Spoken Word Stage 2023

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Guvna B

With infectious energy, unique style, and refreshing honesty. Guvna B always brings a fresh perspective to the scene!

Three-time MOBO Award-Winning rapper Guvna B’s artistic endeavors have always drawn on his personal experiences, bringing together themes of faith, masculinity, and identity. He aims to inspire his audience and share his insights in a world often plagued by negativity.

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Ad-Apt

Ad-Apt's impressive collaborations include Sigma, Sub Focus, Shy FX, Andy C, Hybrid Minds & Dimension.

Ad-Apt is a live performer and MC who has toured worldwide and performed at some of the worlds biggest festivals. Best known as the MC of choice for DJ/Producer Wilkinson, Ad-Apt has established himself as a top frontman/hypeman within the dance music industry.

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Joshua Luke Smith

Joshua Luke Smith is a poet for the people. His empathic writing and unique blend of faith and introspection in alternative hip-hop are an absolute must-listen!

His upcoming album ‘Liberated’ unveils a transformative journey, intertwining personal growth, and parenthood. Smith’s revelations bring a new perspective to the title track, reflecting a profound sense of liberation.

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Dai Woolridge

Dai is an award winning storyteller poet, blending rhythm and rhyme with passion, playfulness, and colloquial prose. Dai is venue host of our Spoken Word Stage at Big Church Festival.

A captivating spoken word poet, storyteller, and author, Dai has become a notable figure in literature and performance. Passionate about storytelling, he covers an array of topics, from rugby and Welsh culture to navigating grief and exploring Scripture.

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Timothy Poet

Timothy has released a number of spoken word EP’s as well as being a part of the Orphan No More collective

Timothy, a pastor, and poet from Bath is passionate about seeing people become captivated by the beauty and wonder of knowing God. His latest EP, “Prayers from a Mountain,” features a song with Montel Fish!

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Dedani

Dedani is a London-based poet, writer, and psychologist, she is on a mission to share words that heal.

Though born in Zimbabwe, she found her voice in Baltimore (USA) and then took to the spoken word stage in London. As a citizen of the diaspora, she has relied on her faith and pen to navigate the space between cultures and countries. Through art, she creates a sense of home.

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Storm Cecile

International spoken-word poet Storm Cecile crafts immersive experiences, showcasing her talent at prestigious venues like The House of Lords and Hampton Court Palace.

Her notable performances include events for CAPUK, Biblica, YPO, and Nationwide Building Society.

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Sophia Thakur

Sophia Thakur is an award-winning author and performance poet. Embrace the poetic wisdom as she shares from her heart, including her latest collection, "Wearing My Mother’s Heart".

She serves as the Youth Creator and Educator Ambassador for Jordan’s Jumpman23 women’s squad and MINI’s Global Big Love Ambassador. Embrace the poetic wisdom as she shares from her heart, including her latest collection, “Wearing My Mother’s Heart,” launched in November 2022.

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Poetess Jess

Poetess Jess is raising the bar where being a faith-based spoken word artist is concerned.

This graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama skilfully combines Elements of Grime and preaching to boldly recite her poetry.

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Paul Faulkner

Paul has been passionately writing and performing at local churches, conferences, and schools for the last 12 years.

Paul Faulkner is a spoken word artist currently living in Blackpool where he works as a social worker, and is currently writing his Masters’s dissertation on spirituality and mental health. When he’s not penning poems he enjoys playing squash, pickleball, and charity shopping with his wife Hannah.

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Mike & Rachael Hood

Mike and Rachael Hood are a married pair of poets and performers based in Cambridge. They love combining their creativity to communicate the poetry and power of Scripture and the beauty of Jesus.

Rachael is a dramatherapist in the NHS and a writer for GoChatter Media, with a background in theatre. Mike is a spoken word artist and national poetry slam finalist who now works as an evangelist for their church.

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Duke Al

Duke Al is a published poet, spoken word artist, rapper, and creative practitioner. Writing rhymes is Duke Al’s therapy!

From a young age, Duke Al would scribble raps and poems. It was his way of expressing himself; escapism to challenge his OCD. A passion of words, flow, and rhyme flared. Now he aims to make an impactful change using one rhyme at a time! He is also the author of ‘Bittersweet: The Highs, The Lows, Hypers and  Hypos of Living with Type 1 Diabetes’.

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Laura Darrall

Laura Darrall is a multi-gifted individual with the titles of a local priest, a poet, and a presenter on BBC's Radio 4 and 2!

Her poetry explores faith and the complexities of being human, with a hopeful twist. She’s also a long-listed nominee for the Outspoken Prize for Poetry and regularly performs on the UK’s open mic scene.

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Jude Simpson

Jude Simpson combines quirky observational humour with witty wordplay, rhyme and song.

Often compared to Victoria Wood. “funny, sharp, emotional in her work and a terrific performer.” – Michael Rosen

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JudahEL

JudahEl is an emerging spoken word poet, author, singer and songwriter all combined with being a passionate worshipper.

Immersed in creativity and art from a young age, she radiates raw emotions painting a blank canvas to undoubtedly impact listeners. Her words and sound are all influenced by her ardour to give people hope, as she seeks to take people on a journey to wholeness, inspiration, and life.

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Ben Haydn

Ben Haydn is an upcoming spoken word artist from Manchester. Haydn now has over 50,000 monthly listeners on Spotify!

Ben Haydn (also know as HAYDN) is a rapper, actor and beatboxer. He thrives creating hip hop, trap and lofi music- but- as a songwriter, he writes songs for a wide range of genres.

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David Joey Mitchell

David Joey’s poetry is an honest blend of comedy, theology, freestyle rap, activism, & introversion.

David’s words are inspired by faith, doubt, people, planet & by finding the divine in the every day. Expect poetic justice, humour & honesty. Don’t miss the magic of poetry through his set, at the Spoken Word Stage!

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Josh Reid

Joshua Reid is a spoken word poet from southeast London and the current Big Church Festival Poetry Slam Champion

Last year, Joshua performed in the very first Poetry Slam at Big Church Festival and ended up Poetry Slam Champion! Josh wowed the audience with his content and delivery and we are thrilled to have him back this year. Joshua was also a semi-finalist in the 2022 PIA poetic challenge!

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Chris Matthewman

Chris Matthewman is a versatile performer known for his humorous wordplay and engaging storytelling.

Chris has entertained a variety of audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Leicester Comedy Festival! He’s also involved in Christian theatre with LAMPS and half of musical duo ‘The Christopher Badger Experience’. Plus. despite a dislike for titles, Chris is the Bard of Northampton and a Church Minister!

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Jermaine Wong

Jermaine Wong the Poet with undiluted potency and the intention to trigger the desire for meaning and purpose.

Jermain Wong is well known for his unique style of Spoken Word, which is delivered as hard-hitting, raw and honest lyrics that arrest the listener’s attention and reaches into the hearts of all who hear it.

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