We’re back! There’ll be another Words on the Terrace outdoors at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on the 22nd of June, 7pm. Our headline poets will be Scott Tyrell (BBC Slam Champion, Radio 3’s The Verb) and Lisette Auton, whose novel The Secret of Haven Point is upcoming with Puffin. We also have sets from Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley, Leks T and music from Wilf Stone and Haythem Mohamed. All hosted by the wonderful Jessica Johnson.
The whole thing is being paid for with Cultural Recovery Funding, which means it’s ABSOLUTELY FREE TO ATTEND! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a ticket. When you book you will be allocated a table. If you want to sit with some mates, you can sit together in a table of up to 6 people. Or, if you’d like to sit in a one or two person table that’s also fine. Just let us know when you email.
Oh and there’s only a handful of tickets left, so don’t say I didn’t warn you, yeah?
Scott has been a poet and performer since the turn of the century. An award-winning comedian, creative director and multiple slam-winning poet (including the BBC Slam and UK Anti- Slam), he has performed his work at many national and international festivals including Glastonbury, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Prague Fringe, WOMAD, and the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
He has written for TV, radio and performed for Radio 4, Radio 3’s the Verb, Sky Atlantic, ITV, BBC4 and BBC Arts. He’s also one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and his driving playlists are impeccable.
Lisette Auton does stuff with words: disabled writer, activist, poet, spoken-word artist, actor, film & theatre-maker and creative practitioner. She is an award-winning poet who is widely published and is known for her energised performances on the spoken word scene. Her debut middle grade novel THE SECRET OF HAVEN POINT is forthcoming from Puffin in February 2022, with a second in 2023. She was the 2019 Early Careers Fellow for Literature at Cove Park, and is on the TSS Publishing list of Best British & Irish Flash Fiction.
Lisette works with many creative collaborators to create unique and innovative cross artform works. She is a founding member & director of the Disconsortia collective of North East disabled artists. Her current work is focused on ‘Writing the Missing’.
DOMINIC JP NELSON-ASHLEY
Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley is a firmly established spoken-word artist who delivers consistently electrifying performances.
His 12 poetry books tackle the issues of fatherhood, chat-up lines, role models, celebrity culture, mental health and spending his teenage years in a Middle England Town.
‘Poetry to remember, full of the rhythms of living music and lived experience, all in a genuine voice with images and words that resonate long after the page is turned or the performance over. Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley has something to say and he does it with both exuberant verve and studied craft’- Andy Willoughby.
‘Brilliant – witty, wonderful poems’- Francesca Beard
Leks is a poet from Newcastle who began performing in 2016. She’s gone on to win the Born Lippy slam on two occasions and in 2019 she performed at the inaugural Words Weekend at the Sage Gateshead as a member of the Born Lippy Collective.
Her style ranges from dynamic, rap-influenced rhythms to quiet, plainly-spoken readings. Expect a combination of power and vulnerability with a fresh perspective on themes personal and political.
Wolfred are a new 4 piece band hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne led by Southampton born singer/songwriter Wilf Stone. In a rare solo outing Wilf will be playing songs from the bands upcoming 5 track debut EP amongst other musical offerings. Watch this space.
Haythem mohamed is a music producer, beat maker, music teacher and professional guitar player. He made a name for himself in the mid 2010’s as a wildly explosive acoustic guitar player, becoming signed to an American record label and appearing on Sky Arts’ Guitar Star series, alongside Tony Visconti and George Benson.
Recently, he has been focusing on beat making and jazz-influenced electric guitar playing, stating that “it’s really nice to finally be making music I am passionate about. I fell out of interest with the world of guitar virtuosity. For me, the open world of music production and beat making feels like a truly limitless place, and a place where I feel more at home.”