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Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright, who works to fuse spoken word and music together. She has been performing her work since the age of 14. A spellbinding, dynamic and powerful performer, Rommi works in collaboration with dancers, music producers and musicians (and with her own band), to create a synthesis of lyrical spoken and sung word.

Performing her work regularly, both nationally and internationally, at arts, music and literature festivals (including The Guinness Jazz Festival; Ilkley Literature Festival, Sight Sonic; Crossing Borders, Amsterdam; Nuyorican Poet’s Café, New York; Prix Europa, Berlin and Vienna Literature Festival) Rommi has achieved a reputation for sharp, socially conscious poetic imagery, fused with astute harmonies, and jazz, funk and soul rhythms.

Rommi has been commissioned to create new work which has been broadcast extensively on various media, including: BBC Online, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Arabic Services Radio and BBC World Service. She is a contributor to, and performer on, numerous programmes including: Late Junction, Woman’s Hour, Fine Lines, The Verb, Poetry Please! Rommi and her band were commissioned to create new work for Late Night Lines from the Lowry (part of Radio 4’s Poetry Festival). Print and audio versions of Rommi’s work are featured on the BBC website (see the Links Page for details). Rommi was Chair of the first ever people’s jury for the Booker Prize.

Rommi has held numerous residencies in England and abroad. In 2001, Rommi was invited to take up the post of Poet in Residence for BBC Music Live, the first post of its kind in the history of the festival. In 2002 Rommi was BBC Artist in Residence for the Commonwealth Games, writing for broadcast on BBC World Service, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, BBC 2002 Commonwealth Games Radio and BBC Television. In 2005, Rommi was appointed Writer in Residence for BBC Radio 3’s Africa Season, writing extensively for BBC. Her role explored her Nigerian and English heritage, as well as stories of other people of African heritage in the UK. As part of this residency she wrote and performed a documentary about the cosmology of African naming, for the Twenty Minutes documentary series on BBC Radio 3. These poems were fused with music in collaboration with bassist Ken Higgins and percussionist Danny Templeman, for programmes such as Late Junction and The Verb.

In 2006, Rommi was invited to work for the British Council as Poet in Residence at California State University in Los Angeles. Whilst in residence, she worked with faculty and students to create Blues, Boats and Hurricanes, a response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

As an actor, Rommi has performed in Eve Ensler’s, The Vagina Monologues.

As a playwright Rommi has been commissioned by Paines Plough Theatre Company, BBC Radio Drama and Pentabus Theatre. Rommi’s play, Take a Pinch Of was an afternoon Drama for BBC Radio 4, featuring soul diva, Ruby Turner. In 2005, Rommi was commissioned to write and perform a new play, Fairtrade and Fairytales as part Flight 5065, an evening of live performances on the London Eye to raise awareness of Africa, Fairtrade and Debt Relief. In 2006 Rommi’s play Rain in his Suitcase was a European commission aired on BBC Radio and as part of Prix Europa celebrations in Berlin. Her short play Mountain Knows Me (commissioned by Pentabus and BBC Radio 4 Drama) was part of the Edinburgh Festival, before transferring to Soho Theatre in London’s West End and then onto Stockholm. The play has been developed and will be broadcast on Woman’s Hour in 2007. The play is published by Oberon Modern Plays as part of White Open Spaces, a collective commission from seven writers, which was nominated this year for a South Bank Show Award.

In autumn 2006, Rommi was invited to write an edition of From Fact to Fiction, the BBC Radio 4 series where writers are commissioned to write about the week’s news. Rommi wrote Our Deep Sorrow, a poetic examination of the public reaction to Tony’ Blair’s non-apology, but ‘deep sorrow’ for Britain’s role in the Slave Trade. The piece featured actor Burt Caesar and music by London Community Gospel Choir and bassist Ken Higgins. The piece was directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

Rommi dreams up and leads imaginative writing workshops for groups of all ages. A qualified teacher, Rommi tailors workshops to Key Stage subjects. Rommi teaches creative writing at Leeds University and is a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation.

Rommi second collection, Mornings and Midnights, which is inspired by the lives of divas, is due from Peepal Tree Press. The chapbook of poems from the full collection was selected as Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice.

Rommi is delighted to have been appointed Parliamentary Writer in Residence. Employed by the House of Commons, Rommi’s work focuses on creatively exploring the Parliamentary exhibition: The British Slave Trade, Abolition, Parliament and People. This is the first time in history a Parliamentary Writer in Residence has been appointed. It is also the first time in history there has been a Parliamentary Writer in Residence for a Parliamentary exhibition. As part of her role, Rommi is producing dynamic and imaginative educational resources which will be available for download via the Parliamentary website for the exhibition.

Rommi Smith will be Bicentenary poet-in-residence at Ilkley Literature Festival in autumn 2007.

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Rommi Smith Biography

Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright, who works to fuse spoken word and music together. She has been performing her work since the age of 14. A spellbinding, dynamic and powerful performer, Rommi works in collaboration with dancers, music producers and musicians (and with her own band), to create a synthesis of lyrical spoken and sung word.

Performing her work regularly, both nationally and internationally, at arts, music and literature festivals (including The Guinness Jazz Festival; Ilkley Literature Festival, Sight Sonic; Crossing Borders, Amsterdam; Nuyorican Poet’s Café, New York; Prix Europa, Berlin and Vienna Literature Festival) Rommi has achieved a reputation for sharp, socially conscious poetic imagery, fused with astute harmonies, and jazz, funk and soul rhythms.

Rommi has been commissioned to create new work which has been broadcast extensively on various media, including: BBC Online, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Arabic Services Radio and BBC World Service. She is a contributor to, and performer on, numerous programmes including: Late Junction, Woman’s Hour, Fine Lines, The Verb, Poetry Please! Rommi and her band were commissioned to create new work for Late Night Lines from the Lowry (part of Radio 4’s Poetry Festival). Print and audio versions of Rommi’s work are featured on the BBC website (see the Links Page for details). Rommi was Chair of the first ever people’s jury for the Booker Prize.

Rommi has held numerous residencies in England and abroad. In 2001, Rommi was invited to take up the post of Poet in Residence for BBC Music Live, the first post of its kind in the history of the festival. In 2002 Rommi was BBC Artist in Residence for the Commonwealth Games, writing for broadcast on BBC World Service, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, BBC 2002 Commonwealth Games Radio and BBC Television. In 2005, Rommi was appointed Writer in Residence for BBC Radio 3’s Africa Season, writing extensively for BBC. Her role explored her Nigerian and English heritage, as well as stories of other people of African heritage in the UK. As part of this residency she wrote and performed a documentary about the cosmology of African naming, for the Twenty Minutes documentary series on BBC Radio 3. These poems were fused with music in collaboration with bassist Ken Higgins and percussionist Danny Templeman, for programmes such as Late Junction and The Verb.

In 2006, Rommi was invited to work for the British Council as Poet in Residence at California State University in Los Angeles. Whilst in residence, she worked with faculty and students to create Blues, Boats and Hurricanes, a response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

As an actor, Rommi has performed in Eve Ensler’s, The Vagina Monologues.

As a playwright Rommi has been commissioned by Paines Plough Theatre Company, BBC Radio Drama and Pentabus Theatre. Rommi’s play, Take a Pinch Of was an afternoon Drama for BBC Radio 4, featuring soul diva, Ruby Turner. In 2005, Rommi was commissioned to write and perform a new play, Fairtrade and Fairytales as part Flight 5065, an evening of live performances on the London Eye to raise awareness of Africa, Fairtrade and Debt Relief. In 2006 Rommi’s play Rain in his Suitcase was a European commission aired on BBC Radio and as part of Prix Europa celebrations in Berlin. Her short play Mountain Knows Me (commissioned by Pentabus and BBC Radio 4 Drama) was part of the Edinburgh Festival, before transferring to Soho Theatre in London’s West End and then onto Stockholm. The play has been developed and will be broadcast on Woman’s Hour in 2007. The play is published by Oberon Modern Plays as part of White Open Spaces, a collective commission from seven writers, which was nominated this year for a South Bank Show Award.

In autumn 2006, Rommi was invited to write an edition of From Fact to Fiction, the BBC Radio 4 series where writers are commissioned to write about the week’s news. Rommi wrote Our Deep Sorrow, a poetic examination of the public reaction to Tony’ Blair’s non-apology, but ‘deep sorrow’ for Britain’s role in the Slave Trade. The piece featured actor Burt Caesar and music by London Community Gospel Choir and bassist Ken Higgins. The piece was directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

Rommi dreams up and leads imaginative writing workshops for groups of all ages. A qualified teacher, Rommi tailors workshops to Key Stage subjects. Rommi teaches creative writing at Leeds University and is a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation.

Rommi second collection, Mornings and Midnights, which is inspired by the lives of divas, is due from Peepal Tree Press. The chapbook of poems from the full collection was selected as Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice.

Rommi is delighted to have been appointed Parliamentary Writer in Residence. Employed by the House of Commons, Rommi’s work focuses on creatively exploring the Parliamentary exhibition: The British Slave Trade, Abolition, Parliament and People. This is the first time in history a Parliamentary Writer in Residence has been appointed. It is also the first time in history there has been a Parliamentary Writer in Residence for a Parliamentary exhibition. As part of her role, Rommi is producing dynamic and imaginative educational resources which will be available for download via the Parliamentary website for the exhibition.

Rommi Smith will be Bicentenary poet-in-residence at Ilkley Literature Festival in autumn 2007.

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  • Leeds Young Authors - Poets for Poets - Reading by Rommi Smith ...

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  • How to book Rommi Smith?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rommi Smith for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rommi Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rommi Smith or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rommi Smith?

    Booking fees for Rommi Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rommi Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rommi Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rommi Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rommi Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rommi Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rommi Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Rommi Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rommi Smith for your event is available upon request. Rommi Smith generally travels from UK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sunni Patterson, Carvens Lissaint, Gina Loring, Lemon Andersen and Brian Yorkey. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rommi Smith for an upcoming event.

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