Guardian Witness have been in touch to say that they have commissioned a series of original spoken word opinion pieces from some of the UK’s leading poets and spoken word performers. You can already listen to Hollie McNish, giving her thoughts on Outdoor Education. Holly’s piece will be followed by Luke Wright on Scottish Independence, James Massiah on Gentrification and Deanna Rodger on Housing.
To coincide with the launch, Guardian Witness are calling for spoken word pieces from Telltales writers in the form of a short video (no longer than three minutes) filmed on your computer, camera or phone (the video quality is irrelevant.) You can then upload this to the Spoken Word; share your performance assignment on the Guardian Witness website https://witness.theguardian.com .
If the series goes well, the Guardian may use these submissions to find new talent to commission, so it’s an excellent opportunity for Telltales writers to get their work seen and heard on a national level.
Submissions are still open for our next Telltales on 30 September at Dolly’s Wine Bar. The theme is DRIFT. All submissions should take no longer than 10 minutes to read aloud (approximately 1,600 words.) Submit via the website form, and don’t forget to tell us if you are new to Telltales.
Telltales is a free event and we welcome all types of writing – poetry, prose, memoir, non-fiction.