Tetley Lates: An evening of poetry
Photo: Jules Lister

Tetley Lates: An evening of poetry

  • Wed 20 Jul
  • 6.30–10pm
  • South Bank Room, Ground Floor, The Tetley
  • £7 | £3 unwaged
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Join local poets Lucy Rose Cunningham, Nivetha Tilakkumar, and Taiwo Ogunyinka and Abdullah Adekola from Say It With Your Chest Arts Collective for an intimate evening of poetry and performance.

The second half of the evening will be open to all, sign up on the night for a chance to read your work.


6.30–7pm Arrive & grab a drink

7–7.35pm Set by Say It With Your Chest

7.45–8.15pm Set by Nivetha Tilakkumar 

8.30–9pm Set by Lucy Rose Cunningham

9.15–10pm Open Mic


Lucy Rose Cunningham is an artist and writer based in Leeds. Her practice looks at the performative potential of language, works made emerging as performances or soundscapes utilising voice and movement, and written words in the form of publications and print. In recent years, Cunningham has performed at Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Gallery Wakefield, South London Gallery, and HuMBase, Stuttgart. She is also the author of pamphlet For Mary, Marie, Maria: after the nectar, pyre and linden tree, published by Broken Sleep Books (2021), with a second pamphlet forthcoming in July 2022.

Nivetha Tilakkumar is a spoken word poet based in Leeds and has been performing for the last 4 years. Her work is centred around her identity as a queer Tamil woman as she explores these intersections in a way that is powerful and sensual to her. Nivetha’s work has recently been featured on the Daytimers x Big Dyke Energy compilation album ‘Celebrating Pride: For the Community, By the Community’. She has also recently performed with Leeds Poetry Festival, Leeds Literature Festival and Daytimers’ first South Asian poetry night ‘Mehfil’.

Say It With Your Chest Arts Collective is a Black-led, Leeds based creative platform. Started as an ad hoc live poetry event, SIWYC has gone on to develop event series, workshops, and advocate for Black arts in the art sector in Leeds and the north of England. They believe in the necessary and world-changing power of creativity for community building, wellbeing, social justice, and racial equity.

Taiwo Ogunyinka is a poet and collective arts organiser, and project researcher of Nigerian heritage based in Leeds. They are a co-founding members of the Say It With Your Chest Arts Collective.

Abdullah Adekola (he/him) is a Black-British working-class writer and performer. His breakthrough collection of poetry ‘Nigrescence’ is out now. He is a co-founding members of the Say It With Your Chest Arts Collective.


  • This event is taking place in the South Bank Room on our Ground Floor.
  • Our lift is located at the rear of our building for access to all floors.
  • Please call us on 0113 320 2323 or email info@yorkshire-contemporary.local if you have any specific questions about access.

Getting here

Please note, there are no onsite parking facilities at The Tetley. Our nearest car park is RCP Parking on Sheaf Street, Leeds, LS10 1HD.

For more information about visiting The Tetley, click here.