A Virtual Tour of Poetry&Words since 2008

Hi everyone

In a couple of weeks’ time, I will be speaking about the Poetry&Words stage at the Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto. In preparation, I’ve put together a list of links, highlighting some of the talented folk who’ve graced the stage since I took over from the late, great Pat VT West in 2008. I thought some of you might like to see the list too, so I’ve pasted it in below.

I’ve missed many wonderful past performers off this list, so please don’t be offended if you’re one of them. What I’m aiming for here is to give a flavour of the variety of talent we showcase, rather than to list our greatest hits. Enjoy!

Helen Gregory


Photo by Bohdan Piasecki

Poetry&Words, Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

This list is intended to give a flavour of Glastonbury Festival’s poetry stage. It includes links to videos, websites and audio recordings of past Poetry&Words poets, including headliners, comperes, slam hosts and other performers. The list is organised alphabetically by poet’s surname or group name (as appropriate). For more information about Poetry&Words, you can visit our various web platforms:

Facebook (social networking page) – http://tinyurl.com/Facebook-Poetry-Words
Posterous (blogs) – http://poetryandwords.posterous.com/
YouTube channel (videos) – http://www.youtube.com/user/PoetryandWords
Twitter – https://twitter.com/PoetryandWords
MySpace (archived site) – http://www.myspace.com/glastonburypoetry
Glastonbury Festival website area – http://tinyurl.com/Glasto-Poetry-Words
Helen Gregory’s website (stage manager) – www.hgregory.co.uk

Attila the Stockbroker. Attila has performed for the stage every year since before Helen Gregory’s curatorship began in 2008. Homepage: http://www.attilathestockbroker.com/ Videos: http://www.reverbnation.com/attilathestockbroker

Baba Brinkman. Baba performed for Poetry&Words in 2008 and 2010. Homepage: http://www.bababrinkman.com/

Andreattah Chuma. Andreattah performed for Poetry&Words in 2008 and 2010. She also featured in the Radio Four play Glastonbury Poetry Diaries, written by Pete Hunter and Helen Gregory and recorded on site in 2010. Audio tracks: http://andreattah.bandcamp.com/ YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/andreattahpoetry

Dizraeli and the Small Gods. This band headlined the stage in 2010. Frontman, Dizraeli also performed solo on the stage in 2011. Home: http://www.dizraeli.com/

Dreadlockalien. Dreadlockalien hosted the Festival poetry slam in 2009, and was one of the stage’s two comperes in 2010 and 2011. Facebook page: http://m.facebook.com/dreadlockalien?id=561807002&_rdr

John Hegley. With Keith Moore, John has been one of the stage’s headliners every year since Helen took over the stage in 2008. Home: http://www.johnhegley.co.uk/

Catherine Kidd. Catherine performed on the stage in 2008 and 2009. Home: http://catkidd.com/

Mike McGee. Mike performed on the stage in 2009. Home: http://www.mikemcgee.net/ YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/mightymikemcgee

Hollie McNish. Hollie performed for Poetry&Words in 2010 and 2011. She also featured in the Radio Four play Glastonbury Poetry Diaries, written by Pete Hunter and Helen Gregory in 2010. Home: http://holliemcnish.com/

Poeticat. Poeticat performed for the stage in 2010 and 2011. Home: www.poeticat.co.uk YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Poeticat

Paula Varjack. Paula performed for Poetry&Words in 2010. She was one of the two comperes in 2011. Home: http://www.paulavarjack.com/

Luke Wright. Luke performed for the stage as part of Aisle 16 in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He also performed solo in 2010. Home: http://www.lukewright.co.uk/

If you are a poet who is interested in performing at Glastonbury Festival, you should e-mail your application to poetryandwords@hotmail.co.uk. We ask poets to submit their artistic c.v., plus one or more audio and/or video files of them performing their work. (Attachments are accepted, so long as they aren’t too huge!) We can also provide a snail mail address for postal applications. For 2013, applications must be received by midnight on Sunday 10th March. The 2013 Poetry&Words line-up will be made public from April 2013 to June 2013.

If you are interested in performing on one of the other stages at the Festival, please e-mail: office@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk. You can find out more about the Festival at: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/


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