Front Room Poetry with Mike Garry 28 April at 7.30 pm on zoom
Front Room Poetry was our response to the pandemic. We knew that there were poets scribbling in bedrooms and bus stops way before COVID hit, all with something to say but not many local places or platforms to say it. Spoken word and poetry is known for its low-fi, low-cost nature, so it was quite easy for us to respond digitally and offer a space, a home for the words.
Each month we have seen some of the UK’s most exciting poets headline in living rooms- from the gut kicking honesty of Toria Garbutt to the word whining one bops of Debris Stevenson. Each headliner has given their heart and more, with their words literally climbing through screens to wipe the tears from our cheeks.
And then there’s the open mic poets, the seasoned to the brand new, in Bradford and beyond, braving it and saying it as it is. Front Room Poetry has been so much about these people who have brought creative energy to the night, and it has been so humbling to witness the individual and collective journey’s throughout the year.
Finally there’s the audience, on sofas and settees around the world listening. Listening. Supporting the arts, supporting the poets, and supporting each other in these testing times. We have done this together.
This month we want to welcome old and new faces for a special celebration of Front Room Poetry with Mike Garry and say thank you with the usually warmth and words, with a few cheeky prizes thrown in!
Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet.
His gritty poetry has won the admiration far and wide and his collaboration with New Order in New Yorks Carnegie Hall in 2014 received five star reviews.
Championed by Philip Glass for whom Mike has worked with since 2014 playing live shows in U.S.A and Europe.
His Ode To St. Anthony, a poem dedicated to the Factory Records boss Tony Wilson and put to classical music by the composer Joe Duddell, went to Number 1 in 3 Official UK charts in August 2015.
Mike has worked in thousands of schools and his books have become schemes of work in educational establishments throughout the UK. His poetry is regularly heard on BBC Radio and TV.
Mike has toured with John Cooper Clarke since 2011 opening shows for him throughout the UK, Ireland and The United States with John describing mike as “me Compadre”
He has read his poems in Prisons, Young Offenders units, Mental Health Hospitals, Children’s Homes, youth clubs and local pubs. He’s passionate about bringing live poetry to places it wouldn’t normally reach and to people who wouldn’t normally listen to it.
His performances are passionate swirling rhythms of thoughts and emotions converted to monologues of quick fire words.
He has toured the world with John Cooper Clarke since 2010 and supported bands like I am Kloot, Badly Drawn Boy and The Fall.
His poetry is regularly heard on BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio 4, BBC Breakfast, Match of the Day, Sky TV and his work with Manchester United has elevated Mike’s poetry to an international audience.
Mike is an Associate Fellow and Artist in Residence at the University of Westminster in London and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Manchester Metropolitan University for his groundbreaking work with poetry in education.
I love Mike Garry’s poetry. It’s passionate, powerful and precise but most of all personal.
If you would like to register for Front Room Poetry with Mike Garry on 28 April please follow the link below. We have a total of 10 slots available for the open mic on a first come, first serve basis. After registration an email will be sent to you with details to join us on Zoom. For any further questions please email us at email@example.com