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Dikson was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the United Kingdom in 2000 where he got into slam poetry in Brighton whilst at university. In late 2009, he returned to his hometown of Harare in Zimbabwe.
Well-known on the local spoken word circuit in Zimbabwe, Dikson performs regularly at the celebrated Shoko! Spoken word and hip-hop festival in Harare. Since his return to African soil, Dikson has performed at the Arts Alive Festival in Cape Town and at the ‘House of Hunger’ poetry event in Johannesburg. He has also performed alongside well-known artists such as Tumi (of ‘Tumi and the Volume’), and Durban’s Ewok.
Dikson’s debut outing as a performer in 2006 saw him reach the semi-finals of the UK Radio 4 nationwide Slam Championships as its youngest competitor and has since been interviewed on BBC World Service. On the international front, Dikson has performed in Norway, Germany, London and Denmark, at the World Wide Words and My World Images festivals. He has also been involved in holding workshops for HIV positive children at the AfricAid Project in Zimbabwe.
Dikson has collaborated on a few poetry fusion projects, including with the all-female ensemble WoCalling (Norway/Zimbabwe) and Lonesome George (Norway).
Dikson is currently involved in a project that lit up stages at HIFA 2011 called Sonic Slam Chorus featuring fellow poet TJ Dema (Botswana) and backed by a stellar cast of 8 musicians from around the world.
Dikson’s poetry has been translated and published into Danish and German.