Howl Owt Open Mic - 28th March 2024 Say Owt Slam - 12th April 2024 Jarmouse - 11th May 2024 Harry Baker - 20th May 2024
howl owt open mic
Thursday 28 March, 7pm sign-up, 7.30pm start Free – No need to book. The Blue Boar, 5 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
York poetry organisations Howlers and Say Owt are teaming up for a raucous night of words. The poetry pals are swapping duties: Say Owt will be running the open mic. The Howlers hosts will be presenting a special guest poet! Alex Mepham is a writer and translator based in York. Alex’s work has been published in various print and online journals, and was awarded the 2023 Northern Debut Award for Poetry by New Writing North.
SAY OWT SLAM - featuring shareefa energy
Friday 12th April, doors 7.30pm, 7.45pm start The Crescent Community Venue Tickets £8 and £13, choose whichever tier you want to pay. Nobody turned away due to lack of funds, email if you'd like to attend but finances are a barrier.
Established in 2014, Say Owt Slam is a raucous evening of poet vs poet in a fun night of verse. Poets have three minutes to wow YOU the audience. Expect poetry with humour and heart, comedy and charisma, stories and sizzling spoken word! Fancy slamming? Sign-ups open in March and we'll announce via social media. We prioritise people living in York and the surrounding villages. Plus very special guest: SHAREEFA ENERGY
Shareefa Energy is a poet, writer, activist, educator, creative campaigner, workshop facilitator and arts and wellbeing practitioner of Indian and Muslim heritage from working class Highfields in Leicester. She is the author of poetry collection Galaxy Walk, endorsed by the late Benjamin Zephaniah. Her poetry is raw, honest and consistent against injustice. She was awarded with the UK Entertainment Best Poet 2017 Award, a nominee for the Muslim Women Arts & Entertainment Awards 2021 and for the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture & Theatre 2019 award by the Arts Council. She has featured on BBC The One Show, Channel 4 and ITV. She's facilitated creative writing, poetry, storytelling and performance workshops internationally, from Palestine to Sierra Leone with schools, universities, academics, in immigration detention centres, with survivors of domestic violence and with those impacted by state violence. She was lead facilitator and performed for The Freedom Theatre's first Feminist Theatre Festival 2022 in Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank.
writing workshop with shareefa energy
Saturday 13th April 2024 11-1pm York Explore Library, the Brierly Room Click here for tickets Tickets £5 and £10, choose whichever tier you want to pay. Nobody turned away due to lack of funds, email if you'd like to attend but finances are a barrier.
Shareefa Energy will be facilitating a poetry and creative writing workshop to support poets and writers to walk away with new poems and ideas, as well as creating a safe holistic space. Participants will have the opportunity to create new poetry by being given prompts and through collective discussion. The themes presented on the day will vary. Poets will have the opportunity to explore what they feel passionately about, as well as being given prompts and writing exercises to get them into a creative headspace for the rest of the weekend. New and existing writers are welcome as well as activists. This is an opportunity for everyone to express themselves and walk away feeling lighter.
May 11th, doors 7.30pm Young Thugs Studio Tickets £8 and £13, choose whichever tier you want to pay. Nobody turned away due to lack of funds, email if you'd like to attend but finances are a barrier.
Jarmouse, aka Bram Jarman, is a noisy voyage into discofiction and griefbeats. Able to flip between loud, proud and gobby to the delicate and deep, the Jarmouse experience is not one to be missed. Fusing loops, beats and music with powerful spoken word, imagine Sleaford Mods if they were from Easingwold. Plus support from performance poet Minal Sukumar and DOBERWOMAN
HARRY BAKER - wonderful
May 20th doors 7.30pm The Crescent Community Venue Tickets £12 advance, £15 on the door
World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker is a poet and a maths graduate. He writes about important stuff like hope, dinosaurs and German falafel-spoons. His work has been shared on TED.com and viewed millions of times worldwide, as well as being translated into over 20 different languages. When there’s not a global pandemic on he performs all over the country and has really really missed live gigs. His latest collection Unashamed was published with Burning Eye in 2022 and he has been sharing poems from it at every available opportunity ever since.
“Harry Baker’s intricate, quick-fire rhymes have always been on the impressive side of mind-blowing” - The Scotsman “Spectacularly Witty” ***** (Whatsonstage) “Blistering wordplay” ***** (Threeweeks) “Not one syllable out of place” ***** (The Wee Review) “The Spell Over The Audience Is Tangible” ***** (Broadway Baby) “Simply put... The greatest performer on earth” ***** (BBC Radio 1)