Celebrate National Poetry Day in Wrexham with a showcase of poets, talks and workshops from 10am-9pm on October 3 at Tŷ Pawb.

Voicebox is hosting a full day of performances, talks from prominent poets and publishers in the area, and workshops to get the community involved. The day will highlight local authors with an independent bookstall and host the infamous Voicebox Open Mic throughout the day. On the big screen there will be videos of headliners and open mic performers from the last five years of Voicebox from our YouTube archive.

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This year is the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day and the first time Voicebox has hosted a full-day of activities in the town centre. The theme this year is truth, and the public can join in a workshop or contribute to a community poems collection, which will be added to throughout the day.

Voicebox is an organisation in Wrexham, highlighting and showcasing performance talent from the area and bringing national names to the town for the last five years.

The day will be hosted by poet and performer Natasha Borton, who said: “We’re really excited to bring National Poetry Day to Wrexham. Voicebox has been a champion for literature and performance arts in the area over the last five years. National Poetry Day is the perfect excuse to dedicate a whole day to celebrating poets, authors, writers and the community.

“We’re grateful to Tŷ Pawb for hosting the event this year, and I hope this is the first of many events in town.”

On the day, there will also be a series of performances from members of the Voicebox Collective and a headline set by Ben Wilson.

Ben is a spoken word poet and performer and part of the Voicebox Collective. He uses heavy rhythms, percussive speech, rich imagery and storytelling to subvert issues in ourselves and our society such as masculinity, cultural norms, memory, identity and mental health. His influences range from the surrealist Lewis Carroll to poet and rapper Dizraeli. His debut chapbook ‘anamnesis’ is a visual exploration of spoken word and rhythm, stringing together incomplete memories and breaking barriers of apathy through storytelling.

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