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Wordsmiths & Co. - Francesca Beard

Presented in partnership with Warwick Arts Centre, Nine Arches Press and Apples and Snakes


The UK’s first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.

GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators!

This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co.

Francesca Beard has been called ‘spine-tingling’ (Independent) and ‘The Queen of British Perfomance poetry’ (Metro) Born in Malaysia, she represents contemporary British literature all over the world with performances and workshops through the British Council. She has a one-woman show, ‘Chinese Whispers ’ produced by Apples & Snakes, which has toured nationally and internationally and a family show, ‘Animal Olympics ’ which she premiered at the SouthBank's 'Imagine' Children's Festival in 2008 before a run at Edinburgh Fringe's Assembly Rooms and national tour of theatres and festivals in 2009.

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