An Evening of Poetry and discourse with Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

CultureTree Centre is delighted to host Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, a Nigerian linguist, writer, scholar and cultural activist for the launch of his poetry collection ‘Edwardsville by Heart’ and a panel discussion exploring what it means to hold on to your language in a changing world.

Kọ́lá will be joined by Film-maker/Journalist Lola Mosanya and Author/Presenter Khafi Kareem on a panel discussion chaired by Gbemisola Isimi. The topic of the panel discussion is: ‘Holding on to the mother tongue in the 21st century’. 

While you enjoy some music, light refreshments and drinks, Kọ́lá will read from his brilliant book, ‘Edwardsville by Heart’, a memoir that covers many of his journeys and memories made in a foreign land, in search of knowledge and adventure. He will discuss his creative process and his experience living in the United States.

The panel discussion which follows the book launch will explore the dominance of English language and how it is becoming increasingly harder to hold on to indigenous languages, either in places where they are originally spoken (like Nigeria) or new homes where immigrants have established new bases with children straddling cultures.

There will be time for Q&A, book signing and an opportunity to connect and network with other guests.

Tickets cost £20 and includes light refreshments and a signed copy of the book.

Please register here:


Friday 9th November 2018


18:00 – 20:30


CultureTree Centre, 163 Commercial Way, London SE15 1AU