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Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry: <i>Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars</i>, <i>Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales</i>,<i>The Wire-Headed Heathen</i> and <i>#Afterhours</i>. His first play <i>The 14th Tale</i> was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth <i>Barber Shop Chronicles</i> sold two runs at England’s National Theatre. He is currently adapting several plays for film and television. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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