Saili Katebe

Saili Katebe (The Blissful Nomad) is a Member of the Sword Forge Collective 2022 – 2023.


Saili Katebe is a Zambian-born writer and performer based in South West England. Often writing under the pen name The Blissful Nomad, he uses poetry and theatre to exercise his curiosity and perfect the art of recklessness, challenging his language and its hidden music.

He co-hosts Bristol’s leading spoken word night Raise The Bar, is a BBC Poetry Slam runner-up, and a Milk Poetry Superslam winner. In 2019, he was the poet-in-residence for the SS Great Britain. He is signed to Nymphs & Thugs for their ‘LIVEwire x Lockdown’ project.


  • BBC featured poem  Portrait of the Poet as Protest  [ watch it here ]
  • Words First Finalist 2020.
  • Signed to Nymphs & Thugs.
  • Co-host of Raise the Bar.
  • BBC Poetry slam Runner Up.
  • Milk Poetry super slam Winner.
  • Poet in Residence of the SS Great Britain (2019).
  • Workshop facilitator.
  • Longlisted for Best Collaborative Work (for their participation in The CandleLit Sessions) in the Saboteur Awards 2022.



Saili’s work is profoundly personal, skilful and abundant with narrative and raw feeling. His creative energy is laced with hope and a sense of possibility. He draws on his rich heritage and experiences as a black person living in rural England to craft stunning poems that are moving and vibrant on both the stage and the page.

Irisi Magazine

Saili had the audience in the palm of his hand at our ‘LIVEwire Birmingham’ event earlier this year, and it was that night that the original idea for the ‘LIVEwire x Lockdown’ project was born. He’s one of the most captivating poets that I’ve seen over the last few years and I’m over the moon that he’s on our label.