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It’s not often that you witness someone telling a short story with as much rhythm and passion as a poem. But we couldn’t take our eyes of flash fiction writer and performer Femi Martin at spoken word event Hammer & Tongue in Hackney recently. She captivated the audience with her compelling lyrical compositions and energetic, honest storytelling.
Femi is no stranger to performing her work. In February 2012 she was appointed as the Dickens Young Writer in Residence, working closely with The Charles Dickens Museum, Spread the Word and Cityread London, where five pieces of her flash fiction inspired by quotes from Dickens’s novels were commissioned. She has performed at various festivals, venues and events, including Bloomsbury Festival, the Southbank Centre, Wilderness Festival, Tongue Fu and Come Rhyme With Me.
Telling intimate stories about love and relationships, Femi’s narratives take you into private worlds that ache with tragedy and beam with humor and sensitivity, while feeling oddly familiar. We all know what it feels like when another school kid steals your chocolate bar out of your coat pocket, or what someone special really means by what they’re not saying, or “the under-word”, as Femi recounts in her story “Dig“. She delivers these tales with such ease and fluidity, that it is impossible not to listen, laugh, and feel.
Recently she has been working on new pieces of flash fiction, scripts, running workshops and developing a one woman show called All the Men I thought I Loved, which she performed a scratch of last year at Theatre503 in Clapham.
Check out what Femi is up to at the moment over at her website