There is a strong link between the traditions of folk music and spoken word, based as they are on the oral tradition. With this in mind, ten poets recently gathered at Southwell racecourse for The Gate To Southwell Folk Festival on the weekend of 10/11th June 2017 to spread the word.
On Saturday they gave the festival public two hours of the very best in self-penned poetry. Topics ranged from dining in the dark to a life in music, from making a brew to ‘fecking’. On Sunday festival goers were also invited to join in with the ‘Southwell Slam’ where members of the audience voted for their favourite three minute poetry performance. Congratulations go to Shaun Moore and Hazel Warren who were jointly given the accolade of ‘Bard of Southwell 2017’.