And finally , rounding off proceedings are…
OUR SHOWCASE SPOT FOR FRIDAY NIGHT…
Elvis McGonagall 16.15
We are honoured to be welcoming stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall, to perform our showcase spot on Friday night. Elvis has appeared on a lot of things, he’s truly a phenomenon. The second series of Elvis’ sitcom “Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side” was broadcast in August/September 2015 on BBC Radio 4 where he appears regularly (“Saturday Live”, the “Today Programme”, “Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash” and many others as well as writing and presenting documentaries). He’s also appeared on BBC1’s “The One Show” (his tartan jacket clashed with the lime green sofa), BBC2’s “The Culture Show” and their coverage of the World Snooker Championships’ final of 2008, Channel 4’s “Random Acts”, BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show and “It’s Grimm Up North” and on the World Service. In short – DO.NOT.MISS.
Zohab Khan 16.50
Once Elvis has left the building, we’ll be treated to Zohab Khan is an educator, spoken word poet, motivational speaker, musician and hip-hop artist. Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken word poetry, culminating in taking out the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014. In 2014 he was also a finalist in the International Poetry Slam in Madrid. Zohab runs poetry workshops across the world and is the co-founder of The Pakistan Poetry Slam. In 2015 he has made appearances at the Sydney, Auckland (New Zealand), Byron Bay, Bellingen, Ubud (Indonesia), Bookworm Literary (China) and National Young Writers Festivals. Zohab’s words have taken him to stages across Western Europe, South East Asia, China, Pakistan, and the Middle East and now we’re thrilled he’ll be joining us on Worthy Farm.
Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves 17.15
Next up is one of our faves here at Poetry&Words, Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves, who will be bringin political musical lyrics to our stage. Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves are a stompy three piece poetry band performing humorous and lively poems about politics and social commentary underscored by a raucous musical soundtrack of folk, hip hop and Deep South American blues. Over the past few years Jess has performed at Latitude, Bestival, Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe and in 2014 her poem, Dear Mr Gove received viral attention on Youtube. Since then the band have taken their debut show, Burning Books to the Edinburgh where it received a host of 5* reviews before touring nationally in autumn 2015. Whilst on tour, the show continued to receive 5* reviews as well as critical acclaim from Josie Long and Scroobius Pip. The band have been compared to groups such as Kate Tempest’s Sound of Rum and Dizraeli and the Small Gods.
Jemima Foxtrot 17.40
Jemima Foxtrot is a wonderfully innovative artist mixing poetry and music in a gorgeous whirl of verse. Jemima blends powerful, sonic heavy poetry about modern life with snippets of her favourite artists’ songs – as well as her own – in a belting singing voice that will knock you for six. Shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Spoken Word Fellowship 2015, Jemima performs extensively across the country. Her poetry film Mirror, commissioned by BBC Arts as part of their Women who Spit series, is available iplayer. She has also appeared on Lynn Barber’s episode of Arts Night on BBC2.Jemima’s debut poetry show Melody, won the spoken word award at Buxton Fringe Festival 2015 and was critically acclaimed at its run at the PBH Free Fringe at Edinburgh 2015, receiving several 4 star reviews. Melody is currently touring the UK and we’re so glad she’ll be stopping via
Buddy Wakefield 18.05
We are hugely excited to announce Friday night’s headliner is three-time world champion spoken word artist, Buddy Wakefield.
Buddy featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch. In 2005 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship again and has gone on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in 2000+ venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia. In the spring of 2001 Buddy left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved to the small town of Honda Civic and set out to live for a living, touring North American poetry venues through 2003. He never stopped.