Spoken Word Summer Salon

  • This PAST event happened on: Thu, Jul 21, 2022

  • Venue:LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, LE1 1RE
  • Time:5.30
  • Cost:FREE
  • Web Address:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spoken-word-summer-salon-2022-tickets-377297004497

  • Spoken Word Summer Salon
    Thursday 21st July 2022
    5.30 - 6.30pm
    LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE

    A spoken word salon exploring the ways that spoken word can foster community, activism and change.

    Literature organisations WORD! and Renaissance One, and leading artists and collectives including Pete “the Temp” Bearder, Dawn Seaman, Luke Broughton, Alex Kamut, Showcase Smoothie and Some-Antics invite you to join in the conversation about the spoken word movements and people that have shaped our history and made us who we are today.

    Join us at this social salon, a gathering of local and regional artists and activists that can explore the ways that spoken word can foster community, activism and change. After the event, there will be a spoken word show - Spoken Word Summer Party at 7.30pm featuring performances and specially curated open mics.

    The event is supported by Arts Council England and LCB and is a partnership between WORD! and Renaissance One. Co-curated by Melanie Abrahams and Lydia Towsey.

    Please get in touch with Renaissance One at [email protected] if you have any access needs.

    The Artists

    Pete the Temp will give a talk on performance poetry pioneers, voices to celebrate and what he uncovered when writing his groundbreaking book Homer to Hip Hop which charts eras and movements in spoken word. A former National Poetry Slam Champion, he has appeared on BBC Radio 4, The World Service, and Newsnight and performed around the world with organisations such as The British Council. ‘This is the book we have all been waiting for as we live through an unprecedented growth in the popularity and vitality of the poetry that revitalises the air we breathe’ www.petethetemp.co.uk

    Peter will be joined at the Salon by...

    Luke Broughton - "A choirboy from the skies of another world, an opera singer from 3019, he hangs on his golden threads of suspended moments." - Kevin Hewick - 2019;

    Dawn Seaman (with Alex Kamut) - Visually impaired writer and member of the Wednesday WORD!s Collective, exploring the arts and advocating for better access.

    Melanie Abrahams - FRSA, FRSL - Curator, Producer, Mentor and Founder of independent literature organisation, Renaissance One.

    Lydia Towsey - Writer, performer, Creative Director of WORD! and Arts in Mental Health Coordinator for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.