Magic Words in Todmorden

Tues 10 July 2012 @ Bramsche  31 Rochdale Road, Todmorden, OL14 7LA  7.30pm – £3 

 An exciting spoken word night in there’s-no-place-like Tod 

Guest poets & performers, plus a warm & friendly open mic spot open to all! Hosted by writer & performer Emma Decent

Guests for July:

the gothic Geneviève Walsh

Bacup’s finest Robert Giddins

storm-raising Midnight Shelley

& rip-roarin’ cheese fan Gordon Zola

 First come, first served for the open mic – there are a limited number of hotly prized places so get there early to get on the list! 

 Please note Magic Words is not only a poetry night but SPOKEN WORD… so stories, monologues and other creative words spoken out loud that defy the poetry label are also most encouraged! 07742 350739 or email for more info.

No Magic Words in August but then every 2nd Tues of the month …future guests to include Anne Caldwell, Meriel Malone, John Hepworth, Simon Rennie, Sue Vickerman, Matthew Bellwood, Winston Plowes, John Darwin, Clare Ramsaran – watch this space!

Bramsche is a Tod’s wonderful cafe bar, centrally located near the station & buses. magic words is taking place on the ground floor which is wheelchair accessible however the loos are not downstairs! Please phone or email for access info.


the guests for July:

Midnight Shelley is a passionate and insightful new voice taking the north’s spoken word scene by storm both with the power of her words and the intensity of her performances. Wordsmith, screamer, storm reveler, night embracer, travel lover, truth seeker, hug giver, verse breather.  And Magic Words open mic regular star.

 Robert Giddins has been entertaining Magic Words flawlessly with his poetry at the open mic since it’s first night. His work his often about creatures and mini-beasts but he does make the occasional foray into the world of human experience, and why not? His work has been shaped in part by being brought up in a family of twelve children that was more akin to the Addams family than the Waltons. A good background for any writer surely?

Geneviève Walsh of sunny Halifax is part goth, part Galifrayan, all powerful poet, woman and wordsmith. Geneviève’s poetry is an exploration into life, love, anger, national identity, sexual politics and science fiction. Sort of like if Anne Sexton had written lyrics for the Pet Shop Boys, but louder.

Gordon Zola emerged from the wreckage of a life that had run aground on the rocks of love’s clichés to begin a meteoric rise from oblivion to obscurity as a performance poet. Armed with only a smile, good cheese guide and an unlimited supply of puns, he took the poetry world by storm… And the rest, as they say, is history.  With his unique wit and rap style rhythms Gordon Zola has been performing around the country for over 12 years and is described wherever he goes as ‘brilliant’, ‘funny’ and ‘original’. He has already left his mark on Magic Words with his hilarious charity shop and wheelie bin poems. Don’t miss a full set this month!

John G Hall  ‘The Godfather of rhyme’   

Emma Decent is based in Todmorden and her performance poetry work has been described as entertaining, beautifully crafted, fearless and insightful. This is her first outing as a regular event host and it’s a long-held dream come true to make it happen in dearest Tod.




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