Spoken word poetry at the Primadonna Festival

We were thrilled to have some of our Heartache and Hope authors feature in the Primadonna Festival earlier this month. This is the first UK literary festival to specifically give prominence to work by women and underrepresented groups. As a press supporting women’s voices, it’s right up our street!

The inaugural festival was in 2019 and brought writers, readers, publishers and many more together for a weekend of performance, conversation and creativity. This year, for obvious reasons, the festival was a virtual one but was just as jam-packed with inspiration.

Our favourite session (not that we’re biased or anything) was ‘Poems at Lunchtime’ hosted by poet and author Salena Godden. Two writers from our anthology – Laura Hanna and Micha Colombo – were part of the fabulous lineup. We’re fans of spoken word poetry and the session was by turns funny, moving, thoughtful and honest, with authors in locations all over the country bringing their words to life. It brought tears to our eyes and is well worth watching.

You can see Laura reading an extract from All the Things I Hear (Sounds of Isolation), a haunting and honest mixed-form piece, at 6.07, and Micha at 24.36 reading her beautiful poem To Water. Both pieces are in Heartache and Hope: Voices of a Pandemic

Grab a cuppa (or even some lunch… ) and enjoy!

Please visit the Primadonna website to find out more about the festival and catch up with the rest of programme.

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