Last week, we announced our LIVEwire x Lockdown project. This has been months of hard work behind the scenes and it’s awesome to finally see it out in the world. The project culminated in last night online première event, followed by the four singles being released through our Bandcamp site today.


Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan delivered workshops for refugees and asylum seekers. She then collaborated with artist Alaa Alsaraji to create this stunning time-lapsed illustrated video.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan ‘An Island of Sirens’

Saili Katebe delivered workshops for writers of colour. He then collaborated with movement practitioner Deepraj Singh to devise this beautiful piece, which was shot by Dan Martin and features music by David J Gledhill.

Saili Katebe ‘Inheritance’

Kirsty Taylor delivered workshops for care experienced young people. She then collaborated with music producer SOULS to create this awesome track, with a photograph by John Bolloten used for the video.

Kirsty Taylor ‘Go Safe [feat. SOULS]’

Sean Mahoney delivered workshops for boxers and boxing enthusiasts. He then collaborated with artist Sadie St. Hilaire who illustrated his photographs, and worked on the soundscape with producer Gabriel Jones.

Sean Mahoney ‘A Vulnerable Area’

The online première event was broadcast live on our Facebook page on Thursday 10 December and is available to stream back in full below. Huge thanks to Arts Council England for making this project possible and to everybody who’s supported it so far!

Nymphs & Thugs LIVEwire x Lockdown online première event

Since the beginning of May, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Next up, we welcome Sophie Sparham on Tuesday 2 March. Sophie is a poet and writer from Derby. She has written commissions for BBC Radio 4, The V&A and The People’s History Museum. She co-hosts the night Word Wise which won Best Spoken Word Night at the 2019 Saboteur Awards. Her latest collection ‘The Man Who Ate 50,000 Weetabix‘ comes out in April on Verve Poetry Press. 

Nymphs & Thugs | Sophie Sparham
Insta sessions #34: Sophie Sparham on Tuesday 2 March

This session will be hosted by Matt Abbott. Our previous sessions are available to stream back in full on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and IGTV channel. Find more information and share the event over on Facebook. Our latest session with Iftikhar Latif is available to view below.

Insta sessions #33: Haris Ahmed

Since the beginning of May, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Next up, we welcome Haris Ahmed on Tuesday 23 February. Haris is a Bradford-based poet and editor for Genius. He was commissioned to write the poem ‘The Doomsday Clock News‘ as part of Fly The Flag’s campaign for World Human Rights Day in December. Last year, ran a successful crowdfunding campaign for his début poetry book ‘isit‘, which is due to be published soon.

Nymphs & Thugs | Haris Ahmed
Insta sessions #33: Haris Ahmed on Tuesday 23 February
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Since the beginning of May, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Next up, we welcome Rushika Wick on Tuesday 16 February. Rushika is a poet and kids’ doctor from South London. She’s performed in London with various collectives including New Gums and Cold Lips Magazine, and in Amsterdam with Rough Night Press.

She’s had work published in various anthologies and magazines including Ambit, Datableed and Poetry Review. She has started making poetry objects (some for performance) and visual poetry more recently and is a student at the Poetry School. Her début collection ‘Afterlife As Trash‘ is published by Verve Poetry Press in April.

Insta sessions #32: Rushika Wick on Tuesday 16 February
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This month included exclusive author readings from the likes of Kathryn Williams and Nikesh Shukla, plus a Matt Abbott feature on Motown Records’ Black Forum spoken word imprint from the early ’70s. You should be able to find it wherever you usually listen to podcasts, but if not, it’s on our Anchor.fm page here.

We return to Soho Radio’s Culture channel on Saturday 13 March from 4-6pm!

Roaring 20s Radio episode 15

We’re thrilled to have programmed this event for Leeds Lit Fest in celebration of International Women’s Day 2021. The event will take place over Zoom on Sunday 7 March from 3-5pm and tickets can be reserved free of charge here.

It’ll feature performances from Theresa Lola, Erin Bolens and Reece Lyons, and will be hosted by our very own Louise Fazackerley. There’s also an open mic section which is now full.

Please feel free to join and share the Facebook event here!

LIVEwire x #IWD2021 event for Leeds Lit Fest on Sunday 7 March
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Since the beginning of May, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Next up, we welcome Iftikhar Latif on Tuesday 9 February! Iftikhar is a writer and spoken-word artist of British-Bangladeshi descent. He released his debut collection of short stories and poems, titled ‘Losers’, in August 2019.His work often refers to the British Asian experience, deconstructions of masculinity, and addiction/isolation. Currently, he is a founder and co-host for ‘Off The Chest’.

Insta sessions #31: Iftikhar Latif on Tuesday 9 February
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Since the beginning of May, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Next up, we welcome Maria Ferguson on Tuesday 2 February! Maria is a poet and multi-award-winning theatre-maker from Romford. Her début poetry collection Alright, Girl? was published by Burning Eye Books in April and features her poem My Letters, which was Highly Commended by the Forward Prize.

Insta sessions #30: Maria Ferguson on Tuesday 2 February
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