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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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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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.

After a short festive break, we return for 2021 with Luke Wright on Tuesday 26 January. Luke is an internationally renowned poet and playwright. His ‘TWENTY’ album was released by Nymphs & Thugs in 2019 on 2LP gatefold vinyl and marked two decades on the stage for Luke.

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Insta sessions #29: Luke Wright on Tuesday 26 January
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Our 28th weekly Insta session features James McDermott. James is a Norfolk-based poet and playwright whose début poetry collection ‘Manatomy‘ was published by Burning Eye Books earlier this year. He was recently shortlisted for Outspoken’s Prize for Poetry 2020 in the Performance Category and long-listed for The Winchester Poetry Prize 2020, judged by Andrew McMillan.

Nymphs & Thugs | James McDermott
Insta sessions #28: James McDermott on Tuesday 22 December
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