Bloomin’ Words Cabaret News ….
The Bloomin’ Words Cabaret evening was held at White Rose BookCafe, Thirsk in October, to celebrate National Poetry Day, and featured some of the North’s most entertaining poets. The evening was hosted by Kate Fox, a Northern stand up poet, writer and BBC Radio 4 regular. She’s been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run and the Glastonbury Festival and originally trained as a radio journalist, working in Yorkshire and the North East. She has toured comedy shows all over the country and is also an experienced speaker, live literature producer and creative writing and performance facilitator. Kate read from her book Fox Populi about and introduced further performers.
There was punk poetry from Paul Staines who performed The Manifesto. Paul is a performance poet based in Northallerton.
He has a style that is slightly irreverent, brash and with dark humour,as he rants
There was pop poetry from Rowan McCabe, a performance poet from Newcastle, his new show about North East identity opened at Arts Centre Washington recently and he will be touring regionally. Rowan also appeared at Edinburgh Festival. The audience really enjoyed his poem The Seagulls and his rap about his love of Stotties.
Also, Andy Croft read from his latest book a modern anthology ‘A Modern Don Juan, Cantos for these Times by Divers Hands’. Andy is a writer, editor, and poet based in the north-east, he is the founder-director of T-junction, Teesside’s biannual international poetry festival. 200 years after Byron turned his back on the hypocrisy and cant of his native England, fifteen contemporary poets pay homage to Byron’s greatest satirical creation by writing a new Don Juan for our own age of cant. A Modern Don Juan follows the sexual adventures of Byron’s picaresque anti-hero in the twenty-first century, mixing Low Comedy and High Seriousness, the book follows night-club DJ and picaresque anti-hero Donald Johnson as he stumbles from one romantic disaster to the next.
The newly formed Jo and the Mermaid performed some great folk songs to round off an excellent evening of entertainment. The next Bloomin’ Words will have a festive theme on ~Thursday November 27, 7pm at The Golden fleece Hotel, Thirsk, tickets on sale now. For further information tel 01845 524353.