Saturday, September 16, 2006

Event at The Bridge Hotel

Zebra Publishing Presents
Ten by Ten
Bridge Hotel Nr High Level Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Thursday 12th October 8.00pm onwards Admission Free For more info contact
Come along to the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle to see ten top performers with spoken words, words set to music, words shared between people, words on walls, words in songs, words in poetry, words in stories… each of the ten performers has ten minutes to engage you, thrill you, entrance you and hopefully inspire you. The first Ten By Ten night kicks off at the Bridge Hotel and will be hosted by Stand Up comedian and poetry diva Kate Fox. We have a fantastic line up for the first Ten by Ten; we have top poets, new poets, singer songwriters, poets putting words to music, published poets, unsigned poets. It's going to be FABULOUS. The performers will be David Franks, Ian Watson, Kyla Clay Fox, John Cartmel-Crossley, John Quinn, The Plexus (featuring Karl Thompson and Ralph Stokes), Scott Tyrrell, Sheree Mack, Simma and Valerie Apted.
Ian Watson Have failed to set the world alight in 57 years but as my mother says, 'Who would want an arsonist in their family?' Originally from Isle of Lewis now living in Darlington where gannets aren't part of the staple diet. Gemini on a lot of medication. Pleased to meet you...
John Quinn John Quinn began as a spoken word performer back in the 80's at the height of the ranting poet era. His humorous and quirky style is both familiar and strange, blending poetry and prose with image and text.John Cartmel-Crossley John has been a cultural layabout for many years. He has contributed to over thirty small press Poetry magazines. In 2004 he gained an M.A. in creative writing (poetry) at the University of Northumbria, and is a winner of the Biscuit International Poetry Prize. He is the editor of OPENDOOR creative arts magazine.The Plexus: Karl Thompson - Words and gibberish Karl is one sixth of Newcastle's infamous Poetry Vandals, co-director of New Word Order and award winning performance poet. He's twice taken the team prize at The City of Culture 2008 poetry slam. He's performed extensively through out the UK and in Europe 'The Plexus' is his newest venture with Ralph Stokes - Music, guitars/effects and noise Ralph is an up and coming music producer, musician and party head. His musical styles range from ambient dub through to psytrance, waving hello at rock on the way. Ralph has appeared at Newcastle Green festival and other local events and gigs.Valerie Apted Valerie is Secretary of the Northumberland Writers and is currently studying for her MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle. She enjoys performing her poems, has had poems published in several magazines and on TV. Sheree Mack Sheree was born in Bradford, to a Trinidadian father and mother of Ghanaian descent. She is the creator and coordinator of Identity on Tyne, the only group in the North East providing a space exclusively for writers of colour. She is currently completing her PhD at University of Newcastle upon-Tyne, focusing on black British women poets and her own collection, 'Family Album'. Kyla Clay-Fox Kyla is the larger half of a set of twins. She has been writing poetry since she was published, aged eight, in a church magazine, despite being an atheist since conception. (Well, you try and have faith when you're in the womb for 9 months with your brother standing on your head!) Simma A songwriter/singer from Newcastle. He started gigging 12 years ago and is founder of Newcastle's Acoustic Circus. He has performed countless times in and around The North of England and Scotland. He is currently writing, gigging, selling Album Trouble Sleeping, and being funny on BBC Radio Newcastle on Saturday mornings. David Franks David will read and sing unaccompanied a selection of poems from his collection "Walkabouts: travels and conclusions in verse", which is in some libraries (along with a related C.D. "Chants from Walkabouts") and is free on the web at - Scott Tyrrell Scott is a member of the Poetry Vandals and a multiple national award-winning poet and comedian. His targets range from popular culture, useless technology, political and personal absurdity to the residues of childhood insecurity. All delivered with a healthy irreverence and world-weary exasperation of someone who's spent way too much time in queues.

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