More of Glasto’s phenomenal line-up here like a carvery buffet of poetic goodness at Worthy Farm. Hold on to your faces:
Murray Lachlan Young
Prepare for satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and ditty as BBC 6 Music & Radio 4 regular Murray Lachlan Young presents his stunning new live show. A delightful romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, a mild erotic folk ballad and the space-time continuum.
Celebrated for his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy with commentaries on contemporary life, expect flamboyant, punchy wit, brooding subtext and empathetic humour. Drawing and performing material from his new hardback collection: How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You? alongside much loved live favourites, this is unique stand up/comedy/spoken word performance, from one of the very best in the business.
Murray is an acclaimed playwright, actor, screen-writer and poet -extraodinaire. He most recently co-wrote the screenplay for the latest film version of the Dylan Thomas classic: ‘Under Milk Wood’ .
Making his name in rock clubs and underground cabaret venues in London in the 1990s he signed to EMI in 1997 releasing the album Vice and Verse. No stranger to the big screen, Murray has appeared in ‘About A Boy’, ‘Vatel’ and ‘Plunkett & Maclaine’ .His first stage play, ‘The Incomers’, toured nationally to great acclaim. A man whose performance clips have notched up over 250,000 hits on YouTube and known for his numerous appearances and residencies on BBC Radio 2 Arts Show , Saturday Live, BBC Test Match Special and The Shipping Forecast and even on Newsnight. Mick Jagger recently presented Keith Richards with a CD copy of Murray’s poem, marking the anniversary of Keith falling out of a coconut tree. Bless.
Jasmine Gardosi is 2016’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam Champion, Mix It Up Midlands Slam Champion 2015 and one of the 2015 winners of the International Pangaea Poetry Slam. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, was shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate and placed as a finalist in the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize for Performance 2015.
Since completing her post as a BBC Arts Young Creative producing short-form content, including the film How To Be a Poet With Dyslexia, she has worked as a Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, was featured as Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month in September last year and is collaborating with Autin Dance Theatre on a sexual health show combining dance and spoken word, set to tour this year.
Jasmine is slightly obsessed with taboo. At TEDxBrum’s International Women’s Day 2014, she delivered a talk exploring the taboo surrounding menstruation and she continues to run workshops that combine creativity with sex education and other awkward topics. Other facilitation work includes running West Midlands Poets’ Place and school workshops. She is selected as an Emerge Young Artist under The Mighty Creatives, through which she is producing a Shakespeare-inspired youth festival in Tamworth.
She has featured at events including Queer’Say, Tongue Fu, Find The Right Words, Spokes: Amaze!, Milk, Hit the Ode, Level Up and Verve Poetry Festival, and has toured nationally as the West Midlands poet on the Apples and Snakes Public Address show. She likes to write about weird things in unweird places – kind of like her, everywhere.
Andy Craven-Griffiths is a writer and musician based in Leeds. He has performed poetry most extensively on stage (Leeds Festival, Latitude, Secret Garden Party), but has also had his poetry broadcast (Radio 1, Radio 4, BBC2), and printed in poetry journals. Commissions include BBC, Arts Council, and Rethink mental health charity. Currently, Andy is writing a play as part of Curve Theatre’s WritersLab, is studying part time for a PhD in creative writing, and is working on a book of poetry for children. In 2016 Andy was one of Radio 3’s Verb New Voices and made work for Oxford University Press.
As an educator he has run poetry workshops for over 25,000 young people, and has published a chapter on teaching rhyme in Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).
Andy is also vocalist with his band Middleman. The band have toured everywhere from Reading Festival to SXSW, Texas, and have played live sessions for Radio 1, 6 Music, and XFM. Middleman’s music has also been widely synchronized (NBA2K11, Channel 4, Channel 5).
Paul Eccentric and Ian Newman are, The Antipoet. They are a comedic beat poetry duo that have been going down rather well for over eight years now and have performed at countless poetry, comedy and music events across the UK. Festivals include; Glastonbury, Brighton, Ledbury, Edinburgh, Camp Bestival, Camden, Wenlock, Larmer Tree, Nostock, Green Gathering and Buxton. They have also performed at Silverstone for the Grand Prix and this year’s tour will add Rebellion and Bestival and they will also be warming up for Adam when he bring his 2016/17 tour to Paul’s home town.
They are absolutely delighted to be the pre-show act for Poetry&Words again this year. They will be performing, among others, pieces from their sixth and latest collection, ‘We Play For Food’ as apparently Poets aren’t actually paid that well, who knew?
Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking Scotch, listening to Johnny Cash and throwing heavy objects at his portable telly.
Two series of his sitcom “Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side” have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 where he appears regularly as well as popping up occasionally on the television.
Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the Blue Suede Sporran Club and performs at literary and music festivals, comedy clubs, pubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad. In 2015 Elvis made the “Hot 100” – The List magazine’s annual run-down of Scotland’s “hottest cultural contributors”.
Deftly witty, satirical but not afraid to be plain daft, Elvis has been spitting his scabrous diatribes against the powers that be since 2003. And look at the state of the world now. So that’s 14 years of futile ranting. A collection of his poems from 2003 to 2017 entitled “Viva Loch Lomond!” will be published by Burning Eye Books in spring 2017.
Elvis McGonagall has suffered for his poetry. Now it’s your turn.