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GOBS: Notts Spoken-Word Collective set for Live Digital Showcase

25 March 21 words: LeftLion

The dynamic collective of twenty spoken-word artists will be joined by Birmingham Poet Laureate Casey Bailey this Saturday...

GOBS, the Nottingham spoken-word artists collective, will be delivering a live digital showcase of poetry films and performances alongside a special extended set from Birmingham Poet Laureate Casey Bailey on Saturday 27 March, 7pm, as a free Live Zoom Webinar. The performances from twenty participants are the culmination of twelve weeks of workshops with GOBS Lead Writers Ioney Smallhorne and former LeftLion Editor Bridie Squires. 

Launched in March 2020, GOBS Collective provides poetry workshops, mentoring sessions and performances in NTU's Dance Studio for spoken-word artists in Nottingham. When the world went into lockdown following the news of the COVID pandemic, GOBS Collective continued their workshops with Bridie and Ioney through online video-chat sessions.

The Collective will be joined by Casey Bailey, a writer, performer and educator, born and raised in Birmingham. He released his debut full collection of poetry, Adjusted in 2018 with Verve Poetry Press and his second collection Please Do Not Touch will be published by Burning Eye in 2021. Casey’s play GrimeBoy will be arriving on the stages of a number of theatres in 2021. Casey’s poetry has featured in a number of anthologies and he was commissioned by the BBC to write The Ballad of The Peaky Blinders in 2019. In 2020 the poem was internationally recognised, winning a Webby Award. Casey has performed his poetry nationally, and internationally.
You can register for the free event here, or get involved with the GOBS Collective via their website

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