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. 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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