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Karl Nova
Karl Nova

All About Karl Nova

Karl Nova is one of the UK’s leading poets and hip hop artists delivering his work in his own unique, witty and energetic style

Born and raised in London as well as Lagos, Karl always found it difficult to fit in, it reflects in his music because he speaks as one who knows what it is like to be on the margins, in a world where conformity seems to be the key in gaining acceptance, he has always been one to defy expectations and go against the grain.

Whether it is in rap format or spoken word poetry he seeks to give voice to the search for meaning and deep need for faith and hope. His music and poetry is like a diary of his journey, his highs and his lows, his discoveries, observations and personal breakthroughs.

Apart from being a wordsmith and energetic live performer, Karl Nova is an avid beatmaker and he released a compilation of electronic music that he totally created on his phone called “Made ‘Em On My Phone”

Karl Nova has remained on the forefront of the scene he is a part of as a social commentator, creative writing workshop facilitator, broadcaster and cultural critic that creates platforms for other artists as he seeks to uplift, inform and inspire through this artistic expression.


Karl’s School Visits

Karl is very versatile and works well in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. He is flexible and will work with schools to tailor workshops and presentations to suit their needs and timetabling requirements. However please see below descriptions of some sample of a typical day in school with Karl.


While addressing the whole school in an assembly Karl will perform a lot of the pieces from his book “Rhythm And Poetry” in a rhythmical rap style to engage students. For example when Karl performs “true colours” he asks pupils to count how many colours are mentioned in the piece. Karl will tell them the story behind each piece and get them to analyse and dissect the themes and structure of each piece he performs.
Karl will compare and contrast classic poems of the past with present verses from different writers with the students. Karl will include rap verses in this because he has knowledge about different artists so he might end up drawing out similar themes and poetic devices used by a Shakespeare and, for example, Dizzee Rascal.
Karl performs a freestyle poem session where he asks students to choose random words and challenge Karl to create a verse on the spot.
Karl will also get them to stand up and participate in a mirror poem story performance where they repeat lines Karl throws out at them and get them to act it out.
Karl also has a series of different word games he plays with to test their intelligence and demonstrate the power of words
During workshops where Karl has smaller numbers and more time Karl talks to students about figures of speech, which he calls ingredients of writing, and gets pupils o create their own pieces in different styles, sometimes in rap format, other times in prose. During these sessions Karl provides writing tips and feedback on every students piece.
Karl considers his role is to use his written work, personality and energy to inspire them to appreciate literature and writing from an angle that is “cool” to them which most times is unexpected.

Karl’s Book

Rhythm and Poetry

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In Rhythm and Poetry by Hip Hop artist and poet Karl Nova the beauty of rap lyricism and Hip Hop influenced poetry is displayed with wit, humour and positivity. His approach is to meet young people where they are and engage them with the style and attitude they are familiar with. This collection reflects on his journey of growth from childhood to adulthood through the lens of hip hop culture. A lot of the verses have already impacted many lives as he travels and delivers them with his unique and energetic style.



Recommendations and Reviews

“I just wanted to say thank you for recommending Karl Nova for a visit to Priestlands. He was with us for the day yesterday working with Year 9. What a fabulous time they had! His performance and following workshop were the strongest and most enjoyable from a whole week of  Literary activities and visits. To engage with an audience of 240 pupils and keep them interested for one and a half hours is no mean feat! Karl’s workshop, which I stayed in for, was really high quality in terms of getting students to work independently, challenge themselves and experiment with language and form. His manner with students encouraged them to enjoy themselves. We’re really looking forward to a return visit in 2017! Please can you pass on how much we enjoyed the time he spent with us.” Caroline

“What a fantastic day, what a lovely person!

Thank you so much for recommending Karl to us.  He went down a storm, the students and staff loved him.So much so that the Head of English has already asked me to ensure we book Karl for next year during poetry week.  I’m not sure when national poetry day 2017 is but at a guess it is probably Thursday 5th October.  Please can you see if Karl is free and willing!  We would like him for a whole day again, this time working with other year groups too.

I’ll write a proper review of him on Monday for you but I just wanted you to know that he was brilliant.  I shall be putting an article on our school website and recommending him (and yourselves) to the other school librarian in Plymouth.” Joanne, Tor Bridge High School

“We had a very positive experience with Karl Nova. I have never seen the children so engaged and enthusiastic in an author’s workshop. Karl was absolutely brilliant with the children. Children and staff have requested that we invite him back in with his new book once it is published. It was fantastic to see the children write great poetry after Karl’s visit and really enthusiastic to share them. I also received very positive feedback from other members of staff in our other partnership schools.” Tanya Harewood

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Karl Nova, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at