SW Collective

The South West, Spoken Word Collective bringing you exciting live shows that will stimulate and entertain

Who are we?

Lucy English

Novelist and spoken word poet. Lucy is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University where she teaches spoken word poetry and fiction. She has three novels published by Fourth Estate and two collections of poetry published by Burning Eye Press.  

 Lucy runs workshops for a wide variety of audiences on how to improve writing skills and how to incorporate creativity into daily lives. She has worked for The British Council and for the Alpbach European Forum in Austria.

In 2016-7 she was the producer of Rebecca Tantony's one woman spoken word show, All the Journeys I Never Took.

Lucy is currently creating an online poetry film collection, The Book of Hours. Films from this project have been screened at a number of international poetry film festivals including Visible Verse in Canada and Zebra in Germany.

Sara-Jane Arbury

Writer, performer and workshop facilitator. Sara-Jane has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with organisations such as Arts Council England, BBC, Oxford University Press, NAWE, The Poetry Society, Apples & Snakes and Bloodaxe Books. She was Voices Off Director at Cheltenham Literature Festival for eleven years. Sara-Jane works with schools and is an outreach poet for Ledbury Poetry Festival. She has undertaken many residencies and commissions, including Writer-in-Residence for Herefordshire, Leopardstown Races for RTÉ, Bristol Galleries shopping mall and Oxford Bus Company. She has performed her poetry on television and radio, and at festivals such as Glastonbury, Hay-on-Wye, Port Eliot and Edinburgh. She devises bespoke events, interactive murder mysteries and touring poetry-theatre shows for adults and children, and has poems published in pamphlets and anthologies. .

Glenn Carmichael

Poet, novelist and facilitator, Glenn founded The Hard Edge Club, Britains first weekly spoken word club in London's Soho. He brought slam poetry to the southwest and published spoken word under the PotA imprint. His novel Still Searching for the Big City Beats, the first British novel using the spoken word scene as it's backdrop, was recently reprinted by Burning Eye Books. Glenn is director of the Poetry Slam, taking performance poetry into schools and communities and he teaches creative and novel writing to adults under the aegis of the Workers' Education Association and UWE.

Glenn has performed extensively live in the UK and Europe and has appeared on television and radio.

He is presently working on a new novel, Nobody Came and a series of poems entitled The Failure Trilogy.

Contact Us

For further informationplease contact us at: info@swcollective.co.uk or call Lucy English on 0777 609 5918

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