We’re thrilled to announce another string of UK tour dates for Toria Garbutt and Dr John Cooper Clarke. One of the best-loved and most iconic spoken word artists in the UK, Dr JCC has been winning audiences’ hearts and minds since he burst onto the punk scene in the mid-late ’70s.
Late last year, he published ‘The Luckiest Man Alive’ with Picador, which was his first poetry collection in decades. These tour dates feature content from the new book plus some of his old classics.
Toria has been regularly supporting The Bard of Salford since April 2017, and is rapidly establishing herself on the UK’s flourishing spoken word scene as a result. Copies of her début album ‘Hot Plastic Moon‘ will be on sale at the dates, as well as her début collection ‘The Universe and Me’.
We’d like to say a colossal thank you to all of the poets who performed at our ‘LIVEwire’ events in 2018. We staged a UN Women #HeForShe event in London in March, we delivered the ‘LIVEwire Salon’ to Byline Festival in August, and plus a quarterly night at Seven Arts in Leeds.
The ‘LIVEwire’ events will be a big focus for us in 2019, and we’re excited to hear from potential festivals, venues and producers. These events champion troubled poets; rebels and renegades; personal and political voices that rally against the establishment. We pride ourselves on programming a diverse range of acts from around the UK.
One of the most electrifying duos on the UK spoken word scene continue to hit the road together, as Toria Garbutt announces some more tour dates with the iconic Bard of Salford himself, Dr John Cooper Clarke.
Toria has been touring with Dr JCC since last spring, and it’s safe to say that she’s been going down a storm with his audiences. You’ll be able to purchase copies of Toria’s debut album ‘Hot Plastic Moon‘, as well as her debut poetry collection ‘The Universe and Me’.
Our quarterly ‘LIVEwire at Seven Arts’ night returns to Leeds on 13 September with another stunning line-up for you. We’re delighted to welcome Nafeesa Hamid and Gemma Baker to Seven Arts, with Matt Abbott on hosting duties and open mic performers as usual.
After going down a storm at the very first Byline Festival last June, we’ve been invited to return with our #LIVEwire Salon for 2018’s festival.
Join us at the Backline Stage on the Friday and Sunday nights, as we present a relentless wave of fiery, political and cutting-edge spoken word poetry. Curated by Byline’s Poet Laureate Salena Godden and N&T founder Matt Abbott.