Bespoken Word

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2009070820091216

Mr Gee presents the performance poetry series.

Scroobius Pip gives his update on a classic theme with his poem Mr Otis Regrets.

Also appearing are Dockers MC and Matthew Duffy

2009070820091216

Mr Gee presents the performance poetry series.

Scroobius Pip gives his update on a classic theme with his poem Mr Otis Regrets.

Also appearing are Dockers MC and Matthew Duffy

2009112620100409

Special edition of Radio 4's performance poetry show from Cardiff University.

Featuring Brit School graduate Laura Dockrill, who regularly gigs with Kate Nash and has just published her second book, Ugly Shy Girl, which looks at the experiences of the sixth-form loner girl, the kind who feels 'like a tiny speck of dust that the Hoover has forgotten to suck up'.

Plus the winner of the Radio 4 Poetry Slam competition Dizraeli, who makes you listen to rap with new ears, and Siadwell from the TV comedy series Naked Video.

2009112620100409

Special edition of Radio 4's performance poetry show from Cardiff University.

Featuring Brit School graduate Laura Dockrill, who regularly gigs with Kate Nash and has just published her second book, Ugly Shy Girl, which looks at the experiences of the sixth-form loner girl, the kind who feels 'like a tiny speck of dust that the Hoover has forgotten to suck up'.

Plus the winner of the Radio 4 Poetry Slam competition Dizraeli, who makes you listen to rap with new ears, and Siadwell from the TV comedy series Naked Video.

20101117

Bespoken Word, Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week features one of the most unusual performance poets on the scene: Metis - rapper by night, international banker by day.

His topics are 'conscious rap' and include attacks on racism, attacks on the selfishness of money, self-realisation and the values of the young, but also include a lot of light/humourous/romance material.

Also on the bill are former winner of the Radio 4 Slam Competition, Ben Mellor; and distinguished bard Alfred Lord Telecom.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week with special guest star Metis.

20101117

Bespoken Word, Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week features one of the most unusual performance poets on the scene: Metis - rapper by night, international banker by day.

His topics are 'conscious rap' and include attacks on racism, attacks on the selfishness of money, self-realisation and the values of the young, but also include a lot of light/humourous/romance material.

Also on the bill are former winner of the Radio 4 Slam Competition, Ben Mellor; and distinguished bard Alfred Lord Telecom.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week with special guest star Metis.

20101124

Michael Horovitz is one of the great British eccentrics, always guaranteed to entertain, with his distinctive plastic trumpet (which he was playing long before vuvuzelas came on the scene), and his own imitable poetry performance style.

Now aged 75, but still as witty and politically excoriating as ever, he is one of the last living links to the beat generation.

He became widely known upon his appearance at the International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall on June 11 1965, alongside Allen Ginsberg and Alexander Trocchi.

Also on the bill is comedy Norfolk poet William Cake, with a poem about - guess what - Norfolk.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's performance poetry series, featuring Michael Horovitz

20101124

Michael Horovitz is one of the great British eccentrics, always guaranteed to entertain, with his distinctive plastic trumpet (which he was playing long before vuvuzelas came on the scene), and his own imitable poetry performance style.

Now aged 75, but still as witty and politically excoriating as ever, he is one of the last living links to the beat generation.

He became widely known upon his appearance at the International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall on June 11 1965, alongside Allen Ginsberg and Alexander Trocchi.

Also on the bill is comedy Norfolk poet William Cake, with a poem about - guess what - Norfolk.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's performance poetry series, featuring Michael Horovitz

20101201

Bespoken Word, Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week features two incredible women: queen of the salacious, Hastings poet Salena Godden, plus one of the most exciting new talents, Indigo Williams.

Salena Godden is the most mischievous of today's female performance poets.

She has travelled the world performing and writing, as well as television and radio presenting.

As the title of one of her best known pieces "Hunger is the Best Sauce" suggests, she's the queen of the salacious.

Her performances are legendary, from London's Book Slam to Festivals around the country.

She has hosted workshops in schools across Britain and in New York to inspire teenagers to write fiction and/or poetry.

As a writer she's been published in a myriad of both mainstream and art-house literary magazines and anthologies.

Salena is also the lyricist and lead singer of underground eclectic ska-break band SaltPeter, who's album 'Hunger is The Best Sauce' featured in The Critical List in The Independent On Sunday as one of the most outstanding albums of 2007.

Springfield Road tells the story of her early life, born to a Jamaican go-go dancer mother and an Irish jazz musician in Hastings.

She says that her father left, with no explanation, and Salena's mother, after living alone and eking out a living, married "a horrible disciplinarian" who wouldn't allow Salena or her brother to be in the house without an adult present.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's performance poetry series, featuring the queen of the salacious, Salena Godden.

20101201

Bespoken Word, Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week features two incredible women: queen of the salacious, Hastings poet Salena Godden, plus one of the most exciting new talents, Indigo Williams.

Salena Godden is the most mischievous of today's female performance poets.

She has travelled the world performing and writing, as well as television and radio presenting.

As the title of one of her best known pieces "Hunger is the Best Sauce" suggests, she's the queen of the salacious.

Her performances are legendary, from London's Book Slam to Festivals around the country.

She has hosted workshops in schools across Britain and in New York to inspire teenagers to write fiction and/or poetry.

As a writer she's been published in a myriad of both mainstream and art-house literary magazines and anthologies.

Salena is also the lyricist and lead singer of underground eclectic ska-break band SaltPeter, who's album 'Hunger is The Best Sauce' featured in The Critical List in The Independent On Sunday as one of the most outstanding albums of 2007.

Springfield Road tells the story of her early life, born to a Jamaican go-go dancer mother and an Irish jazz musician in Hastings.

She says that her father left, with no explanation, and Salena's mother, after living alone and eking out a living, married "a horrible disciplinarian" who wouldn't allow Salena or her brother to be in the house without an adult present.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's performance poetry series, featuring the queen of the salacious, Salena Godden.

20101208

Bespoken Word, Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week comes from the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and features a special guest appearance by Fran Landesman, funky octogenarian, poet and lyric writer for some of the greats of popular music.

Fran Landesman was born in 1927 in New York City.

She was married to the late Jay Landesman, publisher of the Beat Generation poets.

They ran the "Crystal Palace" club, a very successful St Louis performance venue.

During this time she started writing lyrics.

One of her best known was "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most".

and during her career artists for whom she wrote lyrics include Alec Wilder, Steve Allen, Tommy Wolf, George Shearing, Richard Rodney Bennett, and Dudley Moore.

She has published several volumes of poetry.

In 1996 the BBC received a number of complaints when Landesman appeared on Desert Island Discs and requested a supply of marijuana as her luxury item.

Also on the bill is performance poet - David J.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's performance poetry series, coming from the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

20101208

Bespoken Word, Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week comes from the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and features a special guest appearance by Fran Landesman, funky octogenarian, poet and lyric writer for some of the greats of popular music.

Fran Landesman was born in 1927 in New York City.

She was married to the late Jay Landesman, publisher of the Beat Generation poets.

They ran the "Crystal Palace" club, a very successful St Louis performance venue.

During this time she started writing lyrics.

One of her best known was "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most".

and during her career artists for whom she wrote lyrics include Alec Wilder, Steve Allen, Tommy Wolf, George Shearing, Richard Rodney Bennett, and Dudley Moore.

She has published several volumes of poetry.

In 1996 the BBC received a number of complaints when Landesman appeared on Desert Island Discs and requested a supply of marijuana as her luxury item.

Also on the bill is performance poet - David J.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's performance poetry series, coming from the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

010120030611

Dr Stewart presents the first in a six-part poetry and spoken word series, featuring two rising stars from the hip hop and rap poetry scene, Shortman and Alison.

010120030611

Dr Stewart presents the first in a six-part poetry and spoken word series, featuring two rising stars from the hip hop and rap poetry scene, Shortman and Alison.

010220030618

The second instalment of a brand new poetry and spoken word show with a relaxed feel, featuring talent from the currently burgeoning Hip Hop/Rap poetry scene and even LONDON's Speakers Corner, and recorded at what must be the tiniest outside broadcast venue in radio! The compere is poet/actor/dancer Dr Stewart.

010220030618

The second instalment of a brand new poetry and spoken word show with a relaxed feel, featuring talent from the currently burgeoning Hip Hop/Rap poetry scene and even LONDON's Speakers Corner, and recorded at what must be the tiniest outside broadcast venue in radio! The compere is poet/actor/dancer Dr Stewart.

010320030625

The third instalment of a brand new poetry and spoken word show with a relaxed feel.

Tonight's featured artists include silky voiced Salena Saliva Godden, and poet/musician Mat Fraser.

Mat performs a powerful yet humorous poem about the decision made in the 60s that he, and the other thalidomide children, should be made to look normal whatever the cost.

Presented by Dr Stewart.

010320030625

The third instalment of a brand new poetry and spoken word show with a relaxed feel.

Tonight's featured artists include silky voiced Salena Saliva Godden, and poet/musician Mat Fraser.

Mat performs a powerful yet humorous poem about the decision made in the 60s that he, and the other thalidomide children, should be made to look normal whatever the cost.

Presented by Dr Stewart.

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Dr Stewart presents the poetry and spoken word series.

Tonight's gothic fantasy theme, includes performance poet David J's tale of a werewolf.

Also featured is the powerful young wordsmith, Oneness.

010420030702

Dr Stewart presents the poetry and spoken word series.

Tonight's gothic fantasy theme, includes performance poet David J's tale of a werewolf.

Also featured is the powerful young wordsmith, Oneness.

010520030709

On tonight's line-up of the new poetry and spoken word show is Yap, better known as the lead singer of One Minute Silence, showing why he's seen as one of the most thought-provoking performers on the spoken word circuit today.

He shares the bill with the performance poet called simply, Whatsername, with her critique of today's generation of women's magazines! The compere is poet/actor/dancer Dr Stewart.

010520030709

On tonight's line-up of the new poetry and spoken word show is Yap, better known as the lead singer of One Minute Silence, showing why he's seen as one of the most thought-provoking performers on the spoken word circuit today.

He shares the bill with the performance poet called simply, Whatsername, with her critique of today's generation of women's magazines! The compere is poet/actor/dancer Dr Stewart.

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Dr Stewart presents the poetry and spoken word series.

His guests include Irish word-wizard Niall McDevitt and the man who invented rap, Melvin van Peebles.

0106 LAST20030716

Dr Stewart presents the poetry and spoken word series.

His guests include Irish word-wizard Niall McDevitt and the man who invented rap, Melvin van Peebles.

020120050217

The return of Radio 4's series devoted to the latest in hip-hop poetry and spoken word.

Highlights this week include remarkable character performer Sophie Woolley with a piece about a young woman who fantasises about relationships with male celebrities, an extended set by MANCHESTER punk duo Thick Richard, and a chance for us all to get our own back on traffic wardens!.

020120050217

The return of Radio 4's series devoted to the latest in hip-hop poetry and spoken word.

Highlights this week include remarkable character performer Sophie Woolley with a piece about a young woman who fantasises about relationships with male celebrities, an extended set by MANCHESTER punk duo Thick Richard, and a chance for us all to get our own back on traffic wardens!.

020220050224

Highlights this week include the Thirty Second Philosopher, with more extemporised snatches of thought on the great questions of the universe, and of course - the Love Spot.

Presented by Mister Gee and Doctor Stew.

020220050224

Highlights this week include the Thirty Second Philosopher, with more extemporised snatches of thought on the great questions of the universe, and of course - the Love Spot.

Presented by Mister Gee and Doctor Stew.

020320050303

Another episode of Radio Four's series devoted to the latest in hip-hop poetry and spoken word, including the Thirty Second Philosopher with more of his extemporised snatches of thought on the great questions of the universe, and another poem on the theme of passion and love in the Love Spot.

020320050303

Another episode of Radio Four's series devoted to the latest in hip-hop poetry and spoken word, including the Thirty Second Philosopher with more of his extemporised snatches of thought on the great questions of the universe, and another poem on the theme of passion and love in the Love Spot.

0204 LAST20050310

Highlights this week include cult hero John Cooper Clarke as you might not have heard him before, poetic singing sensation Zena Edwards with "Settle Down, Don't You Run Before Walking", the mesmeric Tony Booysen with a story based on true life experiences and - bringing up the rear - hot new talent Muna Hussein with a piece celebrating the black woman's behind!.

0204 LAST20050310

Highlights this week include cult hero John Cooper Clarke as you might not have heard him before, poetic singing sensation Zena Edwards with "Settle Down, Don't You Run Before Walking", the mesmeric Tony Booysen with a story based on true life experiences and - bringing up the rear - hot new talent Muna Hussein with a piece celebrating the black woman's behind!.

030120060613

John Cooper Clarke became the original Mancunian bard in the eighties and delighted us with hits like Beasley Street.

Well he's back, with new and updated material.

030120060613

John Cooper Clarke became the original Mancunian bard in the eighties and delighted us with hits like Beasley Street.

Well he's back, with new and updated material.

030220060620

Mister Gee presents the hip-hop poetry and spoken word series.

This programme features Ed Harris, a new talent with a unique slant on love poems.

030220060620

Mister Gee presents the hip-hop poetry and spoken word series.

This programme features Ed Harris, a new talent with a unique slant on love poems.

030320060627

Two of the biggest names in performance poetry grace the airways this evening in the shape of John Hegley and hip hop hero Charlie Dark.

Presented by Mister Gee.

030320060627

Two of the biggest names in performance poetry grace the airways this evening in the shape of John Hegley and hip hop hero Charlie Dark.

Presented by Mister Gee.

0304 LAST20060704

Mister Gee presents Attila the Stockbroker and talented Irish poet Niall McDevitt.

0304 LAST20060704

Mister Gee presents Attila the Stockbroker and talented Irish poet Niall McDevitt.

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Performance poetry series, recorded in London's Troubadour Coffee House.

Featuring Polar Bear, Felix Dennis and Scroobius Pip.

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20091223 (R4)

Performance poetry series.

Featuring a reading by Adrian Mitchell, who died in 2008, of an updated version of his poem To Whom It May Concern, recorded in the last year of his life.

Plus an appearance by performance poet Mister Gee.

Featuring a reading by the late Adrian Mitchell of his poem, To Whom It May Concern.

Mister Gee presents the performance poetry series, recorded in London's Troubadour Coffee House.

Featuring Adrian Mitchell, the man dubbed Shadow Poet Laureate.

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Mister Gee presents the performance poetry series, featuring highlights from the Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

Performers include the internationally renowned Kat Francois

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Mister Gee presents the performance poetry series from this year's Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

Featured performers include exciting newcomer Dockers MC.

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Mister Gee presents the performance poetry series, recorded at London's Troubadour Coffee House.

Featured performers include Murray Lachlan Young.

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Mister Gee presents the performance poetry series, recorded at London's Troubadour Coffee House.

Featured performers include Murray Lachlan Young.

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Mister Gee presents the performance poetry series, recorded at London's Troubadour Coffee House.

Featured performers include John Agard, Poeticat and shortMAN.

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Mister Gee presents the performance poetry series, recorded at London's Troubadour Coffee House.

Featured performers include John Agard, Poeticat and shortMAN.

050120101027

Bespoken Word returns for a new series with a bang.

The first episode features current star performance poet, Kate Tempest.

It's not hard to see why this former winner of the Nuyorican Poetry Slam in New York and who has been the hit of festivals Glastonbury, Latitude and Big Chill in 2010 is the name on everyone's lips in performance poetry.

Her unique style blending incredible lyrics with hip hop rhythms is a hit with all age groups across the country.

She shares the Bespoken Word bill with Martin Visceral of the Pen-Ultimate Collective based in Manchester, which is being specially featured in this series.

Bespoken Word was the first programme on British radio or television devoted to performance poetry.

It's now in its seventh year.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Performance poetry with Mr Gee, featuring festival favourite Kate Tempest.

050120101027

Bespoken Word returns for a new series with a bang.

The first episode features current star performance poet, Kate Tempest.

It's not hard to see why this former winner of the Nuyorican Poetry Slam in New York and who has been the hit of festivals Glastonbury, Latitude and Big Chill in 2010 is the name on everyone's lips in performance poetry.

Her unique style blending incredible lyrics with hip hop rhythms is a hit with all age groups across the country.

She shares the Bespoken Word bill with Martin Visceral of the Pen-Ultimate Collective based in Manchester, which is being specially featured in this series.

Bespoken Word was the first programme on British radio or television devoted to performance poetry.

It's now in its seventh year.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Performance poetry with Mr Gee, featuring festival favourite Kate Tempest.

050220101103

Molly Naylor was already a successful up-and-coming writer and performer when she, together with her boyfriend, was on a London Underground train which was blown up on 7 July 2005.

This was seven-seven, and coming so close to such an outrage would change anybody.

With a poet, particularly one with the talent of the young Naylor, it resulted in a period of going off the rails followed by a deepening of her creativity.

Her appearance on Bespoken Word includes a piece inspired by the experience.

Molly has performed at events and festivals all over the world including Latitude, Glastonbury, Palabra y Musica, The Big Chill, Poet in the City, Edinburgh Fringe, Hull Truck, Purple Ronnie's Stand Up Poetry Club, Shunt, Soho Theatre and many more.

She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

Her solo spoken word show- Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You is produced by Sarah Ellis and Apples & Snakes.

Bespoken Word is Radio 4's performance poetry series.

It was the first programme on British radio and television devoted to performance poetry, and is now in its seventh year.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin' Else Production for BBC Radio 4.

Performance poetry, this week starring Molly Naylor who was on one of the 7/7 trains.

050220101103

Molly Naylor was already a successful up-and-coming writer and performer when she, together with her boyfriend, was on a London Underground train which was blown up on 7 July 2005.

This was seven-seven, and coming so close to such an outrage would change anybody.

With a poet, particularly one with the talent of the young Naylor, it resulted in a period of going off the rails followed by a deepening of her creativity.

Her appearance on Bespoken Word includes a piece inspired by the experience.

Molly has performed at events and festivals all over the world including Latitude, Glastonbury, Palabra y Musica, The Big Chill, Poet in the City, Edinburgh Fringe, Hull Truck, Purple Ronnie's Stand Up Poetry Club, Shunt, Soho Theatre and many more.

She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

Her solo spoken word show- Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You is produced by Sarah Ellis and Apples & Snakes.

Bespoken Word is Radio 4's performance poetry series.

It was the first programme on British radio and television devoted to performance poetry, and is now in its seventh year.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin' Else Production for BBC Radio 4.

Performance poetry, this week starring Molly Naylor who was on one of the 7/7 trains.

050320101110

Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week featuring performance poet Chris Redmond.

He's accompanied by the talented jazz drummer Graham Fox.

Chris Redmond (aka Ventriloquist) works in spoken word, music and theatre.

His work has been featured on BBC Radio 1, XFM and SKY Arts.

Gigs have included London's Southbank Centre, Shepherds Bush Empire, Comedy Cafe, Cargo, Jazz Cafe, and at festivals - Glastonbury, Big Chill, Latitude, Camp Bestival, London Word Festival and many more.

This autumn he is performing as part of The Spoken Word All-Stars tour with Kate Tempest, Kat Francois, El Crisis, Oneness and Jason Yarde - promoted by Apples & Snakes and Poet In The City.

A trained musician and producer he's played drums in dozens of bands and written music for theatre, dance, art installations, ITN, SKY Sports Ch5 and EMI/KPM.

He runs workshops and teaches music and poetry throughout the UK.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin Else Production for BBC Radio 4.

Featuring performance poet Chris Redmond, accompanied by jazz drummer Graham Fox.

050320101110

Radio 4's performance poetry series, this week featuring performance poet Chris Redmond.

He's accompanied by the talented jazz drummer Graham Fox.

Chris Redmond (aka Ventriloquist) works in spoken word, music and theatre.

His work has been featured on BBC Radio 1, XFM and SKY Arts.

Gigs have included London's Southbank Centre, Shepherds Bush Empire, Comedy Cafe, Cargo, Jazz Cafe, and at festivals - Glastonbury, Big Chill, Latitude, Camp Bestival, London Word Festival and many more.

This autumn he is performing as part of The Spoken Word All-Stars tour with Kate Tempest, Kat Francois, El Crisis, Oneness and Jason Yarde - promoted by Apples & Snakes and Poet In The City.

A trained musician and producer he's played drums in dozens of bands and written music for theatre, dance, art installations, ITN, SKY Sports Ch5 and EMI/KPM.

He runs workshops and teaches music and poetry throughout the UK.

Producer: Graham Frost

A Somethin Else Production for BBC Radio 4.

Featuring performance poet Chris Redmond, accompanied by jazz drummer Graham Fox.