Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays
With the novelty knitwear out in force and blinding LEDs tarting up the streets, escape the festive foreplay with our annual Blah Humbug’s Christmas Special. This year we’ll be celebrating by bathing in the wit, wonder and wisdom of some of our favourite LGBT+ spoken word artists. It’s guaranteed to be a riotous, rip-roaring and rollicking old time.
Travis Alabanza is a performer, writer and thinker. They have been noted by numerous publications including OUT.COM, Gay Times as one of the most influential new queer voices, their work has appeared in the Guardian, BBC, Huck Magazine, performed in venues such as The Tate, Roundhouse, Arnolfini, and their debut poetry book ‘Before I step Outside (you love me’) was noted one of the top trans literary books of 2017. Their latest theatre show ‘Burgerz’ opened to 5 and 4 star reviews, acclaim for Lyn gardner and a sell out two week run. Their performances noted by many, Alabanza is one not to miss.
Toby Campion is a UK National Poetry Slam Champion and a World Poetry Slam finalist. Recipient of the Silver Wyvern Award and First Place in the Poetry on the Lake Prizes 2017, awarded by Carol Ann Duffy, Toby has performed his poetry on stages across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in countries around the world, including America, Italy, Spain, Albania and South Korea. His debut play, WRECK, won the Fifth Word Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright 2015.
Caroline Teague is a London born and bred poet writing pieces on loss, identity and how she comes to terms with some harrowing realities of being human and being alive, in a style she calls ‘tragic optimism’ hoping that the honesty through her writing can translate into something positive and comforting for someone else.
Creator of the musical project “Caroline Smiling” which blends music, spoken word and other forms of communication to cross platforms for mental health and queer identity through creative means. A self proclaimed soft touch poet with some sharp edges.
LEILAH JANE KING
Leilah Jane King is a half Iranian footballer and performance poet based in Bristol. She started writing in 2011 in Brighton where she previously lived and studied. She has performed at festivals such as Buddhafield, Bristol and Exeter Pride and Bristol Harbour Festival as well as on local radio and won a Milk Poetry slam in 2017. Leilah’s poetry slides into her Iranian heritage, experiences of prejudice, conflict and mental health. She has performed across the Bristol poetry scene and is an integral part of the city’s queer narrative.