Oi oi oi!
It is Friday, HOO-RAY, and here we are with the Glastonbury Festival 2022 Poetry&Words blog!
I am Dominic Berry, your Poetry&Words blogger, and what a day I have had immersing myself in poetry….
We started with GECKO … and now we close with JOHN HEGLEY, performing to a packed tent, controlling the crowd masterfully with perfect comic timing and excellent presence on and off stage (there is a fair bit of stepping into the audience). Hit singles like LUTON and GUILLEMOT go as grandly as you’d expect from a verse veteran of Hegley’s standing, but new poems like SHEPTON MALLET PUBLIC TOILETS are also a treat to hear. Top of the shop.
MARK GALLIE performed a particularly powerful and unique set earlier today. He is the only artist to get deep into ghost stories and bring a hint of horror to his rhymes. Spooktacular! His love poem for a person he has yet to meet opened what was a memorising and memorable selection of stanzas (even if this fictitious work does annoy his real-life actual girlfriend, for probably obvious reasons – not least of all that he wrote the first draft of this after she and he had met!). Mark always brings us a wide-awake wild, witty and wam-bamming hurricane of inventive imagery.
MARK is one of the LOUD POETS hosts, and they are an impressive presence at the Scottish Storytelling Centre every Edinburgh fringe, so if you visit this summer you’d do well to check them and their excellent art out.
PLUS… this lad is co-hosting the SLAM here at 5 on Sunday, and you definitely do not wanna miss that!
And ……. so concludes FRIDAY at Poetry&Words tent!
Dunno about you, but I’m off to dance with Fatboy Slim at Sonic this evening.
I’ll be blogging about loadsa poets tomorrow too – not least of all **ME** – as I am on at 12.35, and I reckon I’ll come on here afterwards and write some pretty good reviews of my own contribution. Hahahaha!
FULL SATURDAY LINE-UP:
11.30 GECKO (I hope he performs his new Glastonbury tune again!)
12.05 POET RS
12.35 DOMINIC BERRY (let me hear you say way-oh…. way ohhhh!)
13.00 AFRODITA NIKOLOVA hosts the OPEN MIC ….!
14.03 KID ANANSI
14.33 ARIELLE COTTINGHAM
15.03 BEN NORRIS
15.33 CULAIN WOOD
16.03 DEMI ANTER
16.33 LUKE WRIGHT
17.08 HARRY BAKER
17.41 GOBLIN MARKET MUSIC
18.17 TONY WALSH
Right. Happy Glastonbury, People!
Have fun, stay safe, and make some magic happen!
See ya on the morrow!