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Poetry @thePPL featuring Beryl the Feral & Harula Ladd

Thursday, August 25


Welcome to the third edition of the PPL’s foray into the world of live poetry!

Located in the characterful and intimate space that is Plymouth Proprietary Library (inside half of a converted church hall), these events invite poets and fans of poetry alike to join us for an evening of reading, performing, and basking in the glow of the library’s mountain of books.

The evening will open its doors at 7PM for a 7:30 start, and will consist of two 25-minute open mic slots, followed by two 20-minute performances from our guest poets of the evening. These will be interceded by a 10 minute break.

Entry to this event will be on a ‘pay what you decide’ basis, with a suggested donation of £5 per person.

Our second event will feature the wonderful BERYL THE FERAL & HARULA LADD!

BERYL THE FERAL is a poet, performer and facilitator based in the South-West. Beryl’s poetic observations are keen and deep; gifted with rhythmic articulation and animated expression. Her poetry collection ‘My Other Poems are Funnier’ was published in 2018 by Burning Eye Books, and her poems can also be found in ‘The Transition Handbook’ (Green Books, 2008) and ‘Midnight Feasts: Tasty poems chosen by A.F. Harrold’ (Bloomsbury, 2019). Beryl has been commissioned by the Whitstable Art Biennale, performed in shops and public venues as part of the Take-Art performance poetry project in Crewkerne, and was the assistant director for the Hip Yak Poetry School. She has facilitated workshops with the NHS (‘performance poetry on prescription’) and Literature Works (for adults with memory loss). She has also toured two-woman shows with fellow Southwest poet Liv Torc, and has performed at festivals and events all across the UK. She likes jumping, trees, and cake, and brushes her teeth for a really long time.

“Untamed, yet considerate.” Matt Harvey

HARULA LADD is a poet and performer based in Devon. A much loved performer on the Southwest scene, recent gigs have included Spork!/Milk in Bristol and SproutSpoken in Newquay. She is an Exeter Slam champion and one quarter of the original ‘Spork Up!’ artist development cohort. Harula also placed third in the climate-themed ‘Hot Poets’ competition and performed as part of a fabulous Hot Poets/Tongue Fu celebration at London’s Southbank Centre. Harula’s poetry wraps itself around you like one of her mum’s brilliant handmade cardigans.

Open Mic:
If you would like to take the stage, there will be slots available to book in advance, or on the door, of roughly five minutes each. To grab one now and avoid disappointment, post on the event page!

The Plymouth Proprietary Library is located at The Gables, St Barnabas Terrace, Stoke, Plymouth, PL1 5NN. The nearest car park is Stuart Road, and the venue is roughly ten minute walk from Plymouth train station.

Plymouth Proprietary Library is fully wheelchair accessible, with step free access and a disabled bathroom. There is also accessible parking just outside the entrance. If you have accessibility needs, let us know, and we will do our utmost to accommodate them.

Teas, coffees, wine and snacks will be available at the event, in exchange for donations to the Library. Otherwise, feel free to bring your own!

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