Sunday 2 August 2020 – The Monocle Minute

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Between the lines

Poet and playwright Inua Ellams was born in Jos, Nigeria, in 1984. He was educated in England and Ireland before settling in London. His plays – including Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall and a deft reworking of Chekov’s Three Sisters transposed onto the Nigerian Civil War – grapple eloquently and lyrically with the notions of identity and belonging. Ellams, whose influences range from hip-hop to the Romantic poets, has also penned works and screenplays for the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre and the BBC. He’s a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature too. In what little remains of his time, Ellams is also a graphic…

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