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Freak Speak on Broadway (part of Peterborough Pride)

  • The Broadway Theatre Broadway Peterborough, England, PE7 3NR United Kingdom (map)

Peterborough's most outlandish poetry and spoken word night is back, this time on Broadway! You can book tickets for a full night of drag, poetry, and party games, or just tickets for Freak Speak,

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9pm - 10.15pm
Caroline Bird

Toby Campion

Sophie Sparham

Freak Speak Young Collective - Charlie Maddox

10.45pm - late
Poetry party games & end of Peterborough Pride

Caroline Bird was born in 1986 and grew up in Leeds before moving to London in 2001.

Caroline had been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award 2017, the Ted Hughes Award 2017, and the Dylan Thomas Prize twice in 2008 and 2010. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2014. She has also won an Eric Gregory Award (2002) and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year award two years running (1999, 2000), and was a winner of the Poetry London Competition in 2007, the Peterloo Poetry Competition in 2004, 2003 and 2002. Caroline was on the shortlist for Shell Woman Of The Future Awards 2011.

Caroline has had five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes (published in 2002 when she was only 15) is a topical, zesty and formally delightful collection of poems built on the traditions of fairy tale, fantasy and romance. Her second collection, Trouble Came to the Turnip, was published in September 2006 to critical acclaim. Watering Can, her third collection published in November 2009 celebrates life as an early twenty-something with comedy, wordplay and bright self-deprecation. Her fourth collection, The Hat-Stand Union, was described by Simon Armitage as ‘spring-loaded, funny, sad and deadly.’ Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition (published July 2017) was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and the 2017 Ted Hughes Award.

Bird’s poems have been published in several anthologies and journals including Poetry Magazine, PN Review, Poetry Review and The North magazine. Several of her poems and a commissioned short story, Sucking Eggs, have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3. She was one of the five official poets at London Olympics 2012. Her poem, The Fun Palace, which celebrates the life and work of Joan Littlewood, is now erected on the Olympic Site outside the main stadium.

In recent years, Caroline has given poetry performances at Aldeburgh Festival, Latitude Festival, the Manchester Literature Festival, the Wellcome Collection, the Royal Festival Hall, the Wordsworth Trust, Cheltenham Festival, and Ledbury Festival, amongst others.

A triple threat of radical poetry, heavenly drag and total party vibes. Freak Speak and The Broadway have joined forces to bring you a night to remember. Join headliners Velma Celli, Caroline Bird and more for a night of outlandish entertainment. 

Velma Celli celebrates the most iconic drag moments of film, stage and popular culture direct from sell-out performances in Australia & across the UK. 
Freak Speak is Peterborough’s premier spoken word night, bringing you the best punch-you-in-the-gut poetic talent from across the country. Ranked by Picador as one of ‘The Best Poetry and Spoken Word Nights in the UK’. 

“Velma Celli is a STAR!” 
Attitude Magazine

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