Since last year, we've hosted three Vocabaret evenings and featured some really big names on the performance poetry circuit: Jo Bell, Rosie Garland, Gerry Potter, Chanje Kunda, Ben Mellor, Akiel Chinelo and Anjum Malik as well as some excellent local talent: Gordon Zola (his wheely bin poem was a particular favourite), John Darwin and Charlotte Henson to name but a few.
We've also had great acoustic sets from Jon Baldwin of I Am Blackbird, Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) and the unforgettable Louis Barabbas.
All this is down to the hard work and personal charm of Vocabaret's programmer and host, acclaimed performance poet Longfella (aka Prestwich resident Tony Walsh), one of the UK's most renowned performance poets, poet-in-residence at Glastonbury 2011 and Poet Laureate at Kendal Calling in 2012. The current Manchester Literature Festival Comedy Slam Champion, and with a reputation for moving audiences to tears (in a good way), Tony's work has been published in the UK, the USA and translated into Russian, as well as featuring on BBCRadio2, BBC6Music and BBC1. His eagerly-anticipated debut poetry collection 'SEX&LOVE&ROCK&ROLL' is coming out soon.
So it's really exciting that on Wednesay, May 15, Vocabaret is back, and Longfella has done it again. This time, he hosts Kate Fox, who has been described as "a cross between Pam Ayres and Sylvia Plath" - but isn't that much like either of them. Kate has been a regular on Radio 4's Saturday Live since 2007. She's been poet-in-residence for the Great North Run, Darlington Railway Museum, Free Word Centre, numerous schools and a colostomy nurse's conference! Her 128-page new and selected poems Fox Populi have just been published by Smokestack Books.
And we've got an acoustic set by singer/song writer Helen Walford, from Tennessee by way of Macclesfield. You can check out her gorgeous voice here.
Tickets £6 in advance from our Eventbrite online store.