Friday 19 July, 5:30pm - 7pm
Work In Progress/Midlands Work
Take a break from the festival chaos and sink your teeth into a fantabulous Friday afternoon of poetry and wordplay.
17.30 – 18:00 Ben Norris
Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry slam champion - 2017 BBC Poetry Slam and 2013 UK All-Stars Poetry Slam - and has appeared everywhere from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
His debut solo show, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family', won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring the UK and Australia, and his first short film, commissioned by Channel 4, was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.
Other commissions include work for BBC Radio 4, Southbank Centre, IdeasTap, and Ditch the Label, among others, and Ben was recently writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd.
His second pamphlet of poems, Some Ending, was published with Verve Poetry Press in May 2019.
Ben is from Nottingham. He studied at the University of Birmingham before training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is currently poet-in-residence for Nottinghamshire Libraries, a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse, and also plays Ben Archer in ‘The Archers’ on BBC Radio 4.
18:00 – 18:30 Panya Banjoko
Panya is a spoken word artist and writer, having published anthologies, early years books and poetry thus far.
Her work has been described as ‘…poetry with hip-hop energy fused with a hymnal element…’ (Sable Magazine).
Her performances have been broadcast on television and radio, and she has performed widely, including at the 2012 Olympic Games.
She has won several awards including the 2008 Black Women in the Arts Poetry Award in London.
Panya is a key figure in Nottingham’s arts and culture community. Having freelanced in museums for over 20 years, she went on to establish Nottingham Black Archive, which aims to collect, research and preserve black history and heritage in the region and is the first organisation of its kind in the city.
She was also co-director for Mouthy Poets, a poetry collective that ran weekly workshops in the city, a key supporter of Nottingham’s lively community of writers and poets.
18:30 – 19:00 Open Mic
If you are spoken word artists that would like to present in a relaxed and intimate setting, the last 30 minutes are all yours.
Book a ticket, get inspired by two great spoken word artists and then take to the stage yourself.
Once you’ve booked your ticket, drop Sophie an email if you know you want to take part firstname.lastname@example.org
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