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Tom & Loulou interview a diversity of contemporary poets and spoken word artists.

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Poetry To Your Ears Tom & Loulou

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Tom & Loulou interview a diversity of contemporary poets and spoken word artists.

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    35 - Roy McFarlane

    35 - Roy McFarlane

    Tune in to hear us chat about the legacy of slavery, erasure poems, Roy’s role as Birmingham’s poet laureate, Canal poet ambassador and Brighton Book Festival’s poet-in-residence, & more.
    Watch this episode on YouTube.
    “Living by Troubled Waters is the third poetry collection by Roy McFarlane – an extraordinary, uncompromising book exploring slavery, colonialism, and the continued tragedies visited upon Black bodies whilst these legacies remain unresolved. In his close examination of the horror of racialised violence, McFarlane examines how the strong currents of the past and present flow side by side.
    His poems ask us to think about the Black Mediterranean of today as much as we do about the Windrush scandal and the aftershocks of trans-Atlantic slavery, where Black people are still imprisoned, enslaved and drowned as they flee persecution and poverty.”
    This episode is sponsored by Fawn Press, a British independent publisher. You can get a 10% discount on all books with the code poetry10 (fawnpress.co.uk). We hope you’ll find a poetry book you like and tag us on social media if you purchase one!
    CREDITS: Poetry To Your Eears is an independent podcast co-hosted and co-produced by Tom O’Dwyer and Éloïse Armary. The episode was recorded on Blue Dot Studios in July 2023. The soundtrack is ‘Dans la peau’ by Circus Marcus and the art cover is by Charlotte Gray - @grayglues.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    34 - Elizabeth M Castillo

    34 - Elizabeth M Castillo

    'Not Quite an Ocean' by Elizabeth M. Castillo is a paean to the feminine, to motherhood and to the natural world. At once these poems are both unabashed in their celebration of womanhood, and are searing in their unflinching confrontation with darker undercurrents that threaten to break and destroy.
    The poems in 'Not Quite an Ocean' are beacons, are rallying calls, and are ultimately a roars of strength, pride and hope that cannot be silenced or subdued: To be woman is to be everything All things bound together and, if you can manage it that little bit more.
    You can purchase Not Quite An Ocean on Nine Pens’ Website.
    Poetry To Your Ears is sponsored by Bent Key Publishing Fawn Press, two British independent publishers. You can get a 10% discount on all books with the code POETRYTOYOUREARS10 (www.bentkeypublishing.co.uk) and poetry10 (fawnpress.co.uk). We hope you’ll find a poetry book you like and tag us on social media if you purchase one!
    CREDITS: Poetry To Your Eears is an independent podcast co-hosted and co-produced by Tom O’Dwyer and Éloïse Armary. The episode was recorded on Riverside.fm in June 2023. The soundtrack is ‘Dans la peau’ by Circus Marcus and the art cover is by Charlotte Gray - @grayglues.
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    • 48 min
    33 - Kathryn Millington

    33 - Kathryn Millington

    In this stunning pamphlet of quietly moving and poignant poems, Kathryn Millington guides her reader through the grief that comes as a result of involuntary childlessness, an issue which can affect up to 1 in 5 women.
    “You will know someone like me. We are everywhere: at your workplace, within your family, subsumed in your friendship groups. It’s such a lonely place. I want to inhabit that place and be that voice, to show that we can create.”
    “Kate’s poems move me, make me laugh, make me reflect on this strange business we call life and feel more hopeful about navigating a path through it. These are tender, beautifully-crafted poems that work on the page and in the air. Read them, keep them with you.” Helen Mort
    Poetry To Your Ears is sponsored by Write Bloody UK and Fawn Press, two British independent publishers. You can get a 10% discount on all books with the code POETRYTOYOUREARS (www.writebloodyuk.co.uk) and poetry10 (fawnpress.co.uk). We hope you’ll find a poetry book you like and tag us on social media if you purchase one!
    CREDITS: Poetry To Your Eears is an independent podcast co-hosted and co-produced by Tom O’Dwyer and Éloïse Armary. The episode was recorded at The Brunswick in June 2023. The soundtrack is ‘Dans la peau’ by Circus Marcus and the art cover is by Charlotte Gray - @grayglues.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    32 - Joelle Taylor

    32 - Joelle Taylor

    “The female body is a political space.”
    At Brighton Fringe’s event of Queer The Mic, we sat down in a dark den and talked to Joelle about performing Blue Now, from the film by Derek Jarman, with Russell Tovey, Travis Alabanza and Jay Bernard; her thoughts on spoken word vs poetry and its class divide, the gay scene in the 80s and now, founding SLAMbassadors and OutSpoken London as well as mentoring young poets.
    Watch our dramatic set on Youtube.
    Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Saboteur Spoken Word Artist of the Year (2022), Taylor is the host and co-curator of Out-Spoken, the UK’s premier poetry and music club, currently resident at the Southbank Centre. A former UK slam champion, she founded SLAMbassadors, the UK’s youth slam championships, in 2001 and was its Artistic Director and National Coach until 2018. Taylor is the author of three plays, a forthcoming novel and four poetry collections, including C+nto & Othered Poems, which won the 2021 T. S. Eliot Prize and was longlisted for the 2021 Ondaatje Prize. Her documentary Butch was recently featured on BBC Radio 4.
    CREDITS: Poetry To Your Eears is an independent podcast co-hosted and co-produced by Tom O’Dwyer and Éloïse Armary. The episode was recorded at The Brunswick in June 2023. The soundtrack is ‘Dans la peau’ by Circus Marcus and the art cover is by Charlotte Gray - @grayglues.
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    • 53 min
    31 - Reanna Valentine

    31 - Reanna Valentine

    Listen to this episode if you’re interested in learning about how poetry can help cope with grief, Reanna’s relationship with their nan, the influence that Carolyn has had in Reanna becoming a poet, sharing poems about queerness and sex to their grandmother, editing the filthy poems, the process of editing and pairing poems written by two authors, what it means to perform poems written by someone else, and more!
    About Fragmented Light: Written across the span of 50 years, these poems passed between a grandmother and grandchild are twined together, becoming an enlightening conversation on family, love and loss. 
    'A meditation on escaping a marriage, on escaping womanhood, on being guided through life by the sea and the forest. Salty water might not be pleasant in tea, but it makes for a place to swim." Loulou - Author of Pink Goo
    'This collection weaves together the nostalgic and the immediate to create a love letter that bends time itself... For those who fleetingly inhabit our lives and for the family we can always lean on.' Kofi Achina
    Follow Reanna Valentine on Instagram and Youtube @reannavalentine.
    Poetry To Your Ears is sponsored by Write Bloody UK and Fawn Press, two British independent publishers. You can get a 10% discount on all books with the code POETRYTOYOUREARS (www.writebloodyuk.co.uk) and poetry10 (fawnpress.co.uk). We hope you’ll find a poetry book you like and tag us on social media if you purchase one!
    CREDITS: Poetry To Your Eears is an independent podcast co-hosted and co-produced by Tom O’Dwyer and Éloïse Armary. The episode was recorded on in Blue Dot Studios in March 2023. The soundtrack is ‘Dans la peau’ by Circus Marcus and the art cover is by Charlotte Gray - @grayglues.
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    • 48 min
    30 - Lyra Festival ft Hollie McNish, Michael Pederson, Malaika Kegode & Kat Lyons

    30 - Lyra Festival ft Hollie McNish, Michael Pederson, Malaika Kegode & Kat Lyons

    In this episode, we reflect on Bristol city poets, the Bristol City of Words exhibition and talk to Michael Pederson, author of Boy Friends (Faber), Hollie McNish, Sunday Times bestseller and author of Slug, Malaika Kegode, Festival poet and Kat Lyons, current Bristol city poet. This incredible line-up should be enough to get you to listen or watch this episode, but if you need more incentive, you can hear us talk about friendship, translating dogging to French, starting Milk poetry, changing gender identity after writing a spoken word show, and some advice on starting your journey as a poet!
    You can also watch this episode on Youtube.
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    CREDITS: Poetry To Your Eears is an independent podcast co-hosted and co-produced by Tom O’Dwyer and Éloïse Armary. The episode was recorded in Bristol in April 2023. The soundtrack is ‘Dans la peau’ by Circus Marcus and the art cover is by Charlotte Gray - @grayglues.
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    • 32 min

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