We are beyond excited to announce that That’s What We Said will be part of the legendary Phantom Laundry stage at Shambala Festival 2023!
We will taking over the stage on Friday 25th August for a showcase with some of our very favourite performers: Jess Green, TS Idiot, Sophina Jagot and Vispera (Eve Piper).
If you’re heading to Shambala this year, don’t forget to include us in your schedule!
BBC Slam Champion, Jess Green is a performance poet and script writer for theatre and TV. She’s performed at Glastonbury, Latitude and BBC 6 Music Festival and toured her 5* shows, Burning Books and A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn to the Edinburgh Fringe and around the UK. Her third collection of poetry Dressed as Love is out later this year with Burning Eye Books.
TS Idiot outsider artist, a performer who draws on beauty and power from history’s margins to embrace and mock modern life in equal measures. They look to the junkies, the jokers and the bent and abandoned for inspiration and solace. They have warmed up crowds for the likes of John Cooper Clarke and Attila The Stockbroker, as well as DIY punk shows and queer cabaret nights across the UK and hosted IDIOT TALK, a monthly spoken word show on 1020 Radio. They believe that the values of punk can be a transformative and powerful vehicle for social change.
A multidisciplinary artist, their practice spans poetry, short fiction, performance, film and theatre. They are an alumni of several UK Young Artists residency programmes and a Cultural Secretary for Tate St Ives, as well as writing for BBC Arts and performing across the UK at nights hosted by the likes of Apples & Snakes and Raise The Bar.Their poetry zine SPIT & MARGARINE was self-released in 2020 and their poems and short stories have been published by Perennial Press, The CALM Project, Global Youth Review, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Bloomsbury and The Bitchin’ Kitsch.
They want you to know that they love you and that everything’s going to be ok.
Brwn Girl in the Ring
Brwn Girl in the Ring is a facilitator and storyteller through poetry, spoken word and fiction writing, based in the West Midlands. UK-born, she identifies as a Malawian Indian Muslim woman and her love for playful wordplay includes themes of pleasure, survival, nature, anti-colonial healing, identity, spirituality and music. When you read her work, her hope is you are transported to a place of magical, hopeful, loving, honest and ultimately healing stories that don’t shy from reality.
Eve Piper (Vispera)
Rising urban narrator Eve Piper is a Mancunian poet and MC (alias Vispera) making her mark on the poetry scene. Having spread her roots in Bristol, she was selected to take part in the Words First project run by BBC 1Xtra and the Roundhouse and received guidance from Kae Tempest.
As a BBC New Creative, her poem ‘Creatures of the Rave’ was commissioned to create an immersive audio piece for BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Sounds.
Eve Piper chases the conflicts of young womanhood with a rhythmic, raw approach. Her poetry draws influence from the fringes and failures of society, finding beauty in the overlooked. Expect fast-paced flows and female ferocity from this up-and-coming artist.
Host / Performer
Bridget Hart (they/them) is a writer, performer and creative producer based in the South West.
Bridget has been tearing up DIY punk shows for over a decade, cutting their teeth at feminist punk shows across the country. They have performed at festivals including Boomtown, Shambala, Manchester Punk Festival and Edinburgh Fringe. They have published two collections of poetry, Better Watch Your Mouth (Burning Eye), and Chewing Gum – a queer reimagining of Grease published by Small Press (Tangent Books).
Bridget is the former editor of Burning Eye Books, and continues to help performance artists transfer their work to the page as a freelance mentor. They are the host of For Books’ Sake’s live performance night That’s What We Said and the founder of They//Us.