Review – Bad Poets Corner Chapter 6: The Storytelling Special @ Pavilion Gardens, 1/11/15

Emotion and expression were free flowing at the sixth chapter of Bad Poets Corner, run by Brighton Expression Sessions. They started late, but when they did get going there was continual activity. This session presented a mixture of talents from within the community, varying from different forms of spoken word to music. There was an interesting mix of poetry including some famous pieces such as a performance of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, some political pieces, as well as the public’s own idiosyncratic creations.

Through these readings we began to get to know people a bit more and this helped create a wonderful atmosphere, which was appreciated by people of all ages. Everyone was made welcome and everyone seemed to have a great time. Music was played intermittently, and included live performances. The song choices set the mood and included some Halloween classics, it might have been November 1st, but we were all happy to keep the Halloween spirits going.

Audience participation was a big part of this event. Not only did a wide array of people of all ages get involved through their own poetry and stories, but the joint poem, created by everyone, helped us experience a sense of community with a great atmosphere and a chance for everyone to be heard.

Brighton Expression sessions take place in a city that loves its cultural festivals, whether it’s the Open houses or the Fringe or Festival… there usually isn’t a month that goes by that there isn’t a series of events of one kind or another, it’s what makes Brighton so bloody good. So it makes sense that someone actually delivers interesting and fun (and free) events all year round. Catering to a crowd that are accustomed to the levels of interaction and activity that the busy and vibrant city provides should work a treat (or trick). The events they are running are billed as ‘relaxed but creatively charged’, sounds about right doesn’t it? They are kind of a theatre/poetry event for the masses. At the heart of what they do is storytelling which connects people together in a fun and enjoyable way. With social media a potentially robust platform for advertising, Brighton Expression Sessions are probably not just about locals but also about connecting people to our city whether they are out on a Sunday afternoon or not. I think the ethos is to not get trapped behind the screen that promises experience, but actually to brave the streets, to meet others and to have a go.

This was the last open air Bad Poets Corner event of the season but Brighton Expression Sessions will soon be running poetry and writing-related workshops for all those who need a little hand with their expression.

By Sam Eddison and Lou Clement

The Verse Staff

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