Performing for the first time with us is Eve Piper, 17:05-17:30 Friday; 12:35-13:00 Saturday . If she’s new to you/ you’d like a reminder, read on:
In her own words:
“Rising urban narrator for the millennial generation, Eve Piper is a Mancunian poet making her mark on Bristol’s poetry scene.
“Upon moving south, she was selected to take part in the Words First project run by BBC 1Xtra and the Roundhouse, wherein she was mentored by Chris Redmond (Tongue Fu) Harry Baker and received guidance from Kate Tempest.
“She has since performed all around Bristol, at events such as Raise the Bar, Hammer & Tongue and Milk Poetry, where she supported Hollie McNish at the Tobacco Factory Theatres.
“Having frequented Manchester collective Young Identity in her youth, Eve’s voice rings true to her Mancunian roots while connecting to the Bristolian underground.
“With influences ranging from Drum & Bass to John Donne, her poetry merges the personal and political, tracing the sharp angles of young womanhood and relaying rhythmic urban narratives with a beguilingly subtle approach.”
‘Eve first graced the microphone with an authentic and located style which many poets take years to develop. Always a breath of fresh air to see her illuminate audiences, coupling raw storytelling with arresting and technical language.’ – Danny Pandolfi
Eve’s another new voice for me. I’ve found three YouTube videos so far, all reasonably recent, part of scenes I immediately know carry a cachet of “here lies quality work”. This instinct’s not wrong, certainly borne out when I watch Eve’s pieces – she’s one of those poets that has the gift of stillness – you can hear the entire room leaning forward to catch what she lets drop. And it’s quiet, but it absolutely shouts. Each of the well-crafted, intense, frankly eerie pieces I’ve seen are about broken souls, in media res stories of how systems fail people, how obsession is a hook, how we can get poisoned by other people’s hideous decisions. Eve Piper is one to watch and I’ll be glued to whatever she brings us at the P&W stage next month.