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Afrika Eye

Brunel's SS Great Britain

4 - 7 November 2019

Various times and prices

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is part of this year’s Afrika Eye festival, the South West’s biggest celebration of African culture. We are delighted to be welcoming poet, Saili Katebe, aboard the SS Great Britain for a week-long residency. He’ll even be spending a night on the ship!

Meet ‘poet in residence’ Saili Katebe, as part of Afrika Eye at Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Pop-up Poetry

Monday 4 November, included in ticket price to Brunel's SS Great Britain

If you’re visiting the ship on 4 November, enjoy pop-up poetry with Saili between 1pm and 2pm.

Lunch-time poetry

Wednesday 6 November, free for everyone to attend

Whether or not you’re visiting the ship, this is a free lunch-time drop-in session to meet Saili, our poet in residence as part of Afrika Eye Festival. Come to the visitor centre anytime between 1pm to 2pm and you’ll be directed where to go to meet Saili and find out more about his residency. You can bring your lunch with you.


Voices of Africa; an evening of spoken word, dance and poetry

Thursday 7 November, £8, buy tickets

Experience an evening on board the SS Great Britain with a chance to explore the ship and enjoy performances from Zena Edwards, Saili Katebe, Tjawangwa Dema and Ripton Lindsay.

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Return to Gorée

Monday 4 November, £23, concession £18, under 24 £16, buy tickets

In addition to the programme, Afrika Eye presents an evening of Senegalese film, music and food on board the ship.

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Throughout the week

Visitors might stumble across Saili around the dockyard and ship between Monday 4 and Thursday 7 November as he will be exploring and taking inspiration from the ship and passenger stories.

Do keep a look out on our social media as Saili’s residency progresses where we’ll be sharing some of his work.

The SS Great Britain Trust is delighted to be partnering with Afrika Eye, Boat Poets and Raise the Bar in this exciting programme.