Saturday, 21 February 2015

Spoken Word Education MA

Graduating From Goldsmith University with an MA in Spoken Word Education
Keith Jarrett, Indigo Williams, Raymond Antrobus, Dean Atta, Pete The Temp, Cat Brogan

Two years ago I started the worlds first MA in Spoken Word Education at Goldsmith University. This Wednesday, I graduated with full honours. Never went to University before and left institutional education at 16, but this is testimony to what is possible when we commit to our passions. Proud of my fellow poets and the Goldsmith professors and Peter Kahn, who gave me the chance to prove myself academically. I got a distinction.

Poets Who Push The Art Of Performance

"To Have Great Poets, There Must Be Great Audiences" - Walt Whitman

"Spoken Word" a term marketed and skewed by the Guardian to mean "Urban wordsmith", i.e. someone (usually young and influenced by Hip-Hop) who performs poetry or dramatic monologues or raps without a beat. "Spoken Word" audiences (i.e. Guardian readers) are still new to the art so I thought I'd share these videos of poets who truly push the performance of poetry.

David J

Laura Lamb Brown

Salvar Soler

Danez Smith

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Chill Pill is BACK! 26th Febuary at Canda Water Cultural Space (Featuring New York's Jon Sands)

Chill Pill brings the international party to Canada Water for this very special, one-off event with the incredible Jon Sands.

Come join the whole Chill Pill team, Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Mister Gee, Simon Mole and Adam Kammerling, for the best spoken word and music party either side of the river, this time we’re amongst the bookshelves at the Canada Water Culture Space.

Jon Sands is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, published widely in various journals, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014.

Arrive early for open mic sign-up, show starts at 7.30pm…so arrive early!

£5 each

Box Office: 020 8692 4446