Matt Harvey - Poet & MC
Matt Harvey, poet, lyricist, Resurgence columnist, multiple TEDx speaker, creator of Empath Man, and Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret, and author of many books including The Element in the Room – inspired by renewable energy – performs poems for your edification and delight.
Shonaleigh Cumbers- StorytellerShonaleigh Cumbers is a Drut’syla, a storyteller in a Jewish tradition inherited from her late grandmother, Edith Marks (d.1988), by whom she was trained from childhood. The Drut’syla repertoire comprises twelve interlinked cycles, each of several hundred tales. Training also involves a complex system of oral memorisation, visualisation and interpretation (midrash) of tales. Historically, following training, each Drut’syla (cf. Yiddish dertseyler, “storyteller”) would act as hereditary storyteller-in-residence to her own immediate community. However, the tradition was uprooted, and came close to extinction, in the mid-twentieth century, and Shonaleigh has been active mainly as a professional storyteller to a secular public, working across the UK, Europe, New Zealand and the United States. Among a vast body of work that she inherited she is also very proud of “The Tower of Bagel” the first commission for Festival at the Edge in 1998. She is currently working on The Gem Cycle within the tradition. She also likes Owls!
Chris Paradox - Poet & MC
Your friendly neighbourhood one-legged existentialist stand-up beat poet and inspiration engineer Chris Paradox. Mr Ps unique blend of light yet deep, profoundly prosaic, meaninglessly meaningful musings on the human condition will provoke and pacify in equal measure.
LeMoon Productions presents Scatter
Scatter is a site-specific intermedial performance, which explores our personal connection to the coast and loved ones who have been laid to rest in the sea. Scatter asks why we choose specific locations to rest and examines human experience and the environments we associate ourselves with. For more on LeMoon
DIAMOND CUTTERS presented by Jay Ramsay and Gabriel Millar
Reading performances from this stunning new anthology co-edited with Andrew Harvey, a rallying call for poetry of serious relevance, inspiration, and eco-political as well as spiritual consciousness. Described by Bel Mooney in The Daily Mail as 'Fine poetry that touches the soul'. With special guest Anna Saunders, director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
Diamond Cutters names the tradition of Visionary Poetry from the early 20th century with Kathleen Raine and David Gascoyne through to contemporary poets in the early 21st in both Britain and America as well as Australia at a time when spiritual consciousness is more important for us than ever; nt has global reach and emphasis towards what it means to realize ourselves as 'One World People'.
Steph Bradley - A Heart Warrior’s Guide to Utopia
A story poet’s performance of the ingredients of Utopia woven from the visions and dreams of everyone she meets. Come to this if you want to be uplifted, energised, enthused and outright positive about the future. Steph Bradley can be heard on “Stories with Steph” her radio show at
Danny Chivers - Poet & MC
"Danny Chivers may appear to be a foppish young man from Bristol – partly because he is. But as well as this, he is also a politically active slam poet who has been chained to a construction company’s staircase and sued for five million pounds. Danny talks about his scrapes with the ‘powers that be’ (and Richard Madeley) over the issues of climate change and environmental causes in a show that’s both funny and thought-provoking."
Lisa Schneidau Storytelling – ‘Tales from the Wild’Lisa Schneidau - Storytelling in the woods – ‘Tales from the Wild’
Immerse yourself in the old stories of these islands, out in the wild. Lisa Schneidau tells ancient and modern stories all about our relationship with nature and the wild, drawing heavily on British folklore and legend. These are tales for adults and children alike. For ages 6+ A showcase of stories all about our relationship with nature and the wild, drawing heavily on British folklore and legend. Lisa Schneidau has performed at WOMAD, the Westcountry Storytelling Festival, Devon County Show and Exeter's Respect festival.
Seed Festival 2017
Seed Festival 7-9 July 2017 Planting Big Ideas! Hawkwood, nr Stroud. Musicians, Poets, Artists, Inspiring Eco Speakers, Movers and Shakers and YOU! Seed Festival inspires a more intimate and personal connection with our living world and our place within it. WIth the biggest UK Green speaker lineup that includes the voice of many Millennials, its set to be the best yet.
More about Hawkwood
Hawkwood is a Centre or Future Thinking, providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds. Our vision is about creating the world we want for now and our future. We are a place that convenes people and organisations from many disciplines in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing society and a sustainable environment. Registered charity number 311767
More about Seed Idea
Seed Ideaexists to provide inspiring and engaging service through events, design, innovation and coaching. Seed Idea projects include: concerts, festivals, videos and workshops; plus the Big Green Chair.
They are particularly inspired by people and projects that break the mould and are grounded in social and ecological values - those who are planting big ideas in the world.