The Speakers' Corner, York

History of The Speakers' Corner

The Speakers' Corner was started in 2006 by the staff of Aesthetica magazine as a focus for local spoken word talent. The event took place once a month at The Yorkshire Terrier in the centre of York from 2006-2012. We moved to the Tap and Spile in 2012 and to the Golden Ball, Bishophill in January 2014. The staff at the Golden Ball have made us very welcome and we wish to extend them our thanks.

Several superb poets and spoken word performers have taken turns as MCs at Speakers' Corner over the years. You can read more about them below. 

Joanna Ezekiel - novelist and prize-winning poet

Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer and musician, who has been published extensively worldwide, and has read everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to New York, via countless back rooms of pubs. His fifth poetry collection, The Ringmaster’s Apprentice, will be published in October 2014 by Valley Press. A keen collaborator with other artists, Oz has had work performed by classical musicians in UK concert halls, by flamenco musicians in Italian villas, and with experimental sound and film artists in an Australian cinema. In his own right, he has performed and recorded with folk bands, rock groups and a taiko drumming ensemble. His existence as a dissolute artist is supported by being Professor of English and Programme Leader for English and Writing at Leeds Trinity University. In his spare time, Oz is a respected folk music journalist. If he could do it all again, the only notable change Oz would make is that he would do it all in Belgium.
Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer and musician, who has been published extensively worldwide, and has read everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to New York, via countless back rooms of pubs. His fifth poetry collection, The Ringmaster’s Apprentice, will be published in October 2014 by Valley Press. A keen collaborator with other artists, Oz has had work performed by classical musicians in UK concert halls, by flamenco musicians in Italian villas, and with experimental sound and film artists in an Australian cinema. In his own right, he has performed and recorded with folk bands, rock groups and a taiko drumming ensemble. His existence as a dissolute artist is supported by being Professor of English and Programme Leader for English and Writing at Leeds Trinity University. In his spare time, Oz is a respected folk music journalist. If he could do it all again, the only notable change Oz would make is that he would do it all in Belgium.
Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer and musician, who has been published extensively worldwide, and has read everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to New York, via countless back rooms of pubs. His fifth poetry collection, The Ringmaster’s Apprentice, will be published in October 2014 by Valley Press. A keen collaborator with other artists, Oz has had work performed by classical musicians in UK concert halls, by flamenco musicians in Italian villas, and with experimental sound and film artists in an Australian cinema. In his own right, he has performed and recorded with folk bands, rock groups and a taiko drumming ensemble. His existence as a dissolute artist is supported by being Professor of English and Programme Leader for English and Writing at Leeds Trinity University. In his spare time, Oz is a respected folk music journalist. If he could do it all again, the only notable change Oz would make is that he would do it all in Belgium.





Helen M Sant is a storyteller, performance poet and writer originating from Leeds. She runs her own business (Gothic Molly Storytelling), through which she performs stories for all the community, specialising in history, myths, folklore, fairytale and ghost stories. As a poet she presents comedy performance pieces or abstract poetry which usually explores fantasy worlds and themes. In 2004 her short story The Storyteller's Tale was published by Endpapers for the York Tales and in 2005, she was commissioned to write three children's stories as part of the Breadcrumbs Trail collection, also published by Endpapers. She is a founder member and organiser of the York Festival of Storytelling.

Helen M Sant is a storyteller, performance poet and writer originating from Leeds. She runs her own business (Gothic Molly Storytelling), through which she performs stories for all the community, specialising in history, myths, folklore, fairytale and ghost stories. As a poet she presents comedy performance pieces or abstract poetry which usually explores fantasy worlds and themes. In 2004 her short story The Storyteller's Tale was published by Endpapers for the York Tales and in 2005, she was commissioned to write three children's stories as part of the Breadcrumbs Trail collection, also published by Endpapers. She is a founder member and organiser of the York Festival of Storytellinghttp://www.indigodreamsbookshop.com/#/oz-hardwick/4537655035http://
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Visit Helen's website at http://www.yorkstoryteller.co.uk.

Joanna Ezekiel has published two poetry pamphlets (A Braid of Words (Poetry Monthly Press, 2003) and Safe Passage (White Leaf Press, 2007)), a full-length collection, Centuries of Skin (Ragged Raven Press, 2010), a poetry e-book from Goggle Publishing, and her young adult novel The Inside-Out House (Indigo Dreams Press, 2014) which made the top ten in the Cinnamon Press Novel Competition. She has an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development from Sussex University, and works as a creative writing tutor for the Open University and the Open College of the Arts. Joanna has been guest reader at Essex Poetry Festival, Redbridge Book and Media Festival, the Wandsworth Arts Festival, the Troubadour Cafe, Buzzwords in Cheltenham, and most of Yorkshire's spoken word venues.

Visit Joanna's blog: http://mydelayedreactions.blogspot.com

Oz Hardwick - much published poet and medievalist





Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer and musician. He has read everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to New York, via countless back rooms of pubs. His fifth poetry collection, The Ringmaster’s Apprentice, was published in October 2014 by Valley Press. Oz has had work performed by classical musicians in UK concert halls, by flamenco musicians in Italian villas, and with experimental sound and film artists in an Australian cinema. He has performed and recorded with folk bands, rock groups and a taiko drumming ensemble. His existence as a dissolute artist is supported by being Professor of English and Programme Leader for English and Writing at Leeds Trinity University. In his spare time, Oz is a respected folk music journalist. If he could do it all again, the only notable change Oz would make is that he would do it all in Belgium.
 
Learn more about Oz at http://www.overstepsbooks.com/poets/oz-hardwick/ 

Laura Munteanu - novelist, poet, activist

 

 

Laura A. Munteanu comes from the notorious Ferentari district in Sector 5, Bucharest, Romania. She was born in a corrupt communist regime which toppled when she was 8. Her experiences of chaos that followed colour her writing. She moved to England in 2008 to follow an education process free of bribery. She considers herself very much a work in progress. She is fluent in Romanian and English, horrified that the English are unfamiliar with Eminescu, Stanescu and Caragiale; and can make herself understood in Roma, Italian and Spanish. Laura won the York St John Historical Story prize in 2012. Her work has been featured in the Rowntree Park Writing project. Laura also features in Beyond the Walls (York St John, 2014). She is currently preparing a collection of work based on her neighbourhood with a magical realist theme, when her prose and poetic muses allow.

Adrienne J Odasso - poet, blogger, editor

Adrienne J. Odasso's poetry has appeared in a wide variety of strange and wonderful publications, including Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Cabinet des Fées, Midnight Echo, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons (for whom she is now poetry co-editor), and Stone Telling. Her début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2010), was nominated for the 2010 LNPA Best New Poet Award and for the 2011 Forward Prize, and was also a finalist for the 2011 People's Book Prize; her second collection, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in August of 2014. Her two chapbooks, Devil's Road Down and Wanderlust, are available from Maverick Duck Press.

Visit Adrienne's blog: http://ajodasso.livejournal.com.

Helen M Sant - storyteller and writer

 

Helen Sant discovered storytelling by accident.  She moved to York from Leeds in 2003, to live a more creative life.  While there, she ran the occasional ghost walk and told stories in a local bookshop at Halloween.  Anne Mortimer, then literature officer for York Council, requested that Helen get involved in telling culturally diverse tales for a libraries project of stories around the world.  From then on, Helen began to learn new stories, practise, gather and research tales from all genres and all parts of the world.  

Helen M Sant is a storyteller, performance poet and writer originating from Leeds. She runs her own business (Gothic Molly Storytelling), through which she performs stories for all the community, specialising in history, myths, folklore, fairytale and ghost stories. As a poet she presents comedy performance pieces or abstract poetry which usually explores fantasy worlds and themes, In 2004 her short story The Storyteller's Tale was published by Endpapers for the York Tales and in 2005 she was commissioned to write three children's stories as part of the Breadcrumbs Trail collection, also published by Endpapers. She is a founder member and organiser of the York Festival of Storytelling.
 
Visit Helen's website at http://www.yorkstoryteller.co.uk.

Past guest features

Here is a complete run-down (as far as we can get it) of all the fantastic acts - poets, storytellers, spoken word performers, and singer-songwriters) who have appeared as special guest features at The Speakers' Corner over the years:

2016:
14 December - Paul Sutherland
9 November - Laura Munteanu
12 October - Jim Higo
14 September - Argy Bargy Poets (John Fewings, Catherine Scott, Clint Wastling)
10 August - Peter R White
13 July - Daniela Nunnari
8 June - Adrienne Silcock
11 May - Mark Connors
13 April - Winston Plowes
9 March - Steve Pottinger
10 February - Hannah Stone
13 January - Emma Whitehall 

2015:
9 December - Amina Alyal
11 November - the HAUNT project (Steve Toase & Becky Cherriman)
14 October - Tanya Nightingale
9 September - Ash Dickinson
12 August - Dai Parsons
8 July - Katherine Crocker
10 June - Wendy Pratt
13 May - Katy Marshall & Bob Horton
8 April - Ben Warden
11 March - Ann Heath
11 February - Laurence O'Reilly
14 January - Sarah Dean
 

2014:
10 December - Oz Hardwick
12 November - David J Costello
8 October - Will Kemp
10 September - Sara Dennis
13 August - John Gilham
9 July - Helen Cadbury
11 June - Anne Maney
14 May - Carole Bromley
9 April - Steve Nash
12 March - Jenni Pascoe
12 February- Henry Raby
8 January - Steve Toase 

2013:
No meetings 

2012:
12 December - Steve Urwin
14 November - Angela Topping
10 October - David Cooke
12 September - Tim Ellis
8 August - Ian Parks
11 July - Tristram Fane Saunders
13 June - Andy Fletcher
9 May - Helen Burke
11 April - Hayden Cohen
14 March - Paula Varjack
8 February - Jem Henderson & Nicola Everill
11 January - Bob Beagrie

2011:
14 December - Helen M Sant
9 November - Oz Hardwick
12 October - Dominic Berry
14 September - Katie Metcalf
10 August - Catherine Graham
13 July - Joanna Ezekiel
8 June - Michael Hann
11 May - Ed & Jenny Cooke
13 April - Jeff Cottrill
9 March - Diana Syder
9 February - Miles Salter
12 January - "The Hull Connection" - Peter Knaggs with Tony Petch & Andy Fletcher

2010:
8 December - Becky Cherriman
10 November - Andrew Oldham
13 October - Nina Boyd
8 September - Amal El-Mohtar
11 August - Rosie Blagg
14 July - Steve Nash & Amy Christmas
9 June - Mike & Diane Wilson
12 May - Milner Place
14 April - Adrienne J Odasso
10 March - Carole Baldock
10 February - Bob Beagrie

2009:
9 December - Catherine Heinemeyer
11 November - Julia Deakin
14 October - Paul Sutherland
9 September - Tanya Nightingale
12 August - Steve Allen
8 July - Ian Parks
10 June - Pat Borthwick, Hazel Cameron & Gill McEvoy
13 May - Alan Gillott & Rose Drew
8 April - Rob Nightingale
11 March - James Nash
11 February - Gary Carr
14 January - Ian Horn

2008:
10 December - Kevern Stafford
12 November - Peter Knaggs
8 October - Lizzi Linklater
10 September - with Dream Catcher magazine -  Tony Flynn, Ian Parks & Pauline Kirk
13 August - Pat Borthwick
11 June - Don Walls
14 May - SAMPO - Bob Beagrie, Andy Willoughby & Shaun Lennox
9 April - Tim Ellis
12 March - David Wheatley
13 February - Amina Alyal
9 January - Oz Hardwick

2007:
12 December - Ann Heath
10 October - Helen Burke
12 September - Pauline Kirk & Tanya Nightingale
8 August - Rose Drew
11 July - Sedayne
13 June - Amanda de Angeles
11 April - Siobhan MacMahon
14 February - Cayn White
10 January - Jeff Cottrill

2006:
13 December - Paul Sutherland
8 November - Miles Salter
9 August - Pauline Kirk
14 June - Dave Gough & Patrick Smith
12 April - Keith Armstrong
8 March - Cliff Forshaw
8 February - James Christopher

Months where no name is listed are either months where there was no guest feature, or we no longer have a record of who the guest feature was.