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Jum Faruq: Magic in Arvon

Jum Faruq: Magic in Arvon

Jum Faruq blogs about 15 inner city poets, sent out into the depths of the British countryside for 5 days of hardcore poetry writing, bound by the laws of digital detox, outnumbered by sheep and facing new levels of unpolluted air – will they make it out alive?

Sharpen your pencils, this is Lumb Bank 2016 *cue hans zimmer soundtrack*. Okay, so it might not have been as dramatic as the trailer begets: the air was airsquisite (ahem), the fluffy sheep kept at a safe distance and *spoiler alert* we …

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Picture the Poet in Sunderland: Sky Hawkins

Picture the Poet in Sunderland: Sky Hawkins

 

 

Continuing on from the success of the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Picture the Poet’ exhibition, we chatted with featured artist, Sky Hawkins, about her time facilitating student workshops at Sunderland College. 

I was very excited when I was told I would be working with thirteen second year students from Sunderland College. They had all performed other people’s poetry but never their own. In six weeks, my job was to inspire them to write their own poetry for the first time and be ready to perform it and alongside …

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AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna is one of four spoken word artists who make up the core ensemble of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, a new theatrical spoken word show directed by award-winning writer and performer Hannah Silva. Ahead of the tour, AJ explores what the evolving artform of spoken word really means today…

What is spoken word? This, I think, is a question we’re going to be asking a lot in the next few years. As the scene grows in response to the runaway success of artists like Kate Tempest and …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Jared Louche: The Land of Magnificent

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Jared Louche: The Land of Magnificent

We catch up with SPINE Festival Artist in Residence Jared Louche for all the latest from Harlesden Library…

These past few weeks, ensconced in the throbbing heart of Harlesden Library, have been one glorious ride through the Land Of Magnificent:

deliriously crazy busy hours of knotting and unknotting tales,
hectic mania of tumbling activity,
explosive excitement of pushing pencils leaving their pirouette shavings and seed-sprouting poems behind.

They’ve been weeks of snipping scissors shearing
blind, blank pages into
rhythmic dots and jots of
colour and creation.

They’ve been …

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SPINE Festival - Introducing Brent Artist in Residence Jared Louche

SPINE Festival – Introducing Brent Artist in Residence Jared Louche

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence for Brent, Jared Louche, tells us why he feels projects like SPINE are important, why he’s excited to be involved, and what he has in store for everyone at Harlesden Library.

I’m currently involved in SPINE Festival as Artist in Residence at Harlesden Library in the borough of Brent. I’m a poet, performer, rock star, writer, photographer and workshop facilitator. For the past fifteen years I’ve been working at the nexus of the Arts, Education and Health Care. I facilitate writing, art and …

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SPINE Festival - Hounslow Artist in Residence Rachel Sambrooks

SPINE Festival – Hounslow Artist in Residence Rachel Sambrooks

SPINE Artist in Residence for Hounslow, Rachel Sambrooks, tells us all about her work as a writer and performer, and gives us the inside scoop from Hounslow Central Library…

Adventuring with Words at Hounslow Library

I’ve been a writer and performer for many years doing lots of different projects. I love making up poems and stories, telling old stories and making people laugh. Young people are my favourite audience! I’m really excited to be working within Hounslow Central Library and I’ve already met some brilliant writers and performers.

At the …

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SPINE Festival – Meet the boroughs of Bexley and Hounslow

Find out about the SPINE Festival boroughs of Bexley and Hounslow

Introducing Bexley…

The borough of Bexley is home to 10 libraries, housing a wide range of resources, and hosting an exciting mix of regular activities for children, young people, and adults.

Central Library, Bexleyheath is the main Library for the borough, with a great variety of books and activities for all ages and meeting rooms available for hire.

Visit Central Library, Bexleyheath on Saturday 7 March for a special SPINE Festival showing of Half Moon Theatre‘s Pop-Up

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Lit Fuse: Elisabeth Charis

Elisabeth Charis, a ‘Room 204’ Writer for ‘Writing West Midlands’, is a thinker, writer, facilitator and teacher currently living on her boat in England. Here she tell us her story as she leaves her comfort zone for ‘Lit Fuse’ Birmingham, presented by Apples and Snakes and MAC Birmingham.

When I was commissioned to write a long form poem for a performance at MAC Birmingham, I nearly unraveled. This was Lit Fuse, ‘a series of events showcasing new work devised by UK poets in collaboration with top directors and producers’ culminating …

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