DiVerse #15

A monthly spoken word night for unheard and under-represented voices in Teesside.

DiVerse features special guests and open mic performers who are womxn, LGBTQIA+, visibly and invisibly disabled, refugee and artists of colour. DiVerse alternates venues between Hope & Union in Stockton and Shanti Bistro in Saltburn.


MC AC is a lively poet and storyteller. Her experience as a foster child provided her with infinite optimism and a drive to make things better. She uses poetry to spread joy, connect with others and communicate her wild, abstract thoughts. She recently competed in ‘a Born Lippy’ female slam and organized a ‘Safe Space’ poetry event for individuals to embrace their diversity. Her style varies with the moon, but she is mostly known for her philosophical words and ‘Life is a True Paradox’ poem.

Furo Todd
Furo Todd, aka Leks T, is a performance poet from Newcastle who has recently begun to carve a niche in the North-East spoken word scene. A closet writer for several years, she began performing in 2016 and has since gone on to win the Born Lippy poetry slam on two occasions. Her performance style ranges widely, from dynamic, rap-influenced rhythms to quiet, plainly-spoken readings. Expect a combination of power and vulnerability with a fresh perspective on themes personal and political.

Vici Wreford-Sinnott
An award winning, disabled writer and change-maker based in the North East, Vici Wreford-Sinnott has created many theatre pieces, and worked nationally and internationally. She is Artistic Director of disabled-led Little Cog theatre company, and founded women’s theatre company cirque des femmes. Having come through the theatre of punk, feminism, and disability rights, Vici’s work always packs a punch. She is currently touring her show, Another England, exploring disability and identity.

AJ Mckenna
AJ McKenna lives in Newcastle. Her show Howl of the Bantee was described as one of the most ‘genre-busting’ shows of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe by Opus Independents; she followed this up with Shotgun Wedding, a poetry/performance art hybrid presented as part of Apples and Snakes’ Public Address tour. She is currently working on Struggle/Play, a show about trans bodies, cis bodies and what happens in the space between them.

For open mic slots, sign up on the night.

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