is the monthly spoken word night that takes place The Leeds Library
; one of the hidden gems of the city which is celebrating its 250th Anniversary this year.
Curated by Matt Abbott Poet
, one of the leading spoken word artists at the moment, the night will include open mic slots followed by sets from Cat Hepburn — Writer & Spoken Word Artist
and Kevin P. Gilday — Writer & Spoken Word Artist
Hosted by Geneviève Walsh: Poet
Cat Hepburn is an award-winning script writer, spoken word artist and workshop facilitator based in Glasgow. She is passionate about working with marginalised voices, exploring social issues and using storytelling to empower, provoke and make people laugh.
She curates and co-hosts monthly spoken word night Sonnet Youth
, and her work has featured at (or on) the BBC 6Music Festival, BBC Radio Scotland, STV's The Late Show, Loud Poets and Rally & Broad.
KEVIN P. GILDAY
Kevin P. Gilday is an award winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow. He is the curator and co-host of spoken word cabaret Sonnet Youth and the National Theatre of Scotland's Breakthrough Artist for 2018. Kevin has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Wickerman, Belladrum, Lingo, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver) as well as large scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. He has supported artists such as Saul Williams, Akala, Sage Francis and George the Poet.
GENEVIÈVE L. WALSH
Geneviève L. Walsh is a Yorkshire-raised Londoner and writer of poetry that 'shines an unforgiving light on contemporary life and manners, doing so with words which are full of sometimes shocking honesty'. She’s taken her work about alienation, inebriation and pop music to every kind of stage from tiny backstreet pubs to major festivals since her stage debut in 2012.
Her début solo collection, The Dance of a Thousand Losers [Flapjack Press], was released in March 2017, and immediately taken on a countrywide tour of thirty-two venues. The collection has been described by Henry Normal as ‘keen and urgent with an untamed beauty — like a puma caught under a streetlight’.
The 5 open mic slots are expected to be filled very quickly, and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please email Matt on [email protected]
to reserve yours.