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Louise Fazackerley

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'A great performer' Will Self 'A voice that tingles with promise' Ian McMillan Louise began her writing career nervously shaking her paper, with wobbly voice at Wigan WOL. thanks to WOL nights across the North West and other development opportunities Louise is now a professional performance poet and artist-in-education. Winner of the Radio 3 Verb New Voices commission with her spoken word show 'Love Is A Battlefield.' Louise has appeared on Radio 4 Women's Hour, Radio 3 'The Verb', BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Manchester. She has blogged for The Guardian Northerner. She has recently toured with John Copper Clarke. Alongside her own work, she has a particular interest in combining contemporary dance with poetry. As an inspirer of novice poets, she works with youth groups and in settings from pre-school through to college and community grassroots writing groups. Louise writes to make the ugly, beautiful and to mirror the misunderstood. Think heavy rain, mental health, dandelions and feral dogs.


Remembrance Someday (an excerpt) ticktockticktock ticktickticktock See the sterile clock with it's can-can legs the frou-frou ticking of the red second hand no the third hand, seconds are amputated, only 3 fingers a capital letter T. tut tut tut Time diasagrees with your use of it It clicks as a horse clip clops as the plack plack of the pink shoes of a child on laminate floor Shhhh. Be quiet. Daddy's in bed. Daddy's been asleep for a long time Jam a pen in the march of that clock and turn it, turn it. Turn it forwards ... RSVP I invite you to love the rain, yes, the rain in the North; this childhood, sat at an open door, awed as seaweed-skirted girls fall, land and lift in perfect imperfect circles, book abandoned, to watch a ballet in the back-yard. Still now, the hair rises at the nape of my neck, just shopping yet the tarmac strip at the precinct is puddled and so mapped with white flats of trodden chewing gum, like a city, from my birds-eye view. Let hoods fall while the streets become streams, the roads become rivers, riding waves down to the call of woods and beck. In the never-dry we will hop from broken stone to slice of tyre. Stick out a tip of tongue to taste and swallow smoky, cloud-fall spit, wear water wear water wear water as clothing. As sand calls to sea, so glass cups to kiss raindrops. While we womb and warm back indoors, a faint acid house soundtrack plays pitter patter pitter patter pitter patter daisychain summer (an excerpt) I loved him, I loved him, I loved him, I loved him not, at fourteen years old, at fourteen years fraught, jailbait, really sugarcoated to his eighteen years big, oh what big tawny eyes he had to see in me- a woman, a lover, a mother , a wife his job seekers distraction his council castle princess we sat, talked, picked petals and threaded those fragile flowers til the summer was gone and sun-spell dandelions turned white-haired and winter wise old heads, young stems ...

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Matthew James

Sun 27th Mar 2016 17:34

Hiya Louise, took your advice and signed up to this. Cheers for your help, see you soon. Matt X

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 18th Nov 2014 19:19

Louise I have something to tell you...oh wait I gotta go as Scotland v England are on the field

C Byrne

Tue 30th Oct 2012 09:12

enjoyed 'daisychain summer'. some lovely images.

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Solomon Scribble

Thu 19th Jan 2012 16:24

Truly awesome. Can relate to 'the Commuters' so much! All the best :)

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Sim Le Wilt

Mon 24th Oct 2011 14:54

Just want to say, along with the previous posters posts, possibly, that these three are all lovely and greatly amusing. Hope to catch you live sometime.

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David Franks

Tue 4th Jan 2011 13:06

Enjoyed your poetry samples, Louise.

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Michael Scott

Fri 22nd Oct 2010 20:17

Here's a gush back, 'Stuck Unsaid' great language. Thanks for your comments on mine, now in yokelsound too.

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Kate Tym

Mon 13th Sep 2010 09:01

Old birds rock! Love Daisy Chain summer... reminded me of when I was nought but a fledgling! Kate

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Kate Tym

Mon 13th Sep 2010 09:00

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Steve Regan

Mon 6th Sep 2010 09:31

Hi Louise,

Thought I'd let you know about our Liverpool poetry night - since you are planning to do something in the city soon.

The LIVER Bards, as the sessions are now called, take place on first Tuesday of each month in the performance space at the beautiful Shipping Forecast bar, Slater St, city centre, L1 4BW, starting 8pm.

It's a straightforward open-mic with poems of humorous, philosphical, political and spiritual content especially welcome.

The first of these new-style nights is tomorrow Tue 7 Sept, starting 8pm. The postal code for the Shipping Forecast is L1 4BW.

PS Am I right in thinking there is a read thru of the Wigan material this coming Thursday in Wigan. What time and where do I turn up? x

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Thu 26th Aug 2010 20:49

thanks for the comments on rowan tree, i liked it when i wrote it laid on my back in a wood :)

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Sun 22nd Aug 2010 10:05

Thank you for your comment, Louise! I feel so bad that at launch party I didn't have time to speak with all that lovely people. ... well, I hope - next time. X

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Wed 14th Jul 2010 15:26

Hi Louise, thanks a lot for your recent comment. Much appreciated! TB

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Anthony Emmerson

Thu 13th May 2010 10:33

Hi Louise,

Just read your profile poems (recommended by a friend as you don't seem to post much on the main blog.) "Daisychain Summer" is a wonderful piece of work, steeped in both vulnerability and a refreshing honesty about past mistakes. It made me feel sad for the sexually exploited, but happy in the knoiwledge that the years bring experience, and through that wisdom. It should be required reading for all fourteen year old girls.


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Max Wallis

Fri 23rd Apr 2010 20:29

Hiya, I'm based in Manchester, yes. Thank you for your lovely comment!

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Mon 19th Apr 2010 22:22

thankyou lovely louise for the comments on my poetry . glad you like them

oh just read the fraud thing , really i dont write much , or often , just sometimes and i have no idea what i am doing.. it just sometimes happens is all i can say

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Rachel McGladdery

Fri 16th Apr 2010 23:01

Louise, I was going to!Save me a place pretty please...I'll email you right now!

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Fri 9th Apr 2010 16:42

Stuck Unsaid is a very powerful poem. Two great performances from you last night.


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kath hewitt

Mon 15th Mar 2010 18:03

Hi Louise, thanks for your comment on 'standing scarecrows'. xx

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Rachel McGladdery

Sat 20th Feb 2010 22:23

Hello Louise, cheers for the comment, I worry about how I come across performance wise cos I think I just stand there and read, but I do enjoy it. I do appreciate seeing proper performers like you. I just feel horribly nervous and concentrate on locking my knees so they don't send me off the stage like a pneumatic drill. Glad you liked Dad :)

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John Darwin

Fri 5th Feb 2010 04:50

Hi Louise, 'letter to a genius' - just arsing about with words on that one really :-) Like to do that someimes makes a change from the usual stuff. Should be in Wiggin next week.

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Steven Kenny

Sun 16th Aug 2009 20:35

Hello Louise!

Would just like to thank you for all the support you've given as I take my first few steps into the poetry world!

I do love The Commuters and Stuck Unsaid, they're great to read and great to watch you perform!

See you soon! ;-)

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Jeff Dawson

Thu 4th Jun 2009 23:18

Hi Louise, nice to see you and great performance in the slam, well done getting bronze! see ya soon Jeff X

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Wed 3rd Jun 2009 13:44

Hi Louise, just want to say well done for your efforts in the Bolton slam, i really enjoyed your very worthy performance.

See you soon, Janet.x

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Jeff Dawson

Fri 10th Apr 2009 09:27

Hi Louise, great to see you (and Zoe) last night, loved your poems see you both soon Jeff X

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winston plowes

Thu 2nd Apr 2009 02:11

Hi There

Enjoyed reading The Commuters here. Couldn't really concentrate on it at the slam the other night.

Great stuff


Captain of the Rant

Wed 4th Feb 2009 17:03

Fucking love The Commuters, so good! Nice staccato rhythm really getting to the heart of the horror of it all. Great economy with language too... good work.

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Seamus Kelly

Sun 19th Oct 2008 12:19

Louise thanks for your comments on my Re-awoken. I wrote the thing in 5 minutes and then added the extra "I'm awake" about 3 days later when I read it out loud and it lacked something.

I love you "Stuck Unsaid". Did you read it at the slam in Wigan? You have the happy knack of getting power and feeling into the right number of words and saying stuff others of us would be happy to have said.

Nice work

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Fri 10th Oct 2008 14:40

Hi Louise,
just to let you know, i think you did a great job of compering with Jeff at Wigan last night.
I know i told you that already but thought it might be nice to show appreciation in your profile.
Love Janet.xx

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Jeff Dawson

Fri 19th Sep 2008 23:42

Hi Louise, please see e-mail I've sent you about Freed-up, cheers Jeff X

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