Raise the Bar team up with leading spoken word record label, Nymphs & Thugs, to host the Bristol leg of the LIVEwire national tour.
Headlined by Salena Godden, Jess Green and Kevin P. Gilday, there will also be performances from local poetry and spoken word artists.
Hosted RTB’s Saili Katebe and Nymphs & Thug’s Matt Abbott Poet.
Salena Godden is one of the UK’s foremost poets, having stormed stages worldwide for the last 25 years. Her ‘LIVEwire’ album was shortlisted for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award in 2017 and released by Nymphs & Thugs on 2LP gatefold vinyl, CD, zine and digital format. Her Pessimism Is For Lightweights pamphlet with Rough Trade Books took the poetry world by storm last summer.
Salena has also published Fishing In The Aftermath (Poems 1994-2014) with Burning Eye Books and literary memoir Springfield Road with Unbound, and also contributed her essay ‘Shade’ to international hit The Good Immigrant in 2017 (Unbound).
Jess Green is a performance poet and script writer. She has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival and written two shows (both published by Bristol’s Burning Eye Books), Burning Books (2015) and A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn (2018) which received 5* at the Edinburgh Fringe and on their national tours. The stage adaption of Burning Books toured in 2018 including a performance at NUT National Conference. She is the 2018 BBC Slam Champion and part of BBC Writers Academy 2019. A Self Help Guide tours the UK throughout 2019.
Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow, Scotland. He is the curator and co-host of spoken word cabaret Sonnet Youth, a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer and a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice. Kevin has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals and fringes as well as large scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada and the US.
He has published four books of poetry, with his most recent – Sad Songs for White Boys (published by Speculative Books) – bringing together nearly ten years of work. His debut album under the guise of Kevin P. Gilday & The Glasgow Cross, Experience Essential, was released in 2018 on Iffy Folk Records (Glasgow) and Nymphs & Thugs Records (London). His show Suffering from Scottishness played to critical acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.