Utter! Lutonia; A place where ideas and energy meet and cross-fertilise, where divides drop away and humanity unites humans. Where speaking and listening is natural and free, not something to be measured but something to luxuriate in, limitlessly.
Headline Act: Joolz Denby
An original voice of ire and fire, warmth and truth in British poetry and art. A performer, a music-maker, a novelist, an artist, a poet, a tattooist.
Support Act: James McKay
James McKay, is entwined nationally in spoken word events. A writer and performer of craft and charisma, heft and humour. Tender and truthful too.
Almost legendary ClodMagazine Pop-up Bookstall, sweet music from DJ Stephen Whiting and regular host Lee Nelson will also all feature.
About Joolz Denby
Joolz is an internationally renowned poet, recording artist and novelist.
She has read her work to audiences in venues ranging from the Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival where she performed for over 20 years, to international literature events, clubs and every type of venue possible.
Joolz won New Crimewriter Of The Year, the inaugural new writer award by the Crimewriter’s Association for her debut novel Stone Baby, and was shortlisted for The Orange Prize for her 4th novel Billie Morgan.
Joolz has been published by HarperCollins and Serpent’s Tail for novels, Bloodaxe Books etc for poetry and produced recordings of her poetry set to music by such artistes as Jah Wobble, Justin Sullivan and Henning Nugel the celebrated German composer. She is also a working visual artist who is collected globally.
After the wrecking-ball of the last couple of years, the smoke begins to clear; James McKay (rhymes with "tie") finds himself back on his not-quite-native Tyneside asking himself all over again what a poet has to do to make a living round these (or indeed any) parts.
A founding member of the Grandbaby Beat Generation®, he continues to wait for an answer while wandering the charity shops full of old books and too much coffee (roasts his own beans and all). As for the poetry, there has been talk of language sitting up and doing tricks; extravagant kaleidoscopes of style, tone and reference; and an endearingly quick and dry wit.
20-plus years a stage poet, James is mainly happy if he remembers all his words and gets them out to time. He likes it when people say his work reminds them of Baudelaire, hates it when they use the word "wordsmith". A third collection of poems, Nuts and Nectar, is in preparation, sequel to Very Friendly Weapon (Burning Eye Books, 2018) and Quiet Circus (Vintage Poison, 2011).