The inimitable Joelle Taylor is touring her new collection ‘C+nto & Othered Poems‘, and we’re over the moon to have linked her with The Leeds Library for the Yorkshire leg. She’s at the stunning 253-year-old venue on Friday 3 September.

Tickets cost £5 and are available here.

Joelle headlined the first-ever ‘Chelping at The Leeds Library’ event way back in April 2018 and we’re honoured that she’ll be joining us in Leeds on this new tour. Get tickets whilst you can…

Last night, I was joined by Jonathan Kinsman for the 50th and final Insta session. It still hasn’t properly sunk in that there won’t be any more. And as I’ve said a few times, these sessions have been a real crutch for me since the pandemic struck.

Like most people, I disappeared into a bit of a shell when Lockdown 1.0 was first announced towards the end of March 2020. I wasn’t sure how to respond as a human being, let alone as a record label boss. But during April, I decided that we’d combine our first-ever virtual event with the label’s 5th birthday – seeing all of the acts performing on the same bill for the very first time.

The event took place on 29 April, which was supposed to be the date of our LIVEwire Colchester event. It felt so good that I decided to start a regular event off the back of it, and dreamt up the format for relaxed 30-minute weekly ‘Insta sessions’. I approached Nafeesa Hamid to do the first session, she agreed, and we were off.

Our 50 Insta sessions from May 2020 – July 2021
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Since the beginning of May 2020, we’ve hosted (almost) weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions have blended performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

For our 50th and FINAL SESSION, we welcome Jonathan Kinsman! Jonathan is a trans poet from Manchester. Raised Church of England and with a background in theological study, he lives his life marrying his spirituality and their sexuality.

As well as being founding editor of Riggwelter Press and associate editor of Three Drops From a Cauldron, he is also a BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam finalist. He received a distinction for his MA in Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield. His début pamphlet & was joint-winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017 and his second, witness, was published by Burning Eye in 2020.

Insta sessions #50: Jonathan Kinsman on Tuesday 6 July
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Since the beginning of May 2020, 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.

Up next, we welcome Mohammed Moussa! Mohammed is the founder of Gaza Poets Society, host of the Gaza Guy podcast, and a freelance journalist.

Insta sessions #49: Mohammed Moussa on Tuesday 22 June
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We’re excited to be presenting a special ‘LIVEwire’ event as part of the first-ever Leeds Poetry Festival. It’ll take place at Left Bank from 1700-1830 on Friday 23 July. Our featured acts are Kirsty Taylor and Simone Yasmin, and there’ll also be a ‘spotlight section’ showcasing emerging poets from around West Yorkshire.

Tickets cost £8 plus booking fee and are available here.

LIVEwire at Leeds Poetry Festival on Friday 23 July 2021
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Since the beginning of May 2020, 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.

Up next, we welcome Rory Aaron! Rory is a Derby-born poet, writer and performer currently based in Manchester. His début pamphlet Doglike is published with Bearded Badger Publishing.

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Insta sessions #48: Rory Aaron on Tuesday 15 June
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At the beginning of the year, we had a Zoom call with poet and producer Dan Simpson and he told us all about his ‘Experimental Words‘ project. He’s producing it in partnership with Dr Sam Illingworth, and as the final pieces fall into place, it looks awesome.

The end result is an audio album, which features 10 pairs of poets/scientists, and soundscapes designed by Chris Drohan. Poets include Joelle Taylor, Maria Ferguson, Momtaza Mehri, and Shareefa Energy.

The ‘Experimental Words’ official album trailer

The album is being released digitally on Wednesday 23 June, with a launch event taking place over Zoom that evening at 7.30pm BST. Tickets are priced at £3, £6, or £9 – depending on your income – and can be purchased here.

It’s a brilliant project that showcases the potential of spoken word and spoken word poetry in particular. The calibre of scientists and poets involved is awesome, and the work that they’ve done with the soundscapes and algorithmically generated graphics is like nothing we’ve experienced before.

So, check out the project – come along to the launch event if you can – and keep an eye out for the album from 23 June onwards! We’re proud to be supporting this and can’t wait to see it venture out into the world. The project is being part-funded by Arts Council England.

The ‘Experimental Words’ album cover

Since the beginning of May 2020, 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.

Up next, we welcome Romina Ramos! Romina is a gender-fluid Portuguese poet living in England. She is about to graduate with a BA in creative writing from the University of Bolton, where she has been developing her poetry for the last three years. Prior to this Romina trained and worked as a chef for 10 years and had no experience in the poetry world.

Recently, Romina has had her work published in The Bolton Review, showcased on SoHo radio, and been shortlisted for the Merky Books New Writers’ Prize. In the future, Romina hopes to work in the community to not only make poetry more accessible to everyone but to encourage the youth of today to use poetry and other creative endeavours as an outlet to deal with different issues, including but not limited to mental health and poverty.

Insta sessions #47: Romina Ramos on Tuesday 8 June
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