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Experience a unique night of spoken word with Yorkshire troupe A Firm of Poets

The People’s Republic of Poetry 
Washington Arts Centre
Thursday 8th October 2015.

A Firm of Poets are offering a poetry night with a twist when they visit Arts Centre Washington National Poetry Day, Thursday 8th October.

The group of four poets will not only be performing a mixture of spoken word pieces but are also encouraging budding poets to appear on stage for the first time.

The Firm will be holding a workshop on the afternoon of the performance offering local poets advice and techniques on how to perfect their craft. They will then be invited to perform in front of an audience during the show that evening.

Ralph Dartford, a founding member of A Firm of Poets said: “The firm have been performing for a while but this is the first time we have involved the audience in this way. We can’t wait to meet budding poets in the workshops before the show and help them perform in front of an audience on the night.”

A Firm of Poets is Ralph Dartford and Matt Abbott, with the duo joined by fellow poets Jenni Pascoe and Rowan McCabe in Washington.

A cross between a poetic super group and Whose Line Is It Anyway, the show is fast paced, creating a fun and entertaining night out.

The group’s aim is to create The People’s Republic of Poetry – a network of spoken word performers throughout the UK.  Work performed by the participants will also be added to an online e-book, which will grow as the tour travels around the country.

Ralph continues: ‘This is a golden period for spoken word. With the emergence of such artists as Kate Tempest, George the Poet, Luke Wright, Hollie McNinsh, and also the reborn John Cooper Clarke, it appears that the nation is wonderfully engaged in rhyme and reason. We will give voice to some of the finest poets nationally, and just as important, the as yet unheard. The voices of any age, gender, race or background. We want the nation expressing themselves in word. Vive Le Republic!”

A Firm of Poets perform at Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 8 October. To book call 0191 219 3455 or visit

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31st Helmsley Arts Centre



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