Toria Garbutt is a poet from West Yorkshire who has toured the UK and Europe with Dr John Cooper Clarke. Maria Ferguson is a poet and multi-award-winning theatre-maker. Her poem ‘My Letters’ was Highly Commended for the Forward Prize 2020.
Andrew McMillan is a Manchester-based poet whose début collection ‘physical’ was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. And Ella Otomewo is a Manchester-based poet and educator and a member of the acclaimed Young Identity collective.
You’ll recognise Toria as one of the stars of N&T and also Maria from previous ‘LIVEwire’ events’. And you’ll recognise Andrew and Ella from the Disarm Hate x Poetry project. We can’t wait to see it all come together in person!
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.
Since the beginning of May, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.
Next up, we welcome Maria Ferguson on Tuesday 2 February! Maria is a poet and multi-award-winning theatre-maker from Romford. Her début poetry collection Alright, Girl? was published by Burning Eye Books in April and features her poem My Letters, which was Highly Commended by the Forward Prize.
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.