Festival Spoken Word Night

Festival Spoken Word Night

Posted on behalf of Sunderland Creative Writing Festival

Following our afternoon workshop with Jess on performance poetry, we’re going to put it all into practice with an evening of spoken word in the fantastic refurbished Peacock, in the heart of the developing Sunderland cultural quarter.

Jess is our headliner, supported by the poet-in-residence for the Fire Station, the Doorstep Poet Rowan McCabe. We will have some other invited guests reading, and an open mic when any of you can perform (we may have to ballot for open mic slots on the night, depending on numbers).

We want to make this a night of celebration of spoken word, so come along to listen, enjoy…and maybe even perform.

Jess Green

Jess Green is a performance poet and playwright who has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and the Edinburgh Fringe and in 2014 her poem, Dear Mr Gove received viral attention on Youtube. The poem was from her 5* poetry and music show, Burning Books which she performs with her band Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves. Burning Books received a host of 5* reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and 2015 and during its national tour later that year. In 2016 she adapted the poetry show in to a stage play which was longlisted for the Bread & Roses Theatre Award. This process was supported by Curve Theatre Leicester, The National Theatre Studio and The Royal Court. The play performed to sell out audiences and begins its national tour in autumn 2018.  Jess’ first collection, Burning Books was published by Burning Eye Books in September 2015 and was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2016. She has written for Channel 4 and the BBC and her second collection, A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn is published July 2018.

Rowan McCabe

Rowan McCabe is a poet from Newcastle upon Tyne. Aware that poetry isn’t a proper job, he decided to create his own and is now the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. Knocking on stranger’s houses, he asks what is important to them. He then goes away and writes a poem about this, free of charge, before bringing it back and performing it on their doorstep. Rowan also does poetry on stages and has appeared at Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Albert Hall. He was the winner of the 2015 Great Northern Slam and his work has been featured in the Guardian, on BBC Breakfast and was named ‘Best of Today’ on Radio 4.

“The most interesting contribution to cultural life from anyone in poetry recently” – Sophia Walker

“A technical perfect storm”- Gigglebeats.co.uk “A must-see” – Tim Wells

Please note that this venue is only accesible via a spiral staircase. If you have accesibility issues, please contact us.

24 Mar 2018 at 7:00pm
until 24 Mar 2018 at 11:00pm
The Peacock
287 High Street West

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