In partnership with the Department of English at University of Southampton, ArtfulScribe & MAST Mayflower Studios present: ArtfulScribe’s Spoken Word Weekender, supported by Arts Council England.

This weekend takeover event features performance showcases from the UK’s most innovative small presses, writing, editing & translation workshops, as well as an edition of Write-A-Note and the ArtfulScribe Community Showcase.

Pushing The Line
Writing Poems workshop with John McCullough
Sat 12 Mar 10am

Join John McCullough, author of prize-winning poetry collection 'Reckless Paper Birds' (Penned in the Margins, 2019) and creative writing lecturer of University of Brighton, for a morning of generative poetry writing, focusing on poetic structure and freewriting strategies to invigorate your writing process. You will be pushing the poetic line and its possibilities into new territories of unbound discovery.

All you need to bring along are your preferred writing materials and an open mind!

Editing Hacks
Editing Poems workshop with Amy Acre
Sat 12 Mar 12pm

Join Amy Acre, co-founder and lead editor of Bad Betty Press (thrice shortlisted for the Michael Marks Publishers Award, named The Book Hive’s Indie Publisher of the Month), for a workshop focused on the art of editing poetry. With editing poetry, there are many aspects to factor into your creative decisions that come up again and again, that are practical, simple but sometimes elusive. Amy will be breaking these down into toolkit of techniques that will be vital for suping up your self-editing skills!

Attendees are required to bring along poems they are willing to edit!

Small Press Showcase #1: Penned in the Margins & Bad Betty Sat 12 Mar 2.30pm

ArtfulScribe invites two of the UK’s most exciting small presses to present their award-winning writers and performers from their roster at MAST Studios, for a stacked bill of live-literary goodness!

All performers will be reading from their most recent publications - this is THE event to catch the sharpest poetry written in the UK, supported by presses who are breaking the boundaries of literature and spoken word.

Featuring Inua Ellams, Rebecca Tamás & John McCullough from Penned in the Margins.

Featuring Helen Bowell, Christopher Lanyon & Molly Naylor from Bad Betty.

Write a Note Sat 12 Mar 6.30pm

Write a Note, in association with ArtfulScribe, offers a platform for poetry, spoken word, and live literature to find new audiences in a warm, and supportive environment at the MAST café/bar in Southampton. An ideal space to trial new work or perfect delivery of existing material, entry is free with donations encouraged at the end of the evening.

Tongue Fu Sat 12 Mar 8pm

At Tongue Fu poets, writers and storytellers take to the stage to perform live, amplified by the quick-witted improvisers of the Tongue Fu band.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Poetry Translation workshop with Leo Boix
Sun 13 Mar 10.30am

Join Leo Boix, poet and translator, author of PBS Wild Card Choice ‘Ballad of a Happy Immigrant’ (Chatto & Windus, 2021), for a morning of poetic mistranslation! Discover approaches to writing new poems inspired by translating & mistranslating existing works in order to unlock new possibilities for your writing!

All you need to bring along are your preferred writing materials and an open mind! Translation materials will be circulated to attendees via email prior to the workshop.

Small Press Showcase #2: Modern Poetry in Translation

Sun 13 Mar 1pm

ArtfulScribe invites the leading magazine of international poetry, Modern Poetry in Translation, to showcase the top poets working in translation today. This showcase seeks to broaden our understandings of poetry and highlight the vital work written beyond the lens of the English language.

Featuring Leo Boix and readers from their latest issue, ‘Bodies’.

ArtfulScribe Community Showcase Sun 13 Mar 2.30pm

The ArtfulScribe Community Showcase brings together writers from all of ArtfulScribe's literary development programmes for this intergenerational showcase, celebrating their work over the past couple of years.

Standard Pricing
Workshop: Pushing The Line Sat 12 Mar 10am


Workshop: Editing Hacks Sat 12 Mar 12pm


Small Press Showcase Sat 12 Mar 2.30pm


Write a Note Sat 12 Mar 6.30pm

Free, but must be booked in advance

Tongue Fu Sat 12 Mar 8pm

Find out more here

Workshop: Mistranslations Sun 13 Mar 10.30am


Small Press Showcase Sun 13 Mar 1pm


ArtfulScribe Community Showcase Sun 13 Mar 2.30pm



University of Southampton Students: Free (ID checked upon arrival)

Click here for further information on concessions, discounts & groups.


Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer and founder of: The Midnight Run (an arts-filled, night-time, urban walking experience.), The Rhythm and Poetry Party (The R.A.P Party) which celebrates poetry & hip hop, and Poetry + Film / Hack (P+F/H) which celebrates Poetry and Film. Identity, Displacement & Destiny are reoccurring themes in his work, where he tries to mix the old with the new: traditional African oral storytelling with contemporary poetics, paint with pixel, texture with vector. His books are published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches, Penned In The Margins, Oberon & Methuen.

Rebecca Tamás

Rebecca Tamás was born in London and currently lives in York, where she lectures at York St John University. Rebecca is the editor, with Sarah Shin, of the anthology Spells: Occult Poetry for the 21st Century (Ignota Press, 2018). She has published three pamphlets of poetry: The Ophelia Letters (Salt, 2013), Savage (Clinic, 2017) and Tiger (Bad Betty Press, 2018). WITCH is her first full-length collection.  Her book of environmental nonfiction Strangers: Essays on the Human and Nonhuman, came out from Makina Books in 2020, and was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize.

John McCullough

John McCullough lives in Hove. His third book of poems, Reckless Paper Birds (2019), won the Hawthornden Prize and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. His previous collections have been Books of the Year for The Guardian and The Independent. He teaches creative writing at the University of Brighton and for organisations including the Arvon Foundation. His new book Panic Response is published by Penned in the Margins in 2022.

Amy Acre

Amy is a poet and freelance writer from London, and the editor of Bad Betty Press. Her pamphlets And They Are Covered in Gold Light (Bad Betty, 2019) and Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (flipped eye, 2015) were each chosen as a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Her poem ‘every girl knows’ won the 2019 Verve Poetry Competition. She featured on The Last Dinosaur’s 2020 track, ‘In The Belly of a Whale’, streamed over 600,000 times on Spotify. In 2021, she wrote and recorded Radio 4’s The Ballad of the Bet—a BBC Pick of the Week. Her work has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, bath magg, DIVA, PERVERSE, Poetry London, The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, The Rialto, The Scores, The White Review and elsewhere. Her debut collection, Mothersong, will be published in 2023.

Helen Bowell

Helen Bowell is London-based poet and co-director of Dead [Women] Poets Society. She is a Ledbury Poetry Critic, and an alumna of The Writing Squad and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. Her debut pamphlet The Barman is published by Bad Betty Press. She works at The Poetry Society.

Christopher Lanyon

Chris Lanyon is a poet and mathematician from Cornwall, living in Nottingham. His poems have been published in Ambit, Abridged, SPOONFEED, Finished Creatures and Under the Radar and two Bad Betty anthologies, among others. His debut, swell, is published by Bad Betty.

Molly Naylor

Molly Naylor is a poet, scriptwriter, performer and director. Her stories and plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and she has performed at festivals and events all over the world. She has published two poetry collections and her third will be published by Bad Betty in spring 2022. She is the co-creator and writer of Sky One comedy After Hours. She wrote and performed the acclaimed solo spoken-word shows Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You and My Robot Heart. Her first graphic novel was published in September 2021.

‘Naylor writes with a poet’s ear for rhythm and delivers with a stand-up’s comic timing’ -Irish Times

‘Brave, funny, tough and beautiful writing’ - The Guardian

Leo Boix

Leo Boix is a bilingual Latinx poet born in Argentina who lives and works in the UK. His debut English collection Ballad of a Happy Immigrant (Chatto & Windus, 2021) was awarded the PBS Wild Card Choice and was selected as one of the best five books of poetry by The Guardian (August 2021).

He has authored another two books, in Spanish, Un Lugar Propio (2015) and Mar de Noche (2017), both with Letras del Sur Editora, Argentina. His forthcoming book is To Love a Woman (Poetry Translation Centre-PTC, 2022), a collection of poems by the Argentine queer writer Diana Bellesi, which received a PEN Translate prize.

Boix is a fellow of The Complete Works program, co-director of Un Nuevo Sol, an Arts Council national scheme to nurture new voices of Latinx writers in the UK, and an advisory board member of the Poetry Translation Centre.