Renaissance One

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Renaissance One
FounderMelanie Abrahams
Key people
  • Rochelle Saunders (Lead Producer and Project Manager)
  • Melanie Abrahams (Creative Director and Curator)

Renaissance One is an independent arts company that curates and produces literature and spoken word events. Renaissance One was founded in 2000 as a company to represent and work with writers through showcases and tours.[1] Renaissance One organises live events and festivals surrounding contemporary British and international literature. [2]

Key productions

‘Bittersweet’, 1999 - 2000

A tour of group of Black and Asian women writers who were published in The Women’s Press anthology ‘Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry’ (1998, editor: Karen McCarthy).[3] The tour ran from 1999 to 2000 and presented writers including Patience Agbabi, Bernardine Evaristo, Khefri Riley (KA’frique), Raman Mundair, Karen McCarthy, Vanessa Richards and Dorothea Smartt. [4]

‘Facing Leicester Square’, 2002

Live recording and broadcast of six contemporary writers for a BBC Radio 3 drama series.[5]

‘A Great Day’, 2004

A photoshoot of fifty writers of African, Asian and Caribbean origin on the steps of the British Library.[6]

‘London Is The Place For Me’, 2012 - 2018

A two-week literature festival at the Tricycle Theatre to commemorate 50 years of Independence for Trinidad and Tobago. The festival, commissioned by the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission, and co-curated by Dominique Le Gendre and Melanie Abrahams, featured fifty artists of Trinidadian and Tobagonian origin.[7][8][9]


  1. Mahoney, Ciara (June 25, 2013). "Arts head: Melanie Abrahams, founder of Tilt and Renaissance one" – via
  2. "Poetry Magic with John Agard". The British Library.
  3. "Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women's Poetry: McCarthy, Karen: 9780704346079: Books".
  4. "Search Results for "Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women's Poetry "".
  5. "Melanie Abrahams".
  6. Levy, Andrea (September 18, 2004). "Made in Britain" – via
  7. "London is the Place For Me". The British Library.
  8. Desk, BWW News. "Renaissance One, Tilt and Carnival Village Host LONDON IS THE PLACE FOR ME 2014 Festival This Weekend".
  9. "London Is The Place For Me Festival 2016". Renaissance One.

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