Poet Colin Hassard will introduce an evening featuring the winners of the Imagine Festival 2017 poetry and conflict competition, and the award winning Scottish spoken-word artist Leyla Josephine. The evening will start with readings from our competition winners, which will then be followed by some ‘Hassardous Material’ provided by Colin and his band Dirty Words, finishing with performance from Leyla. All this for a £5 and its BYO!
Poetry and music from Colin Hassard with his band Dirty Words. Colin is a former Ulster Poetry Slam Champion, was longlisted for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018, and is resident poet on BBC Radio Ulster’s 'Science & Stuff'.
As well as supporting literary names such as Hollie McNish, Tony Walsh and legendary punk-poet John Cooper Clarke, Colin has toured his own one-man show and performed at major Irish festivals including Electric Picnic and Lingofest.
His most famous work is 'We Who Have No Flags' – a protest poem which was turned into a charity music single in support of the local homeless community. Colin’s work is often humorous and inspiring, is and always though-provoking. He is a former Writer-in-Residence for the NI Human Rights Festival and is currently developing his first collection of poems with support from the Arts Council NI.
In Dirty Words, Colin works with multi-instrumentalists Ashley Manners and Seonaid Murray to combine spoken-word poetry with melodic rock and jazz influences. The band have performed at the CQAF, Sunflowerfest and C.S. Lewis Festival. Their appearance at the Imagine Festival will coincide with the release of the first single from their highly-anticipated debut album Age of the Microwave Dinner.
“An exciting poet who will leave you shaken and stirred.” Tony ‘Longfella’ Walsh
“Well-spoken words.” BBC Radio Ulster
“Brilliant, witty, funny.” Nerdgeist
“We wish poetry could be more like this.” Creative Voices NI
Award-winning, spoken word artist, Leyla Josephine takes audiences on a journey through the apathetic attitudes of millennials in a world full of bleak news.
Audiences can expect an emotional collision of quick-fire poetry, dark comedy, and theatre, as Leyla asks whether we can really make a difference, or if everything is in fact broken beyond repair. Her work shines light on these miserable times, with the ultimate aim of stirring up hope in even the most cynical of audience members. Nominated: Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award.
“Loved Leyla Josephine’s poetry in Hopeless…taking action in a world that seems beyond hope.” Lyn Gardner
“This show has a real poignancy and it is obvious when it hits the audience, who, rightfully so, gave it a standing ovation at the end.” ***** Broadway Baby