EVENTS

Spoken word poetry is at the heart of what we do, and as well as producing UK tours, we host regular #LIVEwire nights between Leeds and London as well as at music festivals and venues around the country.

Our first UK tour took place in May 2017 to support the release of Salena Godden‘s ‘LIVEwire’ album. We were also co-producers on Matt Abbott‘s 22-date UK theatre tour of ‘Two Little Ducks’ in autumn 2018.

As well as our ‘LIVEwire’ events, we also programme and co-produce the bi-monthly ‘Chelping’ at The Leeds Library event.

LIVEwire regional dates and Leeds residency 2019-20

Nymphs & Thugs | LIVEwire events
Key ‘LIVEwire’ events from autumn 2019 to spring 2020

Our most significant series of ‘LIVEwire’ events to date, and a major step up for Nymphs & Thugs as a spoken word event producer. The final two events had to take place online and are available to stream back in full.

We also have top quality photographs and video highlights from the first six events (further down the page). Huge thanks to everybody that attended, and to Arts Council England for the leg up.

Insta sessions #17: Madelaine Kinsella | 22.09.20

Insta session with Madelaine Kinsella on Tuesday 22 September

Our new weekly series of Insta sessions feature relaxed conversations and performances from leading poetry talent. Our 17th session features Madelaine Kinsella on Tuesday 22 September, hosted by Toria Garbutt.

The sessions are all live on our Instagram page, and then available to watch back on Facebook, YouTube and IGTV within 24 hours.


LIVEwire Manchester media

Video by Northern Heart Films

20 September saw our first #LIVEwire regional event take place in Manchester, with a packed audience enjoying sets from Luke Wright, Louise Fazackerley and Kirsty Taylor, hosted by Toria Garbutt. Photos by Derren Lee Poole.

LIVEwire Leeds No.1 media

Video by Idle Work Factory

2 October saw our first ‘LIVEwire’ Leeds residency night at Hyde Park Book Club, with storming sets from Salena Godden and Nafeesa Hamid, plus open mic hosted by Matt Abbott. Photos also by Idle Work Factory.

LIVEwire Bristol media

Video by Raise The Bar

Our second regional event saw us partner with Raise The Bar at Arnolfini in Bristol, with Salena Godden, Jess Green and Kevin P. Gilday performing to a buzzing room on a stormy Wednesday night. Thanks to Alex Sheppard for the photos.

LIVEwire Leeds No.2 media

Video by Idle Work Factory

Our final event of the 2010s saw Joelle Taylor and Ollie O’Neill perform to another packed room in Leeds, as well as some more brilliant open mic acts. Thanks again to Idle Work Factory for the media.

LIVEwire Leeds No.3 media

Video by Idle Work Factory

Our first event of the new decade was the third in our LIVEwire Leeds series, with feature slots from Louise Fazackerley and Matt Abbott on Wednesday 5 February. The photos and video were by Idle Work Factory.

LIVEwire Birmingham media

LIVEwire Birmingham took place on Saturday 22 February as part of Verve Poetry & Spoken Word Festival. We had sets from Salena Godden, oakley, Toria Garbutt and Saili Katebe, and the video was filmed and edited by Verse First.

Video filmed by Verse First

We also have these awesome pics from Thom Bartley.

5th birthday party gig

Nymphs & Thugs’ 5th birthday gig

April marked five years since Nymphs & Thugs was formed. So to celebrate, we hosted an online gig which saw all of our acts on the same bill for the first time ever! You can watch the gig back in its entirety on YouTube (above), or on Facebook or IGTV.

LIVEwire Colchester video

Nymphs & Thugs’ LIVEwire Colchester gig

Originally scheduled for 29 April at Colchester Arts Centre, our final regional LIVEwire event took place online on Thursday 23 July and is available to stream back in full above, as well as on our IGTV channel and Facebook page. Luke Wright, Molly Naylor and Maria Ferguson were all on top form as per.

During the event, we encouraged donations to Colchester Arts Centre’s COVID-19 fund, which you can still donate to here. Huge thanks to everybody that tuned in live!

LIVEwire Leeds No.4 video

Nymphs & Thugs’ LIVEwire Leeds No.4 gig

Originally scheduled for 1 April at Hyde Park Book Club, our final LIVEwire Leeds residency event took place online on Thursday 30 July and is available to stream back in full above, as well as on our IGTV channel and Facebook page. Kevin P. Gilday, Toria Garbutt and the open mic acts were all on top form as per.

During the event, we encouraged donations to HPBC’s COVID-19 fund, which you can still donate to here. Huge thanks to everybody that tuned in live!


LIVEwire Class of 2019

LIVEwire Class of 2019

Huge thanks to all of the poets that graced one of our stages during 2019. You can get brief bios and video links for all of these poets here. If you’re interested in programming a LIVEwire event for 2020, please get in touch using the contact form.

Please note that we don’t act as a booking agent for our individual artists. We act as a go-between for our artists, and also work with a vast network of poets around the UK.

LIVEwire Class of 2018

Nymphs & Thugs | LIVEwire 2018
LIVEwire Class of 2018