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. Click here for more information, including ticket links and full line-ups.

Insta sessions: #5 Emily Harrison | 09.06.20

Insta sessions #5: Emily Harrison on Tuesday 2 June

Our new weekly series of Insta sessions feature relaxed conversations and performances from leading poetry talent. This fifth session welcomes poet and award-winning spoken word artist Emily Harrison, hosted by Matt Abbott.

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

5th birthday party gig | 29.04.20

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 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 highlights

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

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