Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Live at the Old Library - Raphael Blake, Ben Norris and Georgina Wilding

The Old Library, Mansfield, Mansfield

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Venue The Old Library, Mansfield
Photos of poets. From left to right, Raphael Blake, Ben Norris and Georgina Wilding

Inspire presents some exciting spoken word talents, live at The Old Library, as part of Inspire Poetry Festival 2018:

Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry slam champion and has appeared all over the UK including at Latitude Festival and the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  He has also written commissions for BBC Radio 4, Southbank Centre, IdeasTap, and Ditch the Label, among others, and was recently writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd. He is currently developing a new show for the Roundhouse. Ben was born and raised in Nottingham.

Watch Ben perform his poem Rebel Heart (commissioned by Nottingham 2023 and DYT).

For more on Ben visit his website.

Ben at a microphone, reading

Raphael Blake is a spoken word poet and visual artist living in Nottingham. he has performed at LOVEBOX and Splendour Festival 2016 with full six-piece live band, and has garnered support from various BBC radio stations and been playlisted on Kemet FM. he is constantly putting together various video releases, shooting music videos and running creative writing and visual media workshops in schools and the community.

Nottingham based spoken word prodigy…” Clash

For more on Raphael, including recordings of his work, visit his website.

Raphael Blake, standing.

Georgina Wilding is Nottingham born and bred, and the city’s first Young Poet Laureate (2017/18). She has written and performed for radio and TV and has toured her poetry in the UK and Germany. A former member of Mouthy Poets, she is the founding editor of Nottingham publishing house Mud Press

Watch Georgina perform her poem for Nottingham, as part of a project from BBC Local Radio, the Forward Arts Foundation, and Apples and Snakes.

Photo of Georgina Wilding

Please note that this event will take place at The Old Library Mansfield, tel: 01623 644 377

The Inspire Poetry Festival takes place 25 - 29 September at six Inspire venues. View the full programme.

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