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Poetry @ThePPL Featuring Live Torc & Steve Spence

Wednesday, September 21


Welcome to the fourth 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. Tickets are available online via Eventbrite or on the door.

Our second event will feature the wonderful LIV TORC & STEVE SPENCE!

LIV TORC is a Radio 4 Slam winner, a former Bard of Exeter, host of The Rainbow Fish Speakeasy and The Hip Yak Poetry Shack, and she runs the poetry stage at WOMAD, the COP26 project Hot Poets, Banana Poems and the lockdown haiku and photography project Haiflu – as featured on the Today Programme.

Liv has recently performed at the UN in Paris, TEDxLondonWomen, the Southbank and was featured on BBCR4’s Poetry Please. In 2022 she supported Hollie McNish and Roger McGough and will soon be working with the UNFCCC to bring poetry into the climate change fight. Her books include Show Me Life (Burning Eye, 2015), Banana Poems (2021) and The Human Emergency (Burning Eye, 2021).

STEVE SPENCE is a poet from Plymouth, and is a joint organiser of the city’s longest running poetry evening The Plymouth Language Club. His first collection A Curious Shipwreck (Shearsman, 2010) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and his most recent publications are Eat Here, Get Gas & Worms (Red Ceilings Press, 2021) and How the Light Changes (Shearsman, 2021). He was assistant editor of Terrible Work magazine for four issues. His reviews have appeared in Stride, Litter and Tears in the Fence.

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, email Jonah Corren at jonahcorren@gmail.com.

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 a 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!

Hosted, in the usual erratic and vaguely concerning fashion, by Jonah Corren.

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