Interview with Rosy Carrick

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

Rosy Carrick by Scott Tyrrell

Rosy Carrick by Scott Tyrrell

Your Name

Rosy Carrick


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How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?

I started writing poetry when I was six years old and loved the feeling of having power over language!

Who are your influences/ idols?

Right now I can’t stop listening to Scatman John, though I dunno if I’d call him either an influence or an idol!

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

It’s grotty n cool

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

In an ideal world, “Performance poetry” is just “Poetry”, performed well.

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

Bananarama, Janelle Monae, Kylie, Lauryn Hill and the Wu – although I will inevitably end up just walking from one stage to another just in time to realise I’ve missed whoever I meant to see like usual…

Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?


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

David Bowie in 2000 was life-changingly awesome (not least cos it caused me to fall asleep in my English A level the following afternoon, fail it, get rejected from my University of choice, go through clearing instead and almost immediately get pregnant.) My daughter Olive, who is the inadvertent result of this adventure, will this year be joining me for her first ever Glatonbury – here’s hoping it doesn’t get her pregnant too!

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


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

Aim to see no more than 2 bands a day and don’t buy drugs from strangers!

Have you performed at Glastonbury Poetry&Words before?


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

Well the first thing that comes to mind is banging ******* ***** backstage, but perhaps that would be a tad uncouth, so instead let’s go for this: the very first time I performed on the stage in 2003 there were torrential storms and poor Nathan Filer was first onstage – performing barefoot, calf-deep in water, inaudible over the sound of thunder, with all electricity and mics having been cut off. He did a sterling job!

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

Sometimes there’s a big audience, sometimes there’s a small audience. Either way, have fun and everyone in there will have fun too!

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

poetry, live literature, compering

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

It’s different every time

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

I’ve just started wall-climbing and am well on my way to becoming the Cliffhanger of Hove!

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