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New Mersey Poets: Saint Vespaluus

19th October 2021 - 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm



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Liverpool’s Spoken Word and Poetry scene is at its most exciting and vibrant since the days of the Liverpool Poets back in the late 1960s.
Legendary When Skies Are Grey contributor Saint Vespaluus brings his unique brand of fast-paced verse and brilliant spoken word stories to life at Jimmy’s this autumn.
After curating a season of Spoken Word nights at Calderstones Mansion and appearances at the Baltic Festival and Liverpool Sound City, Saint Vespaluus will be showcasing his world – a land where language is power, but where men are too scared to say ‘Happy Birthday’ and where the dreaded Wind-Up Merchant gets his come-uppance.
It’s a vision of life where electro-pop stars cause unfixable family rifts; where New Romantic demo’s end in weedy violence; where men try so hard to sound ‘Scouse’ that they end up morphing into stereotyped pirates – and where the pastry flakes of motorway service station ‘jumbo’ sausage rolls cause ‘Godfather’-type repercussions. Oh, and the true cost of lost parrots, the dangers of sweary hip-hop Romantic poets – and the whys, wherefores and the philosophy of what actually constitutes being a meff will all be revealed on the night!
There will be full support from some of Liverpool’s most talented Spoken Word performers in what will be an unforgettable night of word and verse.

We’re delighted and privileged to have the undisputed star of Merseyside’s spoken word as our special guest this evening. Roy has performed all over the country and delighted audiences with his genius observations of Liverpool life. Algorithm Party – his brilliant, best-selling collection of urban tales – was published by Rough Trade last year and attracted a new audience for a wholly unique writing style. Roy has been heard many times on BBC 6 Music and he was a guest artist on the last Jacqui Abbott and Paul Heaton album Manchester Calling. 
Janaya Pickett
Janaya Pickett is a Liverpool born history enthusiast with a special interest in Liverpool’s Black history and culture. She has written and performed poetry widely throughout the city, and is currently working with the literary organisation Writing on the Wall, curating a soundscape for their Very Public Art/Mersey Sounds exhibition at the Pier Head. Janaya has a unique poetic voice and is a brilliant live artist.
Paddy Clarke
Paddy Clarke is a writer and musician who has been performing poetry and music for several years, having performed at Sound City for the last three years and has supported a number of big name bands includingThe Membranes. His poetry and fiction have also been featured in such places as The Manchester Anthology For New WritingAd AltaThe Birmingham Literary Journal and The Quality Of Mersey poetry anthology. He was shortlisted for the Oxford 2021 Flash Fiction Prize. Paddy is an outstanding talent!
Plazzy Bag
Plazzy Bag (also known as Lou Fitz) is one half of the spoken word collective Magpies and Pigeons and an exceptional poet in her own right. Her poetry is at turns deeply serious and laugh out loud funny. She  performed at last year’s Turn Ylour Love Around festival and has made two unforgettable  performances at The Reader’s Calderstone Mansion monthly poetry evenings.

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Please note that Jimmy's Liverpool is strictly 18+. Anyone underage will not be granted entry. We strongly advise customers to bring ID as we enforce a 'Challenge 25' policy. No refunds will be issued to underage ticket holders.


19th October 2021
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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130 Bold Street
Liverpool, L1 4JA United Kingdom
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