April has rolled around again, which means it's time for NaPoWriMo! For the uninitiated, this is National Poetry Writing Month, a time when many people challenge themselves to write poetry on a daily basis. Traditionally, the challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days: quite a feat! The project was started in 2003 by … Continue reading Come Write with Us! #NaPoWriMo 2021
For the seventh (!!) birthday of I Am Loud Productions, this past couple of weeks we've been sharing poetry by the members of our team. Today we've released a video of one of my poems, performed live at our sixth birthday show last February at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This was one of my last … Continue reading New Poem: “Brightest”
Ever since I moved to the UK and begin performing and researching spoken word poetry, one of my favourite podcasts has been the Lunar Poetry Podcast. Founded in 2014 by David Turner, the LPP features conversations with and performances from a wide range of UK-based poets, focusing on creative practice and various issues in the … Continue reading Lunar Poetry Podcast Feature
Hello all! As I mentioned in my last post, over the past few months the team at I Am Loud Productions has been running a project entitled Return to Form exploring different poetic forms. Part of this project entails the creation of five free digital workshops explaining these forms—golden shovel, univocal, Shakespearean sonnet, sestina, and concrete—and … Continue reading Free Workshop on Golden Shovel Poems!
Exciting news! Earlier this year, you may remember that I shared a poetry video from I Am Loud Productions featuring new erasure poems by myself and Mark Gallie, designed and edited by Perry Jonsson. I also shared an accompanying digital workshop that I created on composing erasure poetry. These resources were created as part of … Continue reading New project: Return to Form
Hello all! A quick post to share some long-anticipated news: after five years I've finally graduated from the University of Strathclyde with my doctorate! As I've shared on this blog before, my PhD focused on authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word poetry. Specifically, I examined the ways in which poets may project authenticity (honesty, originality, … Continue reading PhDone!
Back in 2018, the I Am Loud Productions crew toured England with our latest ensemble show, featuring spoken word poetry, live music, and film. We began at VAULT Festival in London, swung up to Hull for an evening with the Pub Corner Poets, and ended in Newcastle at the Gosforth Civic Theatre. The GCT was … Continue reading Interview: The Importance of Accessibility and Storytelling
Hi all! Quick post today sharing a new poem I wrote and performed earlier this year. As the Loud Poets sixth birthday show (!!) fell on Valentine’s Day, I decided to surprise my partner with this piece. It’s entitled “Holding” and was filmed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 14th Feb. 2020. Enjoy!
Hi folks! Hope you're all doing well. Tomorrow I'm delighted to be guesting on Harry Baker's weekly show 'Something Borrowed'! Harry is a world-famous spoken word artist, specialising in verbal dexterity (his rap and rhyming skills are exquisite) and uplifting lyricism. He often partners with musician Chris Read as duo Harry & Chris (of course!), … Continue reading Upcoming (Insta)Gig! Something Borrowed with Harry Baker
Tyrone Lewis is hands down one of the hardest working people in the U.K. spoken word scene. For over a decade he's not only written and performed his own brilliant poetry, but also tirelessly supported others by running events including Boomerang Club and by filming events, poems, interviews, and documentaries through Process Productions. So many … Continue reading Interview with Process Productions