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A special night of spoken word with three guest acts.

An opportunity for poetry newcomers to experience the wonderful world of poetry without being overwhelmed, and for regulars to discover some outstanding talent from across the country.

Delivered in partnership with Daisy Arts’ youth theatre group WASH., three artists of the spoken word will explore the themes of gender equality and destructive cultural pressures using their individual styles. This is a chance to get the conversation flowing around gender roles and the ‘harmful boxes’ we often feel we have to fit into in order to be accepted.

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.

Stand-up poet, reluctant bear and attempted vegan, Dan Webber strips away labels of life, love, the arts and the LGBTQ+ community in his fast-paced, honest and hilarious show Genre Fluid. Dan will treat the audience to a selection of poems about self, mental health, masculinity, appearance, and place.

Julie Easley is a performance poet and events organiser 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.

Afterwards they’ll run an open mic session offering first timers a supportive environment to perform on stage.

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