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Welcome to the poetry and storytelling area of Ashfield Arts Festival.

Here, you'll find some magnificent poems and stories by Ashfield artists! Please leave a comment or a like below to show your appreciation to the acts!


Ken Mead

I work at Academy Transformation Trust Further Education. Over the last year of lockdowns, I’ve been making Tai Chi wellbeing films to help staff and students through these tough times. This film is me doing Tai Chi sword and reading ‘The Tyger’ the beautiful poem by William Blake. @MeadJnr

Four poems by Kirkby in Ashfield poet, Daron Carey.  

Jack Tomlinson was born and raised in Sutton in Ashfield and released his debut poetry book ‘Behind The Mask’ in the first lockdown last year. Since then ‘Behind The Mask’ has sold across 12 different nations and 16 US states, receiving glowing reviews (including celebrities), accolades and has featured in various anthologies.
This year Jack released his second book ‘Children Of Stardust’ which has also sold well so far. Jack is married with 2 children and works in health and social care as a support worker and Aromatherapist. @jacktomlinsonpoetry

Kevin Qweaver Jackson, based near Derby, UK, has been writing and performing for over 10 years.  A queer community activist, he writes about life, with a probing yet compassionate eye, revelling in poetry’s subversion, its capacity to reach us from within. His second collection, Loves Burn, was published in January 2020 by Big White Shed to broad acclaim. He performs all over, most recently at Nottingham’s Poetry Festival 2020 supporting Anthony Anaxagorou.  Work has been published widely including in Burning House Press, HCE Magazine, Porridge Magazine, RFD Journal in the US and various anthologies including Desire, Love, Identity, contemporary perspectives on queer lives, published by Global Words Press in 2019.  He’s a proud member of Nottingham’s DIY Poets collective and blogs at www.facebook.com/kevinjacksonpoetry. @kevinjacksonpoetry

Dan Webber

The stand-up poet, reluctant bear and attempted vegan strips… away labels of life, love, the arts and the LGBTQ+ community in this fast-paced, honest and hilarious debut. Under constant pressure from marketing people to decide whether he is a comic or poet, Dan navigates through the confusing world of definitions.

Genre Fluid, a book of the show is available here - https://danwebber.bigcartel.com

Donations https://ko-fi.com/danwebber

Adam Nightingale

I am a writer, performer and storyteller. I am the author of five history books and numerous short stories and spoken word pieces. I make up one third of the spoken word and music trio The Fighting Nightingales. I have written and presented the history storytelling podcasts 17th Century Tales and The Hood Free Zone. I have written the one man shows An Evening With Professor Edvard Von Goosechaser, The 17th Century Show and Georgian Bloodbath: A Grisly Lecture.


Anne Sharpe-Jones

I'm a freelance multidisciplinary artist, which includes: writer/poet, actor, theatre-maker, entertainer, singer, director, workshop facilitator, tutor & life model. I've also been a care worker alongside my freelance career in a variety of contexts including mental health/complex needs, dementia, domiciliary & palliative (end-of-life) care. In June 2020 I had my first piece of spoken word aired on BBC Radio Nottingham, 'The Lady With the Laugh.' This year I’ve had a piece, 'The Wings of My Life', published in a collection called Unbound, a residency project by Gold Akanbi in association with Metal Culture. My second spoken word piece, 'Commode to a Care Worker' was featured on BBC Upload Festival 2021 & BBC Radio Derby along with an interview. I sing with an originals band called One Drop Pony. I am currently working on my first poetry show case, a new play inspired by my experiences in the care sector & a performance piece about clown & voice. @AnnaSharpeJones

Sue Allen

Laura Dickinson:  ​Spoken Word artist based in Nottingham taking inspiration from life and politics. @iwillbedisgraced

Festival Director - Claire Finn:  @Clairefinn88

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