Happy Anniversary to us …. this year, the Poetry&Words stage at Glastonbury Festical is ….. *30 years old!!*
Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, haaaaaaaaaaaaaaappy birthday…. to great poets saying great poetry! BOOMMMMMMMMMM!
So let’s present the presence of particularly poweruful poets as our birthday presents!
Ben Norris’s second pamphlet of poems, Some Ending, was published by Verve Poetry Press in May 2019. He is a two-time UK national poetry slam champion, and has performed everywhere from major field festivals to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as across BBC Radio. His debut solo show, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family’, won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring the UK and Australia. He also plays Ben Archer in ‘The Archers’ on BBC Radio 4.
Demi Anter is a poet, actor and teacher originally from California. Her poetry and essays have been published by Magma, Ninth Letter, ROPES, The Selkie, Porter House Review, and The Times (UK) among others. Her poem “Eyelashes” was broadcast by BBC Radio London in 2020. Demi’s first full-length poetry collection, Small Machine, is forthcoming from Write Bloody UK in April 2022. Musa Okwonga (In The End, It Was All About Love.) called Small Machine, “Tender, visceral, beautifully vulnerable.”
Two series of the sitcom “Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side” have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 where he appears regularly, most recently on “Radio 4’s “Loose Ends” and on “Stand-Up Specials: Full Tartan Jacket” which was the featured Radio 4 “Comedy of the Week” podcast as well as the documentary “My Name Is Elvis” which featured on Radio 4’s “Pick of the Week”. Elvis also pops up occasionally on the telly. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the Blue Suede Sporran Club and performs at comedy, literary and music festivals, arts centres, cabaret clubs, pubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad.
“Righteous ire, directed at very deserving targets….McGonagall’s verses are shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power”
(Brian Logan, The Guardian)
“Funny, angry and tightly written….McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke….If the word ‘poetry’ is putting you off, get over it”
(Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman)
“Rampaging through the vicissitudes of modern life with stanzas like Panzers”
What a wild party of wizardly words this year’s special anniversary Poetry&Words stage is going to be!
Keep reading this blog for further information about further artists who will be appearing this year, a photo of what will be this year’s *POETRY SLAM TROPHY*, and a whole load of giddy excitement in the run up between now and the festival commencing.