Between the worlds of true-life storytelling, spoken word and poetry, there are those who Tellit Poetically. An evening where worlds collide to delight you with poetical storytelling as you are swept into the personal lives of our poets, as they share their stories through lyrical lines and rhythmic rhymes.
This is one night of poetry you do not want to miss.
Toria Garbutt is a spoken word artist from Knottingley - a deprived ex-mining town in West Yorkshire. From as young as 9 she kept a diary, and wrote poetry in parallel.
Her resulting début album 'Hot Plastic Moon' is an incredibly visceral and engaging collection of confessional, observational and character based punk poetry. With a punk heritage, a staccato heartbeat and a unique flair for storytelling, her work is brutally honest yet breathtakingly beautiful.
Raymond Antrobus is a Jamaican, British poet, performer and hearing aid user, born and bred in East London, Hackney.
Raymond has read and performed his poetry at a myriad of festivals, he has read internationally and is co-curator of popular London poetry events Chill Pill (Soho Theatre and The Albany) and Keats House Poets.
Raymond’s work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue, The Jamaica Gleaner, The Guardian and at TedxEastEnd. Sky Arts and Ideas Tap listed Raymond in the top 20 promising young artists in the UK. He is currently one of six poet Laureates for London and a Complete Works III fellow.
Jah-Mir Early is an American poet, storyteller and improv spoken word artist. His style has been described as an "impassioned, lyrical storytelling, meandering just to the left of chaos. Drawing you into his feeling and his life while examining the world with no amor, speaking like a preacher or school teacher, all off the top of his head."
Jah-Mir recently performed three nights for the BBC at the Edinburgh Fringe. Featuring during the BBC Poetry slam and as a Part of Other Voices. He lives in London where he work with SEN students and produces/host two monthly poetry nights "Spoken" and "A slam called Spout" with his team Spoken in London.
Matt Abbott is rapidly establishing himself on the UK spoken word scene. With a unique blend of socio-political commentary and tongue-in-cheek humour, he wins over the toughest of poetry cynics whilst still packing a political punch. Founding owner of spoken word label Nymphs & Thugs, co-founder of A Firm Of Poets and former Skint & Demoralised lyricist/frontman, he is currently touring the country in support of Jeremy Corbyn and is a regular hit on the major festival circuit.
"If you were seriously put off poetry at school, here's the man that might just change your mind." 5* Broadway Baby
"He delivers explosive poetry with style, heart & honesty." 4* TVBomb
Sara Hirsch is a London based performance poet, a former UK Slam Champion and ranked third in the World Slam Championships in 2014. Sara is one of four poets on the innovative and highly acclaimed Spoken Word Education Programme and is currently completing her writer/teacher Masters degree at Goldsmiths University.
Sara has performed at Glastonbury festival, has featured on BBC Radio 2 and is the proud producer and host of Genesis Slam (London’s only regular 3 round slam) as well as Hammer & Tongue Waterloo. Sara premiered her award winning one-woman show ‘How Was It For You?’ at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 before returning this summer with the two hander spoken word show ‘Made To Measure’ with Kiwi poet Ben Fagan. She has recently returned from a month long, Arts Council funded spoken word tour of New Zealand and represented the UK at the Portugal International Festival of Slam this October.
Sara’s debut poetry collection ‘Still Falling’ was recently published with Burning Eye Books. It has been described as “Annoyingly good” by Harry Baker and is available at gigs or online at www.sarahirsch.co.uk.
hosted by poet and true-life storyteller Kate Walton
+ Open Mic spots available on the night