Blimey! So, we’re back at another local festival but this time it’s in Chalkwell Park and it’s called Village Green. We’ve been involved with every Village Green since it started, for the last two years we had a Sundown tent. Alas, we needed funding to help us put this on and this year, we didn’t have any for Village Green. We thought we’d downsize, do something different, bring back a bit of the original Sundown days. From attending open-mic poetry events locally, we’ve discovered some brilliant spoken word talent and we want to share that with you. So in the Kino tent, between 2pm and 3pm, we have:
TORY TOWN POETS
Tory Town Poets are Olmo Lazarus and Sioni Richards, two highly talented, young lyrical gangsters straight outta Basildon. They write powerful poetry in a hip-hop style inspired by the creative struggle in a Tory Town. One to watch!
Normally found performing in Chaos Theory combining music and spoken word. Recently Sammy Crooks, from Grays, has taken the plunge into solo spoken word artist and has been wowing audiences eversince.
Artistic director of Sundown Arts, writer, producer, poet, radio presenter, Jo is knee deep in many pies. Her poetry ranges from the silly to the thought provoking. Performed at Lattitude Festival, Union Chapel, Norwich Arts Centre and more.
THE CHERRY SCOTT PROJECT
Southend’s infamous local performance poet, Cherry Scott, is back at Village Green with her diamond delivery and tales of Essex. Has supported John Cooper Clarke and recently won over Bang Said the Gun audiences in London.
Writer, poet, assistant director of Sundown Arts. Ray has recently published her debut collection of poetry based on living by the sea entitled ‘I am the swell of each wave’. Her poetry
has featured on Scroobius Pip’s Spoken Word Surgery on Radio 1, along with Jo’s.
Janet, is a respected broadcaster, writer, radio and TV presenter. Janet will perform an excerpt from her 45 minute piece ‘When the Sky Falls In’ reflecting on the impact that loss has on our lives, delivered with great sensitivity and humour. Just back from performing this sell-out show at Southwold Arts Festival and soon to be seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
So you see, you can’t miss out on this special hour of diverse spoken word, featuring ALL local, Essex writers and performers. We shall miss our tent this year, we’ll miss programming our usual blend of live music, comedy, spoken word and cabaret and we’ll miss the superb crowds we always got in our tent. But we’re very much looking forward to collaborating with this unique mix of writers and sharing the experience with them, and you. Please do come and support what we do for an hour, thank-you. Make sure you also check out at the festival; The Diamond Family Archive, Polyvinyl Craftsmen, Ship Full of Bombs, Digital Funfair, Dragnet, Tuppeny Bunters, Mark Wynn, Cusack, Kiss Me Quick, and the jiving lessons. See you there!