Obsessed with words and language since her early childhood, Laura Taylor believes in the power of poetry as a means by which silent voices speak and hidden ears listen. She is a regular performer at festivals, gigs and fundraisers. Now in her prime, she understands fully the potency of kindness in a world intent on creating division. Her second collection 'Fault Lines', published by Flapjack Press in June 2018, contains a foreword by Professor Mike Thomas, the VC of UCLAN, and is available to buy for £10 (which inc p&p) direct from Laura here: https://www.paypal.me/FaultLines Her debut collection 'Kaleidoscope', published by Flapjack Press in 2016, contains a foreword by Attila the Stockbroker, and is available to buy for £10 (which inc p&p) from Laura, here: https://www.paypal.me/LTKaleidoscope Both books may be purchased directly from Flapjack Press: http://www.flapjackpress.co.uk/page32.htm Kaleidoscope book review by Dave Morgan: http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=57782 Fault Lines book review by Stuart Buck: https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=80305 Laura also runs performance poetry workshops, duration 2 hours. Please contact her for more information and pricing. GIGS: 8th March - Todmorden. The Golden Lion, for International Women's Day, with Joy France and Eliza P. 12th - 14th April - Dun's Tew, Oxfordshire. Something Else Campfire Sessions. 20th April - Otley Labour Rooms. With Sophie Sparham. 24th April - Manchester. Central Library, book launch of Flapjack Press 'The Anthology of Tomorrow'. 24th - 27th May - Derbyshire. Poet/Compère in the Something Else Tea Tent, and Swamp Circus @ Bearded Theory Festival. 1st & 2nd June - Uttoxeter. Acoustic Festival of Britain. 14th - 16th June - Dun's Tew, Oxfordshire. Sistafest. 25th July - Bradford. Bradford Fringe Festival, The Exchange Craft Beer House. 3rd August - Halifax. Weird On The Street (The Grayston Unity & Spoken Weird). 16th August - Ashbourne. Northern Green Gathering Festival. 23rd - 26th August - Cumbria. Solfest, The Farewell. 20th September - Wigan. The Boulevard, supporting Weimar. 23rd September - Manchester. Chorlton Book Festival, Chorlton Library, Manchester, for the Flapjack Press Anthology of Tomorrow. 28th September - Manchester. NEU Disabled Members Conference, Manchester Airport Radisson Blu, with Janine Booth. 12th November - Manchester. Venue TBC, supporting Janine Booth book launch. REVIEWS: "One of the country's finest poets, both on the page and on the stage. A spirit at once empathetic and revolutionary. Real words for heartbreaking times, a call to action!" Attila the Stockbroker, poet and musician "'Fault Lines' is a poetic battle cry written by a woman who has learnt to suit herself. Laura Taylor’s poems fuse her fury, kindness and eye for the collective good. I’d like my teenage daughter to read these poems because, as women, we shouldn’t have to wait for middle age to claim the right to be ourselves." Alice Nutter, ex-Chumbawamba, screenwriter and playwright “If you have had the pleasure of seeing Laura Taylor perform these poems on stage, it may surprise you how well they work on the page as well. Or it may not. Great poetry can do both, and this does: with all its blood and brutality and anger and tenderness and empathy and insight and bitterness and hope, its lines that bite and rhymes that fight. There are wildflowers aplenty, but for clouds and daffodils, go elsewhere. This is poetry that does not just describe our world: it challenges you to change it. And it does so with such class.” Janine Booth, writer, poet, activist & Marxist motormouth "She takes the intensely personal and makes it universal. She takes the universal and makes it personal. She is riveting, inspiring, dead hard and incredibly soft at the same time. This is one of the best books of poetry I have ever read." Attila the Stockbroker, in Kaleidoscope "An outstanding and must-see live performer. The first time I saw Laura, I wasn't ready for what was to be delivered and felt like she'd nailed me to the ceiling!" Darren Poyzer, singer/songwriter "Laura Taylor is a one woman bundle of energy; gritty, mesmerising, a performance that grabs the attention of the audience to deliver a serious message with a typical Northern wit" by Dom Warwick, Rebellion Punk Festival YOUTUBE: Nativity '73, recorded at Housmans Radical Booksellers Tai Chi, recorded at Housmans Just Relax, recorded at The Peer Hat, Manchester Advice for Free, recorded at the Ham and Jam Coffeeshop, Preston revelations, recorded at The Dream, St Helens Dear Margaret, recorded at No Borders, Widnes INTERVIEWS: Write Out Loud: http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=57416 Art Saves Lives International: http://artsaveslivesinternational.com/2015/04/29/poet-laura-taylor-if-i-can-use-my-own-hard-times-to-make-art-and-share-that-widely-then-that-multiplies-the-cohesion-makes-us-all-stronger/ Under The Fable: http://underthefable.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/what-performance-laura-taylor-and-punk.html?spref=fb
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