All Hail 'The Poetry King'!

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One of the two shows that I'm taking to Edinburgh this summer is called 'All Hail the Poetry King.' It's a comedy/poetry/storytelling show for families that runs for an hour and is sort of a mixture of poetry performance & creative writing workshop. The aim is for the whole family to leave with their writing skills honed and feeling inspired to write poems. Here's the blurb:

'Award-winning silliness for all the family from one of the nation's most successful spoken word artists. Packed full of stinky pirates, deadly pugs and quick-fire raps, you'll never look at poetry in the same way again. Packed full of audience interaction and with a narrative that's shaped by the decisions of audience members, will you have what it takes to overthrow your Poetic Overlord? Viva la revolución! 'The English teacher you wish you had' (Fest). 'Emphatic, playful... terrific' (Guardian). 'He's not even a real King!' (Sam, aged 9).'

I tried it out on The Guardian Literary Stage at Camp Bestival last weekend in front of a really friendly crowd and had loads of fun. There's some tweaks I need to make still if I'm going to bring the show down to time but I really feel like I'm onto something with the concept. We caught some of the show in video and I made a little video trailer for the Edinburgh run with the assistance of my mate Matt Shears. Why not check it out? And if you fancy coming to see the show I'll be on in The Bourbon Bar on Frederick Street every day at 4pm. You can find out more about it here.