Jo Overfield, Artistic Director
A writer, performance poet, events producer, podcast presenter and film geek. Jo has written for BBC Radio 4, Total DVD magazine, Electric Sheep online film magazine, Leigh Film Society, The Map, Spill online, Essential Home Cinema & Hi-Fi magazine, The Evening Echo and various independent fanzines. She has also written and created stories for short animated films, music videos and comic strips. Jo has performed spoken word sets at Latitude Festival 2006-2008, Scroobius Pip’s Spoken Word Surgery on Radio 1, Colchester Arts Centre, Norwich Arts Centre, Whitechapel Arts Gallery, Village Green festival, Wivenhoe festival, The Maltings, The Jam, The Spitz, Union Chapel and many other venues. Jo has been a radio presenter for internet station Safe Radio and community station Gateway FM as well as The Pilgrim’s Diner Sundown podcasts. Jo also regularly works as an industry ‘fixer’ putting various different artists in touch with other artists, collaborators and organisations etc. She also runs her own poetry and creative writing workshops to suit any group. To add to this list, Jo is available for hire as an Events Co-ordinator.
Please contact the Sundown website should you wish to approach Jo with an idea or suggestion.
Jo also suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Feed carefully.
Ray Morgan, Assistant Artistic Director
Ray was born in 1984, which paved the way for a life of literary adventures. She started writing stories aged 6 on her mum’s typewriter at the dinner table. She completed her degree in Creative Writing in 2007 from Roehampton University. Ray has performed her poetry on Scroobius Pip’s Spoken Word Surgery on BBC Radio 1, and at many venues and festivals including Whitechapel Art Gallery with Apples & Snakes, poetrywivenhoe, The Fling, Metal Culture’s Village Green festival, Leigh Folk Festival, and also as support for Jude Simpson and Salena Godden as part of their East Anglia ‘Poetry Link’ tours. She has been published in Fat Quarter and Inkspill Magazines and online for Sleepy Orange, Pygmy Giant, Minus9Squared, and Ink Sweat & Tears. She loves cold mornings, the sea, and real ale. She has a day job in marketing, but don’t judge her.
Chris Davison, Sound Engineer
Born in 1979, not long after Margaret Thatcher came to power. Chris is a musician, sound engineer and DJ who started working for Sundown in 2006. Chris has played with Ed Rome and the Connectors at various venues and festivals including Glastonbury 2009, supporting Toots and the Maytals at Kentish Town Forum, Easy Star Allstars, Neville Staple of the Specials and plays with Deferred Success, who have played with Carter USM and Scouting for Girls. Chris also plays in several projects of his own and guests as a double bass player for other bands. His biggest achievement so far has been having one of his songs played on BBC6′s Tom Robinson show.
Chris is available as a wedding DJ.
He also used to work in the Co-op.
Cherry Scott, Volunteer
Cherry Scott, also known as Chezney or Cherryl, has been involved with Sundown since it began in 2003. A performance poet and the leading force behind live poetry collective; The Cherry Scott Project. She is Sundown’s resident poet and has helped co-host onstage alongside Jo Overfield since 2005 onwards. Cherry has also featured on Scroobius Pip’s Spoken Word Surgery and performed, on behalf of Sundown Poet’s, at Latitude 2007, as well as supporting John Cooper Clarke twice at both his Southend events @ Railway Hotel Pub. She continues to perform at various established venues and festivals.
Her future plans involve publishing her debut poetry collection titled ‘Pick n Mix’, a themed anthology of her work to date. She refers to herself as a ‘ruby-in-the-dust’ live poet! Cherry is a loyal supporter of Sundown, consistently on the look-out for poets/spoken word artists to collaborate with us.