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From North East Coordinator Kirsten
Everyone have a good summer? Everyone ready for some spoken word?
Poets and performers from beginners to professionals are invited to test out new work at our Scratch Club on the 21st - this is open-to-all. Meanwhile, the slightly more secretive Tees Women Poets will be working with Precious Cargo Theatre to devise a performance of works inspired by Louise Bourgeois. Watch this space for news of the final event, happening at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art on the 11th October and featuring headliners Sophia Blackwell and Sheree Mack.
JibbaJabba on the 25th is for all you geeks – our special guest is Dan Simpson, fresh from a Fringe run of his new show Applied Mathematics, and with copies of his very first full collection of the same name, out now with Burning Eye Press.
Sally Crabtree, the ‘Poetry Postie’, joins us for this month’s Home Cooking podcast with a light-hearted look at delivering accessible poetry to everyone. Sing-O-Gram with Daljit Nagra, anyone?Every Thursday at 5pm on www.basic.fm.
From South East Coordinator Pete
August saw the final local heat of the Spoke ‘n’ Word bicycle-powered slam with young poets sharing their work in the hope of a slot in the Grand Final which takes place 21st September at Wise Words Festival.
Then in Southampton we welcomed the arrival of The C>RT as the IMPRESS leg of the Bridging the Solent project kicked off and young people from No Limits began their adventures in spoken word and print-making. The first drop-in day of IMPRESS at XwwX Gallery is on the 12th where you can view the work created so far as part of Bridging the Solent.
The penultimate showcase of 2014 Archimedes Screw Showcase is also on the 12th, where one lucky open miker will be voted Archimedes Screw Champion for September and bag themselves a paid slot at 451 - there’ll also be a headline set from Anthony Anaxagorou!
All this takes place before we sail gracefully into the mists and mellow fruitfulness of October – enjoy!
From South West Coordinator Gina
It’s a joy to announce a Triple bill of spoken word this month!
First up of course, it’s the Amazing Spokes: Amaze! on the 7th. Headlined by poetry star and Totnes resident Matt Harvey with Bath boy Toby Thompson, it’s a double whammy of regional talent! There’s the beautiful Ready Steady Slam to look forward to and a set from August slam winner Katie Moudry, plus some handpicked tasty morsels for the screen, what’s not to love? We have 2 spaces left on the slam, email me firstname.lastname@example.org, to sign up and find out more.
Forked! Is back on the 18th with a fantastic line up including regional rising stars Saskia Tomlinson and Jason Butler plus the charming self-confessed geek Dan Simpson. The cherry on the cake? Why it’s burlesque comedy spoken word goddess, all the way from New Zealand- ‘Hot Pink’ Penny Ashton. Check out The Hoochie Poem here.
And thirdly, yep there’s more! Look out for the Poetry Postie Sally Crabtree on her rounds on the 17th and the 24th, stopping off at Plymouth railway Station and heading south the following week to Falmouth, as part of SPLASH, a quirky, inspiring festival sure to lift your spirits. You can’t miss her, she’s got a huge bike and a bag of poetic goodies just waiting for you to stamp!
From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan
Hit the Ode is back! Sorry, I know I should ease you into this email, but I got really excited. After a long summer, full of longing and wistful sighs, Brum gets its night back on the 18th, and we’re returning in style: we have the rapidly rising star Stephen Morrison-Burke representing the Midlands, the inimitable Sally Jenkinson as the national poet, and Nilson Muniz, Portuguese national slam champion performing with gusto (and subtitles).
Also this month, on the 6th Ben Norris presents the show he developed based on his Lit Fuse piece from a few months back. Those of you who were there know that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family is not to be missed. The rest might be enticed by this trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkwZywNipgI). See you there for a premiere showing and Q&A with the team.
Finally, dependable as ever, Poets’ Place keeps going. They’ve recently beaten their attendance record, and I don’t believe they can be stopped now: Jasmine Gardosi has turned this informal meeting space into a biscuit-and-poetry fueled juggernaut. Come see what the fuss is about on the 13th and the 27th!
See you very soon,
From London Coordinator Russell
Well, here we are again, post-Edinburgh, post-holidays, post-ironic – and ready to ride post-haste into the wilds of autumn.
Well, kind of. We’re just getting back up to speed, really. Things kicked off properly yesterday, when the Picture The Poet exhibition hit Sheffield. Watch out for the exciting outreach activities that’ll be accompanying that up in Steel City.
Down here in the Great Wen, we’ll be resuming Jawdance on the 24th. Exciting new guest acts, but same old pack-drill, i.e: get there early!
We’re also fielding a team at the Hammer & Tongue Slam Finals on the 27th at the Royal Albert Hall Loading Bay, which is all very fun and exciting! Come along and root for us!
On the 28th we have The Final SPOKE Show of the season, in fact, it will be the final event of the whole SPOKE project which started back in Autumn 2013 - how time flies.
Looking ahead to October, our third and final Queer’Say show is on the 2nd, featuring Aoife Mannix, Anna C Kahn and Jack Rooke. And we’re helping Richard Purnell scratch his new show, Bathtime Stories, at the Free Word Centre on the 9th.
Not a bad month, all told. Like going back to school, only nicer.