Award Winning Loud Poets Showcase Spoken Word Poetry in Dumfries

Saturday 16th September, 7:30 pm

The Stove Network & Cafe, 100 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ

Straight from their sold-out show with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Loud Poets return to Dumfries for an enchanting evening of spoken word poetry.

In March 2023, local performers Susi Briggs and Chelsie Nash competed with 10 other poets to earn their spot at the Loud Poets Grand Slam Final. The final took place just weeks ago, during the prestigious Edinburgh International Book Festival. Both Susi and Chelsie qualified for the second round and did an outstanding job of representing the South of Scotland at this nationwide poetry slam. While this award-winning poetry slam series is over for 2023, with Edinburgh-based Jo Hunter crowned ‘Slam Champion’, the poetry does not stop there.

On 16th September, the Loud Poets return to Dumfries in collaboration with The Stove Network for an evening of fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling spoken word poetry. The night includes three feature performers: Kim Moore, Bex Bidgood, and Julia Mesnikoff. They will be led through a series of fun poetic challenges by host Mark Gallie, culminating in feature sets with musical accompaniment by guitarist Jack Hinks.

“Kim Moore is such a talented poet” states poet Bex Bidgood. “Kim is a multi-award winner. The Forward Prize, the Eric Gregory Awards, and so many others. She has an impressive and extensive list of achievements which are so rightfully deserved; I am so excited to share the stage with her.”

In addition to prize-winning Kim Moore and Loud Poets’ own Bex Bidgood, Dumfries is represented strongly by poet Julia Mesnikoff. Julia performed at the Loud Poets Showcase & Open Mic in October 2022 and established herself as a hidden gem of the Scottish poetry scene.

“Julia’s work is beautiful. Without collaborations with local organisations like The Stove Network, and funding from Creative Scotland we might never have seen Julia’s poetry. I can’t wait to see what she’ll share during the show.”

In addition to a showcase, local poets are invited to sign up for the open mic to perform. To sign up for the open mic and to purchase tickets please visit the Stove Network website.

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