A poetry group is offering a poetry night with a twist.
The four-strong A firm of Poets will be visiting Arts Centre Washington on National Poetry Day this Thursday.
The group will not only be performing a mixture of spoken word pieces but will also be encouraging budding poets to appear on stage for the first time.
The Firm will be holding a workshop on the afternoon of the performance, offering local poets advice and techniques on how to perfect their craft.
They will then be invited to perform in front of an audience that evening.
Ralph Dartford, a founding member of A Firm of Poets, said: “The Firm have been performing for a while but this is the first time we have involved the audience in this way. We can’t wait to meet budding poets in the workshops before the show and help them perform in front of an audience on the night.”
A Firm of Poets is Ralph and Matt Abbott, with the duo joined by poets Jenni Pascoe and Rowan McCabe in Washington. A cross between a poetic super group and Whose Line Is It Anyway, the show is fast paced. The group’s aim is to create The People’s Republic of Poetry – a network ofspoken word performers throughout the UK. Work performed by the participants will also be added to an online e-book, which will grow as the tour travels around the country. To book, call 0191 219 3455 or visit www.artscentrewashington.co.uk