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Laura Taylor

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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 and has been widely published in various anthologies. Her debut collection 'Kaleidoscope', published by Flapjack Press in 2016, contains a foreword by Attila the Stockbroker, and is available to buy for £9.30 (which inc p&p) from Laura, here: https://www.paypal.me/LTKaleidoscope Book review by Dave Morgan: http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=57782 GIGS: 5th February - Blackpool. Pub Poets, Bootleg Social 2nd March - Halifax. Spoken Weird, Victorian Craft Beer Cafe 4th March - Leeds. Anti-fascist benefit with Oi Polloi, Wharf Chambers 12th March - Glossop. International Women's Day event, Glossop Labour Club, with Eliza P Singer and Joy France 1st April - Bacup. Stackatack, Rosemount Working Men's Club, Stacksteads 14th April - Wigan. Improverse, The Old Courts 20th April - Hull. Away with Words, Union Mash Up 3rd May - Liverpool. 81 Renshaw Street Cafe, with Steve Pottinger 26th-28th May, day tbc - Manchester. Strummercamp festival, Manchester Rugby Club 3rd June - West Sussex. Glastonwick festival, Church Farm, Coombes 9th - 11th June, day tbc - Oxfordshire. Sistafest, Spring Farm, Dun's Tew 29th June - Darwen. Supporting Darren Poyzer, Bar39, Darwen 30th June - Bradford. Otley Labour Club, with Steve Pottinger 1st July - Allerdale. Cockermouth Festival, Wordsworth House 28th - 30th July, day tbc - Cheshire. Something Else a bit North festival, Hales Hales Mountain Boarding Centre, Chester REVIEWS: "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 "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 "Laura Taylor - The third and final scheduled punk poet of the weekend brought all the rage required to rouse the audience out of their 2-day hangovers. Her outlook on life, and in turn, the content of her poetry holds just the right balance of bile, humour, self-awareness, wit, misery and hope to bring together a really enjoyable set that had the audience cheering along her every word. 10/10" by Tim Loud, Strummercamp “local poet Laura Taylor transfixed the main stage crowd with an absolutely masterly performance. What a wordsmith; there was love, anger, and that passion thing in abundance here. Words that made you laugh, cry…and yes, get angry…Not in a negative kick the cat way, but in a Stand Up And Be Counted / Not In My Name kind of way. Inspiring stuff - Simply Splendid.” Taken from a review of the 3rd Wigan Diggers 2013 event here on Festivals For All YOUTUBE: revelations, recorded at The Dream, St Helens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4NmBicBCeQ Dear Margaret, recorded at No Borders, Widnes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s0hgGUo5q4 Rebellious Senescence, and Unsolicited recorded at The Ivy House, Nunhead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLICV-17h2s Write for Revolution recorded at The Ivy House, Nunhead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc2r4kHunW4 Full gig at Punky Reggae Party Festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5ZUIY6fb3A Short medley from Hartley's Bar in Wigan (3 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5QtcJnR7SI Full gig from No Borders benefit in Widnes, with set listing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cl6la5wv3U Environmental Intercourse (fracking poem) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjk_kyUBDQ8 On Not Wearing Purple (austerity-inspired personal pension plan) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lit18C8O2S8 Nativity '73 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PICKAOQc59k 3rd Wigan Diggers Festival, September 2013, Wigan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P23SKjN2AZQ&feature=youtu.be INTERVIEWS: Wrie 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 PUBLICATIONS: 'Baptism' - Best of Manchester Poets, Vol 2 (Puppywolf) 'No One Called You Gordon' - Best of Manchester Poets, Vol 3 (Puppywolf) 'Teenage Kicks' - Incandescent Poetry Vol 1 'Biting the Bullet' - The Feathertale Big Book of Exquisitely Egregious Poetry And Diverse Versification And So Forth And Such 'The Propaganda Panda and the Autocratic Cat' - Issue 10 of Polluto Magazine 'Unsolicited' - Poems for Freedom Anthology (in support of the Freedom Press/Bookshop) 'The Screaming Tenacity of the Dog Next Door' - Dog Days: A Celebration of Dogs anthology ‘Called You Babe by Accident’ - The Gift of a Rose: Love Poetry from around the world 'I-Museum' - Penny Ante Feud 13 (Between The Shadow And The Soul' 'Anniversary' - 50 Haikus 'Dear Margaret' - Citizen32 Spirit of Tolpuddle (special edition marking the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike http://citizen32.com/) 'Ward 3D' - The Story of Us, Mother's Milk Writing Prize Anthology 'Jigsaw' - Rogue Poetry 'For Aylan' - Over Land, Over Sea - poems for those seeking refuge' anthology 'Cascade' - Nod Magazine Online: 'Cashflow Fiasco', 'Dear Margaret', 'Judging Justin', ‘Commodities’, 'Environmental Intercourse', 'No Justice', 'McGarrigle's Glasgow', 'Assembly', 'Upgrade', 'Dear Margaret', 'Regal Potential’ , 'Jack's Alright', 'Smart Card Shopping Fest' - Poetry24 'Majority' and 'Unelected' - Militant Thistles 'Kaleidoscope' - Eyedrum Periodically, issue 6 ‘Leaving Home’ - Rainbow Journal 'Right Hand/Wrong Ink' - The Recusant ‘Beghilos’ - Vagabonds Magazine, Volume 2 Issue 2 'Writing In Fire' and 'Synaesthetic Symphony' - Shadow Express Vol 5 'Mavis' - Sprout Online Magazine 'Huami' - Halfway Down The Stairs 'Dissonance' - Looseleaf Tea Issue 2 'Waiting' - Leaves of Ink 'Biblical Imbecility' - Cahoodaloodaling 'Nurikabe Nights' - Looseleaf Tea Issue 1.1 'Ode to a Dictionary' and 'On Not Wearing Purple' - Misfit Lit, page 3 'I used to call him Grandad' - Blast Furnace (Vol 2, Issue 3, 7th poem down) 'I Swear' - Cahoodaloodaling 'Diamante Scar' - Haunted Waters Press 'The Process' - Straitjackets Magazine 'Write For Revolution' - Redfez.net COMPETITIONS: Third in the Greenheart Park national poetry competition Runner up in the Thynks International Open Poetry Competition 2012 Long-listed for the Erbacce prize 2014 and 2015 Quarter-finalist in the Mary Ballard Chapbook Poetry Prize 2014 and 2015 'Ward 3D' commended for the Mother's Milk Writing Prize 2015 'I used to call him Grandad' - finalist in the UPLI Global Poetry Contest, Rex Valentine award for narrative poetry. 'Electric Blue' - winner of The Musician Competition, Rune Prophecies 'Busman's Holiday' - third prize in The Windmill Competition, Rune Prophecies 'Steak and Chips' - second prize in the Loudon County Library competition (Virginia) REVIEWS: Steph Pike - Pétroleuse http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=58322 Linton Kwesi Johnson & Hollie McNish, Liverpool http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=56812 Hollie McNish, Manchester http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=48271 Hollie Poetry - Cherry Pie http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=51252 Attila the Stockbroker - Arguments Yard http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=50949 Salena Godden - Fishing in the Aftermath http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=44956 Steve Pottinger - More Bees Bigger Bonnets http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=47764 Ian Whiteley - Cycle of the Scarecrow http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=55280 Vanessa Kisuule - Joyriding the Storm http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=42820 Lucy English - Prayer to Imperfection http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=42515 Judy Kendall, Climbing Postcards http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=30992

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 31st Dec 2016 14:52

sorry mate - missed your comment on 'Cold Hearted' - glad you liked it - hoping to revisit the place soon
Ian

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raypool

Wed 21st Dec 2016 20:07

Hi Laura. Thanks so much for your congrats on POTW. A wee bit of the old kudos goes a long way! I hope you enjoyed your trip down south. The home fires are definitely burning. Trouble is I found some queen wasps on a lot I ordered, and they ended up flying round the lounge!
Happy Xmas m'lady. x

Ray

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Natasha Townsend

Thu 8th Dec 2016 08:51

Laura that is so beautiful and what an honour. It's funny that I commented about how I interpreted it without reading that post. Exactly the reason poetry means so much to me as well. Touching something in others in so many ways and connecting. It's what got me through some tough stuff and continues to inspire me. What a lovely thing. Xxx

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 6th Oct 2016 15:48

thanks for commenting on 'Rosetta...' Laura - I remember you also liked the companion piece to this that I wrote when Philae 'touched down' on the comet a year or two ago ('Philae shakes the hand of God'). Feels like there should be a third in m me to make up the trilogy at some stage - hopefully that battery will come back to life... :-)

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raypool

Mon 5th Sep 2016 14:25

I'm losing the plot Laura. Just made a comment re Things to Do and it's vaporised. Milking a cat is a very hazardous thing to do I imagine and I have no idea where that came from. My diseased sense of what sounded good perhaps !
Thanks for reading and questioning.

Ray
PS I'll have to get more logs in soon !!

Rebecca Miller

Tue 7th Jun 2016 21:57

Hey Laura, thanks for the like on Library :)

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Laura Taylor

Fri 3rd Jun 2016 13:37

Hahaa - aww, cheers Ste! Nice to see you around, even if you don't have a bloody profile for me to reply to on!! Thanks mate - don't be a stranger eh?

steve black

Fri 3rd Jun 2016 10:48

You jammy ____er! Seriously, I wish you every continued success Tigerella.

Chrissy Reeves

Wed 18th May 2016 19:25

Thanks for you comment on "Marriage of Convenience". I'm glad you spotted the strength at the end. I hope to gain more of that as I share my words.

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 16th May 2016 12:32

thanks for commenting on 'A Pointy Reckoning' Laura - glad you 'got it'. The title is not mine - it's a quote from 'The Crucible' I just nicked it cos it sorta fitted
Ian

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raypool

Sun 15th May 2016 13:18

Just following up on OCD and your comments. Interesting and struck a chord that you touched to equal up - uncannily the same with me. My mum used to encourage to "touch wood" an old superstition. I carried this into various contingencies, and even in my fifties I still kept touching the gear stick in my car (sometimes unconsciously) ! All I can say is that it gave a sense of comfort in some way. Now we have a microphone of course to touch. We all need these touch sensors anyway. What a mess !!

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chris stevenson

Fri 13th May 2016 07:28

Hi Laura .. thank you for your encouraging comment on 'Tourdion' .. last time I heard you was at the 'Cadence Cafe' which now seems to have disappeared .. have to save these open mics ! .... chris.


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Phil Kay

Thu 12th May 2016 21:42

I loved your write up of Linton. I wish I could have been there. I was at Southall fighting with fascists when Blair Peach was murdered. And I have always loved Reggea Fi Peach. I have a poem on here I posted on the Anniversary. sadly not many remember now. Did LKJ do Fi Peach?

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Phil Kay

Thu 12th May 2016 18:36

Thank you for reading "my Granddad". I've added a verse that rounds it off. As for performing... I try but sadly my knees knock so hard the words vibrate.

I'm glad you commented because I've discovered your collection. I'm an old punk and Thatcher hater unrepentant. Also with a love for Linton kwezi.

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Stu Buck

Thu 5th May 2016 12:37

cheers for the great comments laura. i thought being a chef would dull me to my love of food but now im out of the kitchens i find my love has grown again. i cook fresh food every day for us, its a labour of love. on tuesday im booking the hotel for our stay in liverpool. dead excited!

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Helen Elliott

Tue 3rd May 2016 20:33

Hey hun, just read your update. Congrats on the book. I will buy it! Wish I could be at your launch but us southerners don't venture to anywhere north of Brum lol x

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 30th Apr 2016 00:05

I think we got our wires crossed there sweetness :~) Tommy

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Helen Elliott

Fri 15th Apr 2016 13:27

You should definitely come and visit then! I would love to meet up. Come in the summer when it is far nicer :)

H x

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Helen Elliott

Tue 12th Apr 2016 21:48

Thanks for your comments on These Streets. Yeah, you get it alright. I was exactly the same, always fighting, foul mouthed little cow. You had to be that way! I don't regret it. It fucked me up and made me stronger all at the same time.

It definitely makes me appreciate what I've got now. I feel bloody lucky. Like you, so many people I grew up with are either dead, on drugs, alcoholics or mentally fucked. I've gone down all of those routes (well except death lol) but I made it to the other side. I know it's a bit cheesy, but I feel proud about that :)

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Helen Elliott

Thu 7th Apr 2016 22:26

Sorry to hear you've had a tough time of it. I read your Mothering Sunday poem and assume it is connected. If so, then I am so sorry :( x

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Helen Elliott

Sat 2nd Apr 2016 21:30

Hello *waves back* :)

How's tricks? Is the poetry scene treating you well??

I haven't been doing much open mic these last few months, I've just been too bloody busy! Going to try and go along this month. I miss it.

Hope you are well x

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raypool

Fri 25th Mar 2016 10:12

Hi Laura. Had a good sleep and thought more on Born Again. Hope I didn't come on too strong with my comment! I've made a nip and tuck, and I hope you might like it now. I feel it is more visually satisfying even though could upset the trads. x

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 23rd Mar 2016 11:43

'Holly and red berries' are symbols of the 'crown of thorns and the droplets of blood upon the face of Jesus' in the Passion Story of Eastertide. Considering the week, maybe your dream is not so unusual. Perhaps some memory twigged in your mind, even from childhood, especially a ghastly image. Or you're still fighting emotional ideas about the Story you can't yet confront rationally. Maybe never.

That'll be £1000, please. HAHA. I have more crust than bread. I'm part joking and part serious about the comments though. I read Freud's 'Dreams' many years ago; I thought I'd found a treasure in an old second-hand bookshop. But - after several attempts to 'understand the great thinker' I just pitched it. Some of it made some sense, and some of it seemed just like hogwash. I was totally disillusioned in its reputation. So, I'll never know whether I wasn't smart enough to understand, or smart enough to toss it out. Conundrum!

I love having you as a friend. The freedom!

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raypool

Thu 10th Mar 2016 21:55

Ah Heathcliff. Actually he does look naturally a bit scary now so perhaps a reprise.....

He must rank with the thick skinned surely!

Ray

Lea

Wed 2nd Mar 2016 11:48

Hi Laura, thanks for your comment on Ad Libbing. Funny, unlike the title, this one did take a bit of work and rewriting etc, so glad you like it. The 're-right' was on purpose, kind of cheesy, but somehow had to be that way. Thanks again :)

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 9th Feb 2016 18:42

Thanks for your comment on "Eternity's sunrise" Laura,

it is always satisfying when words have meaning to others.

Thanks again for reading and commenting, much appreciated.

I Hope your father is as comfortable as possible.

Wolfie.

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raypool

Thu 4th Feb 2016 20:23

Thanks Laura for going to so much trouble - a total inspiration all the way. I entirely get your drift, which was why I used the indented format on the three lines only.

This is surely one of the chief purposes of such a site, and you do it credit!
Ray

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raypool

Thu 4th Feb 2016 11:53

I've just now checked about Concrete Poetry, and it has opened my eyes to the potential, and I think I will definitely give more consideration to construction as and when it inspires me - maybe a few experiments on the way.
Thanks so much Laura.

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raypool

Thu 4th Feb 2016 11:43

Hi Laura. Just to say that I've re - entered The Restorer's Lot on the basis of your comments, leaving three lines indented as I feel they need a special emphasis. I think this is a better presentation.
So thanks again for an intelligent take.!!

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Adam Whitworth

Wed 3rd Feb 2016 17:43

Hi Laura,
Thanks for your comments on "In The Old Fence-Post Was A Perfectly Round Hole".
D'ya know, I think it's true that an improvement in my efforts is due to inspiration from reading "The Melting of the Ice"! If this is a temporary effect, you'll have to keep on writing so I can!
Thanks again :)

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