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Inua Ellams


Word & Graphic Artist


Inua Ellams is a Word & Graphic Artist. Born in Nigeria in '84, he fell for visual art and worked solely in this field until he started writing in '02. Constantly striving to merge the disciplines, his work is known for its musicality, beauty and attention to detail.

His best selling first book titled Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales was published in '05, a critically acclaimed collection of 'short stories disguised as long poems' and his first full length theatre piece The 14th Tale, commissioned by The BAC and The London Word Festival, will be at The Edinburgh Fringe Fest this August, before a National tour this Autumn.

As a workshop facilitator, he has taught in universities, secondary and primary schools, theatres and libraries, delivering prose or poetry workshops, often combined with visual art as a stimulus.

Described as the love child of John Keats and Mos Def and influenced by classic lit and hip hop, Inua’s work crosses 18th Century Romanticism and traditional of story telling with contemporary diction, loose rhythm and rhyme.



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