The playwright and poet James McDermott will read poems from Manatomy, their debut spoken word poetry collection exploring how Norfolk, nature, nurture, politics and pop culture shaped their identity. The reading will include a book signing and a Q&A led by Sam Ruddock.
James’s plays, published by Samuel French, include Rubber Ring (Holt Festival 2017) and Time & Tide (Park Theatre London, nominated for an Off West End Award for Best New Play 2020). James has recently joined the writing team of EastEnders.
Sam Ruddock is a producer, editor, fundraiser, and project manager. He is also Director of Story Machine, an innovative organisation that brings books to life through publishing, live experiences and gives support for emerging writers. Sam is Programme Producer at the National Centre for Writing and a Clore Leadership Fellow. He values the arts as a means of conversation and connection and can usually be found trying to work while a dog or cat sprawls across his lap.
Running Time 70mins including 20mins Q&A
The language, wit, insights, power of expression… Simply magnificent. You don’t have to have grown up gay to love and appreciate this poetry, but it will of course have a special charge, beauty and meaning for those of us who have.
Bold and startling
McDermott’s debut delivers us his heart, terrors and triumphs.