Hollie McNish: Plums, Mums and Football Coaching

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Plum.    **** (Four stars)

Hollie McNish.  Winchester Poetry Festival, October 2018

Hollie McNish was the perfect headline finish to a hugely successful 2018 Winchester Poetry Festival.  Her honest, pithy words coupled with her hilarious and authentic ‘girl-next-door’ delivery make her entertaining and endearing in a way that few performers are able to emulate.  Ostensibly Hollie was there t...

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So Many Highlights at the Winchester Poetry Festival

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The third Winchester Poetry Festival drew to a close yesterday with founding trustee and Festival Chair Stephen Boyce thanking and paying tribute in suitable fashion to the staff and volunteers who made events run so smoothly, to the poets and speakers who had made for such a thrilling weekend, and ...

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Inua Ellams' R.A.P. Party at Totally Thames

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Inua Ellams' R.A.P. Party    ***** (Five Stars)

Totally Thames Festival, London. Onboard the Dixie Queen. 12th September 2018

Arguably the jewel in the crown of this September-long festival cele...

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Elvis McGonagall: Full Tartan Jacket

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Following my attendance at his show Full Tartan Jacket (see review below) I spoke to Elvis McGonagall about what he was doing, and why. “The aim of the show was to bellow my material into the void whi...

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Edinburgh Fringe Reviews: Porky the Poet and Stand Up & Slam

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As the world’s largest arts festival rumbles and ricochets onwards and upwards through to the end of August, there’s still time to visit Scotland’s capital and take in a few cheeky shows.  Some are ch...

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Edinburgh Fringe Reviews: Jess Green and Rowan McCabe

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As you may be aware the Edinburgh Fringe is well under way. Every August the entire city is taken over by comedians, thespians, promoters, poets, musicians and all manner of downright weirdos in what ...

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Editor's Review: Benjamin Zephaniah at the Hay Festival

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The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah  **** (four stars)

Benjamin Zephaniah is definitely a modern master of poetry, and this thousand-plus sold out Hay Festival gig was his opportunity to indu...

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Editor's Review: Spoken Word at Brighton Fringe

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A whistle-stop, two-day visit to the Brighton Fringe on a glorious bank-holiday weekend at the start of May was always going to be unsatisfyingly brief.  In true Fringe tradition events were everywher...

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