Speaking out for Buxton Fringe

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release June 3rd 2021

Buxton Fringe’s thriving Spoken Word category offers a wealth of stories, poetry and intimate reflections at this year’s Buxton Fringe (July 7-25).

Poet Steve Ely discusses the plight of two declining UK species in The Eel and the Willow Tit in a talk featuring his poems at the United Reformed Church. He will also be offering a separate show at the same venue called Made in Mexborough exploring the poet Ted Hughes’ connection to South Yorkshire.

The northern flavour continues as Bill Cronshaw considers a life spent as a Manchester City fan in What It Is To Be Blue. Meanwhile award-winning Canadian poet Rose Condo takes us further afield with The Geography of Me tracing her travels through foreign and familiar lands.

Several local writing groups offer a chance for multiple voices to share their talents. Buxton Spoken Words presents original poetry plus a reading of Christina Rossetti’s epic poem, Goblin Market, at the Green Man Gallery. Writers in the Peak takes us behind closed doors with monologues, poetry and music in its online offering A Cornucopia of Writings with Raspberry Sauce. Also online, Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group presents The Secret Gardens - poignant stories, mini plays and historical essays marking the 150th anniversary of Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens.

L&J’s Twilight Tales, performed in the evocative setting of Poole’s Cavern, offers the ghost stories of Leslie Oldfield. A haunting during lockdown is the theme of Living Ghost, one of a number of spoken word films offered online by professional actor Claire Finn.

Michael Gibson follows the rhythm of Anglo Saxon poetry in Caedmon Sings at the Green Man Gallery, while Fringe regular Sarah Gordon debuts Laudable Pus, her one-woman show of medical myths and mishaps from Ancient Greece to anti-vaxxers, at High Peak Bookstore.

Marketing officer Stephanie Billen says: “Spoken Word proved one of our most resilient categories last year and it is inspiring to see it still going strong, with top notch performers offering a huge variety of stories and poems both in live venues and online.”

Details of all Fringe events are on www.buxtonfringe.org.uk and the free to download Buxton Fringe App.

The Fringe wishes to thank High Peak Borough Council, the Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.



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