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Spork! October special

Spork! presents an evening of spoken-word comedy and poetry with Kevin P. Gilday and multiple slam champion Kathryn O'Driscoll.

Exeter phoenix 

Spork! presents an October spoken-word comedy and poetry special at Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday 25 October with Kevin P. Gilday and multiple slam champion Kathryn O’Driscoll.

A Dead Poets Slam will also see three famous poets rise from the dead for one night, brought to life by contemporary artists.

Kevin P. Gilday Kevin P. Gilday. Photo © Rhianonne Stone.

Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning poet, writer and performer from Glasgow.

He is a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer, a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice, founder of poetry performance collective The Scribbler’s Union and co-founder of spoken word cabaret night Sonnet Youth.

He has published four books of poetry. Sad Songs for White Boys brings together nearly ten years of work and Anxiety Music, his most recent collection, has just been published by Verve.

He has also released two albums as Kevin P. Gilday & The Glasgow Cross in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Ralph Hector and has twice been shortlisted for the Scottish Short Play of the Year Award for his theatre work.

Kathryn O'Driscoll Kathryn O’Driscoll

Kathryn O’Driscoll is a spoken word poet, writer and activist from Bath who talks openly about disabilities, mental health, gender politics and LGBTQIA+ issues and joys in her wide range of poems.

She is a UK slam champion and world slam finalist, and was longlisted for the Out-Spoken performance poetry prize and the Saboteur Award for best spoken word earlier this year.

She is the founder of the Sword Forge Collective and CandleLit Sessions, for which she produced four episodes of curated poetry on the theme of mental health as part of PBH’s Free Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival.

Her debut collection Cliff Notes was published by Verve in February.

Spork! is a community-led producer of spoken word works. It was founded in 2018 by Exeter poet and artist Chris White.

It holds regular events in Exeter venues that feature local talent with line-ups from across the UK and offers a year-round programme of writing and performance workshops and an artist development programme.

Spork! works with a range of community partners from Newcourt Community Centre to Mothers Who Make. It has programmed drag queens, brass bands and rappers as well as some of the best spoken-word artists in the UK and beyond, including Buddy Wakefield, Vanessa Kissule and John Hegley.

Spork! October special is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25 October at Exeter Phoenix.

Tickets cost £8, or £5 for students and under-25s, and are available from the Exeter Phoenix website.


 is membership co-ordinator and community & culture editor of Exeter Observer and a director of its publisher Exeter Observer Limited.

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The police inspectorate says DEVON AND CORNWALL POLICE must make urgent improvements after it was found to be inadequate in three of nine areas including responding to emergency and non-emergency calls and managing registered sexual and violent offenders.
Its assessment found two other areas required improvement while two more were graded “good”. A new chief constable was appointed in December after the force was placed under enhanced inspectorate monitoring last year.

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL is consulting on its draft Exeter Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, which is already nearly six years late, until the end of March.

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER staff have resumed strike action over pay, pensions and working conditions alongside Exeter school teaching staff with dozens more strike days planned during February and March.

EXETER CITY FUTURES published the agenda for its last board meeting on 30 January, two months after the meeting was held. It says it is “committed to being completely transparent and open about the things that are discussed at board meetings”. No minutes were included.

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL is not making sufficient progress with its children’s services since they were judged inadequate in January 2020 according to the latest Ofsted monitoring report which found that key areas still require significant change and serious issues remain.

The UNIVERSITY OF EXETER has submitted detailed plans for its 1,700 bed West Park redevelopment of 50,000m2 of student accommodation.

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