Showcasing Local Talent

Write Up! Speak Up!
Sunday 21 October

Simon Parkin-WFL2018This corner of Somerset is renowned for its creativity; a quick count of the festivals, carnivals and creative events going on indicates how inventive the locals can be – and now you can see for yourself! The event will be hosted by Simon Parkin, the well-known broadcaster who can currently be heard on the daily magazine show Simon Parkin In The Morning on BBC Radio Somerset.

Write Up! Speak Up! is an innovative event unique to WFL, which offers local poets, artists, authors, musicians and wordsmiths a five-minute slot on the prestigious Festival stage – if they pass muster! The curator will first judge the entries before offering the final outstanding 15 performers the chance to showcase their work before a Festival audience. It could be just the stepping stone they need, in which case audience members will soon be boasting: ‘we saw them here first…’

Poets, artists, authors, musicians and wordsmiths- this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and sell your work on a prestigious platform. We are still looking for additional individuals aged 16+ for the 2018 show. To apply as a performer, contact the curator – Bryony Jayne Brook, journalist, poet, radio presenter and event manager – and send in your five-minute performance details for consideration. or 07917 572273

‘I didn’t really know what to expect when I turned up host the event in 2017 but I was completely blown away by the energy and creativity that burst from the stage. It’s one thing being able to write a poem, a story, a rant or even a rap, but then to be able to perform it on stage with confidence and charisma is quite another. I can’t wait to see who has risen to the challenge and just how much talent one event can offer!’
 Simon Parkin

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Audience tickets £5, students £3

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