We have some of the most talented poets around.
The entire show is split in two parts:
The first part we see Aoife O'Conner and Sophie Sparham.
The second half is Dan Webber and his Edinburgh preview of Genre Fluid.
Doors 6.30pm. Start 7pm - Pay what you feel - Bring your own drinks!
The co-founder of She Speaks UK, Aoife is an intersectional feminist, poet and spoken word artist. She is also a slam and competitive poet and has competed and performed all over the world. Aoife studies Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Derby.
She works to share stories and write poems about the struggles of the underrepresented and minority groups to help work towards change.
Aoife currently facilitates workshops and works alongside many groups in the community to promote and offer creative writing to a larger audience. She is also a regular performer at a large range of open mics and performance nights as well as hosting them.
Sophie Sparham is a performance poet and writer from Derby. She is currently editing her second young adult sci-fi and fantasy novel and has just released her first poetry book ‘Please Mind The Gap’.
Her poetry mainly focuses on political and social subjects, such as depression, LGBT and women’s issues. She has performed all around the UK; including festivals such as Y Not, Shambala and the Opera House Stage at Rebellion, the UK’s biggest punk festival.
Sophie’s work has appeared in the People’s History Museum in Manchester, as part of the exhibition ‘Loitering with Intent’. Last year she was featured as one of the UK Young Artists with her collection ‘Dead Air: If they won’t place us in the history books, we’ll write our own stories’. This allowed her to perform poetry in unusual places from market halls to libraries, educating people about forgotten revolutionary figures from history.
Sophie also does creative writing workshops for schools and vulnerable adults. She has worked with QUAD Derby, Leicester City Football Club Community Trust, Women’s Work, Padley Centre, Nottingham Poetry Festival and various schools, both Primary and Secondary.
Dan Webber - Genre Fluid, Edinburgh Preview
The stand-up poet, reluctant bear and attempted vegan strips… away labels of life, love, the arts and the LGBTQ+ community in this fast-paced, honest and hilarious debut. Under constant pressure from marketing people to decide whether he is a comic or poet, Dan navigates through the confusing world of definitions.
"Webber's set quickly enters an easy-going, natural flow, with sentimental musings on self, mental health, masculinity, appearance, and place, all delivered with a playful and occasionally giddy appeal."
“A roller coaster of laughs and heart breaks, with some of my favourite poems being, ‘Anonymous at 6am’ and ‘Homo on the Rocks’ very different in tone and style and yet both equally as captivating”