Spoken Word – A-Z

OK, this is our attempt to get you up to speed with the spoken word scene, with our very own, by no means definitive, guide to who’s who and what’s what.

We’ve listed a few sites to get you started and grouped them under various headings so you know where to head.

Happy surfing…(and feel free to drop us a line if you think your site should be included in this list.)

People who can tell you more

Try www.applesandsnakes.org An agency supporting spoken word and literature throughout the UK. They have a network of regional co-ordinators (see the web site for details) who will be able to tell you what is happening in your area.

www.artscouncil.org.uk The national funding agency for the arts in England, and funder of Phrased and Confused. Arts Council England has regional offices throughout the UK and each office has a literature officer who will know what is happening in their region. You can find out who’s who in your region on the site.

Spoken word producers who’ve helped us with our Phrased & Confused festival stage and tours

www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk London-based Penned in the Margins promotes some of the UK’s most exciting and popular live literature events, publishes high quality poetry collections and produces cutting edge tours. Penned in the Margins is at the forefront of ‘a new breed of literary nights out, fusing poetry with beats and beers’ (Flavorpill). Tom, the brains behind the set up, used to work with us, and helped put together our 2006 Phrased & Confused tour.

wordpoetry.co.uk and lyriclounge.co.uk run regular events in the East Midlands.

www.londonwordfestival.com Great festival which celebrates word in all its forms – from Blogs to Boggle, poetic lyricism to lyric poetry; from diaspora to the double dactul; from publishing houses to pop culture and out into the unkown. Good friends and co-conspirators of ours!

thebookclubboutique.com The Literary Salon reinvented by the glorious Salena Godden.

Getting your words heard

Looking for handy hints for developing your writing? www.poetrykit.org or www.writeoutloud.net are good places to start. Or for the more serious minded there’s The Guardian’s weekly poetry workshop: books.guardian.co.uk/poetryworkshop.

Podcasts

For an international feel to your spoken word check out www.indiefeedpp.libsyn.com Each episode features a spoken word artist performing his or her stuff together with an interview or commentary. There’s a considerable back catalogue and it’s all downloadable onto your ipod.

For a more UK flavour try www.ukpoetrypodcast.com

Not strictly a podcast, poetry jukebox at www.57productions.com is worth a look

And for those of you who like to make lists, you can find a fairly comprehensive list of poetry podcasters at www.poetrypodcasting.org