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Glenn Carmichael

Glenn Carmichael is passionate about spoken word. He has been involved in performance poetry since 1989, when he founded The Hard Edge Club in London's Soho. He has had two poetry books published and one prize winning novel. He has worked in education since 1996, teaching performance poetry to young people and creative writing to adults. He recently completed a national tour of a spoken worrd show FLASH and is collaborating on a new show COUNT ME IN. He is currently completing his third novel JOHN.

Glenn Carmichael

Claire Williamson

Claire Williamson is an Arts Council Award winning poet and writer for performance. She has a Masters degree in Literary Theory and a Certificate in Counselling. Claire has been facilitating creative writing workshops since 1995.

Commissioned by organisations such as Bristol Zoo, Sustrans (Public Art), Welsh National Opera and Opera North (Libretto Writing), her latest narrative poetry collection Ride On has been accompanied by therapeutic writing workshops for organisations and the general public.

Claire Williamson

Shagufta Iqbal

Shagufta K Iqbal, is a Bristol based poet, who has been actively involved in the poetry scene since 2000. She has performed at numerous venues around Bristol including the Old Vic, Arnofini and Cube Microplex. She has often performed at the Bristol Poetry Festivals and was a member of the Bristol team in the Bristol vs Paris Slam. She has also performed at poetry and slam events in London, Swansea, Bath, and Glastonbury Festival.

Since studying Poetry and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University Shagufta has been holding workshops at both Secondary and Primmary schools across Bristol.

She is currently a Research Assistant for UK based poetry organisation Poeticize, which provides a platform for artists of different art disciplines. The organisation promotes the incorporation of Poetry with music, media and dance.

Shagufta Iqbal is recently published as part of an anthology entitled 'What They Also Did Was....'

Shagufta K Iqbal

Jenny Davis

Jenny Davis is a playwright, performance artist, screen writer and novelist.

She has had stage productions of her work performed nationally. Her play The Front Room had a national tour, including Nottingham Playhouse, and Bristol Old Vic. Her recent play The Memory of Rain was produced as part of Theatre West's Autumn season.

As a performer, Jenny has performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Poetry café, London.

Jenny Davis

Flo Woodfield

Flo has fallen for the allure of the spoken word; performance poetry, theatre and the link between poetry and music in much modern hip-hop are her passions. She recently directed a production of Alan Acykbourne’s Invisible Friends, with a cast of 12-17 year olds. She has accepted a place to study English Literature at Leeds University, commencing 2008. Having worked for Poetry Slam for a while, first as a volunteer, Flo continues to love hearing the nuggets of brilliance that the workshop kids come up with.

Florence Woodfield

Eleanor Rusbridge

Ellie is a poet, actress and singer/songwriter. While still at school she was a member of The Poetry Slam board. She has directed several plays. Her enthusiasm for slam poetry as an educational tool is boundless and her exciting approach to workshops is an inspiration to all young people who participate.

Eleanor Rusbridge

Fiona Hamilton

Fiona Hamilton has an MA in English Literature and has worked with young people since 1992 in theatre-in-education, as manager of QEH Theatre, Bristol and leading drama and creative writing workshops in school and community settings. She won the Belmont Poetry Prize for children's poetry in 2005. Her poetry includes Looking Glass Reflections commissioned for Blaise Castle Estate Café, an illustrated collection Poems for People, and a dance and spoken word piece Travelling in Time created with sixty ten-year-olds for performance at Bristol's Wickham Theatre in Spring 2006.

Fiona Hamilton
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