Hip Yak Poetry Shack

The ramshackle, interactive, comedy-poetry cabaret The Hip Yak Poetry Shack is making its sixth appearance at WOMAD World of Words, with laughter lines and internal rhymes; pockets full of stories and eyes fierce with tears. This year we are kicking at the graffiti on the walls that divide us, bringing you the best-spoken word, rap, hip-hop, page poetry, stage and slam because it’s ALL POETRY and it all has something incredible to say.

So gather round under the trees by the little purple tent, maybe even with a cup of tea or a paper cup full of tepid beer, for some of the finest, funniest, deeply moving and profoundly right-on (but not in an annoying way) spoken word entertainment you will hear this summer – and possibly your whole lives. Prepare to be totally flabbergasted and very pleasantly entertained, by incredible poets like…..

Kei Miller (Friday 3pm)

The multi-talented Jamaican poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and broadcaster, Kei Miller takes to the stage at the Hip Yak this year, and we are really looking forward to his performance at WOMAD.

Dizraeli (Saturday 3pm)

We are delighted to welcome back Dizraeli, a rapper, multi-instrumentalist, and singer taking hip hop to new terrains.  He’ll be sharing some of his work from his new album “The Unmaster” as well as some of his back catalogue.

Matt Harvey (Sunday 3pm)

Matt is the host of Radio 4’s ‘Wondermentalist’, the comedy-infused, musically enhanced poetry cabaret show. He will be sure to get you smiling and laughing under the trees of the arboretum this year.

The Hip Yak Poetry stage at WOMAD is run and hosted by Liv Torc, Jonny Fluffypunk, and Chris Redmond and supported by Pete the Temp.

Other Hip Yak poets this year are Elvis McGonagall, Joelle Taylor, Anthony Anaxagorou, Melanie Brandon,  Beryl the Feral, Thommie Gillow, Sean Hill, Desree, Birdspeed, Jacki Juno, Alex Rhodes and David Oakwood.

Last year’s slam winner, Siobhan MacMahon, will also perform, along with the Frome festival slam winner.  As well as poetry shorts and poetry solos, this year features a 90-minute interactive poetry show “The Rainbow Fish Speak Easy” for the broken and the beautiful, focussing on mental health.

And if you’d like to enter our Poetry Slam on Sunday please apply at the stage, and prepare two poems of 3 minutes or less.  First 12 to sign up can perform, the prize is a 10-minute slot on next year’s Hip Yak Poetry Shack stage.