaining its eloquence and passion.