Commissioned Article for Spread the Word, ‘Three Things to Remember When Performing Your Own Work Live’

‘Honesty is always the best policy. Your own voice and style is important to both your writing and performance. It is unique. No one else can do it like you can. Don’t imitate Kate Tempest, or do a Joelle Taylor or Polarbear, if you are not Kate, or Joelle, or Polar. Steer clear of the ‘American slam poet’ voice if you are not an American slam poet. Avoid nervous jokes – being funny is not a perquisite to being a writer. Ditto amateur dramatics. If your work needs tears, shouting, contortions of the face or body, kneeling and/or flailing arms, perhaps you need to rewrite it. A good poem should not need you to be its writer and its back up dancer…’

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