The inimitable Joelle Taylor is touring her new collection ‘C+nto & Othered Poems‘, and we’re over the moon to have linked her with The Leeds Library for the Yorkshire leg. She’s at the stunning 253-year-old venue on Friday 3 September.
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.
Our first in-person ‘LIVEwire’ event will take place at Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds on Thursday 10 June! I can’t tell you how desperate I’ve been to type that sentence. Our special guests on the night are Tony Walsh, Kayo Chingonyi and Maria Ferguson. It’ll be hosted by Matt Abbott.
This is a socially-distanced event with a limited capacity. Tickets are available here.
As I’m sure you’ll have gathered, we’re having to postpone our spring events for the foreseeable future as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics. Obviously on the one hand we’re gutted about it, but at the same time, it’s clearly the safe and responsible thing to do.
To confirm, the postponed events are as follows:
LIVEwire Leeds No.4 with Toria Garbutt and Kevin P. Gilday on Wednesday 1 April
Chelping at The Leeds Library with Hollie McNish on Wednesday 22 April
LIVEwire Colchester with Luke Wright, Molly Naylor and Maria Ferguson on Wednesday 29 April
At this stage it’s impossible to say when we’ll be able to reschedule these, and as you know, the situation is changing drastically on a daily basis at the moment. My gut instinct would say that these will be in the autumn.
If you’ve bought a ticket for LIVEwire Leeds No.4, you’ll have already received an email from me with your options. I know that The Leeds Library are offering refunds for Chelping ticket holders, and you’ll have to contact Colchester Arts Centre directly regarding LIVEwire there.
As soon as we have a confirmed date for either of these events we’ll announce it, and fingers crossed we’ll be able to celebrate with a nice (safely) packed room!
Finally, an awful lot of artists are suffering really badly as a result of so many event cancellations, so if you can, please support them by buying their merch, sharing their work and maybe event donating to their various pages.
The penultimate LIVEwire Leeds event in this series, which took place at Hyde Park Book Club on Wednesday 5 February. Headline slots from Louise Fazackerley and Matt Abbott plus open mic, as captured by Idle Work Factory.
Our final Leeds event in this series takes place on Wednesday 1 April, and tickets will be on sale soon!
We pulled no punches with our second LIVEwire Leeds event at Hyde Park Book Club, as Out-Spoken Press duo Joelle Taylor and Ollie O’Neill performed to another packed room. All photos and highlights video by Idle Work Factory.
The third LIVEwire Leeds event will take place at Hyde Park Book Club on Wednesday 5 February, with Louise Fazackerley performing a headline slot.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Please feel free to share the Facebook event here!