Sat, 02 Jul|
St Michael The Archangel
SproutSpoken SuperSonic: Joelle Taylor + guests
with Michael Pedersen, Jah-Mir Early, Eve Piper and a SproutSpoken Showcase
When? Where to?
02 Jul, 19:30
St Michael The Archangel, St Michael's Rd, Newquay TR7 1RA, UK
SproutSpoken is delighted to welcome JOELLE TAYLOR, hot on the heels of her T.S. Eliot Prize win for her book C+NTO – described by Chair of Judges Glyn Maxwell as “a blazing book of rage and light”.
An award-winning poet and author, Joelle completed a world tour prior to the pandemic with her collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK national youth poetry slam championships, as well as the international spoken-word project Borderlines. She is widely anthologised, the author of 4 collections of poetry and is currently completing her debut collection of inter-connecting short stories The Night Alphabet.
Her new poetry collection C+NTO & Othered Poems was published in June 2021 and is the subject of the Radio 4 arts documentary Butch. It won the T.S Eliot Prize and has been named by The Telegraph, the New Statesman, The White Review & Times Literary Supplement as one of the best poetry books of 2021. It's also listed as DIVA magazine’s Book of the Month, and awarded 5 stars by the Morning Star. She has received a Changemaker Award from the Southbank Centre, a Fellowship of the RSA, and her poem Valentine was Highly Commended in the Forward Prize.
She is a co-curator and host of Out- Spoken Live, the UK’s premier poetry and music club currently resident at the Southbank Centre. She is the commissioning editor at Out-Spoken Press 2020-2022.
In 2018, Michael Pedersen lost a most cherished friend soon after their collective voyage into the landscape and luminosity of the Scottish Highlands. Sitting at a desk at The CurfewTower, Northern Ireland, Michael begins to write to his departed friend - Scott Hutchison. What starts as a love letter to one magical, coruscating human soon becomes a paean to many friendships - perhaps all friendship. In Boy Friends, Pedersen confronts the bewildering process
of grief. As memories rise to the surface - both heart-wrenching and hilarious - he recalls his younger self: the overly sensitive boy growing up in working-class Edinburgh; his befuddling stint in an ancient collegiate university; a short-lived, combustible career as a lawyer; and, foremost, the gorgeous male friendships that have transformed his life. Written to glitter, with intoxicating energy, Boy Friends is a powerful depiction of friendship and loss, a homage to the
beauty of moments shared.
Praise for Boy Friends - an intimate and dazzlingly original memoir of love, grief and male friendship:
A beautiful, moving, life-affirming book.
Tugs at every heartstring I have.
Michael writes with true sensitivity and power ... he is a master of words; he plays them like music.
Astonishingly compelling ... as perfect a portrait of friendship as I've ever read.
Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet and author. His second collection, Oyster (2017), was a collaboration with Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit). Pedersen has been named a Canongate Future 40, was a finalist in 2018 for Writer of the Year at the Herald ScottishCulture Awards, was awarded the John Mather Trust Rising Star of Literature Award and won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. Pedersen also co-founded Neu! Reekie!, a prize-winning arts collective known for producing cutting-edge shows across Scotland and the world.
Rising urban narrator, Eve Piper is a Mancunian spoken word poet making her mark on the Bristol scene. Upon moving south she was selected to take part in Radio 1Xtra’s Words First programme, has since performed at Glastonbury Festival and is now making her Newquay debut. As a BBC New Creative, her poem 'Creatures of the Rave' was commissioned to create an immersive drum and bass soundscape piece, arriving soon on BBC Sounds. Eve Piper’s poetry draws influence from the fringes and failures of society, finding beauty in the overlooked, tracing the sharp angles of young womanhood with a rhythmic, raw approach.
Born in Washington D.C in 1975 and identified as dyslexic at age 3, this influenced Jah-Mir's extensive work within special education. From early he has been telling stories and poems and, as he says: “sometimes even to other people” (!) - as a way of entertainment when unable to read like the others. After achieving his sociology degree, Jah-Mir ventured the world from 1999, living in many different countries and amongst many different peoples - hearing many different stories, and telling a few; currently in a long layover in the UK! He describes his performance, saying “I think of my work as putting you on a couch in my mind. I draw from my mind’s ability to see connections and to move randomly from one place to another to say what I want to say. Built up on themes and words that come to me just a second before I give it to the audience.”
ALSO FEATURING A SPROUTSPOKEN SHOWCASE!
Doors open: 7pm
Licensed bar available.
Age guide: 15+
SproutSpoken is kindly supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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