Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Glastonbury Festival 2008

26th-29th June
from a field somewhere not very near Glastonbury.

It looks like it could be mud-free this year .... or have I spoken to soon?

The line-up in the Poetry&Words Tent includes:

on Friday evening: the ‘scandalously talented’ (Sunday Times) and ‘bleeding marvellous’ (NME), John Hegley. Pop by for merriment and musings on dogs, spectacles and more.

on Saturday evening: the legendary Michael Horovitz, early champion of oral and jazz poetry, whose just published, A New Waste Land, was hailed by The Independent as ‘a deeply felt clarion-call from the radical underground’.

Ably flanking these two greats of the poetry world are: Attila the Stockbroker; Aisle 16; Joolz Denby; Robin Ince; festival website poet in residence and yak lover, A F Harrold; 2007 Glastonbury slam winner, John Berkavitch; Cat Kidd; Sophia Blackwell; Baba Brinkman; Kokumo; Melinda May Deathgoth; Dzifa Benson; Emma McGordon; Olumide Popoola; Adam Horovitz;Libby Houston and others. Comperes: Pete Hunter and Kat Francois.

on Sunday afternoon: the Glastonbury Poetry Slam on , hosted this year by Hammer and Tongue. Sign up, strut your stuff and you could win a spot in next year’s Poetry&Words.

A.F.Harrold sends festival goers this message:

"If you happen to be at the festival this year track me down and tell me interesting things to make into poems. I’m the Official Poet-In-Residence of the Official Glastonbury Festival Website and am supposed to be jotting things down all weekend, which will be mounted on the website in real time – so even people who had the common sense enough to not get tickets can keep in touch. My very fine poetic companion Mr Elvis McGonagall did this job last year and his things can be seen here: – and I imagine in time my things will be somewhere similar.

Sunday June 29th – Poetry & Words Stage, The ‘Enchanted’ Tent, Theatre & Circus Field, Glastonbury Festival somewhere in Somerset. 11.35am in the morning before lunch.
There is poetry on stage all weekend and if you’re there, bored on a Sunday morning because there’s very little going on, then wander to the tent and catch 25 minutes of me instead of going to church. For the first time witness me performing topical poems…"

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