Niall O'Sullivan

high brow, low brow, none of that stuff in the middle

Gerry Potter – How Do You Respect F*** All? [NSFW]

Whenever a news channel is slow to the scene for a big event, they appeal to the audience for phone camera footage. They sometimes remind viewers to have the good courtesy to hold their phones horizontally when filming. This makes the captured riot/terror attack/assassination/snowfall antics more amenable to the dimensions of your typical flat screen […]

Jean Binta Breeze – The Wife of Bath Speaks in Brixton Market

There are two performances taking place in this video. The first is from the dub poet Jean Binta Breeze, recited towards the tiny black hole of the camera lens, constructed from many separate takes. The second performance is from the market itself. Breeze adopts the persona of a Caribbean take on Chaucer’s Wife of Bath. […]

Remembering the Death of Performance Poetry – Redux

  It’s been an interesting couple of days since I posted my Remembering the Death of Performance Poetry blog. On the whole the response on Facebook and Twitter — while far from a solemn parade of nodding heads — has been enthusiastic, thoughtful and similarly reflective. People have chipped in with curious questions about whether […]

Remembering the Death of Performance Poetry

Don’t Panic!!! Apologies in advance for the alarmist title. This post is not about some imminent collapse in the Spoken Word boom, far from it. It is intended as a meditative look back at the cycles that happen within spoken word cultures and how history tends to repeat itself, especially when there’s no history available […]

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