Jo Bell and Tony Walsh (aka Longfella) sound the heights and depths of happiness, in a show that is sometimes thoughtful, sometimes foot-stomping and ultimately uplifting. Tony is the author of Sex & Love & Rock & Roll, so an expert on all things feelgood; Jo is an award-winning writer of poems celebrating friendship, love and the small moments of life worth paying attention to. Always true but never trite, Lifted examines the moments of pleasure in daily life, shares the poets’ joy in filth and fun and family, and leaves you feeling grateful for the good stuff, glad to be alive. What’s not to like?
About the authors/artists
Longfella is the performance name for "the towering wildfire that is Tony Walsh" - "one of the UK's most renowned performance poets" he is also a respected writer, workshop leader and community organiser.
Standing out from the crowd at nearly two metres tall, Longfella - Tony to his friends has performed everywhere from The British Library to The Glastonbury Festival. From schools, universities, prisons, conferences, festivals, museums and theatres to the magnificent Palace of Science and Culture in Warsaw, Poland as a guest of The British Council.
His poetry has been published on both sides of the Atlantic as well as displayed with an LS Lowry image at both Tate Modern and The British Museum as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund "Best of British" exhibition.
A multiple winner and finalist in top-level poetry slam competitions, Tony is the current Manchester Literature Festival Comedy Slam Champion and was the runner-up in "The Times" UK Allstars Slam Final at Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2008.
UK’s Canal Laureate (appointed by Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust)
Directed UK’s National Poetry Day for 6 years
Was Cheshire Poet Laureate
For 18 years as an archaeologist specialising in Industrial archaeology
Awards and nominations
Riverlands and Fourpenny Circus (performed shows) both nominated for a Ted Hughes Award
2014 won Charles Causley Prize for Poetry
Third in Ballymaloe International Poetry Competition
Jo Bell describes herself as a ‘poetry practitioner. “It means I work in poetry, in all its forms. I build projects, deliver national and small commissions, lead courses and residencies all over the UK and elsewhere.
I edit books and journals: I teach for national organisations including the Poetry School, run workshops and residential breaks in the UK and France; am a paid mentor; write articles for publications including Magma and non-poetry titles like Country Walking and Waterways World.
“Poetry should be heard as well as seen. On stage, she has performed at Glastonbury (as poet in residence), Latitude, Larmer Tree, Big Chill and Shambala, Hay and Cheltenham – plus headline slots at poetry nights across the UK including Bang Said the Gun as well as Stromstad’s Winter Words festival and Paris’ Shakespeare & Co. I have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and 2.
Georgian Theatre Royal
Pocklington Arts Centre