Open Mic Event
Contact: Leah, 0783 431 6040 or www.petersfieldwriteangle.co.uk
Write Angle Open mic PLUS Guest Performers Poetry & Music, the third Tuesday of every month.
Guests include John Hegley, Attila the Stockbroker, Richard Digance, Rachel Pantechnicon, Speech Painter, Sara Hirsch, Patience Agbabi, Susan Richardson, Mab Jones, Audi Maserati, AF Harrold, Pete the Temp, Hannah Tristram, Brendan Cleary, Jonny Fluffypunk, Jude Simpson, Paul Lyalls, Johnny Jet, Project Adorno...and more
PLUS OPEN MIC Every Month
20th September 2016 19:30
JOELLE TAYLOR: 'SHAPE-SHIFTER, MYTH MAKER, SURREALIST...'
Joelle Taylor is described by Patience Agbabi as: 'a shape-shifter, myth maker, linguistic risk taker; poetical activist, surrealist with a raised fist. Razor sharp, tattooed or AWOL, her women are the best dressed men. Her material – fractured glass and human skin; the effect – a maze, a mosaic, a hall of mirrors. She redefines the dispossessed, the caged in and gives them a way out.’
Benjamin Zephaniah says;- ‘In these times of austerity, hypocrisy, political corruption, and mindless reality television, we need poets like Joelle Taylor...she's fearless….gets right to the point. ... has purpose….observes the realities of modern-day life, pinpoints the absurdities and injustices, …. reminds us we are human, and ...the best way to make sense of it .. is through poetry. Her poetry has guts, rhythm and 'attitude' '
She's an international and nationally renowned spoken word artist, poet, playwright, author and cultural terrorist, has performed for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana) as well as UK venues such as Dingwalls, the 100 Club, the 02 Arena, the Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Royal Court, the Globe, the ICA, Buckingham Palace, and in prisons.
She curates and hosts 'Mother Foucault', a night of intellectual uprising, powerful poetry and furious dance.', and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts in 2015 as well as being named 'one of Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Change Makers for positively affecting cultural Britain'.
Joelle is a member of 'Atomic Lip' a pioneering '90s polyvocal poetry collective. Her first collection 'Ska Tissue', now in its 4th printing, and her last, 'The Woman Who Was Not There', named as one of the UK’s recommended collections (The 'Morning Star).' Her new collection 'Songs My Enemy Taught Me' will be published in 2017. She's included in both 'the Laudanum' and 'She Grrrowls' anthologies (due 2017), and she's just completed her multi-textual magic realist novel, 'The Woman Who Looked Through Walls'.
Joelle's been anthologised widely in English, Portuguese, Polish and Ndebele. She's a Subject for Study on the OCR English syllabus, and has featured on Tedx Talks and Outsider Lectures. She was recently awarded a Southbank Centre Change Maker prize, awarded annually in recognition of life changing work, and a Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts.
She's curator of 'MotherFoucault Spoken Word Burlesque', held at Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Poetry Cafe, and now at Loco Klub in Bristol Temple Meads tunnels, specialising in putting very famous writers into very small places, sometimes about the size of a book.
In 2001, she co-ordinated the first London-wide youth slam championships for the Poetry Society and is currently the Artistic Director of 'SLAMbassadors UK', the national youth slam championships. Joelle is also the coach of the national team and delivers Master Classes and ongoing mentoring for emerging poets and spoken word artists. She's worked in both primary and secondary schools – and was 'Poet in Residence' at Kingsmead Primary in Hackney. She also tutors adult poetry and spoken word courses – examples of this include Cardboard Citizens, Poetry School, Roundhouse Theatre and Arvon Foundation.
She was the joint founder and Artistic Director of 'Spin' with Vanessa Lee and has written numerous plays for the Oval House Theatre, the Kings Head Theatre,and Royal Festival Hall. She's also appeared on several television shows, (Faking It, Blue Peter, the One Show, Vanessa Feltz Show) and radio programmes (Women’s Hour, Radio 1 Extra, the Edwina Curry Show). A documentary about her life and work, Life Changing Verse, was made by Don Productions in 2010 and broadcast on television. She recently featured in 'Educating the East End' for Channel 4.
‘A city gritty heart beaten tattoo’ (John Hegley).
‘Joelle Taylor ... propels in ..innovative and..crucial ways. Her work launches itself from a world ... lived in a thousand hapless times, managing to unearth ... the deepest sense of tragedy, love and hope. ….The vital work she started and continues to accomplish with SLAMbassadors, combined with her unmitigated love and concern for young people, will undoubtedly cement her in the hearts of many writers to come. For people such as myself she will always be a hero. For others I'm sure she lives as a silent saviour and an exceptional rarity.’ (Anthony Anaxagorou)
‘Joelle Taylor has written an epic collection of raw emotion distilled into a distinctly unique style of language. Put this in your bag, on your tongue, in your chest. The title misleads us, as these are the tumultuously heart-rending words of a woman who is actually very much here, there, and everywhere.’ (Sabrina Mahfouz)
This promises to be an evening of powerful poetry!
We do hope you'll join us, bring your friends and family and help make this a fun evening! And, especially share the news with those you know who write poetry, play guitars and sing!
There'll be a fabulous raffle for two free meals at Links Tavern, on the golfcourse at Liphook – unlimited food and drink.
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