The Pucker Poets stage is bringing Devon and Cornwall’s favourite poet’s and spoken word artists to Glas-Denbury. Pucker Poet’s Alexander Rhodes curates this eclectic stage and 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. So why not take a well-earned break from dancing, relax in the spoken word area and let the words take you to another place. 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 as they are all you need. Tune in to the world of spoken word and be inspired.
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Poets and artists on the stage in 2018 are listed below – 2019 artists coming soon!
Please note that the performances on this stage may contain material and content that may offend some people (coarse language or humor, violence, sex, nudity, drug use or references, liberal ideas etc) so don’t say you weren’t warned! Audience Discretion Advised for under 18s. Any opinions expressed by performers on this stage, do not necessarily reflect the festival’s views. With all this in mind though, do head over to the Pucker Poets stage and be amazed and enlightened!
FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINER – Dominic Berry
Dominic Berry is an internationally award winning performance poet. He is 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence, winner of 2017 Saboteur ‘Best Spoken Word Artist’ award and has toured his verse across USA, Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. His other awards include winning New York’s Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam, UK Superheroes of Slam and, as of 2017, seven Arts Council England Grants for the Arts awards. He is currently touring two shows, his adult verse ‘No Tigers’, and a family retelling of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’, in collaboration with Big Imaginations, Action Transport Theatre and Arts Council England. Catch Dominic also at the Entertainment stage on Saturday morning, performing “Spark, the Goblin Wizard” for children 5+ and their families! http://dominicberry.net/
SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER – GECKO
Gecko is a North London based ‘singer-storyteller’ who’s playful songs take on big subjects with wit and warmth. A regular at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, BBC Scotland, BBC London he has also taken two successful shows to the Edinburgh Fringe. In November 2017 he launched his debut album ‘Volcano’ with a sold out London show, a session with John Kennedy on Radio X and a tour of Sofar Sounds shows across the UK and the Netherlands. It was made ‘Album of the year‘ in the Morning Star. He has shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, John Hegley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Billy Bragg.
‘It made me instantly happy when I heard it’ Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1
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Alexander Rhodes – Pucker Poets
Who Is Alexander Rhodes? Alexander Rhodes is not real. He is just an idea. If you look hard enough you will find evidence of a 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. Alexander’s poetry is inspired by the free thinking of the rave generation and heavily influenced by his breaking free from an oppressive religious cult. Genesis Slam Finalist 2016 / Hammer and Tongue Edinburgh Fringe Festival Heat winner 2016/2017 / Hammer & Tongue UK Slam Finalist 2017 / Apples and Snakes 3 x Regional slam winner 2018 / Apples & Snakes South West Slam Runner Up 2018. Promoter and Host of premier Plymouth Spoken Word brand “Pucker Poets” and curator of the “Pucker Poets” Glas-Denbury Festival spoken Word Stage.
“A sharp, confident performer with excellent material” Attila The Stockbroker
“Alexander Rhodes done the business supporting me on tour. He belongs on the stage” Luke Wright
“Searing and soulful – A pleasure to listen too” Mark Gwynne Jones
“A poetic force to be reckoned with. Alexander puts everyone at ease, he flits comfortably between welcoming event organiser and reliably powerful performer”. Sara Hirsch
“Who is the older guy? I love his stuff” Miko’s mum
“Alexander Rhodes managed the stage with an intense and captivating style. Almost hypnotic with perfectly placed pauses moving it from spoken word to (Almost) musical lyrics” Made In Plymouth Magazine
Saturday – Tom Dewey – Bard of Glas-Denbury 2018
Tom Dewey is a 22 year old poet, playwright and workshop facilitator. He’s been featured on the BBC, performed at the Roundhouse and Bristol Old Vic, delivered a TEDx Talk, won several slams and is the co-founder of an event called Tonic. Having won the Glas-Denbury slam last year, he’s back to perform a full set.
What: An hour with Apples and Snakes: Words Fantabulosa!
When: 6.45-7.45pm Saturday 7th July
Apples and Snakes aim is to amplify unheard voices, leading the way in pioneering spoken word across the country. Join us for an hour of quirky, clever, entertaining and heartfelt poetry from four of the South West’s finest LGBTQ poets.
MCMC Spoken: AKA Megan Chapman is a critically acclaimed performance word artist from Cornwall. Inspired by the rap music of Eminem at the tender age of 15 and using the media of poetry, rap, freestyle and spoken word, MCMC spoken uses her diverse skills and interests to communicate views and visions of the world both as she sees it and through the eyes of others. She writes to connect herself to people and them to each other, giving the unheard a collective voice to be shouted out on stage. “Megan Chapman’s poetry is heartfelt and rhythmic. Playful and political, her Art is in the right place.” Anna Murphy: Kneehigh Theatre
Tom Denbigh: Tom Denbigh loves poetry almost as much as he loves dogs. When asked why he has not yet written about dogs his reply was simply: “I am unworthy”. Tom has participated in multiple slams and is a regular on the Bristol poetry scene. He came second in the national Hammer and Tongue poetry slam 2017. Tom is currently doing a PhD on roots and soil loss. He really enjoys horrendous puns, hence if you ask him about his “ground-breaking” research, he’ll “soil” himself with delight. “Charming, funny and humane” Stef Mo Author and poet
Connor Macleod: From humble beginnings reading passive aggressive complaint poetry on the backs of napkins in SU bars, to the giddy heights of being asked to host poorly attended open mics in those same SU bars, Connor Macleod has truly done it all! A Hammer and Tongue national finalist, Unislam runner up and Poetry Rivals highly commended finalist, everybody’s second favourite poet just won’t stop *almost* winning everything he turns up at. “A real voice to contend with in spoken word.” – Vanessa Kisuule. “F*cking fire.” – Jordan Stephens. “Amazing!” – Gecko. “Mad comedy word genius.” – Robert Garnham. “Is good.” – Sabotage Reviews
Samantha Boarer: Co-Host and founder of BIG poetry In Torquay, previous co-founder of Bath’s Rhyme and Reason and title holder of Poet Laureate of Knowles Hill Secondary School, Sam Boarer is impressive before you even get to the juicy poetry. Sam writes about what it is to become a ‘real grown-up woman’ in her debut collection out with Burning Eye Books. Each poem is a reckless navigation through the obstacle course of a modern twenty-something female with hurdles including dating, cancelling plans and the vagina’s varying PH levels. “The hottest thing to come out of Newton Abbot since the A380” Poet and host Robert Garnham, “Hilarious, poignant and deliciously filthy” Poet Melanie Branton,
Find out more about apples and snakes: www.applesandsnakes.org or chat to Gina the SW producer on the night!
Friday – Robert Garnham
Robert Garnham is 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 and 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 and 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’s festival appearances include Womad, 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. Robert will be performing the UK debut of his new Ediburgh show at GlasDenbury ’18! https://robertdgarnham.wordpress.com/
Saturday – Ross Bryant
Ross Bryant’s show is a satirical take on modern life. Told through the eyes of a thirty something within the midst of his own third life crisis. A ranter in rhyme, passer of time, poet, comedian, . He will be supported by Robert Garnham (see above) and Shelley Szender.
Shelley Szender is a Stand-up Comedic Performance Poet from Paignton. She can be near the knuckle, but her humour is honest, sincere, semi biography and self depreciating and chimes with the masses. She is a regular on the South West Poetry scene and has performed at The Glasgow Comedy Festival, Axbridge Comedy Nights, Pigstock Festival and the Barnstaple Fringe.
Saturday – The Woodward Brothers
Marc Woodward is a renowned mandolin player and musician who’s taught and performed internationally. He’s also a widely published poet whose work is deeply rooted in the rural West Country. His recent Maquette Press best seller ‘A Fright Of Jays’ was reviewed as:‘Beautifully crafted poems that sing in the dark of darkness‘ – Canto His new full collection ‘Hide Songs’ is being published by Green Bottle Press in July 2018. Andrew Woodward is an exceptional artist, sculptor, film maker and musician. He graduated in fine art from Bath and his kinetic sculptures are in international collections. His latest short film ‘Homunculus’ is currently being shown at various international film festivals. He has been playing (and building) hammered dulcimers for over twenty five years and performs on the hammered and Appalachian dulcimers. He’s played with many excellent and diverse musicians – he’s even rocked his dulcimer at Glastonbury in the eco-rock-folk band Catfood! The Woodward Brothers now bring their eclectic mixture of influences and experience to Glas-Denbury combining
Saturday – Kerry Priest
Saturday – Sam Richards
Sam Richards is a poet, writer, composer, improviser, jazz musician, teacher and one-time folk performer. As pianist and poet he leads the Jazzlab, playing and reading his work with bass and drums. He is a regular performer – and sometimes headliner – at many Westcountry poetry readings, and has had his music performed from Totnes to San Francisco. Currently he is composer/song and radio maker for the Open University project Sounding Coastal Change on the North Norfolk Coast.
Saturday – Biby ( SteamPhunk )
Friday – A Discourse in Language and The Feminine
Poets Rebecca Tantony and Lydia Beardmore offer a Power Hour of female empowerment, told through the medium of poetry. Both poets will read work which draws on inspiration, influence and exploration on all things women, to shine light and ultimately celebrate the self-identified female form. Expect stretch marks and swear words.
Rebecca has read in numerous venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum, the Arnolfi, St George’s, the South Bank Centre as well as Cheltenham, Bath, Bristol and Ledbury festivals. The Guardian has called her work “Mesmerising”. She has appeared on the BBC, Radio Four and read her work across Europe. She is the author of “Talk You Round Til Dusk” (Burning Eye 2015) Since the start of 201 she has been touring an Arts Council Funded immersive spoken word show under the same title as her second collection “All The Journeys I Never Took” (Burning Eye 2017) Rebecca is currently teaching the Performance Poetry Module and general Creative Writing to BA students at Bath Spa University. www.rebecca-tantony.com
Lydia Beardmore is a writer, poet and photographer from the Uk: hosting, performing and teaching between her homes of London, Bristol and Istanbul. She has performed at festivals including Glastonbury, Larmer Tree and Secret Garden Party as well as venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Bristol Old Vic and the Arnolfi. Her work is influenced by anthropology, pop culture and the many places she has lived. She currently hosts creative writing workshops for women in East London and edits an online platform for female travel writers.
Saturday – Melanie Branton
Melanie Branton is looking for a boyfriend. And it’s not going well. In her first full-length spoken word show, My Cloth-Eared Heart, she charts a thirty-year epic quest that has included a brush with a psychopath, stalking various strangers on the internet, and a turbulent relationship with a verb. A multi-slam winning spoken word artist, Melanie has performed at WOMAD, the Bristol Harbour Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. https://melaniebranton.wordpress.com/
“A fantastic poet with a great mix of dry humour and real-life heart and emotion.” – Harry Baker
“Melanie Branton is an unexpected poetry slap. The kind that makes your face tingle and your eyebrows sky rocket. She is funny, clever, ironic, dry, gripping, needed and you won’t see her coming until she is standing in your face.” – Liv Torc
Photo credit; Adam Fung
Tim King is known on the circuit for his own brand of quirky, hard-hitting, diverse and thought-provoking work. Tim has headlined poetry events across the Southwest, with festival appearances including repeat visits to WOMAD, Cheltenham and Glas-Denbury. Tim organises the annual Exeter Poetry Festival Slam and also hosts a monthly Spoken Word event at the Exeter Phoenix (Taking the Mic) focussing on developing emerging talent and encouraging new performers onto the stage. He has successfully run poetry workshops in a wide variety of settings, most recently a series for KS3 students across four Exeter secondary schools. Tim will be on site running writing and performance workshops for under-18s with each workshop repeated 3 times a day in the workshop tent. Workshop times will be advertised on site. http://www.speakinsong.co.uk/
Friday night and Saturday night – Chapter 12 Comedy Club
Chapter 12 Comedy Club is a bi-monthly comedy night held upstairs at the Barrell House in Totnes. Featuring the best up and coming talent, a stunning venue and friendly atmosphere Chapter 12 is always a hilarious night out and we are thrilled they are bringing their talent to Glas-Denbury to give you a comedy hour you will never forget. Their Master of Ceremonies, Christian is an accomplished stand-up comic. He always creates a fun, relaxed atmosphere where laughing comes as easily as easy laughing. Christian will make sure you have an unbeatable night. Joining him will be Regan McNeil, Alf and Ben Addicott on the Friday night and Eliza Fraser and Jon Matthews on the Saturday night. So grab those smiles, find that humour and sit down to be entertained! https://www.chapter12comedyclub.com/