WORD POWER AT GATE TO SOUTHWELL 2017

Mar 31, 2017   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

Alongside international music artists such as Kate Rusby, Jon Boden, Daphne’s Flight, Blazin’ Fiddles, Le Vent Du Nord and BOC, there’s a feast of poetry and storytelling at this summer’s Gate To Southwell Festival.

Legendary punk poet and musician Attila The Stockbroker makes his first visit to the festival on Saturday June 10th. A radical force of nature and a self-confessed “sharp-tongued, high energy social surrealist”, Attila’s career was launched by Radio One DJ John Peel in the 1980s and, since then he’s performed over 3000 gigs, played every Glastonbury since 1983 and released over 50 collections of music and poetry.

Reaffirming the power of the spoken word, Les Barker is another great poet appearing at the festival, a former accountant who (in his own words) “became a professional idiot”. Appropriately Barker’s famous for doggerel and music such as ‘Up The Creek Without A Poodle’, ‘Daydream Retriever’ and ‘The War On Terrier’, but there’s a more serious side to work such as his folk opera ‘The Stones Of Callanish’ and songs recorded by Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.

Alongside these established wordsmiths, Gate To Southwell is proudly committed to promoting the work of East Midlands poets. On Saturday June 10th there will be a Spoken Word Showcase featuring the rising stars of the Nottingham-based DIY Poets Collective. This will be followed on Sunday June 11th with The Southwell Slam – an open poetry and spoken word competition, for performers and writers of all ages and abilities, to find the Bard of the Gate To Southwell 2017.

For more Slam details contact Leanne Moden Southwellslam@gmail.com

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