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Poetry in Commotion II - Ralph Dartford

  • Towngate Theatre Towngate Theatre, St Martins Square Basildon, SS14 1DL (map)

Poetry In Commotion and The Foundation for Essex Arts present Poetry in Commotion.

This is a free open mic poetry night in Basildon's Towngate Theatre however we will have a collection hat with a "Pay what you decide" sign to raise a bit of petrol money for our featured artist. If you are skint, don't stress. If you are flush, share the wealth man! 

Featured Artist: 
This month we have a special treat. Ralph Dartford, is returning to his hometown for a one off show. Ralph Dartford hails from Basildon, Essex and is founder member of highly acclaimed spoken word collective ‘A Firm of Poets’. He writes and performs narrative poems from the heart. Sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet, sometimes as sad as a lost dog. Ralph has been published in The Guardian, Stirring Magazine (US), Pulp Faction, Exterminating Angel Press (US) and London
Territories. His first Collection, 'Cigarettes, Beer and Love'
was published by Ossett Observer Presents in July 2013.

‘Wonderfully dynamic’- York Press

‘Great Support’- Kate Tempest

‘A pocket full of miracles’- Richard Lee- Jerwood Space

‘This is proper, visceral stuff about real life. Poetry for the rest of us’ - Luke Wright

The Host: 
Ölmo Lazarus is the stage name of Jacques Bottjer, an Essex based poet, writer and educator.

As a spoken word artist Ölmo has performed feature slots at some of London's most highly regarded poetry nights. He has appeared on stage as far afield as New York City and has wowed audiences at various music festivals across England with organisations such as Apples & Snakes, Metal and Sundown Arts. 

Ölmo is currently promoting his newly published 2016 book "Cro-Magnon Plan", as well as continuing to perform children's poetry and run workshops at schools across the country. 

"Stands against the stream and promotes a message of human need..."
- Apples & Snakes

"Highly talented...powerful poetry in a hip-hop style."
- Sundown Arts

"(His) socially conscious work has made...(him) a hot act on the Essex and London spoken word poetry circuits"
- The Yellow Advertiser

There will be a FREE OPEN MIC at this event. Confirm on the page now and contact us to guarantee a spot on the list!

Earlier Event: September 8
Poetry in Commotion I