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Stand Up and Spit

Stand Up and Spit
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21 Apr 2017 8pm - 10pm

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Seven Arts Centre

31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds, LS7 3PD

Back before hip hop made its way from across the pond, young, angry, working-class youths took to poetry to address politics, fascism and boredom. Accessible, protesting, diverse, inclusive, political, working-class, humorous yet also deadly serious, Ranting poetry appeared in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Platforming young rowdy writers with something to shout about, it was closely allied with punk and reggae and was the vibrant precursor of today’s spoken word. Far from the literary establishment, Ranting was beer-soaked, spit-stained and real … and Stand Up and Spit is bringing it back and touring across the UK in 2017. Performing tonight:

KATE FOX Kate Fox is a stand-up poet who’s originally from Bradford and was inspired by punk poets like Wild Willi Beckett in her late teens. She has been a Poet in Residence on Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Glastonbury Festival and the Great North Run.

NICK TOCZEK Nick Toczek is a writer and performer working variously as poet (and one of the original ranters), journalist, magician, vocalist, lyricist and radio broadcaster. He is a best-selling children’s author who has worked as a visiting writer in thousands of schools

TIM WELLS Tim Wells is made of reggae, lager top, pie and mash, and Leyton Orient FC. As ‘Teething Wells’ he was an original teenage ranting poet.

‘London poetry landmark’ – TLS
‘suedehead bard of N16’ – the Guardian
‘bizarre character from the East End’ – the Times
‘a neatly twisted line in rhetoric’ – NME
‘Working class hero’ – Morning Star


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£7 adv /£9 otd

Fully accessible throughout

  • Adults only
  • Spoken Word
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