December 3rd, 2019: Presenting Beeston WORD! with Jonny Fluffypunk.

November 28th, 2019: The English Disease: Official Launch, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester. Compered by Rob Gee, featuring collaborations with Mellow Baku and an introduction from Professor Jonathan Taylor.

November 8th, 2019: Presenting WORD!Slam at The Y Theatre, with Jamie Thrasivolou and Joelle Taylor, 7.30pm – 9pm

October 26th, 2019: Presenting and performing as part of WORD! Presents: Stand by your Nan, Rachel Sambrooks.  1pm – 2.30pm

October 23rd, 2019: Everybody’s Reading Festival, Moonshine WordJam, Bean Gaming, Leicester, 7-10pm

October 19th, 2019: Cabaret Boom Boom, Ruskin Hall, Sheffield 

October 5th 2019: Cheltenham Literature Festival, Lit Crawl, 5pm – 6.30pm

October 2nd 2019: The P Word: Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton on Trent, 7.30pm

September 27th 2019: Solo Performance, Mill Lodge (community inpatient treatment unit for people with Huntington’s Disease) Leicester, 10.30-11.30pm (closed to public)

September 26th 2019: Presenting WORD! with John Hegley, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

September 24th 2019: Presenting Beeston WORD! with George Szrites, 7pm – 9pm

(2018 – 2019: I forgot to add any performance dates. Look, it’s in the past)

The Venus Papers Tour 2016 – 2017


Run your Tongue with Lydia Towsey

The Three Cocks Inn, 48 Lower Street, NN16 8DJ Kettering, Northamptonshire,

August 25th 2016.

Open mic with Headline. Event open equally to those who wish to perform as to those who just come along and watch. If you would like to perform you can either sign up on the night, or leave a message on the Facebook event to pre-book a slot. POETRY, SHORT STORIES, SONGS, MCing, BEATBOXING, JOKES.


Mum’s the Word

Hollie McNish, Lydia Towsey, Liv Torc

The Roundhouse, London

June 3rd 2016

What does it mean to be a mother and poet in the 21st Century?

For this special afternoon performance, Burning Eye poets Lydia Towsey, Liv Torc and Hollie McNish will entertain parents in need of culture, amusement and adult conversation.

Burning Eye Books is a small independent published in the South West predominantly specialising in promoting spoken word artists.

Parents and babies welcome.


Nine Arches Press, Crystal Clear Creators and the Centre for New Writing present:

Leicester Shindig open mic

Monday 16th May 2016 from 7.30pm

The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA

Guest Poets: Alison Brackenbury, Shruti Chauhan, David Clarke and Lydia Towsey

Free entry – sign up on the door for open mic.

Mon 18th Jul

Mon 19th Sep

Mon 21st Nov

Leicester International Women’s Day Celebration

Ft. Tracy Tierney, Wendy Christian, Lydia Towsey and Anita Sivakumaran

Donkey, 203 Welford Road, LE2 6BH Leicester, United Kingdom

Admission: Waged £5 / unwaged £1.

On International Women’s Day we celebrate the passion and creativity of women. Outstanding poets Anita Sivakumaran and Lydia Towsey plus singer Tracy Tierney and blues diva Wendy Christian offer their own thoughts and words on the situation of women in the modern world. This event is a fundraiser for Leicester Women’s Aid.



27th February 2016


Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, LE1 7HA

Box office 0116 2522455

Some of Leicester’s finest poets and spoken word artists come together to perform a truly diverse selection of material in aid of the current refugee crisis.

Featuring: Rob Gee, Jess Green, Lydia Towsey, Shruti Chauhan, Berkovich, Mombowie Starchild, Andrew Lee, Mellow Baku and others tbc.

All ticket proceeds to be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières, Leicester City of Sanctuary and Nottingham Refugee Forum.

Tickets sold on a Pay What You Think basis, with money collected at the end. To reserve your place contact Attenborough Arts Centre.


Three the Hard Way – Part 2 UK Tour

Oct 1st – Nov 2nd.


November 2nd, 2015 – In Association with LU Arts

Workshop: 2pm – 4pm at LU Arts Project Space, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU.

Show: 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Cognito, Loughborough Students’ Union, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU.

Box Office: 01509 231914



October 30th, 2015 – Northampton Borough Council, Court Room, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, NN1 1DE

In Association with BME SRP in partnership with Northampton Borough Council

Time: Workshop, 4.30-6.30. Show, 7-9pm

Box Office:


October 29th, 2015 – The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU

Time: 7 – 9pm

Box Office: 0121 333 2444 –

Book Online:



October 20th, 2015 – Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

In Association with Manchester Literature Festival

Time: 8pm – 10pm

Box Office: 0161 274 0600



October 17th, 2015 – The Writers Place, 9 Jew Street, Hove, Brighton, BN1 1UT

In Association with New Writing South.

Guest Act: Alice Denny.

Time: Workshop, 4 – 6pm Show, 7 – 9pm

Box Office:01273 735353 or



October 15th, 2015 – Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

In Association with Apples and Snakes

Time: 7.30 – 9pm

Box Office: 020 7324 2570



October 10th, 2015 – Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2AS

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Box Office: 01743 255308



October 7th, 2015 -Bilston Town Hall,Church Street, Bilston,Wolverhampton, WV14 OAP

Guest Acts: Suzan Spence and Grace Dore.

Time: 7 – 9pm

Box Office: 01902 497222



October 3rd, 2013 – Night of Festivals, Performance Dome, Jubilee Square, Leicester.

Time: 8 – 9.30pm Full Programme:


October 1st, 2015 – Upstairs at the Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester, LE3 0GA

Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Box Office:


May 21st 2015

Hit the Ode

The Victoria, 48 John Bright Street, B1 1BN, Birmingham

Featuring Lydia Towsey, Ray Antrobus and tbc

£5 on the door.


11th Feb 2015

Jazz and Poetry

The Guitar Bar/Hotel Deux,

Clumber Avenue, off Sherwood Rise, Nottingham.

Featuring Lydia Towsey with John Harvey.


27th November. 4-5pm

Sole2Soul Digital Assets Launch

Reading of commission.

Harborough Museum, Market Harborough


Saturday 15th November, 2014

Patience Agbabi, Telling Tales

Presented by Lydia Towsey

University of Leicester



November 7th, 2014

Three the Hard Way

Lydia Towsey. Alison Dunne. Jean Binta Breeze MBE

Bilston Town Hall,Church Street, Bilston,Wolverhampton, WV14 OAP

Time: 7.30pm

£7 / £5 available at Bilston Town Hall

Box Office: 01902 497222 or


Saturday October 19th, 2014

Dawn of the Unread Presents: MasterBrainzzzs!

Market Square, Nottingham, ‘Word Space Two’

1.30 -2.30pm

Join DOTU ( for a Mastermind with a difference (!) resurrecting four of Nottingham’s lost literary heroes to quiz on being dead and read…or unread…in the city. Presented by Lydia ‘Zombie Magnus Magnusson’ Towsey. With optional zombie make-up. Big brainzzzs guaranteed… !


Wednesday October 15th, 2014

Three the Hard Way

Lydia Towsey. Alison Dunne. Jean Binta Breeze MBE

Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2AS

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Box Office: 01743 255308



Friday October 3rd, 2014

WORD! Presents: Maria and The Mullet…

In association with Everybody’s Reading

Supported by Shruti Chauhan, James Mccatear & Jitendra Bhatt.

Presented by Lydia Towsey

Upstairs at The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester



Word! Presents a one night only double bill of two powerful poets – Andrew Mulletproof Graves, performing comedy spoken word and Leicester launching his new collection, Light at the end of the Tenner – and Maria Taylor, with work from her recent collection, Melanchrini and more. The night will be compered by poet and performer, Lydia Towsey and also feature guest performances from rising stars, Shruti Chauhan, James Mccatear and Jitendra Bhatt. Due to the nature of some material a 14+ is suggested.

For more information, please see With many thanks to our funder, Everybody’s Reading. For the full festival programme please visit:


Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Dead Local WORD!…with David ‘Stickman’

Supported by Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Poet.

Presented by Lydia Towsey

7pm (performers sign up with the compere from 6pm)

£3/£5. Box Office: 0116 454 1887 (16+/Parental Guidance).

Come on down to this gala edition of WORD! with David ‘Stickman’ Higgins and Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves. Listen to top class work and share your own, inspired by: dead writers, undead people, birthdays, the National Poetry Day theme of ‘Remember’ – or anything goes…! David ‘Stickman’ Higgins is a world class poet, percussionist, actor and conceptual artist. He has been comissioned by Channel 4 and performed internationally. Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Poet: “Blisteringly brilliant. One of the funniest and sharpest stand-up poetry sets I have ever seen.” Anna Saunders (Cheltenham Poetry Festival co-ordinator).

WORD!’s Dead Local Special will be followed by ‘The Poetry Brothel’. For more information, visit:


Tuesday 30th September, 2014.

Book Launch: Heather Wells, Maiden Voyage

Guest Poet: Lydia Towsey

In Association with ‘The London Magazine’

Davy’s St James, Crown Passage, Pall Mall, downstairs in the Vaults (Nearest Tube: Green Park)


Sunday 24th August, 2014


The Musician, Yeoman Street, Leicester

Ft. Mellow Baku, Lydia Towsey, Sureshot, Marcus Joseph, Lady Paradox

Three the Hard Way
Three the Hard Way

Jean Binta Breeze MBE, Lydia Towsey and Alison Dunne present:

Three the Hard Way

November 7th, 2014 -Bilston Town Hall,Church Street, Bilston,Wolverhampton, WV14 OAP

Time: tbc

Box Office: 01902 497222


Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Upstairs at The Western, Leicester.

Book tickets –

8pm, £10/£8

October 15th, 2014 – Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2AS

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Box Office: 01743 255308


May 30th, 2014 – The Acorn, Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU

Time: 8pm – 9.15pm

Box Office: or call 01726 879500.


May 23, 2014 – Omnibus, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

1 Clapham Common Northside,

Clapham Common London SW4 0QW

Double bill with Giving Voice – Josephine Hart and the Power of the Spoken Word – A panel discussion

In Association with the Poetry App and Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation

Box Office: 0207 498 4699


May 15, 2014 – Double bill with The Showcase Smoothie, The Core at Corby Cube, George Street, NN17 1QG

Time: 7.30pm

Ticket Office: 01536 470 470

Find out more about the show

May 8, 2014 – Lincoln Inspired, Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY

Time: 7.30pm -8.45pm

Box Office: 01522 873894

April 15, 2014 – The Lyric Lounge, Curve Theatre, 60 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Box Office: 0116 2423595

March 11, 2014 – The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester, LE3 0GA

Box Office:

In Celebration of International Women’s Day, 2014

Join us on this triple occasion to celebrate International Women’s Day, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze’s Birthday and the launch of a brand new show! Three the Hard Way – derives from Jamaican culture, where male DJs would work together across venues, bouncing off and responding to each others’ sets in collaboration and competition. The description was adopted by male dub poets in the UK, led by Linton Kwesi Johnson in the early 80s.

In this new context the name is again re-appropriated – but for the first time by three female artists of diverse backgrounds: Alison Dunne of Irish ancestry, Lydia Towsey of Hungarian, Jewish and Welsh and Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze of African Caribbean. The event will welcome a guest writer and an audience of both men and women to explore our times and varying experiences, from the personal to the political. Afterwards, join Jean, Lydia and Alison for a post-show discussion.

Supported by and produced in association with Writing East Midlands.

What's in the Box

What’s in the  Box?

December 14th,

11am – 12.30pm

Leicester Central Library

Especially suitable for children over 5

Free Event: Please phone Leicester Central library (0116) 2995401 to book your free place.

An interactive performance with poetry, circus, music and magic, from notorious performers, Lydia Towsey and Tim Bombdog. What’s in the box at the top of the stairs? Nobody knows. Adults beware… Featuring –  invisible clothing, a unicycle, a budgie – and more tinsel than you can shake a tree at. Pick up a free copy of the What’s in the Box Colouring Book –  add your own poems and pictures, spin plates and possibly juggle. No experience necessary. Especially suitable for people over 5, but everybody welcome!

With artwork by mark.s, the ghost poet.

Grassroutes: Three Leicester Writers.

Nov 13, 2013

from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Embrace Arts, Lancaster Road

For more information: 0116 252 2320

Three Leicester writers – Lydia Towsey, Kerry Featherstone and Jacob Ross – read from their work and talk about how it originates in their experiences of multi-racial Leicestershire. The project Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing is funded by Arts Council England to promote public knowledge and appreciation of transcultural writing in the city and county. The writers appearing in this event are all showcased in the online Grassroutes Writers’ Gallery, a series of original works edited by Corinne Fowler.

Corinne Fowler is director of the Centre for New Writing and the project ‘Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing’. She lectures in Postcolonial Literature in the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Fringe event. No ticket required.

Night of Festivals Touring

Tongue Fu, supported by Lydia Towsey and Joe Coghlan.

Boston Saturday 12th October

Central Park, Performance Dome

Created by poet and musician Chris Redmond (BBC Radio 4’s Pick of The Week) who also hosts, Tongue Fu is about risk taking; coaxing performers, band and audience to leap before they look – it’s raw, un- rehearsed, spontaneous and frequently brilliant as a result. At the heart of Tongue Fu there is a love of words: a fascination with how they sound, what they mean, and what effect they might have when they’re offered up to a room full of people and blown around like smoke, or feathers.

For Night of Festivals Touring the group will be creating on-the-spot performance poetry around the themes of Freedom and Democracy, and improvising live to the funky sounds of the Tongue Fu band!

ArtReach is delighted to have Tongue Fu in the line up for Night of Festivals Touring, working with Lydia Towsey and Joe Coghlan (supported by ArtReach partners Writing East Midlands).

Approx running time: 1hr 30mins

Booking Advisable

Book places by e-mailing with your name, phone and e-mail contact, post code and specific ticket requirements.

Alternatively please telephone Night of Festivals bookings on 0116 261 6882 (Mon – Friday 9am -5pm)

For more info:

Click to access Night-of-Festivals-Programme.pdf


LONDON: 100 Club

100 Oxford St, W1

THU 3RD OCT, 2013 7.30pm – mid-night

£7 Tickets Available.

For More Info/To Book:

Featuring Annie Whitehead’s massed World Music Workshop Bands, The William Blake Klezmatrix Band, Jazz maestros Bobby Wellins, Jennifer Maidman, Pete Lemer & Martin Davison

Plus performance poetry specialists John Hegley & Adam Horovitz, Lydia Towsey, singer-songsmith-poets Pete Brown, Vanessa Vie & Michael Horovitz

…diverse others tbc!

Reading Zombies

September 30th 2013

The Y Theatre, Leicester




Poet and Performer Lydia Towsey presents, Reading Zombies – a moaning, clawing, shuffling work – with zombie cats, gruesome goddesses and undead zombie make-up. From Beatrix Potter to Botticelli’s Venus…from cosmetic surgery to the current recession – how might zombies reveal themselves in contemporary culture, art and literature – and what parallels might be drawn between us and them? Featuring live looping and vocals from Ola Szmidt; David Dhonau on cello; original art work by Scott Bridgwood and film visuals from Keith Allott – this brand new show will rip apart the zombie matter and pick the brains of audience members. With zombie cup cakes, quizzes and reading lists – and on hand to support the evening. No undead experience necessary. Optional zombie dress code – wear black.

Weaving Words – September 18th

The Exchange. 50, Rutland Street, Leicester

September 18, 2013 7:30 pm


Nine Arches Press & Crystal Clear Creators Present:

Leicester Shindig

Bi-monthly open mic at The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA

Monday 16th September 2013 at 7.30pm.

Guest Writers: Sarah James, Martin Malone, Lydia Towsey & Deborah Tyler-Bennett.

Deborah Tyler-Bennett’s recent publications include Pavilion (Smokestack, 2010), Revudeville (King’s England, 2011) and a chapbook collection Mytton, Dyer, Sweet Billy Gibson. Her most recent is Turned Out Nice Again: Stories Inspired by the Music Hall Tradition (King’s England, 2013). She works as a poet for galleries and museums, including The Science Museum, The National Gallery, and she was a Poetry Lives Here resident writer at Keats House, Hampstead.

Martin Malone was born in 1963 in West Hartlepool, and now lives in Warwickshire. A winner of the 2011 Straid Poetry Award and the 2012 Mirehouse Prize, his first full collection – The Waiting Hillside – is published by Templar Poetry. Currently studying for a Ph.D in poetry at Sheffield University, he edits The Interpreter’s House poetry journal.

Lydia Towsey is a poet and performer with over a decade of experience. In 2012, Lydia was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. She is currently working with ‘renaissance one’ to organise a tour of her one woman show, ‘The Venus Papers’, originally edited and directed by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE. Her other show, ‘Reading the Body: a woman arrives in the 21st century’ debuted in October, 2012. In addition to writing and performing she is the Chair and Compere of WORD!, the longest running spoken word night in the Midlands and also works more broadly across literature.

Sarah James is a poet, short fiction writer and former journalist. Her first collection Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010) won third prize in the International Rubery Book Awards 2011. Sarah’s second collection Be[yond], published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, is officially launched this week.

Open mic – please sign up on the door for slots.


Leicester Shindig 2013: dates for your diary

Next date is Monday 18th November 2013, with guest poets Angela France, Nigel McLoughlin & more TBC!

Zombies, Walking, Eating and Performance

A Symposium 12/13th April 2013

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky Building

Plymouth University

Drake Circus




Image: Benini's lover, on newspaper (Scott Bridgwood)
Image: Benini’s lover, on newspaper (Scott Bridgwood)

Reading Zombies

Poet and Performer, Lydia Towsey presents ‘Reading Zombies’ – a shuffling work in progress. Poems, discourse – and imagery from artist, Scott Bridgwood, will pick apart the zombie matter; how do zombies present themselves in contemporary western culture and what parallels might be drawn between us and them?

The performance will have a particular focus on the female zombie experience, exploring a range of presentations in contemporary and recent contemporary life. How might female zombies reveal themselves in literature and art? From Beatrix Potter, to Benini’s Lover, to Botticelli’s Venus. How might the zombie instinct to copy and reenact, assist the fashioning and filtering of female icons? In a 21st century of botox-ed news readers and chemically peeled celebrities, is zombification the final solution?

Exploring everything from cosmetic surgery as a zombie meme – to the current recession and the cannibalism of politics – the performance will think about zombies as a metaphor; for sex, death and global governments, and whether male, female, or very much, other – our desire for change…

Featuring original art work by Scott Bridgwood and music by David Dhonau.

November 22nd, 2012

Rape is no Joke

(campaigning for comedy without misogyny)

The Basement, Wellington Street, Leicester


Socialist Students are organising a comedy night in Leicester to raise funds for and awareness of this campaign. Booked acts include Tim Bombdog (Leicester’s only post-punk poet) and Lydia Towsey.

Tuesday 27th November, 2012


8 Pocklinton’s Walk, Leicester, LE1 6BU

Lydia Towsey and Bobba Cass.

A Surfeit of Sonnets.

‘Reading the Body: A Woman Arrives in the 21st Century’ image credit, Scott Bridgwood.

Reading the Body – A Woman Arrives in the 21st Century

Date – Monday, 1st October, 2012

Place – The Y Theatre, 7 East Street, Leicester

Time – 7pm

Price – £8 / £6 conc.

From the male gaze to family politics, from drinking to shopping, poet and performer Lydia Towsey examines the body from a variety of perspectives and reflects on the position of women today.

With music composed and performed by Corey Mwamba on vibraphone, and also featuring dancer and choreographer, Louise Katerega; vocals and visuals. The night will be compered by notorious writer and performer, Alison Dunne and accompanied by the official opening of the ‘Reading the Body: Exhibition’ – a linked show of original artworks by figurative artist, Scott Bridgwood.

“I love the way her performances convey specifically female experiences without pulling any punches at males (or other deserving targets) but also without making at least one male feel entirely at home with their concrete & constantly entertainingly authenticity.” Michael Horovitz

“Lydia Towsey – the hardest working woman in show-business”Sureshot (aka, Michael Brome)

“She weaves magic with words” Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze.

Tickets available from The Y Theatre Box Office: The Y, 7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY or call: 0116 255 7066

Ticket holders are invited to pre-show launch party of the ‘Reading the Body’ exhibition

With special thanks to Everybody’s Reading and The Y Theatre

Speech Bubble

7.30-10pm, Mon 5 Dec

Students: FREE (with NUS card)

Non-students: £2 (pay on door)

Fusion Bar, Students’ Union, Loughborough University

Join Loughborough University Arts for an evening of untamed, unashamed spoken word. Loughborough students will be showing off some verbal gymnastics before renowned performance poets, Lydia Towsey and Rob Gee storm the stage.

If you fancy yourself a wordsmith, there will be a slice of open-mic for any impromptu performances.

To save a seat visit or for more information contact Lauren at

Woman and the Cuts: The Launch of the Leicester Fawcett Society.

Wednesday 9th November, 7pm, with refreshments from

6.15/6.30, Quaker Meeting House, Queens Road, Leicester.

Tilt’s Leicester Liming

Saturday 19 November at 6pm (food served from 5pm) Embrace Arts. £8 / £5 (under 19s)

Liming is a Caribbean-style event offering a mix of poetry, music and dancing all under one roof.

This “carnival and going with the flow” culture from Trinidad mixes with the cosmopolitan style of England to create Tilt’s popular party atmosphere.

Featuring an intoxicating mix of national and local talent, with legendary poet and performer Michael Horovitz (Poetry Olympics), Deborah Stevenson, Melanie Abrahams and James Ingham, plus Leicester’s very own Lydia Towsey and Michael Brome aka Sureshot. Plus reggae, calypso, Brazilian and hip-hop music by Psykhomantus (2009 DMC Supremacy Champion).

Caribbean food and drink on sale from 5pm to get you in the party mood. 11+ years. 150 minutes

St Nicholas Church. 129 St Nicholas Circle, Leicester, LE1 5LX.

Friday 7th October

Dripfeed Promotions presents: St. Nicholas Autumn Live Session

Doors: 6.30pm Event: 7 – 9.30pm

£6 (includes polish stew!)

An evening of music and words, set in the meditative, magical surroundings of St. Nicholas Church. Featuring: poetry from Lydia Towsey, accompanied by Acortumn; Mike Sole on piano; Muted Fnord, the experimental, ambient quartet and Kalbakken, the Norwegian folk songs trio. Entry includes polish stew and various teas! Don’t miss this special night to welcome in the Autumn.

Thursday 6th October

WORD! with John Agard.

in association with renaissance one

7pm (arrive at 6pm if you’d like to read)

Everybody’s Reading Room


WORD! is the longest running spoken word event in the Midlands. It consists of an open mic and booked act, with bespoke film visuals.

This month the night will be compered by Lydia Towsey. It will celebrate its TENTH Birthday, National Poetry Day, Black History Season and World Mental Health Month! To mark the occasion it will feature, John Agard.

John Agard is the author of numerous publications and is widely regarded as a national treasure. A champion of reading and literature and a former librarian, journalist and teacher of languages, his awards include the ‘Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry’ and a ‘Cholmondeley’. Agard was Poet-in-Residence at the National Maritime Museum in 2008. His work has been taught on the GCSE syllabus since 2002.

It’s WORD!’s birthday, and there will be cake.

The Venus Papers @ Decibel

September 15th, 2011

Capitol Theatre, Manchester.

renaissance one, PO Box 61334, London, N19 9BA, United Kingdom.

+44 (0) 20 7272 8386

What if Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty, washed up on a beach in the 21st Century? What would she do next? The performance combines poetry, music and film with myth, art and contemporary issues – from eating disorders, to shopping in Primark. With music composed and performed by Corey Mwamba on vibraphone, featuring Dave Kane on double bass; film visuals designed by Keith Allott and original artwork by Scott Bridgwood. ‘The Venus Papers’ is being produced by ‘renaissance one’: inspiring literature – writers, events and tours

Shindig Leicester

Monday 27th June 2011 from 7.30pm onwards

The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA


Shoestring press Michael Waters Launch event.

July 13th.6pm

Leicester Central Library

A launch event for US poet, Michael Walters, featuring: FATIMA AL MATAR, BOBBA CASS AND LYDIA TOWSEY.


June 7th, 8pm

The Y Theatre, Leicester

The Longest running poetry night in the East Midlands, featuring KAT FRANCOIS, compared by LYDIA TOWSEY.

Speak Easy @ The Alley Cafe

June 15th. 8.30pm-11pm

The Alley Cafe, Nottingham.

5 Responses to “Forthcoming Performances…”

  1. C said

    Cant wait to see The Venus Papers!

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