Spoken Word at the Mansion House

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Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Toria Garbutt
Poet Toria Garbutt. Photo by Emma Aylett.

Spoken Word at the Mansion House at The Mansion House Calderstones Park, Calderstones Park, Until 17 February 2022, from £10 - Book now

The Reader’s Spoken Word evenings at the Mansion House in south Liverpool’s Calderstones Park are back inside, with a packed line-up running into the New Year. The literature and reading organisation runs a busy programme of events and activities – including the weekly Poetry Walk – at their recently renovated Grade II-listed home, and their regular Spoken Word events encompass “a huge variety of writing and performance styles, from the intimately personal and heart-breaking to the uproariously funny and celebratory”. Think poetry, prose, memoirs, stories, monologues and more…

Saint Vespaluus is back on Friday 19 November, introducing – alongside support from Sam Batley, Gerry Clarkson and Steph Lonsdale – nationally acclaimed spoken word artist Toria Garbutt.

Hosting the evening on Thursday 21 October is Saint Vespaluus (aka Stephen Porter), “a passionate and dynamic performer, his poems and tales mix humour and sadness to startling effect”. He’s joined by Rachel Doman, Nana Funk and Helen Jeffrey, plus Curtis Watt, a poet, author, musician, actor, presenter and creative workshop leader who featured in Michael Rosen’s A-Z: The Best Children’s Poetry, from Agard to Zephaniah.

Saint Vespaluus is back on Friday 19 November, introducing – alongside support from Sam Batley, Gerry Clarkson and Steph Lonsdale – nationally acclaimed spoken word artist Toria Garbutt. A regular support act for the Bard of Salford, Dr John Cooper Clarke, most recently on his Luckiest Guy Alive tour, Toria featured in The Guardian‘s 2019 feature Generation Next: The Rise – and Rise – of the New Poets, alongside Nymphs & Thugs label mate Matt Abbott, who calls her “the lyrical machine gun”. In 2016, she released her first album Hot Plastic Moon via spoken word label Nymphs & Thugs and, in 2018, her first poetry collection, The Universe And Me, which was published by Hull’s Wrecking Ball Press. Manchester poet Mike Garry says: “Toria’s words are silk javelins. Frank explorations of self, outpourings of a joyfully pained mind. She means it. Cos she’s lived it. I love that girl.”

On Thursday 16 December, the night welcomes Roy – “the undisputed king of Merseyside spoken word” – and award-winning Hull-based poet and playwright Vicky Foster, in a “much-anticipated appearance”. They’re supported by Saint Vespaluus (again) and two more regulars, Cath Holland and Janaya Pickett, both writers for Bido Lito magazine. In the New Year, singer/songwriter Nick Ellis is on headline duties on Thursday 20 January and Chris Jones, from the band Sunstack Jones, on Thursday 17 February, both joined by spoken word performers yet to be announced.

Spoken Word at the Mansion House at The Mansion House Calderstones Park, Calderstones Park

Reoccurring dates
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Dates and Times

  • 19 November 2021 7:00 pm
  • 20 January 2022 7:00 pm
  • 17 February 2022 7:00 pm
  • 16 December 2021 7:00 pm
  • 21 October 2021 7:00 pm
  • Always double check dates and times with the venue before making a special visit