Evidently aims to bring poetry back to the masses and prove that it can be more than you were taught in school. It is funny, it is thought provoking, and above all else, it is entertaining. Stand Up and Spit evokes exactly these characteristics – Ranting was, and still is, verse that was protesting, diverse, political, working-class, humorous yet also deadly serious – poetry for the people, by the people.
Boasting two fantastic poets in original Ranter Tim Wells and Laurie Bolger, who might be young but whose ideas and words fit those of the Ranters who cam before her. Evidently with Stand Up and Spit promises to be a fun, instructive and raucus night for all. Forget what you learned in school. This is poetry at its best.
Laurie Bolger has sent tears rolling and shoulders shaking throughout UK audiences. With a mouth as dirty as a vacuum and a heart as big as a whale, Laurie offers poetry that tells it how it is, no rubbish, leaving you feeling naughty, her feeling embarrassed and us wanting more. She hosts a weekly show, Round @ Laurie’s, for Roundhouse Radio.
Tim Wells is made of reggae, lager top, pie and mash, and Leyton Orient FC. As ‘Teething Wells’ he was an original teenage ranting poet. Since long trousers he has published several poetry collections, Everything Crash published by Penned in the Margins, being the most recent. He runs the Stand Up and Spit blog.
‘London poetry landmark’ – TLS | ‘Working class hero’ – Morning Star | ‘thug’ – NME, 18.08.84