Entitled ‘LETTING OFF STEAM’
HOST Kate Fox will be joined by Degna Stone, Ann Porro, & Union Jill for their comedy, poetry, musical collaboration!
Host for the evening, Kate Fox, a northern stand up poet, writer and BBC Radio 4 regular with a passion for facilitating creative writing, performance and thinking, will keep us all in order for the evening, or maybe not!
Degna Stone is a poet and performer based in Northumberland.
In 2010 she won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North and her debut chapbook Between the Floorboards was published by ID on Tyne Press. In 2011 she was a runner up in the 2nd Annual James Kirkup Memorial Prize and was selected for Verb New Voices, a BBC/ACE spoken word development programme, which culminated in the performance of her poem Songs from Whenever on BBC Radio 3s The Verb.
She performs regularly at venues across the North East and at poetry festivals including StAnza and Durham Book Festival. She has worked with Apples and Snakes, English PEN and New Writing North to deliver creative writing workshops for adults and young people.
She holds an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, edits Deseeded an online poetry anthology and is co-founder of Butcher’s Dog magazine.
Ann Porro writes and performs deadly serious comic poetry, blues monologues and oblique observations on the outlandish nature of ordinary existence.
Union Jill a Yorkshire female duo you have to hear! Acoustic/folk. Union Jill is made up of the of Helen Turner and Sharon Winfield. Both are singer-songwriters and have brought together their distinct styles and voices to produce a rich and diverse sound – stunning harmonies, intelligent songs and banter you only get with two women sharing a stage!
Helen Turner and Sharon Winfield have been performing together since 2006. After discovering a shared love of folk and acoustic music they formed a duo ‘over coffee’ and soon realised their voices were meant to be together. Both have a history of solo and band incarnations and bring distinctive songwriting styles to Union Jill. Sharon and Helen achieve some spellbinding effects with their voice…s and instruments and have developed their own approach to the folk/acoustic genre.
Playing across the North of England (under their previous name TWO) they quickly gained a reputation for quality performances and well-crafted songs. Their onstage presence is natural, funny and personable and, whilst their material touches on the darker side of life at times, they enjoy using their music to tell stories – with banter you only get from two women sharing a stage.
After working with York label Soup Records, they produced two albums ‘One’ and ‘Two’, showcasing Helen and Sharon’s flair for melody and harmonies. Collaborations with Ric Sanders (Fairport Convention) and Troy Donockley (Bad Shepherds, Iona, Barbara Dickson) are featured on the second album. A third album is on the way!
Having appeared at York Folk Festival, Wychwood Festival, Beverley Folk Festival, Wold Top Festival, Greenbelt Festival and Stockton Riverside Festival as well as supporting some of their favourite musicians (Fairport Convention, Oysterband, Karine Polwart, Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson to name a few) Union Jill are now establishing themselves as a long-standing and growing presence in the acoustic/folk world.
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