Celebrating Black British voices in poetry, prose and music at the Howard Assembly Room

10th March 2022

Frequent Magic, an evening of spoken word and music in celebration of the award-winning writers of Leeds’ Peepal Tree Press, comes to the stage of the city’s Howard Assembly Room on Wednesday 16 March.


Produced in partnership between Opera North and Speaking Volumes, Frequent Magic is a rare chance for writers and readers to come together in person to celebrate the connections formed across the printed page.



Compered by Leeds-based poet and theatre-maker Khadijah Ibrahiim, the line-up features readings by Leone Ross, whose latest novel This One Sky Day was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction, and Nick Makoha, whose acclaimed collection of poetry Kingdom of Gravity deals with his exile from Uganda as a child.


British/Trinidadian poet, novelist and musician Anthony Joseph will be joined by collaborators Jason Yarde (saxophone), Andrew John (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums) for a unique musical performance of his magical realist novel The Frequency of Magic.