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Paula Varjack: Poet and Performer

Paula Varjack: Poet and Performer

Kicking off our Poet of the Month blog series for 2016 is the fabulous Paula Varjack. She tells us what she’s getting up to with all things poetry and performance…

Though I have been writing as long as I can remember, in a scene where most of my friends began performing in their teens or twenties, I started late.  Last year, performing at Jibba Jabba in Newcastle (thanks to Apples and Snakes) I celebrated my 37th birthday, and was struck by the fact I had now been an artist …

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Dan Simpson: Fringe Finale

Dan Simpson: Fringe Finale

As the Fringe hits its final weekend, Dan talks to us about how he’s been inspired to push his work to the next level.

There are many, many metaphors you can use to describe doing a show, and being, at the Fringe. Paula Varjack describes it as a videogame, which hits my nerd sensibilities perfectly.

The imagery I’ve got in my brain right now is that it’s a month-long performing arts course at a really intense university. A practical and theory module rolled into one: not just a training …

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Rosie Wilby Talks Out In South London and Queer'Say

Rosie Wilby Talks Out In South London and Queer’Say

The hilarious and multi-talented Rosie Wilby talks to us about the continuing need for queer radio, and what inspired her to set up spoken word show Queer’Say.

What inspired you to set up Out In South London?

I had worked on a BBC gay radio as a trainee years ago as a student and thought it was a shame there were no queer shows any more. In theory we are meant to be represented more broadly nowadays and not in need of our own niche. But I think we need

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March Snakebasket Extracts

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like things are constantly speeding up in the poetry world. Wouldn’t you agree? Take a look!

The big news this month is the launch of Level Up on the 28th in collaboration with Write Down Speak Up and with the support of a grant from the Birmingham City Council. It’s a quality spoken word night aimed squarely at young people – if you’re aged between 12-19, …

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January Snakebasket Extracts

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From London Coordinator Russell
Gosh, can you believe it’s 2013? When I was a lad, there was a TV programme called Space: 1999, in which glamorous aliens underwent full-body molecular transformation in the time in takes you or me to make a cup of tea. A neat link, there, to The Rememberers, Kenny Baraka’s spectacular sci-fi spoken-word show. Imagine if you knew all the accumulated knowledge of your ancestors. (Think how full …

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