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Walthamstow Garden Party 2017

Another year, another Walthamstow Garden Party. It’s always a delight to be able to perform here as we are usually very lucky with the weather.

I was performing alongside a long list of amazing poets, starting with the latest crop of Barbican Junior Poets. The work these young people do is a credit to themselves and to those who work with them – they really blew us all away!

I went on representing the Barbican Young Poets, joined by friends and peers from Octavia and Poets’ Platform.

This performance saw me trying something a little bit different. I went down into the audience and sat among them, picking one person to perform each poem to, to help bring poetry away from a stage and less about being observed in a particular format.

The evening was rounded off by an incredible set from Kayo Chingonyi, who was one of my first poetry mentors, and Clean Shirt.

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Barbican Young Poets Showcase – March 23rd!

A lovely little email today confirming the date of the Barbican Young Poets showcase. This is like the highlight of my poetry calendar and now it can be yours as well! You can buy your tickets here. Hurry though, as they have been selling out fast these days!

It really is a great event, full of some of the best young poets on the scene at the moment and it’s been great at pulling more people into the programme. Several of the poets this year were people who came last year and wanted to get involved (which led to a little bit of artist recognition at the first session when I did plenty of blushing at people reciting lines back to me).

I’ve given you almost a month’s notice so no excuses!

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Dialogue Festival

I’m performing tonight at an event that I have just found out is sold out! Dialogue Festival promises to be an exciting mixed media night and I am honoured to be a part of it.

I shall be reading a poem written in response to a photography exhibition that is to go up at the Barbican soon. I’ve got a 3 minute slot and I’m on a balcony. I’m also slightly scared of heights.

Wish me luck!

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The Wellcome Trust/Southbank Centre Sexology Project recording!

Well, despite the unwieldy title, this is actually going to be a short post.

The recording that I did as part of the Sex In The Afternoon collaboration is now up on Soundcloud for your enjoyment, along with the work of my talented friends!

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Rich Mix – Sun 2nd August – 18:30-20:30

Excitingly, I’ve been asked by Jacob Sam-La Rose to do a ten minute set at the event that he is curating on Sunday at Rich Mix.

Rich Mix has been running a number of youth takeover events and this poetry evening is just one exciting event in the programme.

Come and check it out if you can!

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Walthamstow Garden Party – Recap

So I’m really glad that I got the chance to be super silly with some of the most amazing people that I know. It’s always such a privilege to share a stage with any of them and the Walthamstow Garden Party was no exception.

The Barbican Young Poets has been such an important part of my life for the last two years and to see the project expand to include incredibly talented poets aged just 11-14 is remarkable.

The bravery that these young poets showed, covering topics including depression, self-harm, genocide and even one girl whose poem was a glorious coming out makes me very optimistic for the future. I would love to have had a thimbleful of their confidence at that age.

Exciting stuff in the week ahead, including a performance at the Tate Modern on Saturday and having a recording done for the Wellcome Trust played at Southbank Centre on Sunday.

A big, big thank you especially to Shruti Iyer and Sunayana Bharghava for working with me on a group piece – was great to start a show with the pair of you and I look forward to doing it again sometime.

It was such a surreal place to perform, having people coming up to me afterwards and congratulate me and even one woman who stopped me in the street as I walked back to the tube station. The feeling of being recognised was an unusual one though admittedly I had worn a bright yellow t-shirt for the express purpose of being memorable…Smiles at the Walthamstow Garden Party

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Tacky Love

To my mind, this is my best poem. Happy to be contradicted though.

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Passport

This is a poem based on my nana and stories that I’ve read about growing up in Ireland.

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Tin

This is from a performance with my collective, Burn After Reading. We run a regular night at 7 Dials Club in Covent Garden on the first Tuesday of every month.

I’ll be posting vids from my performances over the next few days.

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Walthamstow Garden Party

So, it looks like summer is shaping up to be a good ‘un.

Just received confirmation that I’ll be performing at Walthamstow Garden Party this July!

I shall be performing a group piece with some of the other Barbican Young Poets and sharing the stage with the new Barbican Junior Poets. Exciting thing to be a part of so if you’re in the area then please do come and check us out!