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Promoter Focus: Poetry is Dead Good

30 June 15 words: Promoter Focus
Joshua Judson reveals all about the poetry night he regularly hosts at JamCafé, and tells of a slam final on Saturday 4 July at Nottingham Arts Theatre
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Spoken word, poetry, music.

Venues you do stuff at:
JamCafé. We've also got a slam final coming up at Nottingham Arts Theatre on Saturday 4 July.

Who else helps you run the nights:
Bradley at JamCafé is super supportive, and I sometimes get Bridie Squires to do a bit of hosting.

Ten words that sum up the events you put on:
People saying stuff. Reclaiming poetry for people who aren’t boring.

Which local act has gone down best with your crowd and why?
We’ve had Ashmore and Motormouf come down a couple of times. Those guys never fail to get people moving.

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Which non-local act would you bring back again?
At the first birthday event we had John Berkavitch who’s a bit of a beast. He does shows where he mixes spoken word with breakdance – well worth watching if you get the chance.

Which booze sells best at your events?

Tell us a crazy story that has happened at your events…
While I was doing my hosting bit at the November event, a woman burst into the venue high as a kite, screaming and shouting that it was her birthday. I got everyone in the room to wish her a happy birthday and then she was happy. Just sat down, listening and gently swaying for the rest of the night.

If you weren’t a promoter what would you have ended up doing?
Bumming around fifties New York listening to jazz or something.

What other events in Nottingham do you love?
Anything at The Maze or JT Soar.

What have you got coming up?
The big one is the final of the Mix It Up Midlands Slam at Nottingham Arts Theatre on Saturday 4 July.

Then it’s back to regular programming: every third Tuesday of the month at JamCafé.

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