The one with the line-up: Saturday


The second day of Poetry&Words sees us catching up with some old favourites, making some new ones and handing over the mic for the Glastonbury Poetry&Words open mic 2016.

Here’s the full timings

11.15 Poetry Can F**k Off
12.00 The Antipoet
12.30 Sara Hirsch
12.55 Open Mic (Hosted by Dominic Berry
13.55 JJ Bola
14.20 Jemima Foxtrot
14.45 Megan Beech
15.10 Toby Campion
15.35 Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves
16.00 Luke Wright
16.35 Zohab Khan
17.00 Kevin P Gilday
17.25 Brenda Ray
17.50 Scott Tyrrell
18.10 John Hegley


After catching up with sets from Poetry Can F**k Off, The Antipoet and Sarah Hirsch, we’ll be opening our microphone up to the revellers and secret poets lingering in our Glastonbury audience with the Glastonbury Poetry&Words Open Mic hosted by Dominic Berry at 12.55. If you fancy strutting your gums across the Poetry&Words stage in the Open Mic slot or in Sunday’s slam please approach one of the comperes during the festival to sign up.

After the open mic, we return with JJ Bola      13.55

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JJ is a Kinshasa born, London raised writer, poet, educator and workshop facilitator. London and UK based, but also international; Paris, Brussels, Boston etc, most recently San Francisco and Oakland, where he won the Oakland Poetry Slam. Performs regularly at shows and festivals such as  Tongue Fu, Vocals & Verses, Chill Pill, The Round House, Ventnor Fringe, etc as well as Universities; SOAS, UCL, Oxford, Lincoln, University of Birmingham, Standford University and Merrit College in the Bay and other public institutions. Also includes various Radio and Television appearances.

JJ Bola has successfully published two books of poetry Elevate and Daughter of the Sun (ebook). His third, and latest, is his most comprehensive poetry collection WORD, which was launched to a sold out crowd, during Refugee Week on the 18th of June 2015 at Dalston Roof Park.

Next up catch lyrical phenomenon Jemima Foxtrot. If you missed her melody making brilliance on Friday, catch her again at 14.20.

Megan Beech                   14.45


Up after Jemima is , well, me actually – the official blogger for 2016, Megan Beech.

(I’ll keep writing in 3rd person here to keep up the conceit)

Megan Beech was the winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam in 2011. She has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Parliament, the Southbank Centre, Glastonbury Festival and Cheltenham Literary Festival. Her debut collection ‘When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard’ was published in 2013, chronicling her experience as a young feminist and the fight for female voices to be presented in mainstream media. She was featured in The Guardian lists of ‘inspiring young feminists in 2014’ and ‘Must Read Books of the Year 2014’ and Evening Standard’s list of ‘Ten 21st Century feminist icons’. She made a film with the BBC for the iPlayer series ‘Women Who Spit’ which was the most viewed arts content from the BBC in 2015. Her work has been profiled in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Evening Standard and Grazia magazine.

Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and Guardian journalist, Laura Bates states: ‘‘Megan Beech is one of the powerful voices of young feminism today – giving a voice to a new generation of women growing up, examining the status quo and finding it wanting.’ 


Up after that are two of Leicester’s finest and co-hosts of the incredible spoken word night, Find The Right Words :

Toby Campion followed by Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves at 15.10 and 15.35
 Luke Wright    16.00

Luke wright by steve ullathorne.jpgHot on their heels is a bit of a spoken word legend to fill our Saturday Showcase Spot: Luke Wright. Luke writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and big city swines. His fast paced, witty poems are crammed full of maudlin commuters, abseiling bishops, and scandal-clad SPADs. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey. His play What I Learned From Johnny Bevan won Luke a Fringe First and The Stage Award for Acting Excellence in 2015, plus an Off-West nomination in 2016. His debut Collection Mondeo Man was called “a riot” by Huffington Post in a five star review. Luke is a regular on BBC Radio and at Latitude, where he’s co-curated the UK’s biggest spoken word gig since 2006. He’s a regular tour support act for John Cooper Clarke and has worked with everyone from Beck to Alvin Stardust. DO.NOT.MISS.

Luke’s set will be followed by three of our Friday faves Zohab Khan, Kevin P Gilday, Brenda Ray  at 16.35, 17.00,  17.25   respectively!
Scott Tyrrell   17.50 

Scott Tyrrell

Up next is a very special gent indeed. He’s responsible for THOSE Glastonbury owls and he’ll be acting as the poster designer and on-site sketch artist for Poetry&Words 2016.  Scott is a Newcastle-based stand up poet and is both the BBC Poetry Slam Champion 2015 and the UK Anti-Slam champion 2015. Scott has been writing and performing poetry and comedy since the turn of the century. An award-winning comedian as well as multi slam winning poet, he has performed his work around the UK, Europe and at many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Prague Fringe, StAnza (Scotland’s International Poetry Festival) and Glastonbury – where he was Poetry Blogger in Residence in 2015. He is author of two collections of Poetry; most recently the warmly received ‘Grown Up’ published by Red Squirrel Press. His poetry and gorgeous visual art are ones to watch!
 John Hegley    18.10

John Hegley

And lastly rounding off the evening in wonderful fashion is a poet who barely needs an introduction, our headline act, the inimitable John Hegley.

Songs and poems about fig rolls, potatoes (new and old), much singing joining in and a little bit of communal choreography. Mr Hegley was born in Newington Green, North London, and was educated in Luton, Bristol and Bradford University.  His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.

He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchiefs and the misery of human existence.  He is an occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, using drawing, poetry and gesture. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire, and once performed in a women’s prison in Columbia. In short: Hegley is unique, legendary and utterly unmissable.


Sunday’s poetry profiles coming soon x 



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