Why performance poetry's popularity is growing
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Poetry and spoken word performance is growing. It’s an increasingly accessible art-form and its rising popularity has meant many things to many people. Lucy English, a writer for The Guardian and lecturer at Bath Spa University, wrote a piece commending performance poetry’s ability to boost mental wellbeing. She argues that the opportunity to open up and develop confidence helps many performers overcome difficult psychological conditions. Equally, though, performance poetry is exposing a lot of people to an art-form often thought of as ‘stuffy’ or ‘soppy’ and it’s dispelling that myth with gusto. Spoken word performers like Kate Tempest and George the Poet are reclaiming poetry for a generation whom it was largely passing by. We’re setting out to find out what’s driving this growth in spoken word performance, and what makes it so important. Enter: Agnes Török.
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