PERFORMANCE: After Hours – Music & Poetry by Jade Cuttle and Ben Norris


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Friday 5 July, from 6pm  Bookings

Join us on the opening night of our Festival of the Spoken Word weekend for a poetry performance by Ben Norris and a jam session with singer-songwriter and spoken word performer Jade Cuttle as well as a chance to meet the performers and poets ahead of Saturday’s series of events. The Mess restaurant and bar will be open for the evening.

Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry slam champion – 2017 BBC Poetry Slam and 2013 UK All-Stars Poetry Slam – and has appeared everywhere from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. His debut solo show, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family’, won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring the UK and Australia, and his first short film, commissioned by Channel 4, was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.

Jade has performed her poetry on BBC Radio 3 (‘The Miracle of Mould’) and in association with BBC Proms (‘The Art of Splinters’). She has been commissioned to write for other BBC podcasts such as celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary through song (‘I can’t fall in love with the night’) and spoken word specials on BBC Introducing (‘Contains Strong Language’). Jade is a double recipient of the Foyle Young Poet Award, she also won 1st place in the 2014 BBC Proms’ Poetry Competition.

Jade is a singer-songwriter, translating metaphor into melody. Her debut album of poem-songs ‘Leaves & Lovers’ is inspired by the humble-hearted wisdom and resilience of nature, released to BBC Introducing acclaim. Her next album of poem-songs, including ‘Maggots’ and ‘Algal Bloom’, will be released through Warren Records in 2019 with funding and support from PRS Foundation and Make Noise.

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