Press Releases 2014-2015

Benjamin Zephaniah-Inspired Poets Group Set for City Performance


Poets on the Hill (l to r) Zoe Murphy, Julia Manser and Dorien Phillips.A poetry group inspired by dub-poet Benjamin Zephaniah is to perform its work at a Poems and Pints event in Townhill this week.

The ‘Poets on the Hill’ group is a legacy from the visit of Benjamin Zephaniah as part of last year’s BBC Wales documentary ‘Ugly Lovely: Poet on the Estate’. The group are now supported by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), through its Creative Bubble initiative, and Communities First.

The Poems and Pints event takes place this Friday 1st May at the West End Social Club, starting at 7:30pm. Entry is free of charge and the evening will also include live music.

Zoe Murphy, ‘Poets on the Hill’ co-ordinator and UWTSD Community Engagement Officer, said: “UWTSD are really committed to engaging with the community. This is an excellent initiative and audiences are always astounded by the talent of the group.”

The group meets every week and have been writing and devising their poetry ready for the event. They also collaborate with other poetry groups including Red Poets and Howl.

Group member Julia Manser said: “I think it’s fantastic that we are still going and that we have the opportunity to perform collaboratively with two other well-established poetry groups. We have gone from strength-to-strength and have lots of events coming up this year. I’m really looking forward to reading at our Poems and Pints event.”

Creative Bubble is an arts-based initiative run by UWTSD and Swansea BID (Business Improvement District). Run through a city centre commercial unit on Cradock Street, ‘Creative Bubble’ brings together UWTSD students, graduates and partners to collaborate and create a series of street performances, art exhibitions, pop-up craft fairs, drop-in workshops and fashion shows across the city centre.

‘Creative Bubble’ has been well received by the public and local businesses as it attracts more people into the city centre which in turn provides a boost for the economy. Such has been the project’s success over the past two years, it recently moved into a bigger premise on the same city-centre street.

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