In the last in the series of illustrated poems, spoken word artists Inua Ellams and Ross Sutherland tell two very different stories.
'The Ballad of Abdul Hafiz' written and performed by Inua Ellams
An encounter on a bus with a drunk Algerian man, who has a story to tell: "I looked at him intently, at the almost black neckline at dried saliva on his lips, I wished he'd tell me why."
'Parade' written and performed by Ross Sutherland
A hypnotic carnival of the subconscious: "How unreal these buildings now seem.
Their facades thin, like sets of Westerns.
The wind faked with pulleys, the windows painted on.
With LEDs mimicking the reflection of the sun."
Peter Polycarpou and Alex Tregear.
Directed by James Robinson
Verse Illustrated is a brand new series of short story poems by some of the UK's leading spoken word artists, illustrated with sound and music.
Each is narrated by its author, in their own distinctive style.
And each takes us on a very different late night journey.
The result is something between music and drama; a world in which the rhythms of the soundscapes merge with those of the words and the music to create an immersive narrative experience.
Each week two poets are given 7 minutes to tell a story, creating two song length tales that stretch the imagination in distinct ways: Some are funny, some shocking, some tragic and some romantic.
"Ellams' poetry is smooth enough to melt in the ear, yet packed full of snap, crackle and pop." Time Out
Born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria '1984, Ellams is a spoken word artist with a style influenced as much by Classic literature as it is by hip hop; by Keats as much as MosDef.
His two most recent solo-spoken word shows - 'Untitled' and 'The 14th Tale' - have been critically acclaimed.
"Sutherland is compelling, veering between earnest and flippant, erudite and heartfelt." The Independent
Ross was included in The Times's list of Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008.
He has two collections of poetry: Things To Do Before You Leave Town (2009) and Twelve Nudes (2010).
His one-man poetry/comedy show, The Three Stigmata of Pacman, won rave reviews in Edinburgh last year and is currently on national tour.
Two original story poems from spoken word artists Inua Ellams and Ross Sutherland.