Some of the UK’s most prominent spoken word artists will perform at Hyde Park Book Club on 2 October, 4 December, 5 February and 1 April. The performances are part of the LIVEWire tour, alternating with dates in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Colchester.
Nymphs & Thugs are producing, and are the UK’s independent spoken word record label whose acts include internationally renowned Salena Godden, who will be joined in Leeds on 2 October by Nafeesa Hamid, a Birmingham-based rising star.
Founder Matt Abbott, a spoken word artist hailing from Wakefield and host for the night said “I’m addicted to watching spoken word, and when it’s presented in the right environment, it can be a life-changing experience. It’s an art-form which most folks choose to ignore, and I can understand why, but with ‘LIVEwire’, we’re changing that.”
Salena Godden added “‘LIVEwire’ events see poetry rebels and renegades forming electric line-ups of the bold and courageous, the truth seekers, the powerful poets that speak out for equality and justice.”
Since its formation in 2015, Nymphs & Thugs has been entirely self-funded, but some support has now been given towards its work and its aims from Arts Council England’s National Lottery fund.
Photograph of Matt Abbott provided by Nymphs & Thugs.
Adam combines his interest in Leeds with a flair for writing discovered back in school days. He says he’ll tackle any topic as long as it’s Leeds.