Dzifa Benson

Writer | Producer | Performance Maker

 

Curation & Production

Dzifa began producing live literature events in 2007 when she ran the Room of Abandon poetry and music evenings. Since then she has curated live literature events at venues such as Kensal Rise Cemetery, Tate Britain and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She also works as a producer with Renaissance One whose work ranges from the curation of book tours, literary readings, spoken word and poetry performances, to educational workshops and mentoring.

 
  The Venus Papers Tour, 2016 & 2017 - As part of the team at Renaissance One, Dzifa helped produce Lydia Towsey's one-person show which toured England in 2016 - 2017.

The Venus Papers Tour, 2016 & 2017 - As part of the team at Renaissance One, Dzifa helped produce Lydia Towsey's one-person show which toured England in 2016 - 2017.

  In the Undergrowth, The Vineyard Poets, Tate Britain, 2010   - As part of   the BP Going Public Event Series,Dzifa was commissioned by Tate Britain to produce a poetry performance responding to David Hockney's wall length painting, Bigger Trees Near Warter. A pamphlet, In the Undergrowth, featuring ten poets from The Vineyard poetry collective was published to accompany the performance and given away to members of the public.

In the Undergrowth, The Vineyard Poets, Tate Britain, 2010 - As part of the BP Going Public Event Series,Dzifa was commissioned by Tate Britain to produce a poetry performance responding to David Hockney's wall length painting, Bigger Trees Near Warter. A pamphlet, In the Undergrowth, featuring ten poets from The Vineyard poetry collective was published to accompany the performance and given away to members of the public.


  Lush (One Night in Hackney), Hackney Empire, 2008 - In collaboration with poet and photographer, Dzifa produced a night of poetry featuring 14 women poets performing poems about sex. The poets were Salena Godden, Annie Brechin, Dzifa Benson, Cath Drake, Patricia Foster, Malika Booker, Miriam Nash, Jacqueline Saphra, Olumide Popoola, Agnes Meadows, Kat Francois, Naomi Woddis, Heather Taylor and Karen McCarthy-Woolf.

Lush (One Night in Hackney), Hackney Empire, 2008 - In collaboration with poet and photographer, Dzifa produced a night of poetry featuring 14 women poets performing poems about sex. The poets were Salena Godden, Annie Brechin, Dzifa Benson, Cath Drake, Patricia Foster, Malika Booker, Miriam Nash, Jacqueline Saphra, Olumide Popoola, Agnes Meadows, Kat Francois, Naomi Woddis, Heather Taylor and Karen McCarthy-Woolf.

  Read My Lips, The Zetter, 2008 - Dzifa was invited to curate and host a series of regular poetry events in this boutique hotel in central London. The events featured poets, novelists and musicians.

Read My Lips, The Zetter, 2008 - Dzifa was invited to curate and host a series of regular poetry events in this boutique hotel in central London. The events featured poets, novelists and musicians.


  Exiles & Immigrants, The Dissenters Chapel, Kensal Rise Cemetery, 2008 - As part of the Across the Street, Around the World programme of events produced by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Dzifa was commissioned to curate and host an evening of music and literature performances exploring themes of exile and immigration in the candle-lit Dissenters' Chapel. With Bernardine Evaristo, Agnes Meadows, Baden Prince, Yemisi Blake and Drum & Flute.

Exiles & Immigrants, The Dissenters Chapel, Kensal Rise Cemetery, 2008 - As part of the Across the Street, Around the World programme of events produced by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Dzifa was commissioned to curate and host an evening of music and literature performances exploring themes of exile and immigration in the candle-lit Dissenters' Chapel. With Bernardine Evaristo, Agnes Meadows, Baden Prince, Yemisi Blake and Drum & Flute.

  Room of Abandon, 2007 to 2008 - In collaboration with the Hanging Gardner of Babylon, Dzifa curated and produced this live literature and music night on the second and fourth Wednesay of every month.        

Room of Abandon, 2007 to 2008 - In collaboration with the Hanging Gardner of Babylon, Dzifa curated and produced this live literature and music night on the second and fourth Wednesay of every month.

 

 


  Poetry International, Southbank Centre, 2008 - As part of The Shot From the Lip executive committee, Dzifa was invited to produce an event for Poetry International at Southbank Centre. Poets Jean Binta and Linton Kwesi Johnson were invited to perform in the Spirit Level of The Royal Festival Hall while DJ Dennis Bovell took up residence in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Poetry International, Southbank Centre, 2008 - As part of The Shot From the Lip executive committee, Dzifa was invited to produce an event for Poetry International at Southbank Centre. Poets Jean Binta and Linton Kwesi Johnson were invited to perform in the Spirit Level of The Royal Festival Hall while DJ Dennis Bovell took up residence in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

  National Association for Literature Development Expo, 2007 - Dzifa was part of the team who organised this expo of presentations, workshops, live literature, forums and debates for writers, organisations and professionals involved in developing reading, writing and literature audiences.

National Association for Literature Development Expo, 2007 - Dzifa was part of the team who organised this expo of presentations, workshops, live literature, forums and debates for writers, organisations and professionals involved in developing reading, writing and literature audiences.