Brighton Dome’s incredible spoken word showcase returns to The Basement on Fri 22 March. Once again, it’ll feature top UK artists, local musicians, a ‘poet in residence’, poetry film and an open mic session.

Run in partnership with Apples and Snakes, each Trope night is based around a central theme, so performers can tackle the nitty-gritty of life from all angles.

For March, the theme at Trope will be HOPE. Each performer has been asked to share work interpreting the theme, to strengthen your resolve and light up your hearts.

This month’s headliner is Salena Godden, who has established herself as one of the UK’s foremost poets. A BBC and arts festival regular, she has written and presented numerous arts and music programmes. A film of her poem Titanic was aired as part of the BBC poetry programme We Belong Here, while her short-fiction Blue Cornflowers was shortlisted for 2016’s Guardian Short Story Prize. She’s also contributed work to The Good Immigrant and The Essay as well as releasing a broad range of work on her live album LIVEwire.

Salena Godden is joined by music from Ricky Tart and Brighton Dome’s Poet in Residence, Subira Wahogo. Provocative, defiant and unapologetic, this spoken word poet and activist unashamedly smashes the personal and political together. Their experiences and imagination combine in a compelling selection of work. The winner of ONCA’s 2018 Green Curtain Award, Godden is a familiar face around Brighton – firing up workshops and shows alike.

To secure a three-minute slot during the open mic section, get in touch using: artisticplanning@brightondome.org or sign up on the night if there are spare spaces.

Trope comes to The Basement on Fri 22 March 2019.

Subira Wahogo