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
I'm delighted to share a project I've been developing with I Am Loud Productions for a while: online poetry workshops! Obviously given the circumstances with the pandemic, the majority of educational programming has had to adapt to digital contexts. We've embraced this challenge in part by rolling out a series of workshops for our supporters … Continue reading Free Workshop on Erasure Poetry!
I may be an outlier here, but one of my favourite parts of working with poetry is editing. It's always been the aspect of my own writing process that I relish the most, and I love working with other writers to edit their work in preparation for publication. I particularly enjoy puzzling out how to … Continue reading Editing Carly Brown’s ‘Anastasia, Look in the Mirror’
Hello all! Quick post today: I wanted to share with you the latest episode of the I Am Loud Productions Loudcast. These are weekly video and audio podcasts which showcase spoken word poems and feature in-depth conversations about various facets of spoken word craft. For this week's episode I sat down with Kevin Mclean to … Continue reading New Loudcast Episode: Criticising Spoken Word
Hello all! Hope you're coping OK through this stressful time. Tomorrow (Saturday, 2nd May) evening I'm delighted to be performing in Quarantine Cabaret! This is a fantastic initiative showcasing Scottish musicians, poets, and comedians through live-streamed online gigs. They're streaming over Instagram Live every Saturday evening at 7:30pm GMT. Tomorrow I'll be performing some brand-new … Continue reading Live-streamed Gig Tomorrow! & #NaPoWriMo Loudcasts
Hello again everyone, Hope you’re keeping safe and healthy in these scary times. I’m writing today to share some brand new poetry! One of the ways I’ve been surviving this crisis is by creating new work. This April, the I Am Loud productions team are doing National Poetry Writing Month (#NaPoWriMo), in which people challenge … Continue reading New Poetry! NaPoWrimo & Return to Form
Hey there folks, How are you doing? The world is pretty scary right now. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy in this surreal, worrisome time. I'm so grateful right now for the healthcare workers and emergency services working flat-out to get us through this crisis. It seems strange and … Continue reading Getting Through This Together
Hello everyone! I’m writing today on the subject of archiving and documenting the contemporary spoken word scene in the UK. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’m currently working on my PhD at the University of Strathclyde researching the performance of authentic selfhood in UK spoken word. I’m using an oral history methodology to … Continue reading Archiving Spoken Word: Some Thoughts