Poetry workshops in the build up to Lancashire Fringe Festival

As part of Lancashire Fringe Festival, Louise Fazackerley is working with three poets – Amy Lee Tempest, Helena Ascough and Richy Integer – who will perform on the opening night of the festival (Weds May 15 at Vinyl Tap).

Louise is also running a FREE poetry workshop in Preston on the afternoon of Weds, May 1 – which anyone can attend. I’m announcing it on here so you lot can get the chance to sign up (there are only seven places available).

Here are the details:

Workshop – Making a Living from Performance Poetry
3pm-4.30pm open workshop (max 7 places).

Suitable for people writing and beginning to perform their own poetry. Louise will help you explore the different avenues available for professional performance poets to make money including performance, writing commissions, teaching and event management.

Contact Louise directly – email: louisethepoet@live.co.uk

Louise Fazackerley to launch Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Louise Fazackerley will launch Lancashire Fringe Festival on Wednesday, May 15, at Vinyl Tap in Preston.

The brilliant spoken-word performer debuts new show The Secret at the festival.

Louise, who has supported the godfather of punk poetry John Cooper Clarke, last played in Preston to a sell-out crowd of over 80 people.

The pop poet has appeared on BBC 1’s Breakfast show, as well as BBC Radio 3 and 4, performing to millions of people and talking about issues surrounding poetry and northern life.

Her work has been hailed by several of the UK’s best poets and literary icons:

‘A great performer’ Will Self
‘A voice that tingles with promise’ Ian McMillan
‘That was amazing and I’ve been a poet for 34 years. Will you come and do my festival?’ Attila the Stockbroker
‘A class act… I love her, you will too’ John Cooper Clarke

Much of the inspiration for her funny, bitter-sweet and observational work comes from Louise’s home town of Wigan.

Love Is A Battlefield, one of three albums Louise has recorded, is a result of a New Voices commission from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. The set addresses the after-effects of war on the social and domestic lives of soldiers.

Louise will be supported by three poets selected from the festival’s new commission call out, aimed at developing new regional north-west talent.

See Louise at Vinyl Tap Preston, 28-30 Adelphi St, Preston PR1 7BE on Wednesday, May 15. Show starts at 7.30pm.

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. No tickets required. Just turn up!


Louise Fazackerley’s website.
Twitter: @louisethepoet
Photo: Benji Reid