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We are back for another series of Front Room Poetry events in various locations around Bradford for more tales and truths in our living room.

From skate parks to the estate, this is real poetry on the streets of BFD with some of the most exciting spoken word artists, wordsmiths, storytellers and rappers of our time. So if you have something to say, but not sure how to say it- this event is for you.

Imagine vintage sofas, electric firesides, Persian rugs and freestanding lamps. A proper living room with cuppas, pot dogs and some of the best poets and lyricists from around the UK: sharing words and sitting comfy with the bestest Bradford backdrops.

Why not try your hand at the workshops before the main event and even perform alongside our headline acts in the open mic section? Whether you’re a seasoned poet or you’ve never written a verse in your life, we believe everyone has a story to tell.

We encourage family, friends and the community to come down and listen while tempting intrigued residents to see what’s going down in their community living room.

Limited workshop/open mic spots are available. If you need support registering for Front Room Poetry or have any questions about the workshops or events, email [email protected]

Please Note: For evening events, please arrive from 6.30 pm; the event will start at 7 pm prompt. Limited sit-down seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Poetry Performances

Saturday 23rd July 6.30-8.30pm

lisa luxx + Nabeela Ahmed + Jack Collins + Open Mic at Asda in Shipley in the underground carpark

Friday 19th August 6.30-8.30pm

Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan + Mike Garry + Open Mic at Kala Sangam Under Cover Car Park (round the back of the building) 

Saturday 20th August 2-3pm

Casey Bailey + Open Mic (Young Person Special) at Kala Sangam Under Cover Car Park (round the back of the building) 

 Saturday 20th August 6.30-8.30pm

Salena Godden + Toria Garbutt + Open Mic at Kala Sangam Under Cover Car Park (round the back of the building) 

Please register below for the open mic. If you need any help please contact Kirsty Taylor at [email protected]

Workshops

Saturday 23rd July 3.30-5pm

lisa luxx at  Shipley Print Studio (behind Shipley Town Hall)

Friday 19th August 3.30-5pm

Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan at Kala Sangam.

Saturday 20th August 11-12.30pm 

Casey Bailey (Young Person Special: age 12-25) at Kala Sangam.

Please register below for the workshops. If you need any help please contact Kirsty Taylor at [email protected]

lisa Luxx in Front Room Poetry

lisa luxx is a poet, activist and writer of British and Syrian heritage. Her poems are published in The Telegraph, The London Magazine and by publishers including Hatchette and Saqi Books.

*please note lisa’s name is decapitalised intentionally

Casey Bailey in Front Room Poetry

​​Casey Bailey is the Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020-2022. He is a writer, performer and educator born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham. Casey’s second full collection of poetry ‘Please Do Not Touch’ (2021) was published by Burning Eye Books. 

Salena Godden inFRont Room Poetry

Salena Godden FRSL is an award-winning author, poet and broadcaster of Jamaican-mixed heritage based in London. In 2021 Canongate published her highly acclaimed debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death. It is winner of The Peoples Book Prize 2022.

Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet. He 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.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet and educator disrupting understandings of history, race, knowledge and violence. 

Toria Garbutt been a regular tour support for Dr John Cooper Clarke, most recently on his  ‘Luckiest Guy alive tour’ on which Toria performed her first European date.

Nabeela Ahmed is a writer, multilingual poet, spoken word artist and storyteller. She writes and shares her work in English, Urdu and Pahari. Her poetry was the main feature of Keighley Arts and Film Festival in 2020. 

Jack Collins in Front Room Poetry

Jack Collins is a poet, SEN tutor and workshopper from Leeds who believes firmly in the power of community and poetry.

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