You may remember that a fair while back, I wrote a monthly spoken word round-up for The State of the Arts. Unfortunately the round-up simply became too time-consuming as projects developed behind the scenes, but my new monthly poetry column serves up a completely different flavour.
On the 1st of every month, the column will provide features, interviews, spotlights and more from the spoken word poetry scene, at home and abroad. One of the aims of Nymphs & Thugs has always been to showcase dynamic and alternative poets, regardless of where they are or how well we might know them directly.
The first column is online here. Ahead of our next big announcement, I’m using this column to provide a bit of a ‘story so far’ for Nymphs & Thugs as a spoken word poetry organisation, and to underline who we are and where we want to be in the future. It’s just over 4 years since the idea was first conceived, and it’s been a bloody good journey so far.
Anyway, I won’t keep you – have a read of the column, and stay tuned for a major announcement from Nymphs & Thugs HQ in a fortnight’s time. See ya then…
We’d like to say a colossal thank you to all of the poets who performed at our ‘LIVEwire’ events in 2018. We staged a UN Women #HeForShe event in London in March, we delivered the ‘LIVEwire Salon’ to Byline Festival in August, and plus a quarterly night at Seven Arts in Leeds.
The ‘LIVEwire’ events will be a big focus for us in 2019, and we’re excited to hear from potential festivals, venues and producers. These events champion troubled poets; rebels and renegades; personal and political voices that rally against the establishment. We pride ourselves on programming a diverse range of acts from around the UK.
Our quarterly ‘LIVEwire at Seven Arts’ night returns to Leeds on 13 September with another stunning line-up for you. We’re delighted to welcome Nafeesa Hamid and Gemma Baker to Seven Arts, with Matt Abbott on hosting duties and open mic performers as usual.