Finding My Voice: a Spoken Word panel with Rob Gee and Cathi Rae

  • This PAST event happened on: Sat, Mar 26, 2022

  • Venue:Clephan Building, Room: Clephan 3.02, Demontfort University
  • Time:11.15 - 12pm
  • Cost:free
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  • WORD! is a 20-year-old voluntary poetry and spoken word organisation that hosts one of the longest running spoken word nights in the UK. But what makes Spoken Word such a vibrant art form? How can you find your voice - and then get it out there? Come to this States of Independance Panel and join mental health nurse turned stand-up poet Rob Gee, and spoken word artist and body positivity model Cathi Rae as they discuss and demonstrate the craft. Room: Clephan 3.02

    Rob Gee is an Associate Artist with WORD! and has worked with us for a number of years. Mental health nurse turned stand-up poet, he's won numerous poetry slams, including the Edinburgh Slam, BBC Two’s Why Poetry Matters Slam, the Arts Council's LitUp Slam and the Orlando Poetry Smackdown, as well as over twenty awards for his solo shows. He leads creative workshops in schools, prisons and mental health settings, with all ages and ability ranges. “The kind of performer you pray you'll discover.” - Orlando Sentinel.

    Cathi Rae is a poet and spoken word artist, somewhat accidentally living in the Midlands. Her work has been widely published and her collection "Your cleaner hates you and other poems" was published in 2019. She is currently completing a second collection "Writing elegies for dead men I didn't meet". She generally prefers dogs to people and is living proof that it can take a really long time to work out what you actually want to do with your life. She recently gained an MA in Creative Writing from University of Leicester and is currently being funded by M4C to work on a PhD on marginalized voices and poetry.

    States of Independence will run from 10am - 4.30pm

    Other festival programme highlights include:
    • A keynote speech by Alison Moore Panel
    • Discussions on the role of indie presses, zine culture and teen mental health
    • Author talks on folklore, literary landscapes, and true crime 
    • Workshops on self-publishing, freelance journalism and writing place in poetry 
    • The Republic of Consciousness Prize shortlist announcement 

    Limited space so do register soon, it would be great to see you!