Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau 2 with Joy France

  • DATE

    21 January 2021

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

  • AGES

    All ages 13+


    The Bureau Centre for The Arts

Joy France headliner
Tony Curry
Richy Integer
and hosted by Janey Colbourne

Plus poetry open mic slots available to book from 5th January 6pm.
Please email janeycolbournepoet@gmail.com to book.
A ticket must also be purchased.
When slots are full a place on the reserve list will be offered.


Joy France is a multi-award / slam winning poet, writer and all round creative who is proud to be a magnet for the gloriously weird. She engages her audience with deft (and often daft!) use of words.
Joy discovered her creativity and passion for performance poetry in her mid-50s and says “having silenced the doubting voices in my head, I have now found my own voice and will never again be silenced”

She is Creative-in-Residence at Afflecks Palace in Manchester and Poet-in-Residence with United Against Injustice. She performs and organizes events at festivals and in unusual locations. A short documentary “Joy Uncensored” by Northern Heart Films tells the story of how she went “From Retirement to Battle Rap” recently won Viewers Award at Hebden Bridge Film Festival.

Featured poet:

Richy Integer is a writer, performance poet and singer-songwriter from Southport in the North-West
of England.

Inspired by UK hip-hop as well as spoken word artists such as Kate Tempest and Polarbear, Richy Integer mixes the two disciplines and adds a dash of humour and a good dose of social commentary.

Equally at home performing acapella or over a beat, his one-man spoken word poetry set includes a rap retelling of Aesop’s Fables for 21st century Britain and a furious diatribe against internet memes.

Richy is a well-known face on the Southport and Liverpool poetry scenes and was a finalist at the Liverpool Slam “Headliners” event in 2019.

Featured poet:

Tony Curry is a performance poet, playwright, workshop facilitator, soundsmith and enabler. His solo spoken word shows include Brit Boy, Complicit Relations, Moving and The Odyssey, and he is the host of Word Central, Flapjack Press’s monthly open mic night at Manchester Central Library. His play the Teddy Bear was performed at The Contact Theatre in 2012. His work has been exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum. He has produced two collections ‘The Noble Savage’ and ‘Tall Tales for Tall Men who fall well short’, both published by flapjack press.

“The ‘our town’ of Tony’s poetry is our town too. The smells that he evokes – fish and chips, beer and cigs, blood and spunk – these are our smells too. This is our poetry, these are our poems. They smell of home and friendship.” – Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence 2011



Event host:

Janey Colbourne is a spoken word performer who grew up in Blackburn, and has been a regular at the Bureau’s Artspace open mic. She was recently a featured performer at Wigan Diggers’ Festival, Truth to Power Cafe, We Shall Overcome, That’s What She Said, and King St Festival, Manchester. She is a regular contributor writer for Earth Pathways Diary, and has a poem published in the anthology Peterloo Poems by Manchester People. Janey sees spoken word as a means to connect and empower communities, whilst also having fun.