Poetry and Lyrics

10th June 2016 0:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
A new festival of poetry, music and song from Poet in the City

From the earliest moments people have sought to express themselves in song, told stories and mapped histories through the poetry of lyrics and melody. But where do the lines cross between poem, music and lyrics?

Join us for a weekend of live performance, workshops and debates, as we bring together some of the leading voices in poetry and the music industry to celebrate the word through classical song, folk, punk, spoken word and beyond.

New Words, New Voices: Roger Robinson - Friday 10th, 6.30pm, Foyer Spaces

Born in Trinidad, Roger Robinson’s dub-poetry has taken him across the world with his unique blend of lilting Caribbean rhythms and genre-stretching lyrics. Come for a feast of sunshine sounds and brassy, inspiring poetry.

Blurred Lines with Cerys Matthews - Friday 10th, 7.30pm, Hall 1

To launch the festival, 6Music doyenne Cerys Matthews hosts a celebration of the world’s favourite poems and lyrics with a line­up of inspiring guests including Liz Berry, Nadifa Mohamed and Richard Stokes.

Family PO-NG Writing - Saturday 11th June at 12pm

Join the master of silly songs, John Hegley for an hour of PO­NG writing (that’s poem­songs forthose who don’t know) singing and performing in this family event.

The Lyric I Made - Saturday 11th June at 1.30pm

How do you make music that inspires with its lyrics? How do you find melody within words? Find the inspiration to pen your own works with a master of poetic songwriting, award winning multi-instrumentalist Sorana.

New Words, New Voices: The Gentle Good - Saturday 11th June at 3,15 pm

Gareth Bonello, aka the Gentle Good brings together elements of his Welsh heritage and Chinese folk music to tell the remarkable story of Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai. Expect genre crossing like you’ve never heard before.

Telling tales: Poetry & Folk - Saturday 11th, 4pm, Hall 2

Join journalist Erica Wagner in the company of two artists destined for illustrious anonymity,leading light of the UK Folk Music scene Chris Wood and storyteller and poet Hugh Lupton to explore the enduring and enigmatic relationship between folk and poetry.

New Words, New Voices: Haiku Salut - Saturday 11th 5.15pm, Foyer spaces

Bringing their unique fusion of lyrical and electronic sounds, Haiku Salut will be accompanied by live projections of the poetic form that gives the band their name.

Walt Whitman and Song - Saturday 11th, 6pm, Hall 1

Composers have returned again and again to Whitman’s boundless ability to include the reader,and the listener, in a joyful riot of shared experience. Leading pianist Iain Burnside and the acclaimed tenor Nicky Spence perform some of the most famous settings of his work.

New Words, New Voices: Dizraeli - Saturday 11th 7,15pm, Foyer Spaces

Rapper, writer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and Radio 4 Poetry Slam champion Dizraeli’s dynamic performances push the boundaries of poetry, music and spoken word. Expect an inspiring set that takes hip-hop and spoken word to new terrains.

Tenderness and Rage: The Birth of Punk - Saturday 11th 8pm, Hall 1

Join BBC Radio 6 Music legend Steve Lamacq to celebrate the poetry of punk with the musicians who transformed the landscape of lyrics with their blistering new approach. Featuring The Adverts’ TV SmithPauline Murray of Penetration, and Crass’ Penny Rimbaud. Curated by Steve Abbott.


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