THE PUCKER POETS STAGE
Whether you are a regular at the many poetry/spoken word events around the country or completely new to the concept, the Pucker Poets stage will have something to entertain, inspire and connect with you. Take a well earned break from dancing, relax in the spoken word area and let the torrent of powerful words wash over you. Indulge your senses and treat your mind to ideas, opinions and concepts that will bring a whole new dimension to your weekend. Bring a willing ear, an open mind and an open heart. They are all you need to feed your soul.
Take a glimpse into the world of spoken word and be inspired.
The Pucker Poets stage will be home to a host of popular and inspirational South West poetry nights bringing Devon and Cornwall’s favourite poet’s and spoken word artists to the festival. Pucker Poet’s Alexander Rhodes has programmed incredible UK headline acts and exciting new features to the Spoken Word tent. One such feature is the inaugural “Glas-Denbury Slam Competition! If you are a poet or spoken word performer and you want to be in with a chance to win weekend tickets to the festival and a guaranteed place in the festival finals then now is the time to get on board! There are no less than 9 opportunities for you win your place in the finals so follow us on our social media pages to find out more. As well as winning tickets to the festival itself, poets will battle it out on the Pucker Poets Stage to become the very first “Bard Of Glas-Denbury” The nominated Bard will not only hold the crown for one year and get to perform at a number of poetry events around the South West, but they will also have a headline slot at Glas-Denbury 2018! This is a perfect opportunity to kick start a year of performance poetry and spoken word activity.
If a slam is not your thing but you are a poet, spoken word artist, comedian, or writer of short stories/flash fiction or even a promoter of such events, find out more about the festival and how you might get involved via the subscription form on www.alexanderrhodes.me.uk The stage is also interested in hearing from public speakers and organisations that may be interested in a slot to speak on informative and interesting subjects relating to Devon/Cornwall, the environment, initiatives, sustainable living etc.
Pucker Poets – Alexander Rhodes
Alexander is not real. He is just an idea. Regardless, you will find him at the helm of Plymouth’s popular poetry nights Pucker Poets and Soap Box Culture. You will also, if you look hard enough, find evidence of his previous incarnation as a DJ and producer of electronic music. A few house music mixes here, the odd chill out track there, echoing in the digital ether. It was during the rave era that Alexander Rhodes mysteriously appeared… he survived. A few thousand brain cells down and a large part of his hearing later, he is still not real. Rumours circulate that www.alexanderrhodes.me.uk may shed light on the whole sorry affair through poetry and film. Tweeting @joineduppoetry may even get a reply. At the end of the day, what is real anyway? How can we even prove this universe is not just a huge simulation? Come along and have a listen to what he has to say. Make your own mind up.
Outspoken – Jackie Juno
Outspoken is a monthly poetry open mic in Chagford which has been running for just over a year. In a lovely candlelit room upstairs at the Globe Inn, with squishy sofas and a great vibe. Jackie Juno is the host and has been completely bowled over by the standard of material in this small moorland town. Outspoken! Has launched around a dozen poets who had never before read their work out in public. It has also inspired several people to write poetry for the first time. The warm intimate atmosphere makes it a welcoming safe space for poets and audience alike. Jackie Juno is a writer, painter, performer, singer, radio presenter, comedian and celebrant. She also runs workshops in Devon and beyond, including writing and creative workshops and A Course in Goddesses. She guides people on shamanic journeys and meditations in groups and on a one-to-one basis.
With 35 years experience of reading the tarot, she works with many different packs, including the Greenwood Tarot, The Goddess Oracle, Sacred Path cards and the Arthurian Tarot. She has been working as a celebrant for over 20 years, conducting hand-fastings, funerals and baby blessing ceremonies. She works closely with you to create the most meaningful ceremony for the occasion and has been leading workshops for many years and love bringing groups together to learn about, connect with and share wisdom of the Goddess archetypes which are within us all. The workshops are informative, sensitive, and profound – yet practical, enjoyable and fun. But don’t just her my word for it – read the testimonials from previous participants!
Jackie also runs creative writing workshops for both novice and experienced writers. Find out more on www.jackiejuno.com
Café Culture – Susan Taylor & Simon Williams
Café Culture is soulful, playful, wilful, joyful, radical – a whole rattle bag of scene-stealing acts – turn by turn by turn! The creation of quintessential poetry couple, Susan Taylor and Simon Williams. Their mission is to set up a relaxed cabaret-style vibe for performance poetry, spoken word and song. They love to mix genres and keep the audience expecting the unexpected.
Susan and Simon have been running regular spoken word and music events in cosy atmospheric venues, like pubs and cafes, since the rise of the Mersey Sound. Over the years, they have played host to a fantastic mix of poet and troubadour types. These have included: Roger McGough, Adrian Henri, Ivor Cutler, Carol Ann Duffy and, more recently, Candy Royale, Billy Bottle and Martine, Dean Atta, Ken Parsons and many well-known and rising stars from close to their hometown of Totnes… the legend goes on.
“Earthy and Bijou” – Lucy Lepchani
“Riparian Entertainment with Narnian Nibbles” – Graham Burchell
Sean Hughes – Saturday 8th July
Poetry Island – Ian Beech
Magical nights in spoken word paradise – Poetry Island is often fêted as one of the UK’s most entertaining performance poetry events. Each month, host Ian Beech performs alongside a selection of the South West’s leading performance poets plus a star headliner. Numerous top UK spoken word artists and performance poets have enjoyed their visits to The Blue Walnut Cafe, appreciating the warm, attentive audiences and revelling in the unique atmosphere of this intimate venue.
“Well that was a spectacular night at Poetry Island in Devon. An absolutely stunning line up of poets, breath taking poems and hard hitting spoken word. Thanks so much Ian Beech. Big huge love to you all. If you get a chance to perform at Poetry Island, take it.” Joelle Taylor
“Poetry Island is still in my top three UK poetry nights” Rachel Pantechnicon
“What an amazing night at Poetry Island at Torquay! Ian Beech is one of the loveliest and dedicated to poetry hosts I have come across in a long time! If you haven’t been there … I def suggest you head straight down … Big thanks to everyone who came, if it was down to me, I would’ve had us there all night!” Shagufta K Iqbal
Stanza Extravanganza – Robert Garnham
Stanza Extravaganza is for poetry with oompf. It’s got more kick than a triple size espresso, more pizzaz than a crate of Tizer. Bounding across the South West spoken word scene like a scalded warthog, it gives voice to new poets and welcomes seasoned performers in the artistic surroundings of Torquay’s Artizan Gallery. Guest hosted each month by someone different, and with a different headliner too, audiences are always ensured of variety and entertainment as well as damn good poetry. So why not come a bit early and enjoy a coffee in the wonderful Artizan Gallery Cafe?
Stanza Extravaganza is curated by Robert Garnham, perhaps one of – hell, perhaps the best spoken word artist that there has ever been ever in the history of everything ever. A comedy spoken word artist from Devon, although light in tone, his work deals with LGBT issues and social representation and has an undercurrent of seriousness. His shorter pieces are fast-paced, delivered in a stand-up style, with a slightly surrealist edge and often a humorous punchline. His tone is off-beat, high energy and often somewhat deadpan.
Over the years Robert has headlined at the top spoken word nights in the UK such as Bang Said the Gun in London, Evidently in Manchester, Hammer and Tongue in both Bristol and Brighton. He has won or been placed second at slams in Exeter, Wolverhampton, Edinburgh, Swindon and London. He has recently headlined at the Duplex in New York and the King Kong Klub in Berlin. He often appears at comedy nights and has supported John Hegley and Arthur Smith. Robert has appeared at festivals such as Womad and London gay pride, and his one hour show Static recently featured at festivals in Bath, Guildford and the Edinburgh Fringe, where he has performed for the last three years.
His first collection was published in 2016 by Burning Eye Books, and he was long listed for the Saboteur Awards in the category Spoken Word Artist of the Year. He is currently working with the musical jazz improvisation group Croydon Tourist Office, and has narrated and appeared in a short film, ‘Professor in the Bathroom’. Robert provides workshops for adults and sixth form students in comedy poetry, and has been Poet in Residence at the Artizan Gallery in Torquay, and on the LGBT radio magazine show ‘Listen Out’ in Exeter. Lately he has been appearing in adverts for the Nationwide Building Society. Check out his website HERE
Mark Gwynne Jones
‘one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land…drawing the audience into a world where things are not quite what they seem.’ The Guardian
Mark Gwynne Jones is an experienced and acclaimed poet and performer who works with young people and adults, and has held writing residencies at The National Trust, the Gunpowder Parks, the European Academy and Service Children’s Education in Cyprus, Germany and the Netherlands. As part of London Literature Festival he was a featured poet in the Moby Dick – Unabridged public performances at Southbank Centre. He has a collection of poetry for young people Wordworms! which has toured to a range of venues, and his other books for adults and children include In the Light of This (2006), Psychicbread (2003), and The Natterjack Toad and Other Accidents (2001). Reviewing his collection Psychicbread , Vicki Holman declared it: ‘contagious, gritty and sometimes startlingly sensitive.’ In 2015, Mark toured southern India, and later the UK, with Indian poet and playwright Mamta Sagar.
Rhymewarp – Jason Vegas Butler
Rhymewarp has been described as outrageous, hilarious, audacious and provocative. Comedy word-nerdiness, crackpot crowd participation and a platform for aspiring performance poets. Hosted by Jason Vegas Butler in the cosy womb of Plymouth’s B-Bar at the Barbican Theatre, where audiences are enticed into a web of the myriad strands of spoken word poetry and improvised “linguistic wizardry”. Join multiple slam winning poet, freestyle mc and closet game show host Vegas for a night of comedy word-nerdiness, crackpot crowd participation, stellar headline acts and a platform for aspiring performance poets.
“That was great! Cheeks still hurt from laughing so much.”
Taking the Mic – Tim King
Exeter’s Have-a-go-in-the-bar Show. Possibly the most anarchic regular Spoken Word event in South West, Taking the Mic features a quick-fire line-up of up to 20 open mic-ers each month plus a 15 minute feature slot from someone special.
The night has been running since 2009 and has provided hundreds of South West performers their first public platform. Notable artists who first took the stage at TTM include UK Young Poet Laureate for London (2014) Aisling Fahey, Bristol-based poetry institution Malaika Kegode and Birmingham’s nationally renowned Jasmine Gardosi.
The standard is incredibly high, with many of the region’s finest performing regularly, but there’s always a warm welcome and plenty of room for newcomers. We’re in the Phoenix Bar on the third Wednesday of every month. Admission free.
Come and have a go, if you think you’re bard enough!
Bookings and info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liv Torc is a razor blade skating performance poet, who plunges the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human condition, armed with a box of matches and a sense of lyrical wonder. A Radio 4 Poetry Slam Winner, a former Bard of Exeter and current co-host of The Hip Yak Poetry Shack and also runs the spoken word stage at WOMAD festival. Her first published book ‘Show Me Life’ was released by Burning Eye in 2015. It is all about growing up, having babies and learning to live in a world where suddenly you have a lot more to do and a lot more to lose!
Words for the World
Words For The World is an initiative to provide inspiring and thought provoking comment on a variety of important subjects, whilst simultaneously raising money for crowd influenced causes. Through poetry, prose and performance we aim to help awaken the minds of those looking for something more out of life. Founded by Paul Abbott, the Plymouth based company are a brand new venture, officially launching at the Glas-Denbury festival. There will be a number of Words For The World performances sharing inspirational words, thought provoking comment and also some cool merchandise and artwork to raise funds for good causes! Watch out for them throughout the weekend