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 Salena Godden and Luke Wright, who will be joined by guests on each of the dates. Founder Matt Abbott, a spoken word artist hailing from Wakefield, 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.”
Matt will be performing in Leeds, along with Salena and Nafeesa Hamid.
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 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.