What a festival it’s been! Thank you SheFest for allowing us to be part of it once again!
Thank you to all the performers for sharing your truth with us. Thank you for your vulnerability. Thank you for the love.
Always blown away by our amazing loving caring community. What a space we created. We would be nothing without you.
Love, light, and solidarity.
See you on the 3rd May for more love!
Meanwhile – our workshop Rehearse the Verse is back on Sunday 8th April. More info real soon, watch this space.
Rehearse The Verse 4th February 2018 at Theatre Deli Sheffield.
Well that was something special! Thank you to all who joined us for the first ever Rehearse the Verse on 4th February 2018 at Theatre Deli Sheffield. Our aim is to create a super supportive spoken word community in an effort to challenge the inequalities we see around us. We can’t do that alone. When you show up and and help create the world we want to see, you make us believe another world is possible. You make us proud of the work we do. Thanks too to Kirsten Luckins from Apples and Snakes for coming and helping us start with a bang.
Rehearse the Verse is a performance workshop; we did a few warm-ups and exercises; talked about honing the craft and then dedicated space to hearing one piece from each attendee and giving feedback to support their development. There’s so much to be gained from hearing others and giving and receiving feedback.
Thursday 11th January 2018, Theatre Delicatessen, 202 Eyre Street, S1
Anna May Fox (Spoken Word Artist, Norwich), ADENICO (musician, Huddersfield), Sarah Crutwell (Spoken Word Artist, Stockton-on-Tees) and Chrystine Moon (Perfomer, musician, Sheffield) helped bring 2018 in with a bang.
VM founder Rachel Bower and poetry legend Helen Mort have been putting together the anthology for months and it was wonderful to celebrate all their hard work and hear so many of the poems performed. From the tune you hum when you’re missing someone, to the love you receive while fighting cancer, to the rage and grief we all need to feel when we remember the victims of Grenfell, to the bittersweetness of finding something that you know someone you’ve lost would have loved…
The anthology showcases the variety and richness of voices that often go unheard in mainstream poetry.
The Verse Matters anthology has been published by Valley Press, and all royalties will go to support ASSIST and The Archer Project, who support homeless people in Sheffield.
You can buy the anthology from Valley Press by going to their website .
Thursday 2nd November 2017, 7.30pm, Theatre Delicatessen, 202 Eyre Street, S1 4QZ (map)
We enjoyed fabulous featured performances from Cora Greenhill (The People’s Priestess, poet, Sheffield) Tim Holmes (poet, Sheffield) Ros Ayres (poet and food blogger) and rap from Chanda Kay (rapper and producer from Huddersfield).
We also heard from
Sara Moon, Jayne Lockwood, Leyla Amall, Harshad Gupta, Gisela Martinez
and Hive Young Writers: Amy King and Rebecca Watson.
Thursday 22 June 2017: Migration Matters Festival
Mimi Mesfin (poet, Ethiopia), Ruby Robinson (poet), Arash Sabet – (musician, Arts on the Run, Iran)
Plus open mic performances from: Ana Maria Sánchez-Arce, Cora Greenhill, Tchiyiwe Chihana, Lou Parra, Iram Ahmed, Danae Wellington and Zoe Cox
Saturday 27 May 2017: South Yorkshire Poetry Festival
Kate Fox Fox (poet), Salena Godden (poet), Mina Salama (Musician, Arts On The Run), and COR/PO Performance including Angelina Abel (Arts on the Run).
Open mic performances from: Spleeny Dotson, Marilla Holmes, Dom Heslop, Hoe Zin, Zara Adeyemi and Safia Khan
Thursday 9 March 2017: SheFest/International Women’s Day Special
Anna Percy (poet, Stirred, Manchester), Carol Eades (poet, Gorilla Poetry, Sheffield), Louise Clines (poet, Broomhill Writers, Sheffield), Chella Quint (performer, Sheffield) and Emily Johnson (musician).
Plus open mic performances from: Aiyanna Lund (poet), Raluca Deso (poet), Louise Delamere (poet), Lily Karenza (poet) & Aaron Thierry (poet).
Thursday 9 February 2017
Open mic performances from: Jo Irwin (poet), Salomée Béranger (poet), Vertaa Lune (poet), Esme Brown (poet), L Worthy (poet), Dom Heslop (poet).
Thursday 3 November 2016
SJ Bradley (Fictions of Every Kind), Loma Sylvana (Poet) and Salt Pinchers, incl. Stella Sminkos (musicians)
Open mic: Kate Garrett (poet), Umor Haque (poet), Dave Attrill (poet), Ros Arksey (poet), Gav Roberts (poet), Notuo (poet), Warda Yassin (poet), Lee Moore (v. short stories).
Thursday 27 October – Hive Verse Matters Young People’s Open Mic
First partnership event with Hive South Yorkshire, including featured sets from Anna May Fox and Will Banks
Thursday 6 October 2016: We Shall Overcome & National Poetry Day
Suzannah Evans (Poet), Norah Hamill (Poet) Ray Garner (Poet), Kev Titterton (poet) and Speed for Lovers (Musicians)
Open Mic: Anomali Meraki (poet), Sez Thomasin (poet), Joe O’Brien (poet), Cherry Barham (poet)
Thursday 1 September 2016
Nicole May (Poet, Young Identity/ AndWhatTV), Ross Walcott (Poet/MC), Char March (Poet) and Nicky Bray (musician)
Open mic performances from Nick Allen (rapper/poet), Johnny Albrow (poet), Rex Davies (poet), Alex Carr-Malcolm (poet), Richard C Bower (poet) and Leanne Moden (poet).
Thursday 23 June 2016: Yorkshire Festival/ Refugee Week
Becky, Aoife & Khalidah (Leeds Young Authors), Rae Burgess (Poet), Chijioke Ojukwu (Poet), Bashar Farahat (Poet, Syria), Mina Salama (Musician, Egypt), Angelina Abel (Dancer, Angola) & Sara Oliviero (Violin)
Open mic performances from Pammie Grant (poet), Mimi (poet) – trans by Kate Marks (Conversation Club, ASSIST), ‘Grapes in My Father’s Yard’ by poets from Material Stories of Migration (University of Sheffield).
Photo Credit: Joseph
Thursday 7 April 2016
Featured artists: Rosie Garland (Performance Poet), Sarah Sharp (Musician) and Robert De Born (Poet/ Musician)
Open mic performances include: Nicole May (Poet, Young Identity/ AndWhatTV), Steve Kay (Sheffield Authors), Susie Halksworth (Poet), Sez Thomasin (Poet), Vicky Morris (Poet), Anne Garage (short stories).
Photo Credits: Salomée Béranger
Thursday 3 March 2016: International Women’s Day special
Featured artists: River Wolton (Poet), Amy Kinsman (Poet) and Fiona Helsing (Musician)
Open mic performances include: Ayun Abdi (Poet), Suzannah Evans (Bank St Arts, Poet), Marina Poppa (Firm of Poets), Katherine Henderson (Poet), Laura Church and Janine Smedley (Poet).
Photo Credits: Salomée Béranger
Thursday 4 February 2016
Open mic performances include: Kristina Diprose (Poet), Chris Rodgers (Sheffield Writer/short stories), Mick Nott (Lyrics), Michelle Beck (Poet), Will Banks (Poet) and Liz Ferrets (Poet)
Photo Credits: Studio Balko
Thursday 7 January 2016
Featured artists: Gav Roberts (Paper Boat Poets/ ROMP), Chella Quint (Comedy/ Poetry) and Avital Raz (Singer/Songwriter/ Musician)
Open mic performances include Ingrid Hanson (Poet), Harry Man (Poet), Abigail Ward (Poet), Dave Attrill (Poet), Chris Rust (Musician), Johnny Albrow (Rapper/ Poet) and Norah Hamill (poet).
Thurs 12 November 2015
Open mic performances include: Louise Clines (poet), Liz Searle (Poet), Keira James (Poet/Singer), Kev Titterton (Poet), Jude Calvert-Toulmin (Poet), , Fran Critchlow (Poet).
Thurs 15 October 2015
Open mic performances included: Amy Kinsman (Poet), Katie Wood (Fiction/ Poetry), Kworyl (Acoustic/ Poetry), Janet Murray (Poet) and Rachel Garner (Poet/ Singer).
Thurs 10 September 2015
Verse Matters was back in September with a fantastic line-up of talented artists. Everyone loved the featured artists: from Toria Garbutt’s high-energy poems to Genevieve Carver’s wit and Lou Richards’ haunting melodies.
We were also very proud to host several poets who had never read their work in public before. Ross Walcott performed two powerful poems, Luke Worthy gave a moving reading of his work and Alice Pickersgill read her rousing poems to great applause.
You can catch a bit of Ross’s performance here: https://instagram.com/p/7iHN_LBYFs/
Rachel gave a reading of her new poem “Persephone”
and there were some fantastic open mics, including Katherine Henderson (poet), Sarah Sharp (musician), Cherry Barham (Meerly Words) and Clare Ibberson-John (Poet). Come back again next month for another fantastic night of poetry, music and solidarity!
Thurs 13 August 2015
Photo Credits: Dave Titterton, Sheffield
Thursday 9 July 2015: Launch of Verse Matters
Open mic performances include: Danielle Jeanee Richards (Up Scribe) Carol Eades (Poet and Gorilla Events), Kate Garrett (Poet and Editor), Kev Titterton (Poet), Liz Ferrets (Poet), Rachel Garner (Poet)
Photo Credits: Dave Titterton, Sheffield