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Brent Poet Laureate Simon Mole has answer to trouble - what would Indiana Jones do?

PUBLISHED: 16:56 09 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:58 09 October 2013

Brent Poet Laureatte Simon Mole

Brent Poet Laureatte Simon Mole

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»As the official poet laureate of Brent, Simon Mole is used to surveying the lay of its land with a lyrical slant.

Whether it’s ‘‘sipping shallow breaths of city dust’’ on the Edgware Road or being ‘‘three-deep at the bar’’ at a Wembley Wetherspoons, the former Brighton local has become a fountain of north London prose since moving to Kilburn five years ago.

Following his laureate ­appointment by the council in June, the 29-year-old has been busy not only writing about his surroundings, but also helping others to do so as well in various community projects.

Now he is bringing his trademark, hip-hop infused style to the Southbank Centre for Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair.

The production is a character based one-man show that tells the story of Mike – a young man who deals with the issues of love and family in his life by asking himself ‘‘what would Indy do?’’

Mole says: “To say I write every day is a bit weird ­because it makes it sound dull, but I try to keep an eye out for the things people miss as they go about their normal routine.

“The most important thing to me is family relationships. If you write about that, you can make topics like the political personal – for example, there’s a poem about my granddad which I use to explore what it means to be British.”

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Having worked in local schools, where he encourages students to raise their pens and voices, Mole also says poetry can also have a huge role in building confidence and bringing communities together.

“For me, writing about the area you live in, the people you’re surrounded by – it can have a really positive ­effect. The level of thought involved helps you to understand and connect more and people will actually listen. It’s quite empowering.”

n Simon Mole will perform at the Southbank Centre on October 14 and 15. Tickets are £8 and include a sit down meal to enjoy during the show.


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