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What's On > Light/Shade - Utter Spoken Word

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Date: Saturday 10th February, 2018
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Cost: 8 / 5 concession
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
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Two unique and powerful spoken-word voices explore our world’s challenges and suggest some solutions with wit, hope and righteous fire…

Plus music from the haunting and witty SLATE ISLANDS

So, 2018 has just begun and the telly is full of adverts asking you to think about your next holiday. Need a little food for thought while you wait? Then let two unique spoken-word performers lead you on a journey through the world's shadows and back into the light!

UTTER! Spoken Word present an exciting addition to their ongoing strand of regular UTTER! Lutonia events at The Hatfactory.  LIGHT/SHADE is taking spoken-word and poetry in Luton in a new direction (extended sets from some of the UK’s top voices) into a new venue (the gorgeous Murray Barford Drawing Room at Wardown House Museum) and into the future with absorbing and dynamic spoken-word performances from Deanna Rodger and Rosie Garland.

Artists who are performing

DEANNA RODGER is an international writer and performer. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and has worked with The Young Vic, St Paul’s Cathedral and the BBC.  ELLE magazine called her one of the UK’s most inspiring women and Cosmopolitan called her their ‘No 1 trailblazing woman’.  She’s performed her powerfully articulate, thrilling and vital poems across the world from Mexico to Canada, Zimbabwe to Beirut and now Luton.  Check out her creative experiment Matter - and her debut collection 'I Did It Too' (published by Burning Eye).

Tagged a ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, ROSIE GARLAND is an award-winning poet, novelist and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. With a passion for language nurtured by libraries, she has been described as ‘one of the country’s finest performance poets’ (Apples and Snakes).

She is the author of Vixen, a Green Carnation Prize nominee  and her debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities, won Book of the Year in the Co-op Respect Awards 2013 and was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and the Polari First Book Prize. The Times described her new novel The Night Brother (Borough Press) as "A rich and ambitious tale... There are shades of Angela Carter in the mad world she creates... Full marks.” Her most recent poetry collection; As In Judy, is out with Flapjack Press and on top of that she is half of astonishing cabaret act The Time-Travelling Suffragettes.  Come and hear her impassioned and provocative work in gorgeous surroundings.


LIGHT/SHADE also features SLATE ISLANDS and their songs of love and loss, the hills and the sea and being in the wrong place.  All the members of the band come from all over the country and so their songs grow in the gaps between places, between the light and the shade and thus they are the perfect match for our night – they have been described as "Witty and more than a little disturbing".

The event is hosted by LEE NELSON who the Luton News called ‘Luton’s Own People’s Poet’ and who is really pleased and proud to be bringing this amazing line-up to the amazing Wardown House for the delectation of the amazing Luton audience.

And if all this wasn’t enough, the LUTON HAIKU Pop-up Bookstall will also be popping up!


Age guidance: 16+