Jawdance X Bloomsbury

Jawdance comes to Bloomsbury Festival. This is your chance to own the stage alongside some of the biggest names in spoken word.

An institution of the London spoken word scene, Jawdance comes to Bloomsbury Festival bringing you acclaimed feature acts alongside up-and-coming artists in poetry and music.

The notorious Jawdance open mic is for poets, part-time poets, partial-to-an-open-mic poets, or even I’ve-written-what-I-think-is-a-poem-but-I’m-not-a-poet poets… this is your chance to own the stage alongside some of the biggest names in spoken word.

Our usual host Yomi Sode is back with Den The Tech on the Decks.

Guest Artists

Casey Bailey

Casey Bailey is the Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020-2022. He is a writer, performer and educator born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham. Casey’s second full collection of poetry ‘Please Do Not Touch’ (2021) was published by Burning Eye Books. Casey has performed nationally and internationally, spent some time on a residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and taught, facilitated and led up and down the country. His debut poetry pamphlet ‘Waiting at Bloomsbury Park’ was published by Big White Shed (2017). His first full collection of poetry ‘Adjusted’ (2018) was published by Verve Poetry Press. He’s also works in education, has produced well received theatre shows and produces and writes music.

Website: caseybailey.co.uk
Instagram: @casey_bailey
Twitter: @MrCaseyBailey


Gecko is a London based artist, his playful lyrics cover the big things in life; think iPhones, Libraries & Guanabana fruit juice to name but a few.

Gecko has previously appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, BBC Scotland, BBC London & the Edinburgh Fringe.

He has shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Loyle Carner, Tim Minchin & Billy Bragg.

In 2020 Gecko appeared on BAFTA winning Sky TV show ‘Life & Rhymes’ with Benjamin Zephaniah. In 2021 Gecko received over a million views on TikTok causing a stir with his song for ‘Laika’ the dog sent to space & his feminist retelling of ‘Rapunzel’.

Website: geckoofficial.com
Instagram: @geckoofficial
Twitter: @geckoofficial
Youtube: @geckomusic

Annaleise Amoah

Annaleise was part of Apples and Snakes’ Cece’s Speakeasy last year. She has been writing & performing spoken word poetry for almost five years. Having grown up and lived in Ghana, London and now Essex, the themes of her work centre mainly around her upbringing, race, religion & current affairs.

This event is part of Bloomsbury Festival 2022.

Bloomsbury Festival is an annual celebration of the area’s creativity, presenting an inspiring programme of culture, arts, science, literature, performance, discussion and debate.

This year we have been inspired by the theme of Breathe. The Festival includes over 100 events across 10 days, ranging from hard-hitting creative reflections on the environment to quiet moments of mindfulness.

Head over to the festival website to explore the full programme.

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