• Towersey Festival

    Towersey Festival is a true English eccentic. It's been running for over 40 years, includes Morris dance-offs and takes place across the village of Towersey in Oxfordshire, with concerts in the ancient church, the village hall and huge tents. While there is something charmingly timeless about the festival, it's also starting to evolve- and that's where I come in. Last year myself and fellow poet Paul 'Shez' Sherreard, who has been going to Towersey since he was a wee nipper, contributed a new spoken word and poetry strand to the festival. It went very brilliantly, with well attended workshops and performances and an enthusiatic response to this new addition from festival-goers. So this year we were back, building on that success.

    It was quite a wrench to leave Stockholm, where I would quite happily reside if the winters didn't include the phrase 'it never gets light' and the statistic '-20', and I had to get up horribly early to get back to the UK for a workshop and performance at Towersey the same afternoon and night. Luckily getting to Towersey is like having a big hug and a mug of tea, so this was a welcome return (I've dispelled the Ryanair hell in between from my memory.) This year the poetry programme we designed was bigger with a dedicated spoken-word event, poetry workshops and an open mike for people to read work they'd created during the festival or wanted to try out. The spoken word night was a stormer, the workshops were very popular and there was lovely work coming out of them with a friendly, supportive environment. The open mic was wonderful, with many people reading their work for an audience for the first time, following some tuition from myself and Shez. I'm looking forward to building on this again next year.

Nick Field

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