And we’ve got doozies…
Murray Lachlan Young
The legendary Million Pound Poet – and an absolute don’t miss.
Poet, screenwriter-writer and broadcaster. Murray Lachlan Young is one of the UK’s most prolific and best-known poetry voices. He came to international notoriety through signing a million pound record deal with EMI records in 1997.
Subsequently he has become known for his numerous appearances and residencies on BBC Radio 2,4 and as resident poet of BBC6music.
Murray has performed commissioned work everywhere from: Shakespeare’s globe theatre to the main stage at Glastonbury to Ronnie Scots to Test match special and even the Cheltenham gold cup.
Over the last five years he has branched out to become a successful screen-writer and broadcaster. Co adapting the new movie version of the Dylan Thomas Classic: Under Milkwood – Directed by Kevin Allen and Starring Rhys Ifans.
He is currently co writing Waterfall – a new Kevin Allen movie set to shoot in the Autumn 2015 and working on an anthology with Unbound books.
Sony Gold winner and resident poet with BBC6 music
Sony Gold winner and resident poet with BBC Saturday live
The Union Club: Soho.
Co writer Film: The waterfall Feature produced Fatti films shooting Autumn 015
Writer The Incomers: Dir Rhys Ifans Fattie Films (Development) 015
Co format and presenter BBC Radio 4 series The Flexigon. 015
New play: Running stag. (Development) Windswept productions 015
Taste: Dance play for C scape dance co 2015
Rehab. Musical Directed by Craig Revel-Horewood. Book: Derren Litten
MLY Grant Black. Libretto G Black and MLY.
Murray Lachlan Young verse Anthology due for release and tour Autumn
2015 Unbound books.
Recent work :
Co Adaptation – Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas for Fatti films. Dir
Kevin Allen. Allen 1st voice Rhys Ifans. release June 015
Film: God’s work. Feature produced Fatti films. Acclaimed BBC Radio 4
series The Alien balladeer (Jan)
Writer and participant Laphroig writers challenge 015
BBC Test match special for the Ashes 2013
Poem for 2013 Magners cider commercial The instigator.
The Incomers. Directed by Paul Jepson. National tour: From April 2013.
BBC radio Scotland. Child of the union. Half hour documentary tx 2014
Murray has written many poems on hugely diverse subject matter.
Mick Jagger recently presented Keith Richards with a CD copy of an MLY
poem to mark the anniversary of Keith Richards falling out of a
Porky the Poet (aka Phill Jupitus)
I had the gargantuantly unfortunate task of following this man at Glastonbury last year. He brought the house down and I’ll never forgive him for that 😉 The tent is highly likely to be packed when he’s on so come early for a good spot.
Porky The Poet emerged as part of the ranting poetry scene in 1983. Inspired by performers like John Cooper-Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson, he followed their example and started gigging with bands. It was here he met Billy Bragg, who took him on tour as a support act in 1985. This led to a fruitful period opening for The Housemartins, The Style Council, The Pogues, Gil Scott-Heron and many others. On the poetry scene, Porky became a London circuit regular for Apples & Snakes and Cast New Variety. Around about this time he lost all his poems in Newcastle, decided to quit, changed his name back to Phill Jupitus and did other stuff. In 2007, Phill was cajoled by fellow ranting luminary Tim Wells to start writing again and return to the performance poetry scene. In 2012 at The Edinburgh Fringe he did his first full-length show Twenty Seven Years On, followed that up with Zeitgeist Limbo, Juplicity and this year debuts the all-new Apologist Now as part of the PBH Free Fringe.
“Surprisingly beautiful…” N.M.E.
“Punchy, chippy, funny…” The Guardian
“Hugely entertaining…” The Scotsman
Rachel Rose Reid
Rachel Rose Reid was raised on a hybrid of immigrant tradition, English folk clubs and concrete jungle, and all three of these worlds combine in her mesmerising stories and poetry. She has been Artist in Residence for Dickens Museum, the Saison Poetry Library, the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and has written and performed commissions for Billy Bragg, BBC Radio 3, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
RRR loves collaborations and has created work with a diverse range of artistic partners including the Roundhouse Experimental Choir, Dizraeli & the Small Gods and the London Symphony Orchestra. She has performed her work at the Barbican (UK), Nuyorican Poets Café (USA), the Soho Theatre (UK); ACT Theatre (Australia); Latitude Festival; Camp Bestival; Pleasance, Edinburgh; Words Festival (Denmark), Contos de Liberdade (Portugal); Storytelling Time (Italy), Alden Biesen (Belgium); and the British Council (Malta.) RRR is the founder of the Willesden Green Wassail, a community festival that unites a diverse urban community through the re-appropriation of ancient English tradition.
“Immense skill and breathless conviction. There’s no faulting Reid’s command of her craft”. The Times
“Polished and compelling. A consummate performer…Definitely one to watch”. The Independent
Winston Plowes – Spoke-n-Word Walkabout Show
The legendary walkabout poet. Winston is a Glastonbury treasure.
Based near Hebden Bridge in Calderdale Winston Plowes lives aboard his floating home with his cat ‘Fatty’. In the past year he has collaborated with The Arvon Foundation, the BBC, Glastonbury Festival, UCLAN and Manchester Museum and has recently tutored on courses and workshops for The Square Chapel, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts and West Yorkshire Playhouse. As Poet in Residence for the Rochdale Canal Festival in 2012 and The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival for the past three years he has being lucky enough to share his community orientated poetry with a wider audience. As Judge for the Found Poetry Review and author of experimental work published in over 50 journals worldwide he gets the chance to play with our precious language and by providing workshops for schools hopes to continue to inspire through mutual creativity for many years to come. The jointly self-published Misery Begins at Home, 2010 and Micro Chap-book Extras, Origami Press, 2014 will soon be followed by his first collection of ghazals First of all I Wrote Your Name, Stairwell Books. Winston is also inventor of the worlds first (and possibly last) Random Poetry Generating Bicycle, the ‘Spoke-n-Word’.
Annabel Other – The Bristol Art Library
Our other Walkabout poet this year.
The Bristol Art Library is a fully functioning public library housed in a wooden cabinet the size of a small suitcase. Annabel Other, the artist, created the library in 1998 and is the Head Librarian. The library’s volumes cover a wide range of subjects, from palaeontology to astronomy, with 250 books (all 5 in x 4 in) made by artists and practitioners from all areas of the arts and sciences.
Membership of Bristol Art Library is free, and once you have joined and received your manilla reader’s ticket you may visit the library and peruse its volumes anywhere in the world. The library now has 9000 members, a gift shop and a friends’ organisation FOTBAL (Friends of The Bristol Art Library).
So that’s our full line up and it is an absolute cracker. Full times and dates of all our performances will be going up soon.