The first of our ‘LIVEwire’ Leeds residency nights took place at Hyde Park Book Club on 2 October, with Salena Godden and Nafeesa Hamid going down a storm in West Yorkshire. The start of the event was delayed as we had to bring about 20 extra chairs down to accommodate everybody, and Matt Abbott was on hosting duties, including open mic.

Video by Idle Work Factory

As well as the video highlights from Idle Work Factory, they’ve also taken some ace photos (below). Huge thanks to our open mic performers: Lence, Sally Anne Earl, Claire Crossdale, Tahira Alia Rehman, Joe Williams, Natalie Davies and Camille McCawley.

Our next ‘LIVEwire’ Leeds event stars Joelle Taylor and Ollie O’Neill on Wednesday 4 December, and tickets are on sale here.

After a raucous launch event starring Salena Godden and Nafeesa Hamid, we return to Hyde Park Book Club on 4 December with internationally-renowned icon Joelle Taylor, plus fellow Out-Spoken Press poet Ollie O’Neill. Tickets are on sale here.

Nymphs & Thugs | LIVEwire Leeds No.2
‘LIVEwire’ Leeds No.2 | 4 December 2019

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor who has recently completed a world tour with her latest collection ‘Songs My Enemy Taught Me’. She is widely anthologised, the author of 3 full poetry collections and 3 plays and is currently completing her début book of short stories ‘The Night Alphabet’.

Joelle will be the editor of Out-Spoken Press from September 2020 – September 2021, commissioning five new titles with a focus on women’s writing.

Ollie O’Neill is a London based poet and writer. She is a former UK Youth Slam Champion, and current Barbican Young Poet. In March 2019, her debut pamphlet ‘Ways of Coping’ was published by Out-Spoken Press. Her work explores themes of female sexuality, desire, and psychiatry.

She has previously read in venues such as The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Soho Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, and The 100 Club, as well as at Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Verve Poetry Festival, and Wilderness Festival.

As usual, there are 6 open mic slots up for grabs – each of which is 5 minutes in length, and can be reserved on a first come, first served basis by emailing Matt at eyup@mattabbottpoet.com. Please feel free to share the Facebook event here!

Firstly, if you haven’t read the blog about our new series of ‘LIVEwire’ events, check it out here. This is our biggest series of events yet and we’re absolutely buzzing that they’re finally out there in the world.

The first of our resident nights at Hyde Park Book Club pulls no punches, with globally renowned renegade poet Salena Godden headlining, and Birmingham-based rising star Nafeesa Hamid in support.

LIVEwire Leeds No.1 | Wed 2 Oct 2019
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We’ve been working our arse off on this behind the scenes for the last couple of months, and are over the moon to finally announce our next series of ‘LIVEwire’ events. This is the biggest announcement of it’s kind yet, and we’re hoping that it’ll pave the way for us to become an established producer of leading spoken word events.

Firstly, we have four regional ‘LIVEwire’ events: taking place in Manchester (20 Sep), Bristol (13 Nov), Birmingham (22 Feb) and Colchester (29 Apr). These regional events will see either Luke Wright or Salena Godden paired alongside at least one other Nymphs & Thugs artist, plus a guest poet.

Nymphs & Thugs ‘LIVEwire’ events from Sep ’19 to Apr ’20

As well as these, we have four resident nights at Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds (2 Oct, 4 Dec, 5 Feb and 1 Apr). These events will feature at least one Nymphs & Thugs artist alongside another leading guest poet and also an open mic section, hosted by Matt Abbott.

Finally, we return to Byline Festival for a third year running. Our ‘LIVEwire’ Salon will take place late on the Friday and Sunday nights, and we have no fewer than twelve rebellious renegade poets performing for you at some point over the weekend.

Continue reading “Announcing our biggest series of ‘LIVEwire’ events to date”