Women of Words Welcome Back Poet Kate Fox for Xmas Special
Renowned poet Kate Fox is to return to the city to perform Queens of the North a spoken word show co-written with Hull’s Women of Words, that celebrates trailblazing women of Hull. The hour long show takes place Wednesday December 6 at Kardomah 94 and will form part of the all-female collective Women of Words’ Christmas Special.
The December show sees the women once again teaming up with Kate Fox, to perform their successful Queens of the North show, one of the highlights of the BBC/Hull 2017 Contains Strong Language festival. Kate will be joined by the Ruby Red Performers the amateur burlesque dancing troupe who in 2015, rose to fame on TV Talent show Britain’s Got Talent. The Christmas Special will also feature the regular open mic section for those women wishing to get up on stage to share their writing talent.
Women of Words provide a vital platform for women’s voices – men are welcomed as audience members – with an emphasis on creating a warm and supportive atmosphere, whilst showcasing the best regional poets and performers.
Formed in 2016 by the ever-popular Vicky Foster, who herself was named as one of the Hull 17 poets at Contains Strong Language, alongside Kate Fox and other Hull poets Joe Hakim and Dean Wilson. The regular event has grown in popularity month on month and established itself as an essential part of the poetry scene in Hull.
The collective come from different backgrounds writing for both performance and page. They are made up of Hull poet Vicky Foster, novelists Cassandra Parkin and Louise Beech, Lynda Harrison playwright and poet, Julie Corbett storyteller poet and Michelle Dee arts and culture blogger.
Between them they organise the monthly event, bringing new and established artists to their stage from Hull and the wider region. Earlier this year Women of Words were commissioned by Hull 2017 to work with Kate Fox, to write a brand new show for Contains Strong Language, which they called Queens of the North.
‘From girl groups to girl power, last orders to lass war, boxers to burlesquers, Mums to meat rafflers, natives to newbies, we’ve gone out and spoken to dozens of women and woven their stories into our stories and the stories of the city. Powerful, funny, poignant, punchy poetry mixed up with a few surprises…’
Kate Fox, no stranger to Hull, is a leading light in the world of spoken word and a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4, with her own show The Price of Happiness. In September at Contains Strong Language Kate performed to packed crowds alongside Kate Tempest and John Cooper Clarke in the biggest UK Poetry festival, broadcast live from Hull right across the BBC.
It has been a fantastic year for the group. Every first Wednesday of the month we have welcomed brilliant performers such as Kate Fox, Lisa Luxx and Genevieve L. Walsh to perform in Hull, who have gone down extremely well with our enthusiastic audiences.’
‘One of the most exciting things is seeing and hearing from the women who have found their voices and a passion for poetry and writing by sharing our stage.’ Michelle Dee
Women of Words are very grateful to Spoken Word organisation Apples and Snakes who have empowered and supported the group throughout the year, providing free performance workshops delivered by performance poet Kirsten Luckins and who continue to provide opportunities for further artistic development.
Audiences attending the Free Event Wednesday December 6 are advised to arrive promptly due to filming taking place. Festive treats including mince pies and mulled wine will be on sale from Kardomah’s award-winning restaurant.
Show Starts: 2pm until 5pm
Venue: Kardomah 94 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull.