A Lovely Word is back, downstairs at the Everyman on the first Thursday of every month.
A Lovely Word is Liverpool’s most eclectic poetry night, featuring two halves of open mic poets, and a headliner beginning the first half. Hosted by Alex Ferguson, this free event is a fun, relaxed and friendly evening of performance poetry.
Gerry Clarkson (AKA Guerrilla Lips) has become a leading stalwart of Liverpool’s poetry scene over the past five years, and has performed as guest poet at numerous venues and events across the North West and London.
He has headlined the Everyman’s Christmas Cabaret show 2020 and has performed poetry on BBC Radio. A recent recipient of the Everyman’s Artists Back2Back writers’ grant and a graduate in International Journalism, Gerry describes himself as a grass roots poet who offers a very personal global perspective.
Influenced by his Black African and Caribbean heritage and growing up in Liverpool, Gerry’s writing covers issues of race, ethnicity and perceptions of masculinity, as well as our ever changing political and social climate.
Keen to encourage others to find their voice, Gerry has recently began delivering performance poetry workshops. His aim is to use his experience to help others gain a platform for expression through spoken word and enable them to use it as a means of cathartic release as performance artists.
His performances have been described as “the authentic voice of the lived experience,” which he delivers with a “relentless conviction.” His words hitting like “searing bullets of truth.” “He is funny witty and wise… He is on your side… He understands the pressures of reality… He doesn’t condemn you, he reminds you that you are human.” (Last Stop Sounds)
George Melling (AKA The O’wd Chap) described Gerry as; “an exciting new breed of poet who will raise you to the rafters, then slowly bring you back down to earth, before delivering his coup-de-grace.”
Whether you are a new poet performing for the first time or a seasoned poet who wants to try out some new stuff – sign up to perform by EITHER;
I) turning up at 7.30pm
II) emailing [email protected] with a confirmation of your full name, mobile number
When signing up to perform, you are signing up to these principles of the open mic.