Milk Poetry found its legs in 2015, occupying the back room of a bar in Bristol to provide a nurturing environment for poets both old and new. The night has gone from strength to strength since those cider-soaked beginnings, with Milk Poetry nights popping up in theatres across the city featuring some the very best spoken word artists in the country and we’re excited to bring some rising stars of the scene to Farmfest this year.
Expect to be touched, amused and inspired by this eclectic group of performers as they lead you through their word wonderment under a canopy of stars. Hosted by totty of the poetry world, Sam Grudgings & multiple slam winner Sven Stears with artists including Joshua Luke Smith, Graham Chilcott, Amani Saeed, Rob Carnie, Massiah Abraham.
The 25 year old wordsmith’s self produced debut EP landed in the top 10 of the UK and international iTunes charts and has lead the young poet and record label founder to receive BBC 6 Music radio play as well as features with BBC 1xtra and the London Roundhouse. With his sophomore EP “Your Beauty” recently released, accompanied by a string of live shows Joshua Luke Smith is fast becoming an inspired and important voice for his generation.
Massiah is an Ethiopian-bred, written and spoken word poet based near London. Her work takes an almost philosophical approach of the human experience in an attempt to explore meanings, perceptions and the unknown. When she’s not busy fusing words into mental images or creating conceptual photo series, she people-watches with the neighborhood owl.
Graham Chilcott is a perpetual child stuck trying to be a grown up in this never ending side show of flashy lights and pretty spinny things called life. Before leaving secondary school afer scraping a few C’s his headmaster said to him “you’ll be fine in life once you know what you want to do”. He still doesn’t.
Rob Carnie is a green-fingered poet who found freedom in language and landscape.
Amani Saeed is a transatlantic poet and the 2015 Exeter Poetry Slam Champion. Her work has been described as ‘strident, confident, brave and beautiful.’ She loves chocolate and hates end rhyme.
The North Bristol Writers are a collection of writers that meet regularly in North Bristol (hence the name), they include both published and unpublished writers, have produced one anthology, are working on a second, and have performed their stories at a mix of events including Bristol Festival of Literature, Sanctum, Small Stories, Talking Tales and many other short story performance events. Expect a mix of literary and fantastical tales.