Ella Fitzgerald would have enjoyed her 100th birthday today. My poem, “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me” has been published in “Ella @ 100”, an anthology celebrating Ella Fitzgerald in her birthplace of Newport News, Virginia.
This led to a discussion about celebrating her talent and achievements in Leicester. Leicester Libraries’ Leicester Writers’ Showcase combined with Black History Month seemed a perfect way to do this. Leicester has many talented poems and spoken word artists who have been influenced by jazz and this event will showcase those talents.
If you are in or able to get to Leicester on the evening of 18 October and would like to take part, please let me know.