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Don't miss LU Arts' spoken word and poetry night

Speech Bubble returns on 22 March, with online performances from two professional poets, as well as opportunities for staff and students to get involved.

Headlining the event is Marcel Lucont, a UK-based French comedian known for his dead-pan stand-up, world-class sex poetry and bawdy songs. He has numerous television credits and comedy awards to his name including The John Bishop Show and Russell Howard’s Good News.

Maria Ferguson is a writer and performer from Essex. Her debut one-woman show Fat Girls Don't Dance won the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show in 2017, and her follow up Essex Girl won Show of the Week at VAULT Festival two years later. Last year she released her debut collection, ‘Alright, Girl?’ which was highly commended in the Forward Prizes and developed into an audio experience for The Living Record Festival.  

As well as the professional performances, Speech Bubble showcases the impressive spoken word talent at Loughborough University. The open mic slot is open to staff and students from both the East Midlands and London campuses. If you are interested in performing please email luarts@lboro.ac.uk by 15 March.

Doctoral researcher, Megan Constable, is organising this event and will be the compere on the night. Megan is conducting a practice-led PhD in creative writing as Other and her interest in spoken word began when she attended a performance poetry night hosted by poetry collective Bang Said the Gun.

Megan commented: “I have found organising Speech Bubble great fun so far. I'm a little sad that it is going to be online again, as you can't beat the atmosphere of a live audience. However, we have fantastic performers so every cloud has a silver lining!”

This is a free event but make sure you book your place to receive the Zoom details.

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