Lyric Lounge Leicester 25th April 2015

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Our celebrated pop-up live literature festival comes home to Leicester on Sat 25th April as part of the Inside Out Festival at Curve.

Join us for a day of poetry, storytelling, workshops, open mics and music jams, with special guests: Mouthy Poets (feat. John Berkavitch), Joel Stickley, David Gibb, Melanie Abrahams & rennaisance one and Writing School East Midlands with Lydia Towsey.

Programme of Activities

From 10.30am

This year, we welcome back Joel Stickley to lead us through the day of events.

Joel-StickleyJoel is the Poet Laureate for Lincolnshire and author of the book 100 Ways To Write Badly Well. His work has been published by Penguin, Hamish Hamilton and Pan Macmillan, as well as appearing on BBC One, BBC Radio 4 and Channel 4. With Luke Wright, he co-wrote the film Crash! Bang! Wallow! which won the NFBC Short Film Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and wrote the comedy book Who Writes This Crap? which the Guardian called “an inspired piece of parody.”




Performance Poetry Workshop
with Deborah Stevenson

Deborah at BAC 19Kick off your Lyric Lounge experience with a workshop with Deborah Stevenson – founder and artistic director of Nottingham’s Mouthy Poets and one of Curve’s associate artists. Deborah has performed and taught performance poetry skills across the world and is a regular contributor to Lyric Lounge. This two hour workshop is a great opportunity to spend time with an artist who is as generous with her advice as she is talented at her craft. Suitable for ages 14+.
FREE – Book now at Curve Box Office.


Letters Through Your Door

This fun and exciting album and stage show for families is written and performed by award-winning songwriter David Gibb. Enjoy a performance packed full of catchy, toe tapping numbers featuring original songs as well as children’s songs from around the world.


Over to you! Lyric Lounge Open Mic
12.30pm -1.30pm • INSIDE OUT PARK

We have ten open mic slots available for you to test out your latest work or old favourites on our family audience. Sign up in advance by contacting


This is also your chance to hear work developed by Curve Young Writers, who have been working with Leicester poet Jess Green to develop new work for the Lounge. See Jess in action here in her now viral message poem to Michael Gove



with David Gibb

David Gibb-smallDavid Gibb is an award-winning song writer and storyteller making music for little people, big people and everyone else in between. Come and help David make some new songs, and perhaps even help him perform them later, in this fun workshop for children and their families.
FREE – Book now at Curve Box Office.




Living for the City

4 artists together_smAn exploration of city life and sounds in the East Midlands through a hand-picked soundtrack of poetry and spoken word presented by Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves, Panya Banjoko, Joe Coghlan and Spice (Jo-Anne Blackwood), with beats and music by DJ Psykhomantus. This event is curated by Melanie Abrahams and produced by renaissance one.


Narrative Moves
with John Berkavitch
SAT 25 APR, 1.45PM • RR3

Shame, by John Berkavitch, Heads Up Festival, Hull.John Berkavitch is one of the UK’s most respected voices on the spoken word scene. His most recent work pioneers a combination of narrative spoken-word, hip-hop and contemporary dance, illustration, animation and music. Join him to explore how movement can give texture and change the pace of your narrative and performance.

His most recent work pioneers a combination of narrative spoken-word, hip-hop and contemporary dance, illustration, animation and music. Join him to explore how movement can give texture to your narrative and change the pace of your performance.
FREE – Book now at Curve Box Office.


Catch a glimpse of Berkavitch’s latest work when he performs with the Mouthy Poets later on in the day.


New Work from Writing School East Midlands

Lydia-TowseyJoin participants from Lydia Towsey’s Writing for Performance course as they try out new work and share the skills they’ve learned.




PERFORMANCE: Mouthy Poets on Tour feat. John Berkavitch

4.30pm- 6pm

berkavitch-smallNottingham’s Mouthy Poets have been touring the country, unpacking their suitcases and telling their stories using their unique blend of performance poetry, film and music. Their performance at Lyric Lounge will be your final opportunity to see them on tour, alongside a headline performance by Leicester’s own poetry giant, John Berkavitch, who will treat us to a scratch performance of his latest commissioned piece, WRONG, supported Breaking Convention and Arts Council England. Suitable for ages 14 up.
Performance ticket price: £4. Book now at Curve Box Office.