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Saturday 30th October 2021

Raise the Bar: Raymond Antrobus + Guests

— St George's Bristol
Raise the Bar is back at St. George’s Bristol with its biggest event in 2 years, headlined by international poetry star Raymond Antrobus.
price: Tickets on sale via St. George's Bristol


Tickets: https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/whats-on/raise-the-bar-raymond-antrobus-guests/

Raise the Bar is back at St. George’s Bristol with its biggest live event in 2 years, headlined by UK and international poetry sensation Raymond Antrobus.

This special 7th birthday lineup also features the stunning poetry of Jasmine Gardosi and Adam Kammerling, as well as spellbinding music from the stunning vocals of Kerensa.
+ Great tunes all night from DJ Ngaio of Booty Bass.

Join the South West’s leading spoken word events organisation to celebrate 7 years of live poetry and music events in Bristol.

7pm doors, 7:30pm start. (£10)

RAISE THE BAR (@rtbspokenword)
“Out-loud reactions are encouraged…shaking off traditional theatre etiquette” – Bristol 24/7
‘From top to bottom, one of my all time favourite shows’ – Shane Koyczan
“One of the best poetry nights in the country” – Rafeef Ziadah

Raymond Antrobus MBE FRSL was born in London, Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father.
In 2019 he became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre.
Other accolades include the Ted Hughes award, PBS Winter Choice, A Sunday Times Young Writer of the year award, Somerset Maugham award and The Guardian Poetry Book Of The Year 2018, as well as a shortlist for the Griffin Prize and Forward Prize. In 2018 he was awarded ‘The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize’, (Judged by Ocean Vuong), for his poem ‘Sound Machine’. Also in 2019, his poem ‘Jamaican British’ was added to the UK’s GCSE syllabus. He has won multiple major slams, and been lauded for his live readings and performances.
He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3, Jerwood Compton and the Royal Society of Literature. He is also one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University.
His poetry has appeared on BBC 2, BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue, The Jamaica Gleaner, The Guardian and at TedxEastEnd.
He is the author of ‘Shapes & Disfigurements’ (Burning Eye, 2012) ‘To Sweeten Bitter’ (Out-Spoken Press, 2017), ‘The Perseverance’ (Penned In The Margins / Tin House, 2018) and ‘All The Names Given’ (Picador / Tin House, 2021)
“His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted” – Kwame Dawes
“Raymond uses nostalgia for a place and a time, but resists sentimentality completely. He makes the reader/listener experience the moment with all the senses and very skilfully sets that up against a harsher reality” – Imtiaz Dharker

Adam Kammerling is an award winning poet, interdisciplinary artist and educator.
His most recent works include Seder, his debut poetry collection which was a finalist in the National Jewish Book Awards, Shall We Take This Outside, a three-person spoken-word/dance theatre piece that toured nationally, and Inside!, a piece of poetry/rave theatre commissioned by Centrepoint and the Saatchi Gallery.
He has written poetry commissions for the BBC, The Orwell Prize and Nationwide, and theatre commissions for Upswing Circus, Raise Dark, and Slide Dance.
A highly experienced educator, he has created poetry based theatre with emerging poets, musicians and circus practitioners at the Roundhouse, The Albany and Pentonville Prison. He is the creative producer of The Nest, an arts education program for young people at the Fostering Network.

Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist and winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. She uses audience participation, beatboxing and music in order to explore themes of identity, self-expression, LGBTQ issues and mental health. Her work has appeared on Button Poetry, Sky Arts at the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, and across BBC Radio, including Radio 3's The Verb, Radio 4 and Asian Network.
A previous BBC Arts Young Creative and Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, she is a current Writer in Residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, and runs school and community workshops around the UK. Her debut pamphlet ‘Hurtz’ is published by Verve Poetry Press and her brand-new music and poetry show exploring gender identity, ’Dancing to Music You Hate’, premieres at the Warwick Arts Centre 26/27th October.

With a sound that will remind you of music’s purpose, Kerensa seamlessly shifts from dark and brooding to upbeat and satirical, all whilst expressing her integrity as an artist. You will find it hard not to connect with an artist that shows you such honesty.
Whether it’s in the unique vocal delivery, her willingness to write about challenging topics, or the unexpected sprinkling of sounds, Kerensa’s music kicks back against the status quo. Her 2019 single ‘Talk’, focused on sexual abuse, is testament to this selfless desire to help and connect.
Built on a bed of synth-pop textures and contemporary grooves, her music has a film-like quality, driven by the strong narrative element in her writing. You’ll feel her music is familiar, yet so imaginatively different. It’s rare for you to see so many elements of culture collide in music and be successfully delivered with such charisma. But that just embodies Kerensa.

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