Words w/ Friends Vol II has picked up the pace, all of our spoken word poets have been chosen and the recording is set to take place on the 12th of November, with the release of the finished demo following just two weeks after on the 26th. A night of spoken word poetry and Lo-Fi hip-hop in Norwich, hosted by The Owl Sanctuary. The night will include an open mic, which gives aspiring spoken word artists the opportunity to strut there stuff alongside the headline act, which will be a performance of Vol II from start to finish. While we may be busy preparing for the event, its probably a good idea to tell you a bit about the spoken word poets who will be featuring on the demo. So here goes. . .
Ella Dorman-Gajic is a spoken word poet, theatre maker, actor and an all round trailblazer from Brighton. Her performance poetry reflects the lives and struggles of real people growing up today, and incorporates a mixture of rhythmic verse and character acting.
After being awarded The Pebble Trust Talent Grant, Ella put on her debut spoken word theatre piece ‘Did I Choose These Shoes?’ at the 2016 Brighton Fringe, where it sold out. This transferred to London and finally The Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, where it received a 4 star review.
On top of all that, with the support of New Writing South, Ella self-published her debut poetry pamphlet titled ‘Girl’. She is an associate of many Brighton organisations such as The Electric Youth Ensemble and Poets Vs MCs who she has performed with at the Edinburgh Fringe, Together The People, Think Nation and Wise Words Festival.
Below you can see Ella’s performance at Think Nation with Poets Vs MCs
But wait, there’s more, she is currently the president of Spoken Word Society at UEA and has performed her poetry at a number of venues around Norwich. Ella will be performing ‘Did I Choose These Shoes?’ alongside support from Billy pilgrim at UEA Drama Studio on the 22nd October. You can find out more details about the show on our events page. Here is another video, which could be described as Ella Dorman-Gajic’s most recognisable piece of spoken word, “Glampons” is a poem that challenges modern perceptions of femininity and womanhood, and is extremely effective in analysing existing social norms.
We feel blessed to have a talent with such an eclectic background working with us on the Words w/ Friends project, and we know she’s gone blow your mind on the night. If you want more info about the event then you better click this guy – Words w/ Friends Vol II release gig + open mic
If you want more info about Ella and her spoken word poetry in Norwich and elsewhere, then fill your boots with all the links below.
Stay safe out there,