Lyric Lounge at Pear Tree Library

LL-Lounge setting medium-Pamela Raith Photography

Lyric Lounge at Pear Tree Library

Thursday, 19th May

Pear Tree Rd, Derby DE23 8NQ


Celebrating 100 years of this fantastic community resource in the heart of Normanton!
Join us for workshops and performances.


Ishi_workshop_400pxCreative Thinking and Laughter Therapy for Women
12.30pm – 2pm

An active workshop to limber up your imagination and have a lot of fun with stand-up comedian and laughter coach Ishi Khan Jackson. Through improvised games and fun creative thinking exercises Ishi will encourage you to relax and give creative writing a go!


Photo credit: Pamela Raith Photography

Photo credit: Pamela Raith Photography

Free Story Telling Crafternoon
3.30pm – 5.30pm

With master story teller Richard O’Neill

A free storytelling afternoon for children and their families, led by English Romani story-teller Richard O’Neill. Listen to Richard weaving magical tales and have a go at inventing your own characters, landscapes and plots. No need to book – just drop in and join us on a great adventure of the imagination!

Lyrical Tea Time

(featuring a buffet of vegetarian delights from Sharmas!)
Evening events at the Lounge: All FREE of charge but booking required. Click HERE to book.

samosaA feast for the ears! Come and enjoy a hot vegetarian buffet while listening to new work performed by the Lounge’s specially commissioned story seekers. The Story Seekers have been out and about in Derby, gathering local stories to act as inspiration for new writing. They’ll share their work with an audience for the first time, alongside a reading by Roma story-teller Richard O’Neill who has been working in schools locally. A few open mic slots available – sign up on arrival.


Twisted Tongues at the Lyric Lounge
7.30pm – 8.45pm

Twisted TonguesTwisted Tongues is Derby’s freshest spoken word night, inviting local poets and performance artists to showcase their creative skills in a welcoming and supportive environment. Tonight, Twisted Tongues bring some of Derby’s best and emerging talent to perform at Pear Tree Library as part of the Lyric Lounge.


I’m Migrant Ishi Khan Jackson

Ishi headshot_300pxGuest artist Ishi Khan Jackson will perform an excerpt from her comedy show I’m Migrant. Ishi’s ancestors joined the wave of migration from India to Africa. Ishi grew up with neither fully African nor Indian. Then, like so many others, she migrated from Africa to the UK. So who is Ishi now?




John Agard in Performance

john agard 1John Agard is the renowned playwright, poet and children’s writer and recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Critic and novelist David Dabydeen has described his poetry as “a wonderful affirmation of life, in a language that is vital and joyous”.

Tonight John will perform from a brand new collection of work commissioned for Renaissance One’s The Independence Project, marking the 50th anniversary of Guyana’s independence from Britain.

To see a video of John performing at Poetry Parnassus at the South Bank Centre, click this link to our post about him.

Have something you’d like to share at the Lounge? A poem, sketch, piece of music? Let us know so that we can slot you in! Email or call 0115 959 7929.

Lyric Lounge is brought to you by Writing East Midlands in partnership with Derby City Council.

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