The one with the line-up, FRIDAY EDITION

With the festival now really JUST AROUND THE CORNER, along with your wellies and your  hand sanitiser,  we at Poetry&Words want to give you your festival essentials. So here’s your pocket-guide to our line-up starting with Friday.

Friday 24th June

11.15 Poetry Can F**k Off
12.00 The Antipoet
12.30 Kevin P Gilday
12.55 Dominic Berry
13.20 Brenda Ray
13.45 Toby Campion
14.10 Iona Lee
14.35 Sophia Blackwell
15.00 Michelle Madsen
15.25 Keisha Thompson
15.50 Sara Hirsch
16.15 Elvis McGonagall
16.50 Zohab Khan
17.15 Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves
17.40 Jemima Foxtrot
18.05 Buddy Wakefield


Friday morning favourites


POETRY CAN F*CK OFF           11.15

Celebrating the fearless voices that have spoken up against tyranny in order to offer lasting hope and vision this is a performance of Heathcote Williams’ epic radical poem. A history of poetry’s involvement with, and influence on, revolution and radical dissent – from Gandhi reciting Shelley at mass independence rallies in India to hip-hop crews on the streets at G8 summits.  Performed by a five person cast, including Roy Hutchins and Sameena Zehra, with live music – the show features additional lyrics and verse from Jim Morrison, Billie Holiday, Sophie Scholl, Martin Luther King, William Blake, Arundhati Roy, Victor Jara, Gil Scott-Heron, Lupe Fiasco and is most certainly not to be missed!



THE ANTIPOET                    12.00    

Our poetry pre-show comes from the incredible The Antipoet, Paul Eccentric and Ian Newman. Together they are known  world’s finest exponents of beatrantin’ rhythm ‘n views!  A delicious mixture of comedy and spoken word. They have tirelessly toured the poetry, comedy and music circuits, and have appeared at countless festivals including, Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Brighton, Ledbury, Camden, Wenlock, Larmer Tree, Nostock, Blyth Power Ashes and Buxton.


Kevin P Gilday                      12.30


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Kevin P. Gilday is an award winning writer and spoken word artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Kevin has been performing for five years, and has made a name for himself on the Scottish poetry scene.  He’s pretty prolific too, Kevin has written four solo shows, completed two national tours, published two pamphlets and appeared at a whole host of festivals including Wickerman, Doune the Rabbithole, Lingo Festival (Dublin), the Edinburgh Fringe, the Toronto Fringe and the Glastonbury Festival.

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Next up is performer and the host of this year’s Poetry&Words Open Mic is Dominic Berry, who in his own words is ‘an effeminate, gay, vegan poet, and yet has never once been defeated by any lack of protein’. Dominic has performed his poetry on BBC and Channel 4. He has on multiple awards, including the US Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam, Manchester Lit Fest Superheroes of Slam and, to date, five Arts Council England awards to develop and nationally tour his theatre verse. Spring 2016 saw him tour his poems across South Canada and North India. His current one person show, ‘Playing Mortal Kombat Guarantees You Inner Calm’, directed by Action Transport Theatre’s Kevin Dyer, will be enjoying a full month run at 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. His set is one not to be missed and if you want to catch more of him across the weekend, be sure to sign up to Saturday’s open mic.


If that feast of poets wasn’t enough we’ll be back profiling more of our line-up in the next blog!

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