PERFORMANCE: Spoken Word Poetry with Ben Norris
Saturday 6 July 2019
Poet and performer Ben Norris presents a live set about family and ideas of ‘home’ in work that looks unflinchingly at heartbreak, grief, death, love, hope and forgiveness.
“These poems are raw, fresh, fluent, and filled with a real voice and a real sensibility, without a cliché or slack moment insight. Norris has conveyed not only a sense of himself, but himself as someone on whom nothing is lost. Interesting, smart, sensitive, witty. He’s the real deal” Colm Tóibín
“Truly exciting, incisive, and revealing. Innovative without being gimmicky, confident without being cocky. Moving and truthful.” Jo Bell
“‘I thought, and felt my anchor fall’, begins Ben Norris’ pamphlet; in these poems, he dives deep, holding the twin ropes of family and fidelity, anchored by a great eye for imagery and detail. These are moving, witty and beautifully-crafted poems which are never complacent, never letting us stay on the surface.” Andrew McMillan
Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry slam champion and has appeared everywhere from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. His has written commissioned for BBC Radio 4, Southbank Centre, IdeasTap, and Ditch the Label and was recently writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd. He is current poet-in-residence for Nottinghamshire Libraries and a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse. He also plays Ben Archer in ‘The Archers’ on BBC Radio 4.
There will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of Ben’s celebrated poetry pamphlet Some Ending at the event.