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Hiatus

I’ll be going on a bit of a hiatus. Mainly because most of the poetry stuff in London tends to die down around the summer time (for a bunch of reclusive shut-ins, poets sure seem to enjoy the sun) but also because I will be working with Hoxton Hall over the Summer, helping to facilitate their amazing Summer School programme!

I am super excited for that and also my first trip to Portugal 🙂

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Walthamstow Garden Party (RaP Party)

Well. That was fun, wasn’t it?

Another set done w/o paper. Slowly building up my confidence with regards to learning my set and also being able to do the inbetweeny banter bits that are sort of scripted but rehearsed enough so that they don’t feel like they are.

The Rhythm and Poetry (RaP Party) is a poetry night like no other – poets perform a set based around Hip Hop and then provide the DJ with two tracks to play. Everybody dances and has a good time and then the next poet gets up. It was so much fun and made for a relaxed and joyous atmosphere to perform in. If you get the chance to go to the regular night, I highly advise it.

I performed a poem called The Preacher Is A Worshipper As Well. I will put it into its own post as, since it is a performance piece, I’m unlikely to want to submit it for publication.

The two songs that I chose were Ice Cube’s It Was A Good Day 

and Wyclef Jean’s  Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)

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How beautiful is this poster? Says all that needs to be said. Be there.

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SPEAKBEATS IS CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to the ill health of the host, tomorrow’s gig has been cancelled. Apologies for the last minute update (though I’m reasonably sure it will impact 0 people). I’m a little annoyed at the late notice but it sounds like the host tried to push through the illness and just couldn’t so I hope you will join me in wishing her a speedy recovery. This was to be the last event before summer and I’ve been told I will be rebooked when the next slots open up – watch this space!

Luckily, I signed and sent off the contract with them last week which guarantees me the full fee as there was less than 24 hours notice, as well as reimbursing my train tickets, which they weren’t originally covering! So I get to be a paid poet with actually doing any poetry. A bittersweet moment.

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Watermarks Anthology Launch

So, in case you missed it, I am being published in an anthology. There are going to be two launch nights, one in Hebden Bridge and one in my native Manchester. I might be attending (along with my mum) and reading at the Manchester one but it will depend what my schedule is like.

The Hebden Bridge event is going to be held on Wednesday 29th June at The Book Case in Hebden Bridge. People can arrive from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

The second launch takes place on Tuesday 6 July at the Portico Library in Manchester. The event will start at 6.30, with the reading beginning at 7pm. tickets will cost £5 and includes a glass of wine. Ticket money raised will go to Flood Relief and can be bought here.
The anthology can be bought here.
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I am being published!

This is so unreal. I got an email today saying that, while I didn’t place in the competition, my poem ‘Advice for the Patient’ made the ‘Highly Commended’ longlist so will be included in the anthology! Considering that they had over 500 entries and only 10 have made it into the book, I feel very chuffed.

I submitted a poem for the Watermark competition – there was prize money but the competition was to be put into an anthology that would be sold to raise money for the Watermark Flood Fund. Part of the reason I submitted was because my home area of Salford was badly affected by the Christmas flooding. Now I’ll be a part of a fund relief effort!

As soon as I have a link/further details, I will update this.

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SpeakBeats Update #2

Hello!

This is a post to let everybody know that I will be performing at The Purple Turtle which is at 9 Gun St, Reading RG1 2JR

The gig starts at 8pm – there’s an open mic section before me. If you want to pop along, that would be amazing. I will be travelling out from London if anyone wants to take the trip with me.

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BYP SHOWCASE THOUGHTS

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I only went and did my poem lying on the floor, didn’t I! It surprised everyone and had people getting up out of their seat to get a better look at me. The poem itself went down really well and had people laughing and feeling engaged. The night itself was extraordinary with every poet bringing their A game. It was truly a night of titans. We were all pushing each other to perform our best and it really showed in the variety of form, content, delivery and energy.

I’m thinking that I won’t do BYP again, having taken the programme as far as I think it will take me but there’s an alumni program looming in the horizon, so it’s not the end, just the start of a new chapter.

 

Photo credit to Aaron Lee

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BYP Showcase

ARGGGGH! It’s tonight! I’m going on stage without paper and I’m going to try something experimental. ARRRRRRRRGH!

I’ll be wearing lipstick and a cat jumper and being all together too comfortable in my skin which I am not used to but BYP has made me feel like I can be myself and be accepted for who I am.

My poem is about not making sense. Another scary thought as my biggest fear as a poet is that no one will ‘get’ the poem – not that it will go over their head because I’m so dense and clever and whatnot but because I’ll have tried to be those things and just end up sounding stupid.

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SpeakBeats Update

Okay, so it seems that several poets were booked for the night in anticipation of one of us not being able to make it but since we all can, I’ve been bumped back to JUNE 18th