8:00 PM20:00

What Words Are Ours

A tongue-twisting, thigh-slapping, tear-jerking poetry-cabaret show.

Created and hosted by poetry-clown Talia Randall, this sell-out, text-based variety show features a kaleidoscope of performances, from drag artists, BSL poets, rising stars of the spoken word scene to masters of puns and political satire.

BSL interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts and Jacqui Beckford. This will be a captioned performance.


Richard Carter, one of the UK’s foremost Deaf poets will be performing groundbreaking BSLpoetry.

Ginger Johnson, a helium balloon in the shape of a woman making loud, surprising work for theatres, cabaret, nights clubs and beyond. Ginger will be writing a ‘speed poem’ made from audience suggestions.

Rachel Long, the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Women of Colour, will be performing her signature stunning poetry.

Raymond Antrobus, will be reading from his new book The Perseverance, A Sunday Time and The Guardian Poetry Book of the Year 2018.

Amani Saeed, whose work explores the crisis cultivated by living between sometimes (but not always) contradictory cultures, treading the line between masjid and mini skirt. Saeed will be performing her electric, strident and brave poems at the show.

Byron Vincent, a darkly funny and playful poet and social activist turning lived experiences of poverty and mental ill health into staggering performances.

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to May 14

Love Box - Festival of The Brain - Folkstone

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In the spring of 1993 a young a German philosopher named Haddaway asked the world a question : "What is Love?" At this year's Normal? Festival of the Brain, we'll finally be giving you an answer - of sorts. Two crack teams of word warriors will pit their similes against each other to find out whether love is a beautiful bond that gloriously unites our disparate souls or just a biological imperative conning us into spewing rug-rats and buying overpriced greetings cards.

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12:30 AM00:30

Patterns of Trauma - panel discussion - Festival of the Brain.

What are the patterns of trauma at play in our lives? How do we deal with inherited trauma that wasn’t even ours to begin with? And what is trauma anyway? Three artists, Nwando Ebizie, Byron Vincent and Arike, who have made work about trauma will be in discussion with clinical psychiatrist and meditation teacher Gemma Beckley to uncover the patterns and how can we break them. 

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