Beth Jervis and Clementine West are Our Special Guests at SpokenWord Paris, March 27th! Monday’s Theme: DECEPTION

Beth is British and French. She has performed in theatre, film and TV in France and has been the driving force behind artistic endeavors such as the popular Peacock Palace multi-arts events from 2012 to 2015. She is also part of a team-building troop that runs murder-mystery and casino events, and she is called upon by consultants, companies and individuals for teaching, coaching, translation, interpretation and voiceover services. She is a constant learner-explorer and uses her secure professional base to allow her to pick and choose creative projects which inspire her. These have been mainly theatre oriented in recent years. In 2023 you can find her on stage in Paris and other parts of France in the comedy Jusqu’à ce que l’amour nous sépare by Hugo Le Guen, the theatre dance projects  Vi(e,s) and Les Vivants by Clémentine West, and in her own production Metoo?

Clémentine is passionate about acting. Her life would not be complete without it.  Since formal acting training at the Pygmalion studio in Paris, Clémentine has embodied numerous roles on screen and in the theatre. She directed her first theatrical show Vi(e,s) in 2018/19 and has since expanded the project to culminate in a 9 actor chorale piece. She chooses projects which combine heart and social questioning. She also runs physical theatre and improv workshops for adults and performs regularly around France in several comedy plays with the Montpellier based Compagnie très très drole.

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Scott Elder is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, March 13th! Monday’s Theme: WHY

Since 2014 Scott Elder’s work has been published on both sides of the Atlantic as well as having been placed or commended in numerous competitions in the UK and Ireland and shortlisted in the Bridport, Fish, Plough, Aesthetica, and Troubadour Prizes. His debut pamphlet, ‘Breaking Away’, was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2015.  A first collection, ‘Part of the Dark’,by Dempsey&Windle 2017 (UK), and his second, ‘My Hotel’, is forthcoming in Salmon Poetry 2025 (Ireland).  Website:

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Mia Funk is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, March 6th! Monday’s Theme: SEEDS

Mia Funk is an artist, writer, interviewer, and creative educator. As the founder of The Creative Process podcast, traveling exhibition, and international educational initiative, Funk has conducted over 1,000 in-depth interviews and painted the portraits of numerous artists, writers, and creative thinkers across the arts and sciences. Its sister program One Planet Podcast focuses on the environment and issues facing people and the planet. The Creative Process aim is to foster cross-cultural understanding and provide a platform that empowers, engages and inspires imaginative inquiry by sharing insights from some of the world’s leading creative thinkers, including winners of the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize. Embracing creativity across disciplines, notable guests include directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Pritzker Architecture Prize, UNESCO, Earth Day, Smithsonian, Musée Picasso, Grammy Museum, Greenpeace, PETA, Songwriters Hall of Fame, other leading museums and organizations.
Funk’s varied work sees her leading workshops and mentoring students around creativity, critical thinking, environmental ethics, arts and humanities disciplines. Her work appears in public and private collections, including the U.S. Library of Congress, Dublin Writers Museum, Office of Public Works, and culture centers. She has received awards and honors, including the Prix de Peinture from the Salon d’Automne and exhibited in the Grand Palais. She has contributed to various national publications and served on the National Advisory Council of the American Writers Museum and on the advisory board of the European Conference for the Humanities.
Podcast: Apple Spotify
You can find her art, writing & videos here:

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Stephen James Smith is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, February 27th! Monday’s Theme: WEATHER

Stephen James Smith is an Irish poet, whose work has been seen by millions of people, leading him to perform with people like Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Patti Smith and Bono (U2). Stephen has performed at Glastonbury, the Nuyorican Poetry Café in New York, the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and many more places in between. Follow him online @sjswords or find his poetry here:

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Jo Black is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, February 20th! Monday’s Open-Mic Theme: PYJAMAS

photo by Sabine Dundure

Jo Morrigan Black is a Paris-born poet and visual artist of Irish, French and American nationalities. They bridge seas through poetry and cultural anthropology, investigating migration paths and experiences of liminality. Jo has worked with indigenous leaders in Colombia, left stray feathers in Berlin and stalked the streets of Dublin as a vampire. Their stage performances combine poetry, physical theatre and drag in order to celebrate the queer and the unknowable in each of us.

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Kieran Beville is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris February 13th! Monday’s Theme: CRINGE (Kieran will be sharing love poems in remembrance of Valentine’s Day…but we remember, too, the valentine’s we sent and received that made us cringe…so bring them, too!)

Kieran Beville is author of Write Now – A Guide to Becoming a Writer (Limerick Writers Centre, 2019). He has had a substantial number of poems and articles published in various newspapers, journals and magazines and four collections of poetry (Revival Press). His book, Pulling Back the Clouds is a short biography of Mike Kelly, collector of the die-cast model aircraft display at Shannon Airport (Limerick Writers Centre, 2020). In April 2022 Beville was appointed Poet Laureate for Limerick

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Alex Vellis is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, February 6th! Monday’s Theme: NUISANCE, La Cave Café, 134 rue Marcadet, Metro 12, Lamarck-Caulaincourt

Alex Vellis is a Greek-British poet, producer and playwright from Canterbury, Kent. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Kent and has published five books through Whisky & Beards Publishing. Vellis’ work challenges the ideas of hope and home, love and futility, and identity and place. His new book ‘I saw a bird once’ follows the lives of three people as they explore change in a working-class world His work has been used in schools in the Netherlands and in young offender’s institutes in the United States as a way to both display poetry and present a way to better understand our emotions. Vellis has performed both nationally and internationally as a poet, gracing stages in Paris, London, Oxford, and Malta. As well as delivering lectures at universities and festivals on events production, being a working-class artist, and poetry in the larger sphere. Alex has produced the majority of Kent’s poetry events for the last five years, including the online poetry festival (in conjunction with Connor Sansby and co) ‘Winchesterfest’ – for which he gained his second (unsanctioned) world record for producing poetry events. Currently, he is a poetry editor for a publishing house and an axe-throwing instructor.

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Jennifer Dick is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, Monday, January 30th! Theme. UNDERGROUND, La Cave Café, 134 rue Marcadet, Metro 12, Lamarck-Caulaincourt

Jennifer K Dick is the author of That Which I Touch Has No Name (Black Spring Press Group, London, 2022), Lilith: A Novel in Fragments (Corrupt, 2019), Circuits (Corrupt, 2013) and Fluorescence  (University of GA Press, 2004) as well as 6 chap/artbooks. She has worked as a literary editor & reader for Versal (Amsterdam), Upstairs at Duroc (Paris), & The Colorado Review, has taught Creative Writing Workshops for WICE, the Paris Writers Workshop , Kent University’s Paris in The Arts, Strasbourg Write a Story, and guest taught for Naropa and LIU Brooklyn’s MFA programs. She directs the UHA English Dept., curates Ivy Writers Paris & co-organizes “Écrire L’Art” at Kunsthalle Mulhouse Centre d’Art Contemporain. Originally from Iowa, residing in France for over 20 years, she has also lived in Norwich, England, Colorado, and Massachusetts, and traveled extensively. Thus she is interested in writing about place and displacement, and global polyphony—that is, the connections we have to our language as it slips in and out of the languages of others. Recent projects include completing the manuscript Shelf Break, the writing of a chapbook of shipwreck-related poems for Tupelo’s 30/30 project. She is on the panel judging the 2023 SWAS short fiction contest. For more: Blog:

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Nicholas Calderbank, Damian Corcoran, Fiamma Bennett, Lester Lovelace, Joanna Bartholomew & Robert Bradford Are Our Special Guests at SpokenWord Paris, Monday, January 23rd! Theme: DISSIDENCE

Nicholas Calderbank is a British actor and director based in Paris. He has worked extensively in cinema, television and theatre. (And–in our words and not his– is a consummate professional). Founder of the On Stage and Open Space theatre companies he has produced plays by Shakespeare, Pinter, Mamet and others.In recent times he has focused on writing and performing his own material.

Damian Corcoran is an actor, and director as well as a voice artist and language coach. He has been acting in France for over 25 years and has a wide experience in theatre, film dubbing and voice overs, primarily in English.Theatre is his passion and he has acted in and helped produce a number of plays from Shakespeare to Neil Labute in theatres in and around Paris such as Le Nesle, L’Atelier, and Le Sudden. He regularly performs in public readings for Moving Parts Paris and presents his own poetry for Spoken Word Paris. He is co-founder of Brava Productions, and Open Globe Theatre Paris.Specialising in English narrations for documentaries, Damian is an accomplished voice actor and dubber working for some of the biggest film and TV production companies in Paris such as Studio Lincoln, Dubbing Bros, Ce Qui Meut as well as Arte, Canal+ and Imagine.

Fiamma Bennett has been performing and creating dramatic and comedic works since 2010 in English and French. In 2008, Most recently, In 2022,  she shot a television mini-series “L’île Prisonnière”.Continuing her collaboration with directors Jos Houben and Emily Wilson, she played Despair in the English mask “Cupid and Death”  In 2018 she worked with Theatraverse as an actress and toured at the Edinburgh Festival in the bilingual play “Monsieur Somebody”  She also played Hedda in “Hedda Gabler” (Ibsen) at the Jonquière theater; had the honor of reading for Peter Brook. She is part of a first adaptation of Deadmans cellphone in French: “Appels en Absence” at Lucernaire, recites in English the role of Cordelia in “King Lear”, She played in a Dadaist piece “Répertoire” in 2014. She has also participated in many short films, including Something Like That which was selected to open the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, and received the Best Actress award for the 24 Hour Film Project in 2014 for her role in”Kidnapping”. She also shot “A Poem of a House” for the National Trust, which allows visitors to see William Morris’ women come to life on the walls of his home, The Red House.

Born in London, and trained in the UK, Kester Lovelace has been living and working in Paris for over 30 years. He is associate artistic director of Drama Ties – a professional theatre company, which he founded in 1999, and for whom he’s written and directed a dozen shows. He also directed the first French production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing in 2009 in Paris, and on tour. On screen, he’s worked alongside Clémence Poésy in Jeanne Captive, Alex Lawther and Lambert Wilson in Les Traducteurs, and coming soon, with Léa Seydoux in La bête. He also works as a voice-over artist, on commercial, corporate and documentary projects, as well as radio fiction. He’s a coach and acting teacher at theatre schools in Paris, including the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique. His podcast drama, My Lunch with Frank will be released in 2023.

Joanna Bartholomew Performing very early became central to Joanna. Coming to France as a young adult, she pursues the quest for the link between the body and the spirit, which continues today in her approach to acting. Actress and director, she also creates costumes and objects. She is the artistic director of Compagnie Lynx:;

Robert William Bradford is an American actor who worked extensively in San Francisco and Los Angeles before relocating to France; Nick directed him in his first stage roles in Paris – as Lee in True West and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. Fate (and Nick’s writing talent) has brought them back together and this time they share the stage…both literally and figuratively!

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No SpokenWord 16th Jan. Next SpokenWord 23rd Jan.

Last week at the Hirondelle was great – great crowd, great poetry.

But unfortunately the Hirondelle has been hit with a large police fine for noise in front of the bar and have decided to stop doing events like ours.

SpokenWord will be back next Monday 23rd Jan, venue to be announced.

Cheers all,

David Barnes

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