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 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: 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 - Cumbria. Cockermouth Live! Festival. 12th August - Shropshire. Farmer Phil's Festival, Cabaret Tent. 24th August - Cumbria. Solfest 2018, Melodrome Stage. 13th September - Manchester. The Peer Hat, with Avital Raz. 30th September - Sheffield. The Gardeners Rest, with Avital Raz. 5th October - London. Bread and Roses pub, Clapham, with guest poets Gerry Clarkson and Cherry Scott. 6th October - London. Housmans radical booksellers, with guest poets Gerry Clarkson and Janine Booth. 7th October - London. Bar 48 in Brixton, with guest poets Gerry Clarkson and Cherry Scott. 13th October - Widnes. We Shall Overcome. 30th November - Nottingham. Do or Die. 6th December - Manchester. Central Library, 'Word Central'. 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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