A Lovely Word Online, online, 2 July 2020, free entry - Visit now
Long-running monthly open spoken word poetry night A Lovely Word, usually found welcoming first timers and practised poets alike at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre on the first Thursday of the month, has gone digital.
Following a successful online launch in May, A Lovely Word Is… Online returns to a small screen near you on Thursday 4 June with headline duties performed by World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker and again on Thursday 2 July with Liverpool-based spoken word artist and friend of A Lovely Word Lyndsay Price at the helm.
Following a successful online launch in May, A Lovely Word Is… Online returns to a small screen near you
Until recently touring his sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show I Am 10,000, based on turning 10,000 days old, Harry Baker is currently working on a follow-up collection to his 2014 debut The Sunshine Kid, published by Burning Eye. This formed the basis of his Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, voted Best Spoken Word Show in 2015 and described by The Scotsman as “intricate, quick-fire rhymes […] on the impressive side of mind-blowing”.
July headliner Lyndsay Price is a regular at A Lovely Word and her own monthly poetry night Rhymes & Records ran for two years and was nominated as one of the top arts things to do in Liverpool. She performs widely and was lead artist for I Know, I Wish, I Will, a nationwide project that sees secondary school children competing in a London slam, and was commissioned to write poetry for three major cruise ships docked in the city as part of Cruise Liverpool.
A Lovely Word is completely free, supported by the Everyman & Playhouse and Arts Council England. You can join in via Zoom (get the link a couple of days before) or watch on Facebook Live, and while you can “simply sit back and listen”, you can also snag, should you wish, one of 20 three-minute open mic slots in advance by emailing ahead of time. “Show your love and appreciation for all other poets,” says the ALW team, which aims to support emerging and emerged performance poets through artist development and advice.
A Lovely Word Online, online