• Folkpoet

    So, I've put together a new spoken word and music event called Folkpoet. I'm vastly excited about it, mainly because all of the wishlist artists I approached said yes, much to my amazement and delight, so it's a stellar lineup of strong and unique talent. We've got:

    FIONA BEVAN whose oddball pop songs are inflected with jazz and folk, and her lyrics pry into the dark, obsessive corners of love, with a cast of stumbling party-girls, fickle sailors, bored bubble-gum shop-girls, and forlorn lovers sleeping out in trees.

    JASMINE COORAY who writes with soul and precision, transforming intimate everyday relationships and painting the world into something you want to look at twice. Her performances are warm, animated and affecting.

    EMER O'CONNOR a magical storyteller of incredible scope and passion who weaves intricate, spellbinding tales with wit and versatility.

    SUPERBARD a unique and exciting spoken word artist who has been performing his gloriously surreal multimedia shows since 2010. His debut show 'Superbard and the Sexy Quantum Stories' played at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, and he has run up some impressive media credits.

    HANNAH JANE WALKER who is an innovative and beguiling poet and theatre maker whose show 'The Oh Fuck Moment' was a huge success at Edinburgh Fringe this year, and will be playing across the UK. Hannah also writes with Poetry Takeaway and has been published by Nasty Little Press.

    As you can see, darn impressive with a capital DARN.

    I'm also very excited to be working on this with the lovely poet and general champion of the spoken word Paul 'Shez ' Sherreard who is helping me make it possible and the folks at Island Arts Studio in Herne Hill where it will be happening, who have created a flexible arts space and are committed to facilitating arts in the local community.

    Folkpoet has been twinkling away in the back of my mind for a while. I've wanted to do something in Herne Hill, my lovely homestead, because it's the perfect place to develop something a little different, with an artistic sensibility in the area and a general sense of community engagement, plus it's a destination in its own right with some of the most delightful places to hang-out in London. My aim is to create something that is not just a night of people reading and performing their work, but is also about engagement and experimentation. I think there's space in the spoken word scene for a regular event that explores the artistic fringes and brings together artists who are driven by the craft and its possibilities. I also want to be able to give the opportunity to emerging artists who have an alternative voice or stylistic approach to try their work out, get feedback and have more experience of working with an audience without the kind of point-scoring demands they often have to face. I was very lucky that I was able to avoid the route of going through slams and competitions, which though useful for many artists, isn't always conducive to more subtle, explorative or experimental work (not that slam artists can't be or aren't any of those things of course.) So we will be featuring open(ish) mike spots, (ish) because they'll be by invitation only, but will be very much about nurturing and encouraging rather than featuring. We will have a competative gimick of the month though, just because it seems rude not to.

    So come a long and find something a bit different, a bit eccentric, but most of all brimming with amazing and exciting talent.

    1st December, 7.30pm, at Island Arts Studio, 278 Milkwood Road, Herne Hill.

Nick Field

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