Well, it was supposed to draw to its grand conclusion at Colchester Arts Centre on 29 April. A stunning church conversion with hundreds of punters packed in to see us perform in the flesh.

As it happens, it drew to a conclusion on Facebook Live: with me hosting from my one-bed flat in East London, with only a hazy distant memory of what it’s like to attend a live performance in person.

Regardless of how the pandemic stream-rolled our plans, I’m still immensely proud of what we achieved with this series of ‘LIVEwire’ events. It was our most ambitious live project to date and it couldn’t have gone better (apart from… well, you know…)

LIVEwire Manchester highlights by Northern Heart films

Our aim has always been to provide top quality spoken word poetry to the masses. Engaging, accessible, political, and unapologetic: that’s what we’re about.

This series featured four regional events in large (for us) theatres and arts centres – in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Colchester – plus four residency nights at Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds.

The responses that we received from audiences around the country were overwhelming, and backstage, the camaraderie between the performers was a joy to behold.

In short, we smashed it, and I couldn’t be happier. Obviously, we do plan on producing more of these ‘LIVEwire’ events at some stage, and work is tentatively taking place behind the scenes.

Our next project will be digital and, subject to a funding bid, we’re hoping to be making our announcement by the end of September. But for now, check out the video highlights and photo galleries on our events page.

We worked with local film-makers and photographers to produce top quality content for those of you who weren’t there in person, and to showcase what we do.

Huge thanks to Arts Council England to the funding, to everybody who attended, to the venues and co-promoters, and of course, to the performers.

This is one of my favourite projects I’ve ever worked on. See you all again when it’s safe. Matt x

The 17th of our Insta sessions features Madelaine Kinsella. Madelaine is a poet from Liverpool currently studying an MA in Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her work is concerned with Scouse identity, vernacular, fashion culture, and how much working-class femininity plays an essential role in that. Her work has been featured in Bido Lito! and Fourteen Poems, and she is the Editor of Liverpudlian Zine JARG.

Insta sessions #17: Madelaine Kinsella on Tuesday 22 September

This session will be hosted by Toria Garbutt. The sessions in general welcome guests to join us for relaxed conversations and performances. They’re broadcast live on our Instagram account from 7.30-8pm (BST) on Tuesdays, and then uploaded to Facebook, YouTube and IGTV shortly afterwards.

Find more information and share the event over on Facebook. Our latest session with Louise Fazackerley is available to view below.

Insta sessions #16: Louise Fazackerley

The 13th of our Insta sessions features Sharena Lee Satti. Sharena is a poet and the author of ‘Testing Times’, ‘Broken Chains’ and ‘UnapologeticShe’. Selected to become a Community Champion in her native Bradford, she writes poetry about her personal life, environmental issues, social stigmas, homelessness, poverty and discrimination. She speaks openly about her past and the struggles she’s had to endure. She found her voice and encourages others to find theirs through poetry and self-expression.

Continue reading “Insta sessions #13: Sharena Lee Satti on 25 Aug”

As we hurtle through a heatwave, our ‘Summer Special’ featured the usual art, culture, books, poetry, and activism for you. We also had our first in-person interview since March, as we were joined in Salena’s kitchen by artist Kelly-Anne Davitt.

You can now listen back in full via most of the major podcast providers, or via this handy link on our Anchor.fm page. Hope you enjoy it!

Roaring 20s Radio Episode 9: Summer Specialhttps://anchor.fm/roaring20sradio/episodes/Episode-9-Summer-Special–08-08-20-ehqdua/a-a2st6g1