Interview with Desree

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

Desree by Scott Tyrrell

Desree by Scott Tyrrell

Your Name

Desree

Website

https://www.iamdesree.co.uk

Twitter handle

@dezziiee_

Instagram handle

@dezziiee_

Video

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/desreepoetry

How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?

Long story short – I was not a good rapper but really liked writing

Who are your influences/ idols?

I take a lot of my influences from the early Grime scene and Neo-Soul music. But am in love with poets like Shange and Walker and Angelou.

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

That it is honest and all I can do is speak my truth

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

Go to as many nights as you possibly can. And then keep going and going. Yes you will be exhausted but you’re working on your performance as well as keeping your name in people’s mouths.

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

Stormzy and the unfairground

Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?

No

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

poetry, performance poetry, spoken word, live literature, random words in a random order, no idea

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

Connecting with people and having interactions with other humans, that might be feeling the same or give them a different perspective

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

MUM, I AM PERFORMING AT GLASTONBURY!


You can see Desree at 13:05-13:30 Friday; 16:05-16:30 Saturday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about her here.

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Interview with Dominic Berry

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

Dominic Berry by Scott Tyrrell

Dominic Berry by Scott Tyrrell

Your Name

Dominic Berry

Website

https://dominicberry.net/

Twitter handle

@thepoetdominic

Instagram handle

@thepoetdominic

Video

How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?

Seeing spoken word poetry being performed! Gerry Potter, Rosie Garland, Lemn Sissay … when I first moved to Manchester seeing these artists on stage.

Who are your influences/ idols?

The poets I previously mentioned, plus so many more…. The AntiPoet, Jackie Hagan, Louise Fazackerley, Thick Richard, Rosie Fleeshman, Matt Goodfellow, Matt Panesh, Keisha Thompson, Dave Viney, Avaes Mohammad, Rose Condo, Rob Auton, Scroobius Pip…. ahhhh too many to name! I’m gonna leave the list there, in the knowledge I will later kick myself at all the dozens of names I forgot to add!

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

I write about how I believe it is horrible to be horrible, and lovely to be lovely. All of my poems are about that.

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

Experience loads of performance poetry. Go to loads of events. See what other artists are doing. Its OK to dislike some stuff. Its OK to dislike stuff it seems like everyone else likes! Gain an awareness of the scene, and then be different. Influenced is cool, but different. Be true to your own voice. Don’t try to copy. Speak your truth. Write the poem that you would like to read because a poem like that would be of help to you and no one else has yet written it.

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

All the poets on the Poetry&Words stage! I know that is an answer that sounds like what I am supposed to say, but in all sincerity, I have gained so much from sat quietly listening to the artists in that tent. It’s fantastic. How I first discovered The AntiPoet. I am a performance poet because I love performance poetry.

Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?

Yes

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

First time seeing The AntiPoet, sharing a poem I wrote about how much I loved Glastonbury Festival despite fears that big crowds wouldn’t be for me with my history of anxiety issues, dancing to Fatboy Slim, performing my vegan poem on BBC2, dancing in the mud with Sara Hirsh (a fantastic poet I want to add to my list of inspirations!), all those wonderful sculptures and the circus performers…. like the list of inspirations, I know I will read over this later and kick myself for obvious things I forgot to add!

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

Love

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

Share all the fun you want, but also get all the rest you need – it’s all so amazing, but don’t burn yourself out!

Have you performed at Glastonbury Poetry&Words before?

Yes

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

I think I mentioned before my poem ‘Glastonbury Mud’, my poem about how loving I found it all when I was scared it’d trigger my panic being somewhere so massive and busy.

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

Surround yourself with people who are lovely and share the fun. There is so much here from which to benefit, this is a festival unlike any other I have experienced. Enjoy!

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

poetry, performance poetry, spoken word, live literature, performance art, theatre

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

Seeing on people’s faces that a meaningful connection has been made, and hearing people chat to me afterwards about how the work has affected them.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

I would love it if more poets wrote for younger children. I tour poetry to children from terribly disadvantaged starts in life, and I share inclusive, interactive poems about kindness and understanding. The political conflicts we are currently experiencing are not helped by issues in the education system. Encouraging children to express their creativity and share stuff that unites us as opposed to nurturing tribal division is hugely important. Loads of poets work with teenagers, but go into junior schools, go into infant schools, there are children eager to learn and play and think, and there are children whose capacity for compassion is not being nurtured. It is not easy writing and performing for younger people, but I believe it can be an excellent and effective tool for societal growth. I was at Glastonbury Festival when Jeremy Corbyn spoke on the Pyramid Stage about the importance of poetry for children. I’ll get off my political pedestal now, and make myself a nice cuppa – and continue to be giddy in anticipation of this year’s festival!


You can see Dominic Berry at 15:30-19:00 Friday; 11:50-15:30 Saturday; 14:30-17:00 Sunday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about him here.

Interview with Jackie Juno

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

Jackie Juno by Scott Tyrrell

Jackie Juno by Scott Tyrrell

Your Name

Jackie Juno

Website

https://jackiejuno.com/

Twitter handle

@JackieJuno

Video

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/Jackie-Juno-204884346199582/

How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?

Via stand-up comedy and cabaret

Who are your influences/ idols?

Bill Bailey, Benjamin Zephaniah, Julie Mullen, Matt Harvey, Jo Brand

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

I have won awards for my page poetry as well as my performance work

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

Remain true to yourself. Go to as many live performances as you can

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

Neneh Cherry, Lauryn Hill, Hozier, Jo Brand, John Hegley

Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?

Yes

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

Winning the Poetry Slam 2017, dancing naked on stage c1993, surviving the muddy years

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

Earplugs

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

Try and stay grounded in all the madness

Have you performed at Glastonbury Poetry&Words before?

In the slam

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

Winning the slam 2017

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

Be 100% yourself

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

performance poetry, stand-up poetry

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

I love to make people laugh, and cry

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

I am very excited about being part of the Poetry and Words stage, I have found it such a haven of truth and safety in recent years when it all gets a bit mad, and the lineup this year is pretty stellar! I will be bringing copies of my four poetry collections for folks to take home with them, and chocolate to share 🙂


You can see Jackie Juno at 16:35-17:00 Sunday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about her here.

Interview with Will Sanderson-Thwaite/ Gecko

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

Gecko by Scott Tyrrell

Gecko by Scott Tyrrell

Your Name

Will Sanderson-Thwaite

Name of Act

Gecko

Website

http://geckoofficial.com

Twitter handle

@geckoofficial

Instagram handle

@geckoofficial

Video

http://youtube.com/geckoofficial

Audio

Spotify

Facebook Page

http://facebook.com/geckoband

How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?

The Apples & Snakes open mic Jawdance at the rich mix in Hackney was my entry point into this wonderful world. I come from a music background where open mic has very different connotations and I was absolutely blown away by the warmth and energy of the place.

Who are your influences/ idols?

Randy Newman

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

There might be some audience participation!

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

I’m ridiculously excited to see Stormzy headline.

Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?

Yes

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

Playing after Billy Bragg in the Green Fields. Not only that playing after Billy Bragg closing with a Bob Dylan song. No pressure!

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

Vocalzones

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

Explore off the beaten track, try not to have too much planned so you can be free!

Have you performed at Glastonbury Poetry&Words before?

No

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

poetry, spoken word, music, multidisciplinary entertainment

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

Building up trust with an audience so that you can become more playful with them as the show goes on.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

I will have some CDs of my album Volcano with me if anyone would like to support that dying medium.


You can see Gecko at 15:35-16:00 Saturday; 14:45-15:10 Sunday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about him here.

Interview with Luke Wright

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

Luke Wright by Scott Tyrrell

Luke Wright by Scott Tyrrell

Your Name

Luke Wright

Website

http://www.lukewright.co.uk

Twitter handle

@lukewrightpoet

Instagram handle

@lukewrightpoet

Video

Audio

Facebook Page

http://www.facebook.com/mrlukewright

How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?

I saw Ross Sutherland, Martin Newell and John Cooper Clarke do a gig in Colchester and knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life performing poems on stage.

Who are your influences/ idols?

This year I’ve been mostly listening to Aldous Harding.

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

I did it all myself without any help from my mum.

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

Read widely, watch widely.

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

Mik Artistik

Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?

Yes

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

Aged 17, Performing poems down a megaphone at the stone circle. It sound unlikely but people cheered.

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

A good quality pair of rubber boots

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

You’ll never see all of it so relax and play it by ear. It’s not about the bands.

Have you performed at Glastonbury Poetry&Words before?

Yes

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

Not that I’m advocating such behaviour but one year I was very very drunk. But I remembered all the words to a 9 minute ballad and then had a great game of football with some kids backstage before passing out in the sun.

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

They’re not leaving because they hate you, it’s that the Foo Fighters are on.

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

poetry

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

My life is my job.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

It’s my 20th anniversary this month. 20 years since my first gig. Almost to the day!


You can see Luke Wright at 16:35-17:00; Saturday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about him here.