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Artist Spotlight: Jamaal May

– by Zoë Brigley Thompson – Jamaal May is a Detroit-raised poet who has been described as a ‘rising star’ of American poetry. His debut collection, HUM, has won numerous awards and Jamaal received the Spirit of Detroit Award in 2014. He also co-directs Organic Weapon Arts, a press that publishes a superb range of…

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Home – curated by Deanna Rodger (The Roundhouse Last Word Festival, 28/05/15)

– reviewed by Lettie McKie – The Hub As part of the Last Word Festival of spoken word, the Roundhouse transformed one of their unique circular spaces into a comfy hub for informal performances and discussion. With sofas, soft lighting and projected video art installations, the hub was comfy and welcoming. Deanna Rodger described the hub…

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Saboteur Awards 2015: Best Anthologies, Pamphlets, Publishers and Reviewers

– In which Becky Varley–Winter sums up Best Anthologies, Poetry Pamphlets, Reviewers, and Publishers – Best Anthology Best Anthology was a dynamic, closely-fought category, with readers especially valuing anthologies that give space to fresh voices and break boundaries. Among the runners-up, Double Bill, ed. Andy Jackson (Red Squirrel Press) was praised for accessibility and variety, blending page…

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Rob Gee presents Forget Me Not – The Alzheimer’s Whodunit (Upstairs at the Western, Leicester 22 May 2015)

-Reviewed by Jayne Stanton– THE VENUE: Upstairs at the Western is a volunteer-led venue and Leicester’s very own West End pub theatre. Off the Fence theatre company offers a wide range of quality performances in a professional auditorium at affordable prices. THE VIBE: Theatre-goers collected their tickets at the pop-up box office situated between a…

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Ire & Salt by Jenny Lindsay

– Reviewed by Alice Tarbuck – Jenny Lindsay is a performance poet and Slam Champion who was an extremely active member of National Collective in the run-up to the Scottish Independence Referendum. Her pamphlet, Ire & Salt, is a selection of extracts from her upcoming one-woman show, based around her experiences in the run up…