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SAY OWT SCRATCH CLUB York Explore 1-3pm 20th January Free! If you are working on a new poem, or want to polish off an old one, this is the perfect event for you. In a friendly and constructive environment, share you piece for feedback, advice and get support from your peers. Hosted by the Say Owt team.
SAY OWT SLAM #21 Featuring Jemima Foxtrot and Ciarán Hodgers 15th February 2019 City Screen Basement 7.30pm £6 advance (from City Screen Box Office), £7 on the door.
Poets have three minutes to impress the audience (including five randomly picked judges). The winner receives a cash prize and bragging rights! Hosted by Henry Raby and Stu Freestone, Say Owt Slams are raucous affairs full of loveable energy, high quality word-weaving and punchy verse. Highly Commended in the 2018 York Culture Awards! Jemima Foxtrot is a writer, theatre-maker, performer and musician who creates and performs extensively nationally and internationally. Jemima has written commissions for the Tate Britain, the BBC, the Tate Modern and Latitude Festival. Her performance are full of lyrical beautiful, soulful verse and dynamic flair. “The brilliant Foxtrot is the one to watch” - The Observer Special workshop with Jemima 17th Feb 1-3pm York Explore! Ciarán Hodgers is an Irish poet working and living in the UK. He is the Sean Dunne National Young Writer 2010, an International Pangaea Poetry Slam Champion 2015 and the Word War 3 Slam Champion. His poetry is a beautiful observation on the immigrant experience written with warmth, charm and heart.
VERSE MATTERS OPEN MIC March 8th 2019 Free Mickelgate Social, 148 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX 7.30pm Verse Matters is an intersectional feminist arts collective based in Sheffield providing a supportive space for poetry, spoken word, storytelling, music and comedy. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Verse Matters are hosting a special open mic for women and non-binary people. Verse Matters declare: "These times call for solidarity and for resistance. We need outlets through which to articulate our anger, our sadness, our joy. Verse Matters exists to provide this space."
THE TALK SHOW by Rob Auton March 9th 2019 The Basement, City Screen Picturehouse, 13-17 Coney St, York YO1 9QL £12 7.30pm In collaboration with Burning Duck Comedy. The Talk Show is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking by award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton. Following on from his shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking because he is ready to talk about talking. After his appearances on the Comedy Central, the Russell Howard Hour, BBC at the Edinburgh Festival and Channel 4’s Random Acts, Rob now looks to talk to as many people as possible with The Talk Show. ‘A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot.’ - The Guardian ‘Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.’ - The Independent
DOOR-TO-DOOR POETRY by Rowan McCabe 16th March 2019 The Hovel, South Bank Social Club, 12 Ovington Crescent York YO23 1DJ £6 adv (York Theatre Royal Box Office), £7 on the door Doots 7.15, show starts at 7.30 Part of York Literature Festival What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger's door and offered to write them a poem? Rowan McCabe is the world's first Door-to-Door Poet. Through a funny and thought-provoking mix of spoken word and theatre, find out about his adventures around the North East of England, from his visit to a council estate in Stockton, to his appearance on BBC Breakfast. “A crusading optimist for humanity… highly talented with verse”- 5 stars, Broadway Baby Plus special workshop with Rowan McCabe 17th March 1-3pm York Explore Library Rowan has appeared at Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Albert Hall. He was the winner of the 2015 Great Northern Slam, was longlisted for a 2018 Saboteur Award and his work has been featured in the Guardian and was named ‘Best of Today’ on Radio 4.
A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO BE CRAZY: being a girl in the business of music by Genevieve Carver & The Unsung 11th April 2019 Fulford Arms £6 advance (search Eventbrite), £7 on the door. Based on interviews conducted with female and non-binary practitioners across the music industry, A Beautiful Way to be Crazy is a tale of growing up and finding a voice. Weaving together spoken word and music, award-winning poet Genevieve Carver and her live band explore what it means to be a girl in the business of music – with a little help from Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Delia Derbyshire. Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet rapidly forging a reputation as a “leading star of the Northern spoken word scene” (Now Then magazine). Since 2016 she has been working with poetry and music crossover project Genevieve Carver & The Unsung. Their first show “The Unsung” toured nationally to venues including London’s Roundhouse, won the spoken word award at Buxton Fringe in 2017, and completed a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.
“Carver exudes a warm humility that perfectly complements the fragile and overwhelmingly human spirit at the heart of her storytelling” - The Reviews Hub
“The idea behind The Unsung is brilliant, verging on genius” - The Wee Review
With support from local band Saint Mike and their acoustic anthems with top class spoken word and harmonies. Featuring Say Owt Associate Artist Stu Freestone with Alex Willmott and Chris Andrade, Saint Mike have already been picked up by BBC Introducing and are quickly building a committed fan base thanks to their belting choruses.
THE SELF-HELP GUIDE TO BEING IN LOVE WITH JEREMY CORBYN by Jess Green & The Mischief Thieves 2nd May 2018 The Crescent 7.30 £6 advance from the venue, Earworm Records or clicking here £7 on the door £5 unwaged/student £10 solidarity ticket
Jess Green is the 2018 BBC Slam Champion and her poem, Dear Mr Gove, has clocked up over 330,000 views. When Jess joined the Labour Party at University she doubled the number of members who met at the Liverpool Philharmonic Pub. Since then she’s stuck by them through the downfall of Tony Blair, the disappointment of Gordon Brown and the monolith of Ed Miliband. After a decade of keeping her membership card firmly at the back of her wallet she’s fallen head over heels in love with Jeremy Corbyn and his raw Communist sex appeal. A hard hitting, intelligent, performance poetry show about austerity, Labour, Tories and the division of the left. Fusing spoken word and live music, this very special gig will feature well-crafted folk music from Jess’ powerhouse backing band the Mischief Thieves. (Non-Labour voters more than welcome!)
“It’s written all over her face and in every word of every poem she performs. She really cares – and that’s what makes it impossible to tear your eyes away from her.” - Broadway Baby “Fantastic” – Jeremy Corbyn
Featuring a special short poetry open mic beforehand, sign up on the door!
SAY OWT SLAM #22 featuring INUA ELLAMS 18th May 2018 City Screen Basement 7.30pm £6 advance (from City Screen Box Office) £7 on the door Another special sizzling slam of spoken word! Poets vs poets in a highly charged, highly energetic and highly fun evening of entertainment, verse, rhyme and words. Featuring very special guest Inua Ellams. Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. Across his work, Identity, Displacement & Destiny are recurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new: traditional african storytelling with contemporary poetry, pencil with pixel, texture with vector images. PLUS special workshop with Inua 18th May 1-3pm York Explore “Ellams’ poetry gleams with a dusty, worn, deeply original beauty and he remains such wonderfully generous company to keep on stage.”— Metro Newspaper “You sink into his storytelling, which paints vivid mental images and, thanks to minimal yet eloquent sound, a real sense of location.” - Time Out
HOLLIE MCNISH The Crescent 20th June 2018 £12 advance from the venue, Earworm Records or clicking here £16 on the door 7.30pm With Benjamin Zephaniah stating ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’ and fans ranging from Emma Watson, Robin Ince, Pink and Tim Minchen, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, has garnered over ten million YouTube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. Plus special supports from York’s loveable local scene.