After the break we came back for the last two rounds. The second round was excellent. Every poet who performed in the semi-final scored highly in writing. Cerys (hope I'm spelling that correctly) delivered an excellent poem that really struck a chord for me. Still, the poem hungry reaper, wielding his microphone-esque scythe, had to strike and cull the number down to just three. The three finalists, Jason, Jackie and Ross were absolutely brilliant performers. In the end there could be only one (don't sue Mr Lambert, please sir) and that winner was Jackie Juno. Jackie scored 90+ for her writing consistently throughout all three rounds and the ambition of her last piece, an A-Z interactive road trip poem, sealed her the £100 cash prize.
Photo courtesy of Mark Jones (one of the slammers).
This event was a fantastic night and should become a fixture on the Plymouth writing scene.
To learn about the other events going on this week for the Plymouth Literature Festival just visit their website. My final stop this week is going to be hosting an open mic on a river. Can't wait!
Photo courtesy of Emma Twamley (one of my fellow judges).
Well last night was awesome! We (as in Blaidh&Sounde) had a fantastic night bringing folklore, gruesome fairy tales, and our own original musical compositions to the Athenaeum stage. In 2016 we performed 'In the Darkly Woods' and this year we returned with the sequel 'The Darkly Woods Strikes Back!' It seemed to be very well received. Lots of people telling us they had a great night and waking up to these comments posted on social media.
Below are a few videos taken at the show last night. Warning, they do contain cussing and rudeness.
I have gone under many names, been published as Gallimaufry the Ineffable, won contests as Al Zord, but recently, yesterday actually, I started to move away from my most successful one, Blaidh Nemorlith. It's scary being just you, especially creatively. Blaidh will always exist (he has to, I have a new self-published book out with his name on it!) but it is time to move the whole bag of moods and interests into the stage lighting and smile with just one mouth.
Well, for now at least.
Thom Boulton is a contemporary free verse poet who lives and performs in the South West, UK. He is Plymouth's current Poet Laureate.