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The Lion-Faced Man by CN Lester and Hel Gurney – Tête à Tête Opera Festival

– reviewed by Sasha Garwood – A fascinating collaboration between a poet and composer… Full disclosure: the people behind The Lion-Faced Man (part of the Tête à Tête contemporary opera festival), composer and musician CN Lester and anarchic poet-turned-librettist Hel Gurney, are among my closest friends. You will simply have to trust that I am a terrible liar and…

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Riverlands feat. Jo Bell and Jo Blake Cave (Oundle International Festival, 12 Jul 15)

reviewed by Jayne Stanton  THE VENUE: Oundle Wharf, on the bank of Northamptonshire’s River Nene.  Few sites could be more apt to stage this river’s stories.  And what stage could be more fitting than a landing stage? THE VIBE: The Wimbledon Men’s Final conveniently done and dusted, festival-goers crossed the river bridge equipped with folding…

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Until You Hear That Bell by Sean Mahoney

– reviewed by Lettie McKie – Stop the clock… In the world of spoken word poetry, there is nothing more popular for poets to do then host their own one-person show. It is practically a rite of passage for those who hope to be taken seriously and given the pretty solitary nature of poetry it’s not…

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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…