Wordlife Presents: 10 Years in The Making
Wordlife Celebrates its 10th Birthday with its biggest event to date at Weston Park Museum. Featuring spoken word viral superstar Hollie Mcnish, alongside BBC Slam Champion Scott Tyrrell and Wordlife co-founder Kayo Chingonyi. This will also be the premiere of four original poem films projected onto the frontage of Weston Park Museum and a pop up poetry VR installation in the cafe. There will also be shorter performances from Gevi Carver, Gav Roberts, Charlotte Ansell and James Giddings. Hosted by Joe Kriss.
Hollie McNish loves writing poetry. She has written her diaries in poems since she was seven, a little obsessively. Now a full-time poet, she has garnered praise such as "Boundary Breaker" (Marie Claire) and "Incredible" (Huffington Post) as well as the comment from Benjamin Zephaniah: "I can’t take my ears off her."
In 2015, she won the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Spoken Word, which, alongside support from Battersea Arts Centre and Arts Council England, allowed her to combine parenthood with finishing her book. 'Nobody Told Me' is a collection of poems and stories taken from Hollie's diaries: thoughts on raising a child in modern Britain, of trying to become a parent in modern Britain, of relationships, of sex, commercialism, feeding, gender and of finding secret places to scream once in a while.
Scott has been a poet since the turn of the century. A former member of the Poetry Vandals, he has performed his work around the country, Europe, on a bus, on a plane and Stratford east tube Station in Rush hour. He is author of 2 collections of poetry. Most recently, the warmly received 'Grown Up' published by Red Squirrel Press. He has performed at many festivals including Edinburgh, WOMAD, the Big Chill, Kendal Calling and Glastonbury – where he was blogger in residence in 2015.
He is an award-winning comedian and winner of many major poetry slams, including The Great Northern Slam, The UK Anti-Slam and the BBC Fringe Poetry Slam 2015.
Kayo Chingonyi is the author of two poetry pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012), and The Colour of James Brown's Scream (Akashic, 2016). He was Associate Poet at the ICA between Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016 and has held residencies at Cove Park, Royal Holloway University of London, and Nuffield Council on Bioethics. His first full-length collection will be published by Chatto in 2017. He is co founder of Wordlife.
Also Featuring Gav Roberts, Gevi Carver, Charlotte Ansell, James Giddings.
Hosted by Joe Kriss
Supported by Year of Making and Arts Council England.