Friday 15th May
La Violette Società here to bring you a night of poetry and storytelling during lockdown. This gem in the Liverpool arts scene, started with La Violette Records in 2013 by Michael Head (Shack, The Pale Fountains, The Red Elastic Band) La Violette Società (“the social” for short) is now an innovative night mixing music with spoken word and art. WoWFest: Lockdown is delighted to bring you La Violette Società featuring Toria Garbutt, Roy, Will Burns and Carla Mellor. Hosted by Ciarán Hodgers.
Carla Mellor is an up-and-coming spoken word poet. Her poem 'a kingdom united' featured on BBC breakfast and she was guest poet for Louise Fazackerley at her recent book launch. Born and bred in Yorkshire she currently lives in Wigan, Lancashire and begun posting Instagram poems in 2018 as @poetryforthepeople, writing accessible, down to earth, relatable words for the everyday person.
Will Burns was born in London and lives in Buckinghamshire. He likes sports, gardening and birds and is Poet-in-Residence for the online journal Caught by the River. He was named as a Faber New Poet in 2014, with his first pamphlet published that year. His second pamphlet was published in 2016 as part of the Clutag Press 4 Poems series, and a third, Germ Songs, was published with Rough Trade Books in 2019. Also in 2019, he released the album Chalk Hill Blue, a collaborative work with the composer Hannah Peel, which set a number of his poems to her music. Country Music is his first collection.
Roy is not a poet.
Toria Garbutt is a poet and educator. Since bursting onto the scene in 2014, Toria has 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. In 2016 Toria released her Debut album 'Hot Plastic Moon’ via spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs and in 2018 her first poetry collection ‘The Universe and Me' published by Wrecking Ball Press. Toria’s words have also been featured in Not Too Tame’s Northern Souls show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and recently in The Guardian for their feature on The Rise and Rise of the New Poets. "Powerful, accessible, intelligent and musical. Just about all the things I love in a poet"- Benjamin Zephaniah.
Hosted by multi-award winning spoken word poet Ciarán Hodgers. His debut collection Cosmocartography (Burning Eye Books) toured the UK & Ireland for 30 dates and was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, The Independent, The Irish Independent, RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio Merseyside. Named “one of the region’s most exciting spoken word performers” by The Independent, he was named a highlight of Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre London and a “powerhouse poet at the top of his game” by Lingo Festival Dublin.
All ticket donations from this event go to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services and WoW.