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Department of English Studies

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This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

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Centre for Poetry and Poetics

Spoken Word and Open Mic Night

25th November 2019, 19:15 to 21:00, Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aidan's College, Emily Pritchard, Dan Webber, Julie Easley

A special night of Spoken Word, exploring gender roles and identity. Organised by the Changing Relations C.I.C. in collaboration with St Aidan’s College and The Centre for Poetry & Poetics. Free and open to all.

Three brilliant Spoken Word Artists from across the country will explore the themes of gender equality and destructive cultural pressures using their individual styles. Followed by an open mic session to give students a platform to perform their own work in a supportive environment.

Emily Pritchard is a poet and performer based in York, whose work centres around family, queerness, and the body. Her performances are full of a wonderful energy and she has competed in the Roundhouse and BBC Fringe Slams, and hosted Slay on Words slam in York.

Dan Webber is a stand-up poet, reluctant bear and attempted vegan, who strips away labels of life, love, the arts and the LGBTQ+ community in his fast-paced, honest and hilarious show - Genre Fluid – of which Dan will treat the audience to a selection of poems from. 'Sentimental musings on self, mental health, masculinity, appearance, and place, delivered with a playful and giddy appeal' (

Julie Easley is a performance poet, and event’s organiser/host for the Saltburn DiVerse night, a monthly cabaret of ‘other voices.’ Her writing is narrative driven and inspired by those who speak their truth and her poetry aims to give a voice to the silent: drawing upon universal issues including gender equality/norms, domestic violence; colonialism, and immigration.

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