Jazz Verse Jukebox with Jumoké Fashola

Friday 21 July | 19:30

The eclectic Jazz Verse Jukebox concludes its current season at Hoxton Hall on Friday 21st July at Hoxton Hall, with an all female international lineup of wordsmiths & singers.


Toni Stuart is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator. Her work has been published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books locally and abroad. Her performances include, a group show at the Paris Autumn Festival 2013 (as part of France South Africa Seasons 2012/2013), poetry installation Here To Listen (London, 2015), poetry & film exhibition From My View with filmmaker Shelley Barry (South Africa, 2013); Stretching Silence with visual artist Firdous Hendricks (South Africa, 2013); sound installation Between Words and Images with curator & visual artist Ernestine White (South Africa, 2013). This year, she performed with dotdotdot dance flamenco company, at the Sadler’s Wells Sampled Festival.

In 2014 was part of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Commonwealth Poets United exchange. In 2013 she was named in the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 inspiring Young South Africans. She has an MA Writer/Teacher (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar. She is one half of international poetry/music duo Gertrude & Jemima with UK poet/drummer Remi Graves.



Shruti Chauhan is a poet and performer based in Leicester. She has won slams internationally in Chicago and Mumbai, and has performed at Royal Albert Hall, the Green Mill in Chicago, the US Embassy’s American Centre in New Delhi, and at poetry festivals and events across the UK.

In 2015 she toured Three the Hard Way – Part 2 nationally with Jean Binta Breeze MBE and Lydia Towsey. She is a Breakthrough Artist at Curve Theatre, and is currently writing her debut solo show, The Sky Diaries.

“She is one of the true strong young voices who speak of and for the rich cultural flux of today’s England.” Mark Goodwin



Miriam Nash was born in Inverness and grew up in Scotland, England and Wales. Her first poetry collection, All the Prayers in the House, was published by Bloodaxe in 2017. She has performed her work internationally and brought poetry in schools, museums and prisons in the UK, USA and Singapore. Her collection won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2015 and was runner-up in the Edwin Morgan Awards 2016. In 2014 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a MFA at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
‘Miriam Nash’s work is thematically satisfying, energetic and dynamic. These anarchic poems are the product of an original and febrile mind. A blast.’ – Jackie Kay, Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016



Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a British-born Ghanaian poet and writer. A former Barbican Young Poet, her work has been commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, in addition to being featured on BBC Radio 4. She was shortlisted for the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2016, and is one of ten poets on the acclaimed UK mentorship programme, The Complete Works. Her debut pamphlet, Girl B, is part of the 2017 New-Generation African Poets series, edited by Chris Abani and Kwame Dawes. She is the creative director of MOTHER TONGUES, a forthcoming intergenerational poetry, film and translation project supported by Arts Council England and Autograph ABP.


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Gill Manly is a considered a member of the British Jazz Royal family, a veteran of the UK jazz world. Her career began when she was discovered by international playboy and club owner Victor Lownes, who installed her immediately as his resident singer for 6 years continuously. She has recorded five albums to critical acclaim and has headlined at many of the Capital’s top music venues ever since.

Described by Time Out as “a singer not lacking in testosterone” Gill is known for her passionate and highly moving interpretations, often described as “flying vocally without a net.” Her latest recording, ‘Everything Must Change’ is a collection of songs made famous by Nina Simone.

‘Gill’s voice is nothing short of electric….singers with this much control and technique are a scarcity nowadays. JAZZ ON CD MAGAZINE