Our first regional shows in Manchester and Bristol were two of the best events that we’ve ever run, and I’ve no doubt that Birmingham will be just as good. After a showcase in 2018, we’re returning to Verve Poetry Festival – and this time it’s at the Hippodrome. Tickets are on sale here.

LIVEwire Birmingham on Saturday 22 February
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We’re pulling no punches with our first event of the roaring ’20s, as we return to Hyde Park Book Club for the third of our Leeds residency dates. Our special guests for this one are Louise Fazackerley and Evrah Rose, plus we’ll have open mic hosted by Matt Abbott.

LIVEwire Leeds No.3 on Wednesday 5 February

Those of you who’ve followed the Nymphs & Thugs journey will be no stranger to our first signing, Louise Fazackerley. Louise had ‘The Lolitas’ published by VERVE Poetry Press in December and will be reading material from her new collection, as well as a few classics no doubt.

Wrexham-born Evrah Rose is also on VERVE Poetry Press and is one of the most exciting emerging poets in the UK right now. With work covering subjects such as mental health, gender inequality, sexual abuse, addiction and domestic abuse, Evrah is a powerful voice whose work has been showcased across a range of BBC platforms and elsewhere.

Click here to purchase tickets, and for details on how to sign up for the open mic.

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What a year it’s been for our ‘LIVEwire’ events. We’ve been building them up for nearly 3 years now, and I’m proper chuffed to present our class of 2019. These are all of the poets who’ve performed at one of our events this year.

Nymphs & Thugs ‘LIVEwire’ Class of 2019

It’s mad to think that we didn’t actually start until August. All of the time until that point had involved planning behind-the-scenes. We ran our ‘LIVEwire Salon’ at Byline Festival over August bank holiday; launched our biggest ever series of ‘LIVEwire’ events in Manchester in September; and also co-hosted a Día de los Muertos party in London on 1 November.

Huge thanks to everybody that performed at, attended, shared and worked at one of these events. And also to Arts Council England for co-funding the series that we launched in September. Can’t wait to see what happens in 2020…

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Our second regional ‘LIVEwire’ event saw us team up with Raise The Bar to put on a storming night at Arnolfini. Sets from Salena Godden, Jess Green and Kevin P. Gilday made a truly amazing night, as captured by Alex Sheppard in these photos.

We’ve also got this brilliant highlights video, courtesy of Raise The Bar! The video is available to view on our YouTube channel (embedded below) as well as our Facebook page, IGTV channel and Twitter account, so please give it a share. Ta.

LIVEwire Bristol by Raise The Bar

The first of our ‘LIVEwire’ Leeds residency nights took place at Hyde Park Book Club on 2 October, with Salena Godden and Nafeesa Hamid going down a storm in West Yorkshire. The start of the event was delayed as we had to bring about 20 extra chairs down to accommodate everybody, and Matt Abbott was on hosting duties, including open mic.

Video by Idle Work Factory

As well as the video highlights from Idle Work Factory, they’ve also taken some ace photos (below). Huge thanks to our open mic performers: Lence, Sally Anne Earl, Claire Crossdale, Tahira Alia Rehman, Joe Williams, Natalie Davies and Camille McCawley.

Our next ‘LIVEwire’ Leeds event stars Joelle Taylor and Ollie O’Neill on Wednesday 4 December, and tickets are on sale here.