January 26, 2018

Crisis and Collaboration 

It’s a few years back and I’m still pretty active on the London open-mic scene. I’ve not long started out and there aren’t many spoken word nights in South Essex for us to attend*, so we’ve hit the London scene pretty hard. Nowadays we’ve got l...

January 5, 2018

And so the Daily Mail headline reads: A nation hooked on happy pills.


Happy pills - A common, if somewhat outdated, vernacular for depression meds. One of those charming phrases one thought would have gone out of the window a long time ago along with other choice words...

January 13, 2017

Yesterday I bore witness to the poetical powerhouse that is Sadie Davidson, in a twenty five minute spoken word set that bit with lightning like fury and machine gun delivery. This was edgy and dangerous poetry.

She got me thinking. What is it that made this work have...

December 12, 2016

Storytelling is an art form as old as language itself. Before the advent of writing and civilisation as we understand it today, we had stories.Be it spoken word, song, emceeing or poetry recital, many of us have come into contact with artists or been involved in arts t...

December 1, 2016

Yesterday I was on national television for the first time.

Well...technically that's not true. I was previously on Channel 4's Bouncers. I was a drunkard in a home made Batman costume being manhandled by the staff of Clacton's most depressing (and only) nightclub. Anywa...

October 13, 2016

I recently read that 1/3 of Americans have ink. I'm unsure as to what percentage of Brits have tattoos, but it's certainly getting to the point that, if you want to rebel, staying tattoo free will soon be a rebellious non-conformist statement. Lots of us have tattoos....

October 9, 2016

Kill the fatted calf! Ralph's in the house!

This month saw poetry in commotion's first feature act: Ralph Dartford. Supported by an varied open mic of local talent, Ralph's feature was an explosive crescendo to Poetry in Commotion's second event.

Dartford, a foundin...

September 21, 2016

I've never felt like a grown up. People tell me this is a common feeling. There's this slowly dawning realisation that all adults, including yourself, are just kids who got taller and learned to hide their curiosity, silliness and excitement better than before. But eve...

September 14, 2016

When should an artist work for free? 

"Never." This is what I hear a lot, especially from other artists. But is this always feasible? Is there paid work out there? Whether or not it is right or wrong, we live in a society that does not value art  and artists at the same...

September 9, 2016

  

Yesterday we launched Poetry in Commotion. This event, a collaborative effort from Poetry to Succeed and the Foundation for Essex Arts, saw a plethora of poetic talent descend on Basildon's Towngate theatre to share their words. In an age of sound bites, snapcha...

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