Tag : Spoken word

‘Creating To Survive’ in the African Diaspora : an interview with Kaozara, Sistren and Zodwa Nyoni

9 months ago / 0 comments

On Thursday 30th November, the English department presented an exciting and dynamic event called ‘Creating to Survive’, exploring and celebrating art and expression in the African diaspora whilst challenging the notion of the ‘diasporic everyday’ in contemporary society. The event included discussion, spoken word from Kaozara and art. The members … Read More

Intersectional Feminism in The Hijabi Monologues

12 months ago / 0 comments

Newsflash: Muslim women have ‘normal’ interests and also do ‘everyday things’. The shock! The horror! Recently there has been a growth of media commentary about Muslim women. Believe it or not, most of this has been showcasing their victories rather than contributing to the usual stereotypical ramblings. We have seen … Read More

LUU Spoken Word Society Poetry Slam @ Wharf Chambers

2 years ago / 0 comments

Having never been to an event like this before, and being able only to draw from memories of Jonah Hill awkwardly forming staccato-ed emphasis on the name Cynthia, I had no realistic expectation for what a poetry slam was even going to be like. Save for my initial overwhelming awe … Read More

The Scribe GIAG – society spoken word talent

2 years ago / 0 comments

What started as a typical artsy student sit-in, laden with anarchy and questionable talent, morphed into a showcase of raw emotion and immense depth. This was The Scribe’s first GIAG of the semester at LS6, The Clock Café in Hyde Park. The show kicked off in a cosy upstairs room … Read More

10 Leeds spots you have to visit this year

2 years ago / 0 comments

Starting university is both an interesting and daunting transition in life. It can be overwhelming to arrive in a new city, for some even a new country, and when first arriving in Leeds it can be difficult to get the grip of such a big and vibrant place. First year … Read More

Blake Remixed: Poetry with a Hip-hop twist

3 years ago / 0 comments

As an outlet for emerging and new work, the Furnace Festival programme at West Yorkshire Playhouse provides artists access to develop new ideas and performance work. Blake Remixed is a show that certainly adheres to the Furnace mantra, and the show itself contained many interesting elements that fused the world … Read More

In The Middle with Ghostpoet

4 years ago / 0 comments

Shedding Skin is unlike any of Ghostpoet’s previous albums. Obara Ejimiwe (aka Ghostpoet) is a London based vocalist and musician whose recent release ‘Off Peak Dreams’ encapsulates the daily grind of a commuter. But Shedding Skin is bigger than London, “It’s definitely in there, it’s natural that it gets into … Read More

In The Middle with George The Poet

4 years ago / 0 comments

“So, whose responsibility is it?” George Mpanga delivers his performance in conversational spoken word but don’t be fooled. His performance is assertive and provocative, encouraging audience engagement at every turn. In the depths of LUU’s Mine, George addresses an intimate throng who do not hesitate to add their voices to … Read More

Preview: George The Poet @ Mine

4 years ago / 0 comments

George The Poet is a public speaker, writer, recording artist and the latest addition to the thriving spoken word scene in the UK. Spoken word has been gaining some serious momentum in the past year and with increasing political, economic and social tension across the globe, it’s not difficult to … Read More

Editors’ Choice w / 18th November

4 years ago / 0 comments

This week at In The Middle, we’ve been immersing ourselves in the work of spoken word artists and local Leeds musicians. 1. Kate Tempest – ‘Lonely Daze’ In her latest album Everybody Down, Mercury Prize nominee Kate Tempest fuses together her spoken word with funk, hip-hop and rap – anything … Read More