Spoken word


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  • Helen Ivory and Children of the Asylum

  • Book launch and exhibition preview (in association with Brightsparks)
  • Thursday 27 June 7.30pm – 9.30pm
    (exhibition preview from 6.30pm)
  • Join us for the double Leicester launch of Helen Ivory’s The Anatomical Venus (Bloodaxe Books, 2019) and Showcase Smoothie’s ‘Children of the Asylum’
  • (University of Leicester, 2019). The Anatomical Venus centres on women Theatre and events Spoken Word
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  • WORD! in the Garden

  • Thursday 25 July
  • 12pm – 9.30pm
  • £7 / £4 concession
  • This greengage gala of a festival,
  • celebrates the first anniversary of Attenborough Arts Centre’s ‘amphitheatre’ garden – ‘The Green Room’.
  • This big green day of events will feature poetry and performance from some of the biggest names in the country alongside a cast of locally emerging and rising talent. With writers ‘surgeries’,
  • workshops, garden tours and butterflycakes as standard, don’t miss this very special summertime in the city…
  • The Green Room garden is located via Attenborough Art Centre’s gallery area – with some activity spilling out into the main theatre hall and studios. To sign up for a writer one-one, workshop, open mic
  • slot – or for more information – get in touch with Lydia via hello@wordpoetry.co.uk
  • The Green Room has been created with the funding support of Kew Gardens and University of Leicester, Wellbeing Matters initiative. It has been developed in partnership with Brightsparks (arts in mental health group), Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. WORD! In the Garden has been funded by Arts Council England and is curated and produced by Lydia Towsey for WORD!
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  • Liv Torc and Sammy Nour

  • Thursday 29 August. 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • £7 / £4 concession
  • A Radio 4 slam winner and former Bard of Exeter, performance poet Liv runs the spoken word stage at WOMAD festival and The Hip Yak Poetry School. Liv will be supported by well-known poet and performer, Sammy Nour, also known as the creator and compere of the locally established and regular poetry night, Some Antics.
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