You may remember that a fair while back, I wrote a monthly spoken word round-up for The State of the Arts. Unfortunately the round-up simply became too time-consuming as projects developed behind the scenes, but my new monthly poetry column serves up a completely different flavour.

Nymphs & Thugs | Luke Wright
Luke Wright’s London vinyl launch back in February

On the 1st of every month, the column will provide features, interviews, spotlights and more from the spoken word poetry scene, at home and abroad. One of the aims of Nymphs & Thugs has always been to showcase dynamic and alternative poets, regardless of where they are or how well we might know them directly.

The first column is online here. Ahead of our next big announcement, I’m using this column to provide a bit of a ‘story so far’ for Nymphs & Thugs as a spoken word poetry organisation, and to underline who we are and where we want to be in the future. It’s just over 4 years since the idea was first conceived, and it’s been a bloody good journey so far.

Video produced by Idle Work Factory in October 2016

Anyway, I won’t keep you – have a read of the column, and stay tuned for a major announcement from Nymphs & Thugs HQ in a fortnight’s time. See ya then…

Skint & Demoralised | Image by Kerry Harrison

After returning from a 6-year hiatus with brand new track ‘Boro Kitchen 4am‘, Skint & Demoralised followed it up with ‘#RefugeesWelcome‘ (OUT NOW), taken from their forthcoming fourth album on Fierce Panda.

As with the comeback single, the track has received a good amount of airplay on BBC Radio 6Music, courtesy of the band’s long-time supporter Steve Lamacq. The album ‘We Are Humans’ is due for release at the end of the summer, on vinyl and download.

All three of Skint & Demoralised’s existing albums are available to download through our Bandcamp site.

Skint & Demoralised official video for ‘#RefugeesWelcome’

Skint & Demoralised 📸 by Kerry Harrison

Following a 6-year hiatus, Matt Abbott‘s band Skint & Demoralised are returning with new single ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ on 29 March. The single is being released by Fierce Panda, and there’s a comeback gig at London’s The Social on Thursday 11 April.

Skint & Demoralised official video for ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’
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