Open Access: Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists

Steve Pottinger, Dave Pitt and Emma Purshouse

Steve Pottinger, Dave Pitt and Emma Purshouse

About Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists

PPP is passionate about promoting poetry and spoken word in the Black Country, and have created a collective of artists to do so. We put on popular monthly events in Walsall and regular events in Wolverhampton.

While running our poetry nights, we have noticed a lack of confidence for some people when presenting their work, and a desire to improve. We therefore intend to run three workshops teaching and developing mic technique and performance skills. These workshops will be aimed at people who have had limited experience of reading their work in public and wish to learn how to present their work more effectively, and will also be intended to encourage people who may never have read their work in public, but would like to give it a go in the supportive environment of a closed workshop group (rather than in front of an audience).

We will hold the two-hour workshops prior to and in conjunction with our events in Walsall and Wolverhampton, equipping more people with the performance skills to present their work as well as possible, which can only help raise the bar for live poetry in our region.

The Walsall events will be on the afternoons of October 7th and November 4th, before our monthly Yes, We Cant events. The Wolverhampton one will be held either before our Home & Away event on October 17th, or on the preceding weekend, depending on demand. Participants in the workshop will benefit from improved performance skills and enhanced confidence, skills which they will take with them when they participate in other arts activities.

Feedback from previous Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists events.

"I have never performed at the Poetry Slam before. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to have a go, with lovely encouragement from Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists. I hope to join everyone at the next Poetry Slam with much more confidence."

"Brilliant, loved the atmosphere and the support shown to the poets."


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