Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a UK-based poet, playwright and performer who has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and the BBC. His latest play, an adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters
set in Nigeria, is on at the National Theatre until 19 February. The Actual
will be Ellams’ fifth poetry release, and first full collection, after Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales
(flipped eye, 2005), Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars
(flipped eye, 2011), The Wire-Headed Heathen
(Akashic Books, 2016) and The Half God of Rainfall
(Fourth Estate, 2019).
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