Interview with Paula Varjack

We sent interview forms out to our artists, and we’ll be sharing their stories here on the blog. Next up:

Paula Varjack by Scott Tyrrell

Paula Varjack by Scott Tyrrell

Your Name

Paula Varjack


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How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?

I was booked to do a cabaret gig on my 30th birthday, and decided to create a spoken word set for it

Who are your influences/ idols?

Yoko Ono, Maggie Estep, Sophie Calle, Laurie Anderson, Karen Finley, Dorothy Parker

What’s the one thing you’d like people to know about your work?

Prepare to be Varjacked…

What advice would you give to someone starting out in spoken word/ performance poetry?

Just dive in

Who are you looking forward to seeing/ what are you looking forward to doing at the Festival?

Wu-Tang Klan, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae, Stormzy, Kylie, Tame Impala (but not necessarily in that order

Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?


What’s your stand-out memory of the Festival?

There are too many! Most of my favourite ever live music performances: Beyonce, Kanye, Radiohead, James Blake, Hot Chip, but maybe one of my fave memories was walking into the sisterhood in shangri-la for the first time. An oasis of a woman only space.

What’s the one thing you simply must bring with you to the Festival?

Glitter, lots of unitards, rubber boots for the rain

What advice would you give someone visiting the Festival for the first time?

You will probably wish you packed something, and wonder why you packed something

Have you performed at Glastonbury Poetry&Words before?


What’s your standout memory of performing at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage?

I have no distinct performance memory really. Partly because I am lucky to have performed and hosted there 4 or 5 ? times and it’s all a bit of a beautiful blur!

What advice would you give someone performing here for the first time?

Go in open with no expectation, and just enjoy it.

What words would you use to describe your work/ your act?

spoken word, live literature, performance art, theatre, multidisciplinary entertainment, random words in a random order

What do you like best about doing whatever you call whatever it is that you do on stages?

the liveness of it

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

I can’t wait !

You can see Paula Varjack at 15:35-16:00 Friday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about her here.


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