We’re excited to be presenting a special ‘LIVEwire’ event as part of the first-ever Leeds Poetry Festival. It’ll take place at Left Bank from 1700-1830 on Friday 23 July. Our featured acts are Kirsty Taylor and Simone Yasmin, and there’ll also be a ‘spotlight section’ showcasing emerging poets from around West Yorkshire.
Tickets cost £8 plus booking fee and are available here.
We’re delighted to have paired up with our Scottish pals Sonnet Youth to collaborate on their #SYSocialClub event on Thursday 4 February. You can access the event by signing up to Sonnet Youth’s Patreon page – two events per month for just £5!
After being exclusively available on Bandcamp for a short while, our ‘Birds’ single and the four ‘LIVEwire x Lockdown’ singles are now available through all major digital stores and streaming platforms.
Obviously, we prefer you to use Bandcamp. But please feel free to share whichever links you like using the handy pages below! Huge thanks to everybody that’s supported the single so far. We’re immensely proud to have released them on our label. Stay tuned for more exciting news on the horizon…
Last week, we announced our LIVEwire x Lockdown project. This has been months of hard work behind the scenes and it’s awesome to finally see it out in the world. The project culminated in last night online première event, followed by the four singles being released through our Bandcamp site today.
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan delivered workshops for refugees and asylum seekers. She then collaborated with artist Alaa Alsaraji to create this stunning time-lapsed illustrated video.
Saili Katebe delivered workshops for writers of colour. He then collaborated with movement practitioner Deepraj Singh to devise this beautiful piece, which was shot by Dan Martin and features music by David J Gledhill.
Kirsty Taylor delivered workshops for care experienced young people. She then collaborated with music producer SOULS to create this awesome track, with a photograph by John Bolloten used for the video.
Sean Mahoney delivered workshops for boxers and boxing enthusiasts. He then collaborated with artist Sadie St. Hilaire who illustrated his photographs, and worked on the soundscape with producer Gabriel Jones.
The online première event was broadcast live on our Facebook page on Thursday 10 December and is available to stream back in full below. Huge thanks to Arts Council England for making this project possible and to everybody who’s supported it so far!
We mentioned this in the main ‘LIVEwire x Lockdown‘ announcement, but in case it gets lost amongst the ocean of info, here’s a special post for the online première event. It was streamed live on our Facebook page on Thursday 10 December.
As you all know, our most recent project was a series of eight ‘LIVEwire’ events. It was our biggest and most ambitious series of live events to date. And as with most things that we know and love, it unexpectedly ground to a halt and fell of the edge of the cliff when COVID-19 embarked on its world tour.
To mark this year’s Yorkshire Day, Matt’s August column for The State of the Arts champions five Yorkshire poets: Toria Garbutt, Kirsty Taylor, Andrew McMillan, Nadine Aisha Jassat and Helen Mort. Click here to read it!
Friday night saw the first of our new #LIVEwire events, with an incredible line-up at Manchester’s The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre. A packed room were treated to sets from Luke Wright, Louise Fazackerley and Kirsty Taylor, hosted by Toria Garbutt.
The images below were taken by Derren Lee Poole, and you can also view the gallery over on our Facebook page here. The next of these events is at Leeds’ Hyde Park Book Club on 2 October, starring Salena Godden and Nafeesa Hamid! Tickets are available 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.