Biography

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', will be published by Flapjack Press in June 2018. The book launch will be held at 81 Renshaw St Cafe, Liverpool, 23rd June, between 2-4pm, free entry. Advance copies are available to buy for £10 (which inc post and packing) 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 Kaleidoscope review by Dave Morgan: http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=57782 GIGS: 3rd March - Wigan, Old Courts. 'Doing It For Joan' benefit. 8th March - Todmorden. The Golden Lion, for International Women's Day, with Joy France and Eliza P. 17th March - Bradford. Otley Labour Rooms, with Janine Booth. 28th March - Wigan. Old Courts, for Green Party benefit. 4th April - Accrington. PAC Special, Forts Arms, Clayton le Moors. 1st May - Preston. Ham and Jam Coffee Shop, with Steve Pottinger. 5th May - Barnsley. May Day Festival of Solidarity. 6th May - Walsall. Yes We Can't. 13th May - Liverpool. 81 Renshaw Street Cafe, supporting Attila the Stockbroker and Barnstormer. 21st May - Huddersfield. Queenies Cafe. 27th May - Oldham. Strummercamp Festival. 2nd June - Wakefield. Long Division Festival. 8th - 10th June - Oxfordshire. Sistafest, Spring Farm, Dun's Tew. 16th June - Manchester. 0161 Festival. 23rd June - Liverpool. Fault Lines book launch, 81 Renshaw St Cafe, Renshaw St. 25th June - Manchester. Stirred Poetry, 3 Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade. 30th June - Cockermouth Festival. 10th - 12th August - Shropshire. Farmer Phil's Festival, Cabaret Tent. 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 "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 YOUTUBE: 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 Rebellious Senescence, and Unsolicited recorded at The Ivy House, Nunhead Write for Revolution recorded at The Ivy House, Nunhead Full gig at Punky Reggae Party Festival Short medley from Hartley's Bar in Wigan (3 mins) Full gig from No Borders benefit in Widnes, with set listing Environmental Intercourse (fracking poem) On Not Wearing Purple (austerity-inspired personal pension plan) Nativity '73 3rd Wigan Diggers Festival, September 2013, Wigan 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 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: Geneviève L Walsh - The Dance of a Thousand Losers https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=67159 Stu Buck - Casually Discussing The Infinite https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=66797 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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Trevor Alexander

Tue 1st May 2018 00:17

Hi Laura. I too love a turf fire. I worked on a farm in north west Ireland for a couple of summers in my teens, and in the farmhouse we cooked on a turf fire. I also worked in the bog, gathering the turf - hard work! I recently contributed to a "Scent Memories" project, and wrote a piece about the smell of the turf fire based on those summers.

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 24th Apr 2018 13:58

thanks for the comments on 'ub quiz theory' Laura - yes, I'm bitter - because life seems to want to make things as easy as possible for folk these days - rather than test their true mettle - I know who and what I am - and I don't need google to answer for me
Ian 😃

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Joe Williams

Wed 18th Apr 2018 10:01

As any right thinking person should be! Thanks for commenting :)

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 9th Mar 2018 17:31

Ta Laura- High praise indeed. ((blush)) Tommy

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Big Sal

Mon 29th Jan 2018 03:28

I quite enjoy your recorded performances and poetry, you truly stand out.

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Hannah Collins

Fri 27th Oct 2017 18:44

Hi Laura, thanks so much for your comment on my poem The Bound Bird.
It was great to hear from you.

Hannah

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Philip Stevens

Thu 19th Oct 2017 20:13

Just read walk to the shops on David r mellor
Blog street scene... you got that recorded.. you would drliver it with real verve

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Philip Stevens

Sat 7th Oct 2017 23:08

You grab the subject matter by the throat Laura and shake the words out into the sphere. ..poetry with edge

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Helen Elliott

Sat 7th Oct 2017 09:41

Hello you! Thanks for commenting on Glaswegian. Can't seem to write anything much these days so it was nice when that one came to me.
How are you? X

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Philip Stevens

Sat 7th Oct 2017 08:02

Re; marsden competition results; i didnt win...but its writing the poem and entering thst counts.... not winning ... smiley face emoji

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Hannah Collins

Thu 5th Oct 2017 12:37

Hello Laura, thank you so much for your comment on my poem Strong Vulnerability. It's a double thank you because it led me to your poem Dear Margaret.
A stunning performance. Very strong.
So sorry to hear of the passing of your father.
Indeed a very special relationship.
I look forward to discovering more of your work.

Hannah

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Rose Casserley

Sun 25th Jun 2017 11:13

ayup cock! cast yer mincer's on me recent 'deddy' to you
and see if its chuckleworthy enough for thee ?



Rose 😈

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Mikhail Smith

Wed 31st May 2017 14:02

Hello Laura .. thanks for your kind comment. Not a happy subject but I wrote it quickly to get my thoughts out of the way, it's easy to go on dwelling on sad news for ever .. Cheers!

Miss Alexandra Fiona Swarbrick

Tue 9th May 2017 18:28

Laura
I am so sorry, I couldn't afford to travel to Liverpool last Tuesday.
Hope to see you around 😃

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 16th Apr 2017 11:32

Teenagers.

And females not so young either. The saddest sight I ever saw on a tram was a young girl/teen putting on make-up until her whole face looked like an audition for clown-school, a full paste job with a clear outline that completed the mask effect.

I'm sure she thought she was much prettier. And she looked ghastly. Actually ugly. Sometimes I HATE the 'beauty business'; the deliberate exploitation of youthful vulnerability and the degradation of charming, natural beauty.

And those perfume commercials! I almost growl at the TV, wanting to throw a heavy pot through the screen. They are obnoxious!

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Natasha Townsend

Tue 11th Apr 2017 18:02

Hehe I take it this perfume wearing gobshite did not take you to India?! X

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Natasha Townsend

Sun 9th Apr 2017 23:32

Laura Taylor, she's a nailer (of poetry)! 😂

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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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