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LIVEwire Leeds #1 | Salena Godden & Nafeesa Hamid

#LIVEwire Leeds #1
Salena Godden and Nafeesa Hamid
plus open mic
hosted by Matt Abbott Poet.

Nymphs & Thugs are the UK's leading spoken word record label. Since forming in 2015, they've become home to Louise Fazackerley- Poet, Matt Abbott, Toria Garbutt Poet, Salena Godden, Kevin P. Gilday - Writer & Spoken Word Artist and Luke Wright. Their #LIVEwire events are rapidly developing a reputation as one of the most electric nights on the scene.

Their new series of #LIVEwire events include four regional dates around England - Manchester (20 Sep), Bristol (13 Nov), Birmingham (22 Feb), Colchester (29 Apr) - as well as four resident nights at Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds. Each event will feature a unique line-up, with at least one N&T artist on the bill.

The first of the Leeds events pulls no punches, with globally renowned poet Salena Godden supported by Birmingham-based rising star Nafeesa Hamid. The night will be hosted by N&T founding owner Matt Abbott, and there are 6 open mic slots available on a first come, first served basis (details below).


One of the UK's foremost poets, and a regular at festivals and literary events around the world. After gracing stages for 25 years, her rebellious livewire spirit unparalleled. Her 'Pessimism Is For Lightweights' pamphlet took UK poetry by storm last summer, and her 'LIVEwire' album was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2016.


Nafeesa Hamid is a British-Pakistani poet and playwright based in Birmingham. Her work covers taboo themes such as sex, domestic violence and mental health, using personal experience as a basis for her writing. Her debut collection 'Besharam' was published by VERVE poetry press in 2018.


Matt Abbott is freshly establishing on the UK's scene. His debut one-man show 'Two Little Ducks' earned 5* reviews at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 and on a 22-date UK theatre tour last autumn, and was accompanied by his debut poetry collection on Verve. He formed N&T in spring 2015 and fronts alternative act Skint & Demoralised.


There are 6 open mic slots available on a first come, first served basis. Each open mic slot lasts 5 minutes, and we encourage as diverse a range of poets as possible. You can apply for a slot by emailing Matt on

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Earlier Event: October 1
Later Event: October 3