Spit and Polish: The Best in Spoken Word


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Sunday 23rd April – 7.30pm

April Blurb

April sees Spit & Polish bring together another fantastic line-up of spoken word artists. Headlining is the multi-talented, Katie Bonna, whose Fringe First Award winning play Dirty Great Love Story is currently running in the west end. Joining her are artist resident at the Roundhouse, Joe Beaumont-Howell, community arts devotee, Desree Gumbs-Carty and Slambassadors 2015 winner, Jay Hulme. Join us for a night of humour, charm, wit and sincerity

Katie Bonna

Katie is an actress, poet and writer for stage and screen. Her one-woman show All The Things I Lied About premiered to critical acclaim at the Paines Plough Roundabout at Summerhall, Edinburgh, in August 2016. The show is transferring to Soho Theatre in April 2017 and will be touring the UK in Autumn. Her play Dirty Great Love Story (co-written with Richard Marsh) is currently running at The Arts Theatre in London’s West End following enormous success in Edinburgh (Fringe First Award winner, 2012), London (Soho Theatre, 2013) and New York (59E59 Theaters, 2013). She is writing a new stage show, Chorus, for Vault Festival 2017 and a novel for young adults.


Joe Beaumont-Howell

Leicester born, Joe Beaumont-Howell is a performance poet, spoken word artist and storyteller. Starting out shouting poems in pubs, Joe has since worked with organisations such as Roundhouse where he is an active artist resident, BBC 1Xtra and has performed in venues up and down the country.


Desree Gumbs-Carty

By day, Desree devotes her time to theatre, arts marketing and community arts but after 6pm (let’s say 7pm because of traffic), Desree is a poet.
An advocate for community arts, Desree began a night called #OMN in 2014 in her home town of Slough. It was started with the aim of giving individuals of all ages and skills, opportunities and essentially encouragement. It was at #OMN that Desree performed on stage for the first time. Now armed with a poetry book and an outlandish sense of humour, Desree has featured at events in and around London and has also been granted the opportunity to share her work up and down the UK.


Jay Hulme

Jay Hulme is a transgender performance poet from Leicester, a winner of Slambassadors 2015, and finalist in the 2016 Roundhouse Slam. In 2015 he released his first solo collection, “The Prospect of Wings”, and just over a year later his second solo collection, “City Boys Should Not Feed Horses” was published.

“Jay Hulme is undoubtedly someone to watch. His talent is raw, fresh and new – and very exciting.” Anthony Stewart Head (actor)