At #WiseWordsFestival, Canterbury, on Saturday 13th, with Dan Simpson, Paula Varjack, Peter Hayhoe, and joined by Becci Louise and Helen Seymour.
On the Garden Stage, Friday
Tired but excited en route to our third festival in a row!
Anna and Keith dancing in the rain
Anna, Sara, Ben and myself
In the Comedy Tent
Some photos of Nozstock 2014. Lovingly curated by Rik “The Most” Livermore and Matt Cummins, the “Tent of Temporary Thought” consisted of a brilliant group of poets, who popped up at various destinations around the festival site. It was lovely to hang out with old poet-friends and meet new ones. Nozstock is a great little festival, and was a fitting end to our “three in a row” triple decker.
The magic of this year’s Secret Garden Party included a portaloo that led through to a field of sunflowers; a fireworks display where a plane dropped LED figures in a glittering raincloud on the night air; and all the usual madness and wonderment. I was thrilled to be back with the Son & Sons theatre crew, this time at the Never Never Land Amphitheatre.
Some photos from Latitude 2014: Pre-Page Match dressing room action; Saturday morning gig; trees, sheeps and mis-en-scene. (Sign photo courtesy of Steven Kemp)
Some black and white shots by the very talented Alex Waespi. We shot these around Brixton, (all analogue), developed by Alex by hand. For Alex’s other work see here.
At The Alarmist gig, Rough Trade records, Friday 2nd May.
Photos from the PIE collective courtesy of Laura Kirby (March 2014)
At Bang Said The Gun, February 2014
photo courtesy of Emily Herriot
At Lipped Ink, February. Photo courtesy of Sarah Murray-Thompson
Some photos from Stand Up and Slam in October (courtesy of website)
Me at Hit The Ode last month. Photo courtesy of @CorrosiveDucky
At Secret Garden Party 2013, Tax Deductible Theatre Tent. Just awesome. The audiences in this tent were incredible. Finished both performances on a high. Vanessa and Pete absolutely killed it too. (And Vanessa killed her voice.)
Sorry, I know my last two posts have featured lots of superlatives and excitable adjectives but this summer has been SO GOOD! Thanks to Sophie Jeanette Burton and Amy Stratton for this particular pinch of magic, glittering festi-dust.
Bang: last night
It was a cracker! Some photos courtesy of Mark “Mr T” Thompson and Amy “Raw Prawn” Gilpin.
Antislam Photos Courtesy of ex-Antislam champ Raymond Antrobus.
The Antislam was a masterclass in entertainingly bad poetry. We had all the horrible, awful things that you might see or hear at a performance poetry night, from losing your place in the poem, to cringey forced rhymes, relentless self promotion (Keith Jarrett’s brilliant ‘The Consciousness’ barely even started his poem!); to misguided political messages (Katie Bonna’s Cici had ‘discovered’ what feminism was all about); to terrifying insights into a person’s love/sex life (both the Amys, McAllister and Acre, did this superbly with their characters), and the downright delusional (Peter Hayhoe’s Taylor Swift song was just magically bad). All in the capable hands of Antislam veteran Paula Varjack and the lovely Dan Simpson.
I somehow made it into the final with the intimidatingly genius Amy Acre and Amy McAllister. We had to write a poem involving audience suggestions of Abergavenny, Piers Morgan, a wedding and a potato peeler. Amy McAllister came up with a batshit crazy, clever and entertainingly terrible poem and took the deserved title of antislam champ! A great night.