New series of spoken word events launching at Portsmouth Guildhall

A NEW season of spoken word events is launching at Portsmouth Guildhall Studio later this month.

Monday, 7th October 2019, 1:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th October 2019, 2:42 pm
Robyn Bolam, Hampshire Poet Laureate 2018.
Robyn Bolam, Hampshire Poet Laureate 2018.

Portsmouth Poetry and the studio team have teamed up to create the monthly event, Away With Words, on a pay-what-you-feel basis, making this one of the city’s first truly inclusive cultural events.

Starting from October 21, they aim to bring a different and original approach to spoken word including poetry, drama, lyrics, comedy and much more.

Josh Brown of Portsmouth Poetry said: ‘The dynamic new Guildhall venue supported by Victorious Festival is perfect for spoken word and with a bar and price-friendly entry will enable us to experiment with many different approaches to an increasingly popular and diverse form of art and entertainment.’

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Sam Cox who is the new poet laureate for Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121153-1)

Portsmouth Poetry has built a reputation for innovative educational and community projects and has been a regular contributor to Portsmouth Festivities since it began three years ago.

To launch Away With Words, Portsmouth Poetry has invited some of the region’s best-known stand-up poets. Robyn Bolam, Hampshire poet laureate 2018; Portsmouth’s own much-loved poet laureate, Sam Cox (inset) and Emily-the-Writer, Emily Priest. Music will be provided by Lucy May Bertram fresh from Victorious Festival 2019 and you can read your own poems in the open mic for £2. It runs from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Next up, on Monday, November 25 is May Contain Irony: part stand-up, part diatribe, an evening with neuro-diverse performers – artist, writer and autistic-rights advocate Jon Adams, and two-time Guide Award-winning comedian and writer Joe Wells.