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The Words in the City Showcase

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The Holbeck Working Mens Club

Jenkinson Lawn

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Featuring Henry Normal, Malika Booker, Andrew McMillan, Andy Craven-Griffiths, Gav Roberts and Hannah Batley

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Words In The City Showcase

Catch some of the most exciting rising stars of the scene as they perform alongside some UK’s best Spoken Word and Poetry acts.

Ft Henry Normal, Malika Booker, Andrew McMillan, Andy Craven-Griffiths, Gav Roberts, Hannah Batley. Hosted by Joe Kriss + Kayo Chingonyi.

Please note that the event takes place up one set of stairs. There is a new stairlift on the main staircase. Having recently taken over the running of this venue, Slung Low are currently raising funds for a lift to make the theatre fully accessible later this year. If you would like to discuss your access requirements, don’t hesitate to give them a call on 07704582137.

This event is Pay What You Decide, which means you don’t have to pay until after you have seen a show!

Tickets are available to book in advance as usual, but there is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the show. You can then decide on a price which you think is suitable based on your experience, which means if you haven’t enjoyed it at all, you don’t have to pay anything.

Please ensure you have arrived and collected your tickets 15 minutes before the show starts in order to secure your seats. At the end of the show, you can decide what to pay, either by cash or card on the door.

Henry Normal

Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and Film producer. In the eighties he lived in Chesterfield where he co-owned Planet X records and toured with Pulp, Dig Vis Drill and other Sheffield bands. In 1999 Henry founded Baby Cow Productions with Steve Coogan. He co-wrote the multi-award-winning Mrs Merton show, the first series of The Royle Family, Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan's Run, all of Steve's live tours and the film The Parole Officer. Since retiring in 2016 Henry has written and performed two BBC Radio 4 shows combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television.

Malika Booker

Malika Booker is a British poet, writer and artist. She is considered "a pioneer of the present spoken word movement" in the UK. Organizations for which she has worked include Arts Council England, the BBC, British Council, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Hampton Court Palace. Her first collection of poetry Pepper Seed was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize for best first full collection published in the UK & Ireland. She was the inaugural Poet In Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988; his debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers' award (2014). It was shortlisted the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Polari First Book Prize. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2015. Most recently physical has been translated into Norwegian (Aschehoug, 2017) and a bi-lingual French edition, Le Corps Des Hommes (Grasset, 2018). His second collection, playtime, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2018; it is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2018.

Andy Craven-Griffiths

Andy Craven-Griffiths is a writer, rapper and performer based in Leeds. He has performed poetry across the UK and abroad. He has also had work published in various poetry journals, broadcast (Radio 1, Radio 4, BBC 2), and commissioned by the Arts Council and Rethink mental health charity. In 2016 Andy was one of Radio 3’s Verb New Voices and made work for Oxford University Press as an animator. He has run poetry workshops for over 25,000 young people, and has a chapter in the Bloomsbury book Making Poetry Happen.

Gav Roberts

Gav Roberts is a force of nature and one of the best loved poets in South Yorkshire. You can usually find Gav armed with a flatcap, a bottle of wine and a notebook full of poems that could turn the meanest hearted, most sceptical fans of poetry into believers. His poems are at home with you in the kitchen dancing or on the protest line outside city hall.

Hannah Batley

Hannah says her poetry “offers no hiding place”. Described as a Northern Realist, she takes the UK’s political/social/economical landscape as the cornerstone of her writing. She started writing at a young age and although she has only recently begun performing she has headlined events including The Ted Hughes Festival and supported poets such as Toria Garbutt amongst others.

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