Overture: An Evening with Troy Cabida

It’s summer of 2013. I’m walking from Hyde Park Corner to Oxford Circus because the 74 terminated early and I can only afford one more bus ride. I’m fresh out of sixth form, no plans to go to uni. I’m unemployed and at my Rachel Greene Season 1 phase and worst of all, I’m unpublished. Nazmia Jamal’s unrelenting voice rings in my head “You don’t have to be published to be a poet!” but the even more unrelenting voice in my head wins every time.

It was at this point when I decided that I’m going to use this time to grow and develop myself as not only a person, but as a worker, a friend, a son and an artist.

Fast forward to five years later, of three years in Sainsbury’s, two months in AllSaints, intermittent months as editor, columnist and featured poet in online journals and zines and two years sharpening my craft as a Barbican Young Poet under the tutelage of Jacob Sam-La Rose, all the while working in the library and gigging and producing poetry nights around London later, I find myself writing this article slash invitation post for a poetry night that I would have never thought to have co-produced, let alone feature in.

Overture: An Evening with Troy Cabida is a poetry night produced by me and the sensational poet, creative producer and visual artist Ruth Sutoyé. It is a show that functions in service to fully introduce myself to the world as a poet, performer and a person through poems and stories about love, friendship, bubble tea, that thing called masculinity and staying sober in London.

It’ll be held at The DIY Space on Saturday, the 11th of August 2018 from 7pm! Featuring acts on the night include Amina JamaNeimo AskarMalakaï Sargeant, Ruth Sutoyé and the musical prowess of Gabriel Jones aka Bump Kin.

Special shout outs to Malika Holder for designing the poster and to Ruth who is also my photographer for this entire project as well as co-producer, artistic director, host, therapist and all-around super friend.

Tickets are available by either clicking the poster above or down on the link below:


Early bird: £6

Standard online: £10

Door price: £12

We look forward to seeing you there!





Published by troycabida

Troy Cabida (he/him) is a Filipino poet and producer based in south west London. His recent poems have appeared in TAYO Literary Magazine, harana poetry, MacMillan and bath magg. He is a producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah and co-founder of Liwayway Kolektibo, an arts and culture network providing space for UK-based Filipino/a/x creatives. His debut pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020. Photo taken by Ray Roberts.

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