DiVerse #25

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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.

Headline features:

Radikal Queen
Currently based in the UK, revolutionary poet and musician, Radikal Queen speaks the Blues to music, she has learned how to fuse the beauty of Black music with the grassroots fight for planetary liberation. She produces and directs theatre across three continents, and funds child-run projects in Indigenous communities in Cameroon.

Michelle Scally Clarke
Writer, actor, and facilitator, Michelle Scally Clarke has worked alongside greats such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, and poet laureate Simon Armitage. Published by Route, Blood Axe, and Peepal Tree Press she has two books and albums – I am and She is. Michelle has worked with a variety of organisations, including First Story and Leeds Playhouse, and is establishing the COYC intergenerational well-being writing and performing collective.

Guest poets:

Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley
Spoken word artist, radio host, music journalist, and record label boss, Dominic delivers consistently electrifying performances. He has two poetry books tackling the issues of skin-bleaching, black fatherhood, chat-up lines, role models, celebrity culture and mental health.

Kev Howard
Kev Howard is a professional musician whose main instruments are the Aboriginal yidaki or didjeridu, the Irish bronze horn, hand percussion and various styles of Tuvan overtone singing. He has toured internationally performing at music festivals worldwide.

Sawyer T Aster 
A young, emerging poet from Bradford, Sawyer  has been writing with Bradford Young Writers’ group for five years, using poetry to explore relationships, gender and societal expectations. He aims to break stereotypes and show that love and relationships do not have one given form.

Diane Taylor
A member of Tees Women Poets, Diane is a retired librarian. With an MA in Creative Writing from Teesside University, she is also a storyteller and folksinger, and plays the ukulele. Her poems have been published in The Eye of Temenos and The Black Light Engine Room.

For open mic slots, sign up on the night.

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