We announced last week that Burning Eye would be taking part in The Cheltenham Literary Festival‘s first ever #LitCrawl. We’ll be taking over Waterstones in Cheltenham on Saturday 8th October from 5pm with three of our 2016 poets. It’s going to be great! But what is Lit Crawl?

The first ever Lit Crawl started in a rowdy bar in San Francisco in 2004 – curated by McAdam/Cage publishing house. The aim of it is to promote both local literature and the kooky, off the track venues and places around the city that interest and inspire. The Lit Crawl was inspired by events like Edinburgh Fringe Festival which uses a variety of venues and public platforms to host literary readings, spoken word, etc. In 2004 there was around twenty events part of The Lit Crawl and by 2014 there were over hundred around the city.

The Lit Crawl has since spread to numerous US cities including New York, Los Angeles and Portland and has literary crawled across the world to Wellington and Helsinki. In 2015 the Lit Crawl came to Peckham London and now in 2016 in Cheltenham. The best part? All the events are free for everyone.

To find out more about Lit Crawl Global. Visit the website here.

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Join us, Hannah Teasdale, Agnes Torok and Liv Torc between 5 – 6pm at Waterstones for a journey through the lives of three women at different places in their lives –

Liv Torc is a razor blade skating performance poet and comedian who plunges the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human condition, armed with a box of matches and a sense of lyrical wonder. An experienced and popular performer, compere and workshop leader, Liv was the South West winner of the last National Radio 4 Poetry Slam, the second Bard of Exeter and poet in residence at Exeter’s first Poetry Festival. She is co-host of The Hip Yak Poetry Shack and runs a successful spoken word stage at WOMAD festival. Liv will read from her Burning Eye book Show me Life.


Bath based port Hannah M Teasdale was born and raised in Birmingham. Her first poetry collection, Fingerprints was published in 2013 by Poetry Space and Hannah has had plays produced for theatre and radio and numerous short stories published in literary magazines. She performs her poetry the length and breadth of the UK and can be found in the spoken word tents at most major festivals. Her Burning Eye collection Laid Bare was published this summer and has been described as “challenging and unapologetically honest” but also as “a book that Joni Mitchell could have written… “had she had six kids, a bottle of Valium and a pizza in the oven”.


Spoken Word performer Agnes Török is the winner of multiple Poetry Slams in three different countries and two different languages. She has been featured as a TED speaker, been invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, and regularly makes poetry videos for BBC The Social. Agnes has been featured at multiple international poetry festivals and on multiple national TV and radio shows. Her two acclaimed one-woman spoken word shows ‘Sorry I Don’t Speak Culture’ and ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It – Take This Survey’ have both won awards in the Best Spoken Word Show Category (PBH) at the Edinburgh Fringe. Agnes will be reading from her newly published Burning Eye book Happiness is an Art Form which explores the science of happiness.


Event Details here.

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