Spoken Word & Open Mic Night

@ Locomotion – The National Railway Museum at Shildon

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26 September 2019

19.00-21.30

Join Changing Relations for a late night opening at Locomotion, where they’ll host a special evening of Spoken Word brilliance. Three fantastic Spoken Word Artists will explore the themes of gender equality and destructive cultural pressures using their individual styles. Delivered in partnership with Daisy Arts’ youth theatre group WASH, this will be fantastic opportunity to get the conversation flowing around gender roles and the ‘harmful boxes’ we often feel that we have to fit in to in order to be accepted.

This special evening of Spoken Word will be a brilliant chance for poetry newcomers to experience the wonderful world of poetry without being overwhelmed and for regulars to discover some outstanding talent from across the country. Spoken Word Artists include:

Julie Easley is a performance poet, and event’s organiser/host for the Saltburn DiVerse night, a monthly cabaret of ‘other voices.’ Her writing is narrative driven and inspired by those who speak their truth and her poetry aims to give a voice to the silent: drawing upon universal issues including gender equality/norms, domestic violence; colonialism, and immigration. She has performed nationally and internationally and thrives on the immediacy of a live audience. 

Dan Webber is currently touring his show Genre Fluid which is a study into labels in everyday life, in the arts and the LGBT+ community. ‘I’m not funny enough to be a comic. I’m not serious enough to be a poet.’ Labels are troubling Dan Webber. Spoken word artist / comedian / poet. Queer / LGBTQ+. Top / bottom / twink / bear. It’s stifling.

Emily Pritchard is a poet and performer based in York, whose work centres around family, queerness, and the body. She has competed in the Roundhouse and BBC Fringe Slams, and hosted Slay on Words slam in York. As part of the Writing Squad, an organisation that supports young writers in the North, she regularly collaborates with other poets, most recently in a photography/poetry project exploring what it means to be visibly queer in a public space. 

Venue
Locomotion - The National Railway Museum at Shildon
Dale Road Industrial Estate
Shildon
DL4 2RE

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