#9 KEITH JARRETT
With the help of Maria Ferguson, Keith will be coaching the hopefuls of Clapton Girls’ Academy in Hackney towards to WORDCUP2014 slam final!
In 2010, Keith Jarrett simultaneously held the title of Farrago’s London and UK Poetry Slam Champion, and was a semi-finalist in the World Cup Grand Slam in Paris. He has since hosted English and Spanish poetry showcases and coordinated festivals in schools in London and beyond.
Last year, his five-star reviewed poetry show Identity Mix-Up debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Keith’s short fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Attitude and Tell Tales IV.
Keith is currently part of the Spoken Word Educators programme, teaching in a London secondary school and studying for an MA at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is writing his first novel.
MARIA FERGUSON – Shadow Poet
Maria Ferguson is an Essex born performance poet with a passion for words and whisky. Coming up through the ranks of the legendary Roundhouse Poetry scheme she now makes up one sixth of poetry collective ‘Early Doors’ and one eleventh of spoken word ensemble, ‘A Cloud of Foxes’.
With these charming groups of reprobates she has performed poetry and spoken word theatre at venues such as The Roundhouse, The BAC, and in a small pub in Leicester to one man and a dog. She has performed extensively on the UK spoken word circuit and at festivals including Secret Garden Party and Bestival.
Maria also runs drama and poetry workshops for young people in schools and youth centres across London and the UK. She has experience in bringing performance to various community settings including retirement homes, schools, prisons and mental health units.
WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.
SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the Word, SWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.Read More