Ancient women’s stories were hijacked, theatrical frameworks made masculine, and here we’ll explore reconstructing this by honouring matriarchal frameworks working frontline in the pandemic and the faith and friendships we found.
Rufus Mufasa is a pioneering participatory artist, literary activist, poet, rapper, singer-songwriter, theatre maker, and last but not least, a mother. From Barbican Fellow to the first Future Generations Act Poet in Residence, Rufus also works internationally, securing literary residencies ranging from the Hay Literature Festival to Sweden, Finland, Indonesia, and most recently Zimbabwe, but always returns to People Speak Up in Llanelli, promoting hip hop education, performance poetry and intergenerational development and has recently been appointed their Poet on Prescription. Rufus was a Hull ’19 artist in conjunction with BBC Contains Strong Language, and her book Flashbacks and Flowers is due to drop, with her second album also on the way. Rufus’s work explores motherhood, the spirituality of ancestry, class, climate chaos, feminism and faith, and transgenerational or trapped trauma.