We are in June and the festival takes place at the end of this month…!! Vocal warm ups will be underway, sets will be being chosen, memorised or written! And in the excitement of almost being there live, these are some poets that I am very much looking forward to watching and hearing in the flesh, and I recommend that you join me!.Deanna.xx.
Molly Case is a performance poet and novelist from South London who is also currently training to be a nurse. In April 2013 she achieved a national profile after performing her poem Nursing The Nation at the Royal College Of Nursing, gaining over 320,000 views on YouTube in a few months. Molly grew up in South London and went to Bath Spa University, receiving a First Class degree in Creative Writing and English Literature. Molly has performed with Apples and Snakes, for the BBC Radio 4 South West Poetry Slam Heats as well as at Shambala Festival. Molly also recently attended Buckingham Palace where she had the honour of meeting the Queen for the Contemporary British Poetry celebrations.
Watch her live at the Poetry and Words tent: Friday 15.20 & Saturday 15.15
From the pram to the present day, mischief-maker Marcus Moore has never been short of words. With his imaginary friends Wit, Irony and Hickory-Dickory-Dockery, he has walked onto the pages of Macmillan children’s books and bounced onto the stages of over 500 performance poetry gigs. Afterleavinga well-paid professional career in order to “get retirement out of the way while still young”, Marcus has earned himself a reputation as a dangerous dramatist, lapsed Classicist, after-dinner wit and laid-back literary figure. A bluff character at the best of times, he has also written scripts for a popular BBC television programme.
Watch him live at the Poetry and Words tent: Friday 16.10 and Sunday hosting the Poetry SLAM 17.00
Jess Green is a 25 year old performance poet based in the Midlands. Over the last three years she has performed at Latitude, Bestival, Secret Garden Party and the Edinburgh Fringe. Her debut collection, #romance, was published in 2012 by Holdfire Press. She was part of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and mentored by Polar Bear in 2012. This collective then became Early Doors with whom she took two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe (This Time Last Year and Approval Needed). She is now working on her first full length show, Burning Books which is she is taking up to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Burning Books is a poetry and music show set in an inner city secondary school suffering the cuts and blows of the Coalition government.
Watch her live at the Poetry and Words tent: Friday 12.25 & Sunday 12.50
Antosh Wojcik uses language as a form of striptease. He was joint Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion 2013 and is currently part of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, Burn After Reading and Barbican Young Poets Programme 2013-14. He has been a featured act at events such as Bang Said The Gun, London Liming, Tongue Fu, Apples and Snakes’ Big Talk and The Last Word Festival at the Roundhouse. He has also performed in The Barbican Curve Gallery in a project that was a collaboration with United Visual Artists in an exhibition piece, titled Momentum. He has facilitated poetry workshops in various schools and co-lectured in Creativity at University of Winchester. He has curated/hosted a performance poetry installation at Theatre Royal, Winchester, entitled ‘The Walls Have Voices’ and is currently organising the follow up project, a six day poetry series, entitled ‘A Voice Box Of Hurricanes.’ As part of Burn After Reading collective, he has completed a collaborative project with Beatroots, a Birmingham based poetry collective, that generated material to be performed as part of The Brecht Festival at The Birmingham Rep. He has had four poems published in the March/April 2014 edition of The Little Cherry Press. He graduated from University of Winchester with a BA Hons First Class in Creative Writing.
Watch him live at the Poetry and Words tent: Friday 14.05 & Sunday 12.00