Details of upcoming events and video of live performance,
Reading Fringe Festival at the After Dark Club
After a friendly battle between stand-up comedians, poets, spoken word artists and MCs at Reading's iconic After Dark Club, in front of judges from different disciplines in the industry, I became the first Champion of BBC Radio Berkshire's War of the Words and won the Golden Mic!! (It's a real mic, but sadly not real gold!)
Here are some pics (credit: VIVA Photography), video of my final poem Building Love, and a 16-minute recording from BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach Show the following morning, which includes clips from the night, reviews from the host and the judges, and a live interview and performance from me in the studio. That was a mad but brilliant 24 hours!
How amazing to appear at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, alongside an incredible line-up: Koleka Putuma, Desree and Megan McKie-Smith, with supreme hosting by Yomi Sode. Memories made! I did three poems and had my favourite review to date, from a woman in the queue for the toilet, who said of my set, and I quote: "I was like, 'Yeah!', and then I was like, 'F*ck!' and then I was like, 'Whoa!'"
A huge honour to take part in Sarah Walker's live broadcast from Membury Airfield, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I was interviewed about Bobby's Story from the spoken word show TRACKS and then performed the piece live with Adam Tucker. A recording can be found in the video below.
1 June 2019 - National Slam Final (Hammer & Tongue) - Royal Albert Hall
It was an absolute blast to be a finalist in the Hammer and Tongue UK National Slam!
I may never stop casually referring to the time I played the Royal Albert Hall....
16 May 2019 - TRACKS at Wokingham Town Hall
TRACKS is my new spoken word show, which was recently performed for the first time (as a work in progress), alongside actor Adam Tucker, directed by Anna Adams. Presented as part of Wokingham Wellbeing Week.
Following its very warm initial reception from the packed audience at Wokingham Town Hall, TRACKS will be developed and hopefully staged again in future. It explores issues around masculinity, family and mental health. The journey is dramatic, personal and challenging, from 1874 to the present day, through the intriguing true stories of five related men. (Unsuitable for children as it contains adult themes, including suicide and addiction.)
A great time with the lovely Debbie McGee (who really is lovely!), talking about Wokingham Wellbeing Week and the importance of discussing mental health issues to fight the stigma. Also promoting the performance of TRACKS at Wokingham Town Hall on 16 May. Listen here on BBC Sounds - interview at 1hr09.
9 MARCH 2019 Women Of Wokingham breakfast for International Women's Day
18 FEBRUARY 2019 PUDDINGS & POEMS with Tina Sederholm & Sarah Smith
at Mojo's Bar, Reading University Student Union
7 JANUARY 2019 INSPIRATIONAL BREAKFAST - Premier Christian Radio
An interview with John Pantry and Craig Wakeling about poetry and performance; the creativity everyone has and finding the courage to express yourself. They asked quite a lot about mental health and expected me to freestyle at 8am! But did I swear..?! Interview lasts 9 mins and starts at 1:09:30.
23 December 2018 Carols by Candlelight | Wokingham Baptist Church
15 December 2018 Carols in the Park | Christ Church, Abingdon
Profile shots: Zoë Ingram
13 October 2018
Bookface Chapter 9 | Artists Book Fair | Rising Sun Arts Centre | 31 Silver Street, Reading
15 September 2018
From Town to Boundary: Guided Riverside Walk | Reading-on-Thames Festival | Two Rivers Press and Reading Tree Wardens
12 May 2017
Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition - Anthology Reading | Cookham Festival | Cookham Dean Village Hall
24 April 2017
451 | Apples & Snakes | Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Video of my 20 minute set at 451 for Apples and Snakes.
4 December 2016 WINNER! Dreading Poetry Slam Final 2016
RISC Global Café | 35-39 London Street, Reading | RG1 4PS
13 November 2016
Reading Performance Poets | Reading Literature Festival | 35-39 Reading International Solidarity Centre | London Street | Reading