The Woolly Hat Poet will be part of Lancashire Fringe Festival as he stops off on his own 12-date tour to perform in Preston.
Lancaster-based Benjamin Guilfoyle is walking 125 miles taking in 12 venues as part of his wandering Poet tour between Lancaster and Brighouse.
He will be joined on stage at Vinyl Tap, Preston by Lyndsay Price, Flora Martyr, Rikin Parekh and Lorna Smithers. The show starts at 7pm on Thursday, May 23.
And there will be a special appeal by Benjamin on the night – when he asks someone in the audience to put him up for the night.
But audiences on the 12-date tour are in for a shock – because he will make an on-stage appeal every performance for one of them to give him a bed for the night.
Benjamin is raising money for two charities – the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service and the Lancaster Children’s Library – with every penny from ticket sales and donations while on the tour donated to the charities.
And to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness, the poet will have nowhere to stay each night of his tour – that’s why he will be asking you for a bed for the night.
Benjamin said: “The Wandering Poet tour is all about being kind and doing something for others to make their day a little bit brighter. I want to be able to use my poetry and this tour to make a difference, however small, and to support these two local charities because without support they might not be around that much longer.
“My poetry comes from a place of happiness. I use my poems to tell stories and to focus on the smaller things in life that we might overlook and those small victories that get us through our everyday lives.
“I hope I will make my audiences laugh and there will be at least one poem in the show that they can relate to on a personal level.”
The performance poet – know as The Woolly Hat Poet – heads out on the road in May for a gruelling 12-date tour, taking in Lancaster, Garstang, Preston, Wigan, Bolton, Prestwich, Salford, Oldham, Littleborough, Hebden Bridge, Halifax and finally his home-town of Brighouse on consecutive nights.
The Wandering Poet Tour is inspired by Yorkshire’s own Simon Armitage and his Coast to Coast walk in 2015.
Each show Benjamin will be joined by local poetic talent, musicians and artists to give each show a local voice.
Guests in Preston
Lyndsay Price is a Spoken Word Artist with an interest in how art can be used as a tool to ignite social change. With a previous background in theatre; Lyndsay melds together her knowledge and artistry to create dynamic performances, events and projects that cater from beginner all the way up to acclaimed performer. Lyndsay is inspired by the things that make us human; she writes mainly about: friendship, sexuality, sisterhood, nature, self-improvement, 90’s movies, and vulnerability. She is a drama school graduate, previous creative resident at mac birmingham and a National Youth Theatre of GB alumni.
“She shines a light of creativity, awakening and inspiring many to get into poetry as reader, audience, writer and/or performer.” – Paul Pyke, Poet
Flora Martyr is one quarter performance poet, one quarter animator, one quarter photographer and one quarter tenpin bowler, based in Preston, Lancashire. She has performed at various poetry nights and open mics around the UK and was once the host of now no-longer Korova Poetry evenings. She writes about love, contemporary life and typefaces.
Rikin Parekh is a spoken word artist from Preston. He has performed at Chorley Literary Festival and has headlined Damson Poets, Preston’s monthly poetry night. Rikin also recently delivered a set at Gullivers Pub in Manchester for Brainwaves, a night of music and poetry in aid of the mental health charity Mind.
The tour kicks off on May 21 in Lancaster and will run each day until June 1.
See The Wandering Poet Tour by Benjamin Guilfoyle at Vinyl Tap from 7pm on Thursday, May 23.
Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show – with all money going to charity. No tickets required. Just turn up!