Words in Motion Poetry Workshops

Words in Motion posterLitFest is delighted to introduce an afternoon of brand new poetry workshops at The Hive with poet Heidi Murphy*.

Words in Motion Poetry Workshops are a pilot event by Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe aimed at anyone with an interest in poetry and spoken word, from those who have never written a word before to seasoned poets who are looking for performance techniques.

Words in Motion Poetry Workshops will run on Saturday 8th November, 12:10-16:40, tickets are available below, some may be available on the door but it is advisable to book in advance.

Each session lasts an hour and costs £3.50, during which you’ll look at the basics of transforming words into poetry, leave with skills to develop your own writing and meet other writers in similar positions as you.

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Individual sessions are available as follows:

12:10 Poetry 101 An introduction to poetry for absolute beginners, ideal for those who have always wanted to have a go at writing poetry, but never knew how.




13:20 Spoken Word for those who write poetry, but are cautious about performing it. Learn skills needed to make your words become a performance. Please bring along a sample of your own writing you’re willing to share with the group.




14:30 Poetry and Agenda: How is poetry used in marketing? Why do some poems stick in your head? How can poetry be used in the everyday world, from politics to the pub? We’ll be answering these questions and more. Suitable for beginners.




15:40 Prose to Poetry: If you like to write but don’t think you can write poetry, this workshop will teach you about different structures and skills that you can use to turn your prose into poetry. Please bring a sample of your writing that you are willing to share with the group.


Heidi Murphy
Heidi Murphy

*Heidi Murphy started writing for theatre in her teens when she categorically decided she didn’t want to be an actress anymore. At the age of 16 she won a Rotary Club Writer of the Year award and three years later directed her first full length performance at the SPACE, in Glasgow. She is now an advocate for youth engagement in the arts, acting as a workshop facilitator for all ages and abilities, and working on Beatfreeks’ Youth Steering Committee, which bring arts to young people in the West Midlands.

As well as continuing to work in theatre as the Artistic Director of Gaberlunzie Theatre Company, Heidi is also a spoken word artist and has produced work for institutions around the UK, from the Burns’ Birthplace Museum in Scotland to London’s Roundhouse. She has also performed in venues as diverse as rural train station toilets to Europe’s biggest poetry festival and is a member of mac Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Collective, a collective of Birmingham’s best emerging artists from all creative disciplines. Her first poetry pamphlet, Songs About Gin is available on Amazon.

“Heidi Murphy is the queen of juxtaposition – sealing together innovative and enlightening imagery with a delicate yet impactful performance style” – Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson

“Funny and clever and personal” – Hollie McNish (Roundhouse Poetry Slam)

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An Evening with Elvis McGonagall at The Hive


Wednesday, September 24th at 7.30pm


World Poetry Slam Champion 2006, UK Slam Champion 2006

UK All-comers’ Poetry Slam Champion 2004

‘funny, angry and tightly written…McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke’ 4-star The Scotsman

‘verses shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power…a bracing throwback to the days when comedy made room for militant eccentrics with a knack for scansion and a bolshie hankering to change the world’ 4-star The Guardian

‘side-splittingly funny’ The Reading Rant

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and a regular guest of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. His new R4 series is Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side.

Elvis has written and performed for BBC’s Saturday Live, The Today Programme, The Culture Show, Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash, Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show, A Good Read, The World Snooker Championships, BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co, Random Acts (C4), Café Direct and Greenwich Dance Agency. He was Glastonbury Festival Poet-in-Residence 2007.

‘comic poetry with a stand-up charge, coupled with intelligent leaps of the poetic imagination’ Shortfuse

‘flamboyant, razor-sharp text, intense energy…reminds me of Adrian Mitchell, John Cooper Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson, all the right people’ Simon Vinkenoog

 ‘the fire is withering, even if it is delivered with a smile and a twinkle’ Greg Freeman, WriteOutLoud

‘A poet of panache & zip & steely politic & unadulterated tartan’ UK Touring


His poetry collection Mostly Dreich is published by Nasty Little Press.

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