The Speakers' Corner, York

About The Speakers' Corner

The Speakers' Corner was formed to offer a platform for spoken word. We believe that sharing the creativity of others is one of the finest things in life. We provide a platform for performers, comedians, poets, storytellers and dramatists to have their say. We also aim to provide a special opportunity to showcase the work of up-and-coming poets and performers from the local area who we believe will be future stars and award winners.

We have been meeting in the heart of York since January 2006. Our current home is The Golden Ball pub on Bishophill. Our thanks go to the staff and management for making us and our guests so welcome.

Introducing your hosts and MCs...


Andy Humphrey 





About the hosts

Andy Humphrey was born and raised on the Wirral, and moved to York in 2006. He is a legal adviser by day and a poet by night, borrowing timeless images from nature, myth and fairy tale to create contemporary narratives of love and loss with an undercurrent of social comment. His poetry has won several awards including ten First Prizes in national and international competitions, and has been published in journals including Aesthetica, Beautiful ScruffinessEnvoi, Monkey Kettle, Orbis, Pulsar and four Ragged Raven Press anthologies. His short stories (written as A.J. Humphrey) have appeared in Dark Tales, Scribble and Words, and in anthologies from Bridge House Publishing, Stairwell Books and Earlyworks Press. He runs the Poet's Soapbox blog which takes a wry and occasionally controversial look at the state of poetry in the UK. He has been MC at The Speakers' Corner since 2007 and is a co-founder of York's Arts Against Homelessness initiative. His favourite things include twilight, fairy stories, the far north, folk music, ornithology and single malt whisky (not necessarily in that order). His ambition is to prove that dragons really did exist and, in fact, quite possibly still do.

Andy has published two collections of poetry, A Long Way to Fall (Lapwing Press, 2013) and Satires (Stairwell Books, 2015). 

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