Benjamin Guilfoyle – The Wandering Poet Tour
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Lancaster-based Benjamin Guilfoyle will strap on his walking boots for an epic 125-mile hike from Lancaster to Brighouse in Yorkshire for his first big poetry tour.
But audiences on the 12-date tour are in for a shock – because he will make an on-stage appeal every performance for one of them to give him a bed for the night.
Benjamin is raining money for two charities – the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service and the Lancaster Children’s Library – with every penny from ticket sales and donations while on the tour donated to the charities.
And to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness, the poet will have nowhere to stay each night of his tour – and will be sleeping rough unless someone in the audience steps forward and offers him a bed for the night.
Benjamin said: “The Wandering Poet tour is all about being kind and doing something for others to make their day a little bit brighter. I want to be able to use my poetry and this tour to make a difference, however small, and to support these two local charities because without support they might not be around that much longer.”
“My poetry comes from a place of happiness. I use my poems to tell stories and to focus on the smaller things in life that we might overlook and those small victories that get us through our everyday lives.”
“My poetry, I hope, will make my audiences laugh and there will be at least one poems in the show that they can relate to on a personal level.”
The performance poet – know as the Woolly Hat Poet – heads out on the road in May for a gruelling 12-date tour, taking in Lancaster, Garstang, Preston, Wigan, Bolton, Prestwich, Salford, Oldham, Littleborough, Hebden Bridge, Halifax and finally his home-town of Brighouse on consecutive nights.
The Wandering Poet Tour is inspired by Yorkshire’s own Simon Armitage and his Coast to Coast walk in 2015.
Each show Benjamin will be joined by local poetic talent, musicians and artists to give each show a local voice. In Salford these are:
Kieren King is a Salford based spoken word artist. He is best known as the co-creator and former host of popular Manchester spoken word nights, Evidently (Shortlisted for Best Regular Spoken Word Night – Saboteur Awards 2015 & 2016) the Word War Slams, and Bang Said The Gun: Manchester.
He has appeared on several local radio and television shows and was featured on ITV News coverage of Billy Bragg’s “Welcome To Manchester” gig. He was also hand-picked by Guy Garvey of Elbow to curate a Spoken Word event as part of his Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre.
Rose Condo is a multiple slam-winning Canadian poet who performs extensively at Spoken Word events throughout the UK. Her show “How To Starve An Artist” finished runner-up Best Spoken Word Show at the 2017 Saboteur Awards. She has received Arts Council England funding to develop her latest solo show, The Empathy Experiment. Her work is unapologetically feminist, oftentimes wry, occasionally raw, but always honest and compassionate. For more info please visit www.rosecondo.net