UCL Urban Laboratory


Caleb Femi: Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2022

10 May 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Caleb Femi

Award winning author and director Caleb Femi will deliver this year's Cities Imaginaries lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory.

This event is free.

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Winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Poor is Caleb Femi's debut collection of poems, with original photography, in which he explores and shares powerful memories of friendships and experiences growing up on a North Peckham estate. 

His work is both brutal and beautiful, and speaks perfectly to the aims of our Cities Imaginaries series - to share high calibre creative practice that works with urban themes. We are honoured to have Caleb read from his most recent accomplishment, live and in-person for this year's iteration of Cities Imaginaries.

There will be opportunity following this year's lecture to purchase signed copies of "Poor", alongside a small reception.

Poor, book cover

About Cities Imaginaries

Cities Imaginaries is the UCL Urban Laboratory activity strand encompassing the curation and creation of cultural representations of cities and urban life. Led by Professor Matthew Beaumont, previous annual lectures have been delivered by high-profile cultural figures, including Roger Robinson, David Olusoga, Sonjah Stanley Niaah, Urvashi Butalia, Gus Casely-Hayford, and Linton Kwesi Johnson.


About the Speaker

Caleb Femi

Author, artist and director

Raised on the North Peckham estate in South London, Caleb Femi is a poet and director. His debut collection, Poor, was published in 2020 by Penguin Press. He has written and directed short films for the BBC, Channel 4, Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton.

A former Young People’s Laureate, Caleb won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection (2021) and has been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize (2021), and longlisted for the Jhalak Prize (2021)

He has been featured in the Dazed 100 list of the next generation shaping youth culture.

Photograph: Aiden Harmitt-WilliamsPublic

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