Tolu Agbelusi

Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, playwright, performer, producer, educator and lawyer. A 2017 BBC slam finalist, she was longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship and recognised by Speaking Volumes 2017 as one of the Best British Writers of Colour. Published nationally and internationally, she is also the creator of the Home Is… project, a poetry and visual arts exploration of home and displacement, which showcases the highly acclaimed play, Ilé La Wà alongside the Home Is… exhibition.

Photo: Jolade Olusanya


Poetry Café: Tolu Agbelusi »

Spoken word from a poet known for the graphic power of her work

Sun 10 March | 13:00 - 13:50 | £6.75/£5.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre


We All Take Risks Stepping Into Thin Air

My first night in Cayenne, I slept with a man
I met at the airport (another teacher). His bed
a breath from my misgivings, his only preoccupation
was sleep and cheap accommodation. When he moved
on, the bartender floated a drink to my room. Cracked
a joke. Poured his tongue into my mouth and promised
to return at 1am. Said I would discover him.
Because I believed him, I barricaded the door, snuffed
out the lights and lay still until he tired of knocking.


Tolu Agbelusi

First published in Pittsburgh Poetry Review (2017)