Time to start mixing things up a bit…
This time around we are combining our open mic format.
with a line-up of sets in the second half performed by
established local poets.
Confirmed so far,
Sven Stears is a multi-grand-slam champion and performance poet. He is the current Reading Slam Champion, Lyra Poetry Festival Grand Champion, former Bristol Grand Slam Champion, and three times National Slam Finalist, as well as an artist and filmmaker.
He has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Kent, where he wrote his dissertation as a first hand recount of a decade of participating in, and critique of, slam culture in the UK, receiving a distinction upon graduation.
He has performed across the UK and Europe, winning multiple slams in both the UK and Germany. His heartfelt poetry touches on themes of personal loss, societal trauma, mental health and addiction, but always with little messages of hope.
His debut collection, ‘This is Your Tragic Back Story’ was released in 2021, along with its sister EPs ‘The Wave’ and ‘The Torch’, and are available in Waterstones and on Spotify respectively.
He currently lives in Canterbury where he is finishing his second collection, Phylactery, as well as a non-fiction analysis of Slam poetry in the UK through a personal lens, and third full studio album.
As a filmmaker Sven has dedicated his efforts to helping poets create lasting videos to share their own messages. His work has been featured by film festivals all over the world and won several awards.
“Sven is effortless Magic. A truly astonishing writer and performer, who opens his heart up on stage. A warm and impassioned poet who has enchanted audiences across Europe” Kathryn O’Driscoll – UK Slam Champion
“A true lyric Poet” Joelle Taylor – TS Eliot Prize Winner.
“Just Incredible” Leo Ulph – BBC Radio Kent.
“I write to harvest the parasites in my brain. My first book was released in 2018 through Wordsmithery. Longing for more detailed a traumatic event alongside the termination of a toxic love affair. The death of Marlon Brando released by analog submission press in 2019 is about the annihilation of selfhood. It’s frankly a little immature. That’s partly the point. I am prodigal published by between shadows press, a chapbook press based in New Jersey was released in 2021 and details the perils and joys of social work.
My latest the smell of thought was published by Hickathrift Press and delves into another chapter of a sad, broken poet who is always trying to improve as he attempts to cope with the modern world.”
Zack Davies is a Kent-based poet who writes silly poems that rhyme until he can stand it no longer and does something better. Zack runs the open mic night “Holy Moly” in Gravesend. Details of his work and books can be found at https://zackdavies.wordpress.com.
If you want to read get in touch for a slot (10 minutes or under).
If you have a zine or chapbook feel free to bring them along to sell.
Free entry / donations for the performers and organisers are welcome and appreciated.