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 drabble pamphlet, Dear Audrey (and other drabbles) was published in February 2022. Her third poetry collection was published by Flapjack Press in August 2021. 'Speaking in Tongues' is a rallying call for action and challenges inequality, oppression and division with passion, objectivity, empathy and humour. It explores the slippery and inconclusive condition of language, the power of ideology, and the process of myth-making. This is politically astute, socially conscious and uncompromising poetry which explores the wellbeing of a diverse nation governed by a political and social elite and their culpability. “This is Taylor at her best. Her energy, anger and passion are apparent in every word. Her writing is urgent, powerful and her punches land. A must-have collection. Buy this book.” Emma Purshouse, Wolverhampton’s Poet Laureate “Poems to have a beer with, to sit round a fire and keep warm with, to rage against the system with, to take to the streets with.” Steph Pike, poet & activist “Tongues of fire in a time of plague. Raging against conspiracy theorists, defending the vulnerable, the homeless, the old, the hardest hit in the worst of times. A supremely clever working-class poet.” Attila the Stockbroker, poet & musician “If there was an equivalent of Masterchef for cooking words into exquisitely tasty and surprising dishes, then Taylor would win it. Hot. Flavourful. Authentic. Instant pleasure with a long, lingering aftertaste.” Janine Booth, poet & writer “At times forceful, at others lyrical … crosses from personal to political and cross-examines who we were and who we have become.” Winston Plowes, poet “This is Taylor’s best yet. Her language is lush and confident, and her range is limitless … wise, honest, funny, angry, mature and assured. This book is the tonic we all need.” Cathy Thomas-Bryant, poet & writer Her second collection 'Fault Lines', published by Flapjack Press in June 2018, contains a foreword by Professor Mike Thomas, former VC of UCLAN. Her debut collection 'Kaleidoscope', published by Flapjack Press in 2016, contains a foreword by Attila the Stockbroker. All three books may be purchased directly from Laura (signed if requested) via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or from Flapjack Press here: https://flapjackpress.co.uk/products/laura-taylor Dear Audrey is available only from Laura via Paypal as above. 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: 26th - 28th May - Bearded Theory festival, Derbyshire 2nd - 4th June - Glastonwick festival, West Sussex 16th August - Panjenix Acoustic Club, Accrington, with Bob Kettle 3rd September - Bolton Socialist Club, WOL night 9th September - The Square Chapel, Halifax, supporting Janine Booth 16th September - Chorlton Book Festival, Chorlton Library (An Evening with Flapjack Press) 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: Virtual Glastonwick 2021 Virtual Glastonwick 2020 Nativity '73, recorded at Housmans Radical Booksellers Tai Chi, recorded at Housmans 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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in the dance (17/03/2023)
On Reflection (08/03/2023)
The Lie of the Ancient Mariner (03/03/2023)
Token Valentine Poem (14/02/2023)
I'm Not A Racist, But, and a couple of drabbles (14/10/2022)
Simon Said (09/09/2022)
I’d really like to write an angry poem (03/03/2022)
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