Milk Poetry at TFT ft. Joelle Taylor, Maria Ferguson, Shaun Hill
Event Date: 20 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
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Milk Poetry returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres!

The 20th May 2018 promises to be another gold-top night of verse and heart from “One of the best spoken word nights in the UK” (Picador Books).

This time featuring

Joelle Taylor

Award winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana). She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts in 2015 as well as being named as one of Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Change Makers for positively affecting cultural Britain. Her most recent collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me is a searing and powerful call of solidarity to all who have experienced sexual violence.

‘Joelle observes the realities of modern-day life, pinpoints the absurdities and the injustices, and then reminds us that we are human, and that sometimes the best way to make sense of it all is through poetry. The thing I have always liked about Joelle’s poetry is that it has guts, it has rhythm, and it has attitude. The thing I like about this collection is that it continues that tradition. In these times of austerity, hypocrisy, political corruption, and mindless reality television, we need poetry like this. Joelle Taylor does not mess about. Her poetry is fearless. It gets right to the point. Her poetry has purpose.’ Benjamin Zephaniah

Maria Ferguson

Maria Ferguson is a writer and performer from Essex. She has performed extensively across the UK as well as at festivals such as Bestival, Latitude and Secret Garden Party. She has been commissioned by Roundhouse, The Royal Academy of Art and BBC Radio One. Her debut show ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance,’ is published by Oberon Books and explores the theme of body image by merging storytelling and killer moves. It is currently touring after sold out shows in London, Leicester, Bristol and the Edinburgh Fringe, where it was met with critical acclaim. She is currently working on her second show, ’Essex Girl.’

’Extremely moving, yet deeply witty’, The Independent
’Candid and disarming’, The Stage

Shaun Hill

Winner of both the Exeter and Bristol Poetry Festival slams,
Shaun took up poetry to avoid finishing his degree.
He has now taken up laundry to avoid finishing his poetry.

Also, as always, we are shining our spotlight on some emerging poets in our lovely city. Our wonderful local artists are Maya Blackwell and Stephen Lightbown.

We guarantee you’ll float home feeling warm and inspired!

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Address: Tobacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, United Kingdom BS3 1TF