Bournemouth’s premier poetry night opens its doors to Ranting. Stand Up and Spit is partnering Freeway Poets to bring boozy, sweary, ranting poetry to the south coast with Emily Harrison, Tim Wells and Surfin’ Dave.
Join original Ranters Tim ‘Teething’ Wells, a teenage trouble-maker who stepped up between bands and at reggae nights to perform and Bournemouth-born legend Surfin Dave. Emily Harrison, a poet who came after Ranting but who embodies its ethos and ideas, completes the line-up. They join a host of local talent at Freeway Poets, as well as a night packed with live art, food and drink at art, music and culture hub The Winchester.
Emily Harrison is a former member of The Barbican Young Poets who performs regularly in London and across the UK both as a member of The Burn After Reading Collective and a solo performer. In 2010, Emily won Oxford University’s Christopher Tower Poetry Prize. Her first full length collection, ‘I Can’t Sleep ‘Cause my Bed’s on Fire’ has just been published by Burning Eye Books and is a collection that confronts a search for love against the stark yet humanising backdrop of the psychiatric institution.
Surfin Dave grew up in Bournemouth in the mid 70’s when the place was awash with the sound of disco. Thankfully he discovered the legendary Bournemouth record shop Armadillos who fed his desire for vinyl and love of rock’n’roll, doowop and 60’s garage.He gigged up and down the country, sharing the stage with amongst others a young Billy Bragg and Porky the Poet (Phill Jupitus). He got Ivor Cutler to dance and shared the stage with bands including Bow Wow Wow and The Clash. He continues to tour both solo and with his band, The Absent Legends.
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