Five of the best spoken word and music artists present a mixed bag of soulful tunes and discerning words. Grab a drink, take a seat and feast your ears on this…
Jay Johnson is a singer-songwriter. He moved to London before his teenage years and began making music from a young age. Jay’s naturally curious mind led him to start learning the cello. He then began playing the guitar at a few years after. Jay started listening to artists such as Bob Dylan, Paolo Nutini, and Ben Howard from his early teens, and as a result their influences can often be seen in his original works.
Jordan Hayward is a poet and short story writer who is about to start his third year of English Literature with Creative Writing at Salford University. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry and prose, encompassing a variety of themes from surrealism to existentialism, as well as being more intently focussed on sound and sardonic humour.
Live music performance of original 'jazz inspired' music. The song themes tend to depict a story from anything involving love to current affairs. There is a conscious effort and strong emphasis on lyrical content, it is important that they mean something. The performance aims to leave the audience thoroughly entertained, thought- provoking and hopefully hungry for more!
Sophie is an emerging poet and has recently completed her part-creative PhD at Loughborough University. Her research deploys digital and verbatim techniques in poetry in order to create a ground-breaking body of work that explores the 2011 riots in Birmingham through an innovative medium. Explicitly, a series of poetic narratives transforms the voice(s) of individuals and communities who were, for one reason or another, under-represented in the media coverage of these events.
A number of Sophie’s poems have been selected for publication with the latest, ‘The Commute’, being published by Ink, Sweat and Tears in August.
Toby Campion (pictured)
Described by BBC Sunday Politics as "the voice of a generation", Toby Campion's unapologetic words and wit have inspired audiences from Glastonbury to the Royal Albert Hall. An award winning playwright and poet, Toby performs his poetry across the country and has been featured on national networks including BBC1, BBC Radio 4 and E4. UK representative at a number of international poetry tournaments and projects, including Capturing Fire and The Next Generation Speaks, Toby produces the UK National University Poetry Slam & Summit and co-runs Midlands poetry night, Find the Right Words, as well as facilitating writing workshops across a range of settings.