Charlotte Hadfield

‘A Lovely Word’: A Review

‘A Lovely Word’ The Everyman’s monthly open mic night was one full of undeniable talent, bringing together new artists with regular and professional ones. The diverse array of ages really enhanced the warm and lively ambience of the evening and brought to my awareness just how many people have a love for poetry. This, combined with the quirky setting of The Everyman’s basement, certainly transformed the usual dreary Monday evening into one of laughter and entertainment, as well as one of expression and inspiration.

While there wasn’t a single poet I didn’t enjoy, amongst my favourite artists was the headliner of the evening David Jarman with his ‘sister poetry.’ This skilfully intertwined a fear of spiders with the issues of capitalism, while his physical actions presented the perspective of a spider in this situation which added to the overall comic effect.

New timer Victoria was also excellent in her performance and expression, and had the audience in stitches as she described her experience of making Liverpool her home after moving from her hometown Spain to the UK, in her poem ‘Absolutely Nothing.’ Victoria’s poem titled ‘A Red Head Jesus Christ’ was also brilliantly witty, giving her perspective on the strange hostility towards people with ginger hair in England, as she observed a boy sat opposite her during a train journey.

Amongst the humour packed into the evening however, there was a range of current and more pressing issues covered.

Tamsin the host of the evening kicked off the night’s performances with her poem about the ever mounting problem of homelessness in Manchester, emphasising her political views on our government’s poor effort to solve this. Another new timer Chris moved the audience with his poem ‘The River of Truth’ as he covered the poignant issue of losing a friend at war. While artist Tony focused his attention on the life changing floods that swamped the north over the Christmas period in his poem ‘Adam’s Ale.’

The evening neatly pieced together poetry of all genres and people of all ages which made for an excellent night. ‘A Lovely Word’ is one of many poetry events in Liverpool, but one I’d certainly recommend and will be attending again in the near future.

INTERVIEW WITH THE PERFORMERS

Poet: David Jarman – Headliner of the evening

When did you start writing and performing poetry?                

“I have been writing and performing solidly for the last 18 months and prior to this I wrote songs as I am also a musician. Performance poetry now makes up roughly half of my income.”

What topics do you usually write about in your poems and is there a particular genre of poetry you prefer?

“I’m a spoken word artist and a performance poet. I write about whatever I feel passionate about, if there’s something that particularly interests or annoys me in day to day life I express this in my poems.”

Who is your favourite poet who inspires your writing?

“I would have to say Luke Wright a performance poet from north-east Essex. His poetry is fast paced and incredibly witty, he’s toured some of the top literary and arts festivals including Australia and Scotland and he has won numerous awards for his poetry.”

Do you have a particular place you go to write?

“I like to write in outdoor spaces, particularly at sunset. If there’s a beautiful sunset I’ll go and find a high up spot and write while I admire it.”

Poet: Tamsin – One of the two hosts of the evening

When did you start writing and performing poetry?

“I started writing properly last May after coming to ‘A Lovely Word.’ Matty and I shortly after were asked to take over hosting ‘A Lovely Word’ which takes place at the start of every month.”

What topics do you usually write about in your poems and is there a particular genre of poetry you prefer?

“I particularly like diversity poems and I’m currently enjoying writing about scenes in the North. I write about things that really fuel my opinion such as politics and inequality. Although I am open to all genres I don’t think I’d perform a slam as I don’t like their competitive nature.”

Who is your favourite poet who inspires your writing?

“Amongst my favourite poets currently is Jemima Foxtrot who blends poetry about modern life with snippets of her favourite artists’ songs.”

Do you have a particular place you go to write?

“I like writing on trains and watching the world go by while I write.”

Poet: Ian D Hall

When did you start writing and performing poetry?

“I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2012 as a mature student having studied English Literature. Studying English really enhanced my interest in writing and my book of poetry ‘Write Blend’ is set to be published on 30th March.”

What topics do you usually write about in your poems and is there a particular genre of poetry you prefer?

‘”I write about a range of different things covering a variety of different genres from pop and rock to blues. However if I had to choose a favourite i’d say I’m most inspired by progressive Rock.”‘

Who is your favourite poet who inspires your writing?

‘”A lot of people have inspired me over the years but I would say Joe Bonamassa is a huge favourite of mine. Blues from the 70’s up until around 2003 was all very similar and replicated, however Joe really brought it back again and contributed something different to the industry.”‘

Do you have a particular place you go to write?

‘”I write in lots of places but a peaceful environment is essential.”‘

Poet: Del Boy

When did you start writing and performing poetry?

‘”I’ve been writing and performing spoken word poetry since 2013. I now perform at numerous poetry events as well as taking part in poetry slams.”‘

What topics do you usually write about in your poems and is there a particular genre of poetry you prefer?

“I like spoken word poetry and multisyllabic poems. I’m also a big fan of rap and hip hop a slam poetry.”

Who is your favourite poet who inspires your writing?

“That’s a tough question, they’re so many. John Cooper Clark is definitely a huge inspiration to me and I love Mikill Payne hence why I covered his song ‘Little Lady’ this evening.”

Do you have a particular place you go to write?

“Everywhere and anywhere really. I’m constantly on the go, so I write on the way to different places whenever I have time.”

 

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