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Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day; Every leaf speaks bliss to me Fluttering from the autumn tree.
Over the next few months, we will be bringing some of the most exciting poets and writers from the North West (and beyond) to the Mansion House to perform their work in what we are certain will be hugely enjoyable and memorable evenings.
Poetry in all its forms will be a main feature of our spoken word evenings, along with memoirs, stories, monologues and any number of almost-indefinable types of prose!
All upcoming spoken word events at The Reader will respect government guidelines on social distancing and we will provide a safe and secure environment to enjoy the company of some brilliant and talented spoken word artists. If you are purchasing multipe tickets you must be from the same household.
THIS MONTH'S PERFORMERS
Gerry is one of Merseyside’s best writers. Short story writer, playwright and accomplished screenwriter, his star continues to rise. Gerry’s screenplay for the BBC film Buddha Boy announced a new and exciting talent. His play A Prayer for Saint Catelan won the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize and subsequent plays such as The Miracle of Great Homer Street and Yellow Breck Road have been phenomenally successful during their extended Royal Court runs. Multi-talented Gerry’s short stories are equally brilliant and we are in for a rare literary treat when he see him perform in October.
Salford poet Steph has been a star of the Manchester spoken word scene for a number of years now. Moving effortlessly between the personal and the political, her moving and often very funny poetry is guaranteed to provoke a response. Steph has appeared at numerous prestigious events and was a big hit at last year’s Jodrell Bank Bluedot festival. Her recent Lockdown solo Zoom shows were a delight and it will be such a pleasure to welcome Steph back to the city where she spent so many happy years.
Liverpool-based Lyndsay is a phenomenal and passionate poet and spoken word artist. A National Youth Theatre alumnus, she has created commissioned poetry for Birmingham Bullring and Cruise Liverpool, and has worked on projects for Liverpool Pride and Writing on the Wall. Lyndsay has performed at many prestigious events including Liverpool Sound City and the Threshold Festival. Her monthly poetry night Rhymes and Records was highly commended by local press and we are really looking forward to seeing Lyndsay’s live set!
The star of Merseyside’s spoken word community without any shadow of a doubt, Roy’s sold-out performances the length and breadth of Britain have acquired legendary status. Featured on 6 Music on many occasions, Roy’s brilliant tales of Liverpool life and his incredible observations of the minutiae of urban living are a joy to behold. His tales are both moving and funny. An incredibly charismatic performer – we are indeed privileged to welcome Roy to the Mansion House!
First seen performing in Cambridge in the 1980s, Saint Vespaluus returned to the spoken word scene at the Everyman Theatre this year. A recent performance at Violette Records’ Turn Your Love Around festival in September saw him performing new material to the city centre crowds. He was due to perform at this year’s Liverpool Sound City Festival, but circumstances dictated otherwise. Saint Vespaluus is probably best known for his legendary column in cult fanzine When Skies Are Grey, but he has written for Esquire and a host of other publications over the years. A very funny performer, Saint Vespaluus’s poems and tales mix humour and sadness to startling effect.
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