Literary, Podcasts and Spoken Word

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Our picks from the literary world for the 2020 Buckends tent!

Tim Burgess

Tim Burgess: One Two Another…

After thirty-two years, on and off, as the lead singer of Manchester indie rock band The Charlatans, it’s safe to say Tim Burgess is northern rock royalty. Joining the band in 1989, after many other singers had auditioned but failed to secure the gig, his Jagger-inspired rock ‘n’ roll swagger launched The Charlatans into their first record deat. Outlasting many Madchester bands, The Charlatans’ reputation grew exponentially as the years rolled on.

Brimming with nods to an eclectic array of influences, from French chanson to East Coast rap, Tim’s writing provides vivid snapshots of modern life, its highs and lows, and the things we do to get by. For the first time Tim's collected lyrics are accompanied by his revealing commentary, featuring backstage anecdotes, advice on how to conjure up the music muse, poignant reflections, and insight into a very idiosyncratic song-writing process. One Two Another: Line By Line: Lyrics from The Charlatans, Solo and Beyond, a Rough Trade Book of the Year, chronicles the evolution of Tim's song-writing and he’ll be revealing the method behind the madness at Deer Shed, in conversation with Julian Mash.

Robin Ince

Robin Ince: I’m A Joke And So Are You…

In a stellar review of his 2018 book I’m A Joke And So Are You: Reflections on humour and humanity, The Guardian’s Stephanie Merrit commented that “Robin Ince is quite possibly the UK’s best-read comedian and is certainly one of the most criminally undercelebrated.” Deer Shed endorses this sentiment wholeheartedly, which is why we invited him to record a live episode of his celebrated Book Shambles podcast at our first ever Podcast Social Club festival in November of 2019.

If you’ve never listened to Book Shambles before, you may also know Robin from co-hosting the Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox, or as BBC Radio 6 Music’s “music profiler”, where he attempts to guess the identity of a listener through their musical choices on Steve Lamaq’s afternoon show. He’ll be joined by Julian Mash at Deer Shed to converse about all things humour and humanity.

Catherine Spencer

Catherine Spencer: Mud, Maul, Mascara

Catherine Spencer was the captain of the England women’s rugby team for three years. She scored eighteen tries for England, won six of the eight Six Nations competitions she took part in, and captained her team to three championship titles, a European cup, two Nations Cup tournament victories and the World Cup final held on home soil in 2010, which thrust women’s rugby into the limelight. All of this while holding down a full time job, because the women’s team, unlike the men’s, did not get paid for their sport.

Mud, Maul, Mascara is an effort to reconcile alleged opposites, to show the woman behind the international sporting success. Painfully honest about the mental struggles Catherine faced during, and after, her career as an elite athlete, it is also warm, funny and inspirational. This is a book talk for anyone who has ever had a dream, or self-doubt, or a yearning for a particularly effective, mud-proof mascara.

Philosopher Queens

Philosopher Queens

We like to philosophise at Deer Shed, though we know we need a lot of help from the pros! Previously we have presented many philosophical SHED Talks and enjoyed showcasing philosophy workshops for kids with organisations like Thinking Space. But the history of philosophy has not done justice to the contribution women have made to the field: you've probably heard the names Plato, Kant, Nietzsche and Locke - but what about Hypatia, Arendt, Oluwole and Young?

The Philosopher Queens: The lives and legacies of philosophy's unsung women is a critically acclaimed book about the lives and works of women in philosophy by women in philosophy, Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting. It brings to centre stage twenty prominent women whose ideas have had a profound - but for the most part uncredited - impact on the world. You'll learn about Ban Zhao, the first woman historian in ancient Chinese history; Angela Davis, perhaps the most iconic symbol of the American Black Power Movement; Azizah Y. al-Hibri, known for examining the intersection of Islamic law and gender equality; and many more. For anyone who has wondered where the women philosophers are, it's time to meet the philosopher queens.

Philosopher Queens

Alim Kamara

Award winning lyricist Alim Kamara is a rapper, storyteller and activist based in London. When he’s not rocking the mic on stage, he spends time in schools, motivating and inspiring young people. His work is uplifting, relevant and heart-felt, often focussing on the poetry in everyday life, and he possess supreme stage presence when delivering his body of spoken word in various forms.

Raised in one of the most socially deprived areas in London, Alim made this a driving force to his chosen path in the hope that others could be inspired by his choices. You can hear his inspirational 2015 EP, The Great Man, here. He has exhilarated audiences all over the world, from London to Sierra Leone, USA, Canada and Holland, and we are delighted that the next stop on his journey will be our Deer Shed’s Buckends tent in July.

Daniel Rachel

Daniel Rachel: Don’t Look Back in Anger

The ‘90s was the decade when British culture reclaimed its position at the artistic centre of the world. Not since the 'Swinging ‘60s' had art, comedy, fashion, film, football, literature and music interwoven into a blooming of national self-confidence. It was the decade of Lad Culture and Girl Power; of Blur vs Oasis.

From Old Labour's defeat in 1992 through to New Labour's historic landslide in 1997, Daniel Rachel’s Don't Look Back In Anger chronicles the Cool Britannia age when the country united through a resurgence of patriotism and a celebration of all things British. But it was also an era of false promises and misplaced trust, when the weight of substance was based on the airlessness of branding, spin and the first stirrings of celebrity culture. Through 68 voices that epitomise the decade - including Tony Blair, Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Tracey Emin, Meera Syal and many more – you can re-live the epic highs and crashing lows of one of the most eventful periods in British history by hearing Daniel in conversation with The Guardian's Dave Simpson.

Lisette Auton

Lisette Auton

Lisette Auton does stuff with words. She is a disabled writer, activist, poet, spoken word performer, actor, theatre maker and creative practitioner. She is an award-winning published poet and one of Penguin Random House UK’s WriteNow mentees for her children’s novel. She was awarded the 2019 Early Careers Residency for Literature at Cove Park by the Fenton Trust, and is on the TSS Publishing list of Best British & Irish Flash Fiction 2018-2019.

Lisette has performed on stages around the country such as Northern Stage, The Southbank Centre and the Sage, in pubs, in a crypt, at festivals, indoors, outdoors, on a bridge and in a launderette! She delivers passionate spoken word pieces about disability and equality using lyrical techniques to spiral out from the personal to the universal. There are also poems about living with a nut allergy when you don’t like to make a fuss, and her love of chips. She uses her platform as a performer, writer and theatre-maker to make the invisible visible.

Tom Cox

Tom Cox: Ring The Hill

We all love our pets and many of us even treat them like members of the family, but Tom Cox’s adoration for his cats takes it to the next level. Since quitting his job as a rock music critic for The Guardian in 2000, Tom has gone on to write several books, including four about his cats - Under The Paw, Talk To The Tail, Sunday Times bestseller The Good, The Bad And The Furry, and Close Encounters Of The Furred Kind.

Tom was born in Nottinghamshire and now lives a semi-nomadic life. As well as his cats, he has written various other critically acclaimed novels, including the Wainwright Award longlisted 21st Century Yokel and the Shirley Jackson Horror Writing Award-winning Help The Witch. His most recent work is Ring The Hill, which was described by Stephen Fry as "charming, funny and moving", and he’ll be chatting about it in conversation with Julian Mash at Deer Shed’s very own book club (bring your own cheesy nibbles).

Women in Music: How far have we come?

Women in Music: How far have we come?

It has been 25 years since Lucy O’Brien’s book She Bop: The definitive history of women in popular music was first published. Female artists were a tiny minority on festival line-ups back then and had to overcome so many obstacles just to get their music heard. Now, women are visible in so many genres, but are still hypersexualised in videos and still own only 13% of music publishing.

This panel, chaired by Lucy O’Brien, will ask and attempt to answer the question: has the music industry had its #MeToo moment? It will also look at the ‘women in music’ debate past, present and future – how far we have come and where we need to go to continue down the road of progress! We’ll be revealing the panellists joining Lucy soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Nazia Mirza

Nazia Mirza

Nazia Mirza is a UK-based British-Pakistani poet and exhibition curator who pays the rent as a policy maker in the public sector and uses her psychology degree and experience as a cohesion and integration specialist to inform her work, exploring themes of culture and identity.

Her latest curatorial project, Manifesting The Unseen complements the themes found in her poetry beautifully. All its contributing visual artists share an interest in the unifying principles of Islamic art, its origins within the inner realities of divine revelation and its perfect balance of science, art and spirituality. Their work focuses on the essence of things, seeking not to replicate nature but to convey what it represents; revealing what is unseen until nothing remains hidden. Also fond of singing, Nazia was an original member of alternative all girl choir ‘Gaggle’, touring with them extensively across the UK and Europe.

Vincent Thurkettle

Vincent Thurkettle: The Wood Fire Handbook

Vincent Thurkettle is a woodsman with an infectious passion for wood fires, our most ancient and natural fuel. After spending his childhood roaming the Welsh and English countryside, he left school aged 16 to work in woodlands. He subsequently trained as a Chartered Forester, worked for the Forestry Commission for many years, and his homes have always been heated by firewood.

Vincent has spent most of his free time travelling, often to remote places prospecting for gold, where an expertise with campfires has always been essential. He is an ambassador for wood fires and believes that well-managed woodlands and forests are the most beautiful of all our renewable energy options. As well as talking about his book The Woodfire Handbook at Deer Shed, Vincent will also tend the campfires for our late-night acoustic music sessions.

John Robertson

John Robertson: The Little Town of Marrowville

John Robertson is one of those creative geniuses – sometimes veering on the side of evil – that you can’t help but admire. The multi-talented stand-up comedian, adventure walkthrough gameshow host, columnist, satirist and viral sensation seems to excel in every creative exploit he undertakes, and after the publication of his acclaimed debut novel The Little Town of Marrowville in 2019, he can now add esteemed children’s author to that list.

He’ll be chatting with Julian Mash at Deer Shed about his darkly comic children's story, set in a town surrounded by deadly mist and filled with oddities. Howard Howard was a Wrecker (a brute and bully by profession) who was brutal to his kids - Aubrey and Aubrey's Sister. He deserved to be turned into mince, and thanks to a mysterious duo called The Grinders, that's exactly what happened. Becoming orphans turned out to be the best thing that happened to them all day, and with the help of their new friends - a talented burglar named Charlie and a sword-wielding assassin named Calo – they must navigate a world of secrets, myths and monsters.

Matt Abbott

Matt Abbott

Matt Abbott is a poet, educator and activist from Wakefield. His debut poetry collection Two Little Ducks explores the working-class Leave vote, against the backdrop of eye-witness accounts from the Calais Jungle. The collection contains the poems from his debut one-man show of the same name, which earned a string of five and four-star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and on a large UK theatre tour in 2018. Matt’s debut kids’ poetry collection A Hurricane in my Head was selected as one of the titles for National Poetry Day.

Matt founded spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs in 2015 and fronts indie act Skint & Demoralised. He’s an ambassador for Eureka! The National Children’s Museum and Trinity Homeless Projects and has shared a stage with names ranging from Paul Weller, Sleaford Mods and The Fall to Sara Pascoe, Shappi Khorsandi, Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Loach.

Henry Raby (Poet-in-residence)

Henry Raby (Poet-in-residence)

York-based poet, theatre-maker and playwright Henry Raby has been wowing families at Deer Shed with his spoken word poetry for years now. In recent years, he has acted as our poet-in-residence by creating impromptu poems on-demand for Deer Shedders of all ages on his travels around Baldersby Park.

Henry does brilliant work to promote the spoken word scene in York through regular events run by his company, Say Owt Slam. A poetry ‘slam’ is a competition where each poet gets three minutes to impress the audience with exciting, raw and dynamic poetry, so it’s no wonder he excels at thinking on his feet and lyricising about pretty much any subject the Deer Shed audience throw his way!

Sunday Morning Papers

Sunday Morning Papers

When day breaks on Sunday morning at Deer Shed, there’s always at least a few weary heads waking in their tents. Thankfully we have the perfect cure to ease you back into another fun-filled day! Grab a cup of coffee and join us relaxing in front of the Sunday Morning Papers. Our panel will discuss the events that occur in the press over the weekend, so you can stay up to date with goings on beyond the gates of Baldersby Park.

The panel will be chaired by Robyn Vinter, editor of Leeds-based independent British news and opinion website The Overtake, nominated for the Georgia Henry Award for Innovation at the 2017 Press Awards. She’ll be joined by a panel of comedians and artists, discussing breaking news and satirical views to banish any lingering hangover blues.

Bob Stanley Pop Quiz

Bob Stanley Pop Quiz

Bob Stanley is a musician, DJ, film producer and founder member of Deer Shed Festival 3 headliners, Saint Etienne. Bob has also enjoyed a parallel career as a music journalist, having written for publications like The Times, Smash Hits, NME and The Guardian.

All of this combined makes Bob the ideal host for Deer Shed’s Sunday afternoon Pop Quiz (like a pub quiz, but all themed around the best pop bands, albums, tunes and trivia from history. It’s certainly no walk in the park – we’ve heard about some of the biggest music nerds we know finishing closer to last than first, but it’s all about the taking part!

Talkaoke

Talkaoke

Takaoke is an art project that has been running for over 20 years. It’s a pop-up talk show that enlivens festivals, galleries and street corners all over, and it’s coming back to Deer Shed in 2020 for a third year on the run!

We’ll take you on a conversational journey with other Deer Shedders, jumping from one unexpected subject to the next. It can be topical, funny, deep, surreal, or something else. You generate the subjects and it’s the host in the middle’s job to keep everybody entertained and engaged. Talkaoke is a brilliant show, which just gets people chatting freely about different ideas. In truth, you never know whether responses will be silly, serious, funny or even genius – but ideas are always flowing when people are speaking.

Storytelling

Storytelling

In addition to our top picks from the contemporary world of literature and spoken word, Deer Shed 11 will also offer a vast range of storytelling events to hold the attention of young people and give parents a little relaxing break from the excitement that the festival inspires.

Notable storytellers include Pip Theatre and Hoglets but there will almost always be a wordsmith on hand to charm listeners in our story shed or many other a quiet area aside from the main festival party. For the Incognito theme, our storytellers will be exploring family-friendly narratives themed around spies, subterfuge and secrecy!

Thought Bubble – Bub’s Lounge

Thought Bubble – Bub’s Lounge

Thought Bubble is the Yorkshire Comic Art Festival! Beginning 9 November 2020, they run a week-long celebration of comics stretching across the whole of Yorkshire. They use the festival to promote the power of comics; they inspire, educate and bring people together like no other medium! The festival week finishes with a huge two-day comic con in Harrogate on 14-15 November, full of comic guests and creators from Marvel and DC favourites, to indie press, webcomics and everything in between.

Join them at Deer Shed for a sneak peek into the world of Thought Bubble, with a comic library set up for you to enjoy, fun creative activities for all ages and family bedtime read-alongs. The perfect wind down space for everyone. So, whether you're a long-time fan of comic art or have never picked up a graphic novel before, you’ll be sure to find something for you!

Podcast Social Club presents…

Podcast Social Club presents…

Back in November, we launched the inaugural Podcast Social Club, showcasing a programme of 24 live podcasts across two days in Thirsk, the new centre of the podcasting universe! The idea behind PSC is for you to become part of the live audience during the recording of many of your favourite podcasts, and perhaps some that are less familiar that you fancy checking out. A varied line-up allowed us to attract all sorts of different people together under one roof to socialise and join the podcast revolution.

After a successful first event, Podcast Social Club is coming to Deer Shed! Check out the brilliant line-up of live pods you can watch in Baldersby Park below…

Jokes with Mark Simmons

Jokes with Mark Simmons

When you watch Deer Shed’s brilliant comedians on the Big Top stage, it can be easy to assume they must just have funny bones. That’s true for many, of course, but even the most natural comedic talents must work extremely hard to hone their craft.

This poses some obvious questions. How do you make a joke funny? Or how do you know when to give up on an attempted joke that will just never become funny? In each episode of Jokes, comedian Mark Simmons invites one of his funny friends onto the podcast to share jokes they've written that just haven't landed - because they're too long, too stupid, too clever, too groan-worthy or just too rubbish. Check out this special live episode with guest Gary Delaney, recorded at the first Podcast Social Club back in November 2019.

The Three Track Podcast with Gabriel Ebuble

The Three Track Podcast with Gabriel Ebuble

The Three Track Podcast is a podcast by a music nerd, for music nerds. Comedian, writer and host Gabriel Ebulue is the music nerd in question and each episode sees him invite a new guest on to pick their three all-time favourite tracks, from niche B-sides to the biggest chart hits. They will discuss every beat in intricate detail, as well as their general love of music.

Last year, one of the highlights of our literary, spoken word and podcasts line-up was hearing Gabriel interview Deer Shed 10 headliner Ezra Furman about his love of Doo-wop music, ‘60s girl groups, the power of John Lennon's voice, and much more. We’ll be revealing the special guest for this live episode soon!

The Breakup Monologues

The Breakup Monologues

We’ve all got a story to tell about a terrible breakup. The Breakup Monologues is a comedy chat show hosted by award-winning comedian, author and accidental relationship guru Rosie Wilby, where she proves that laughter is the best cure for a broken heart.

Rosie and a rotating cast of her acclaimed performer pals look back at their best and worst romantic breakup stories which, as you can imagine, can be both eye-opening and extremely entertaining. Tragedy plus time to chat in front of a live audience equals brilliant comedy, right?! Special guests announced for this podcast will be revealed soon, but in the meantime, check out this live episode we recently recorded at the first Podcast Social Club event in Thirsk, with special guests Kate Fox and Matt Hoss.

Rob & Helen’s Date Night

Rob & Helen’s Date Night

Even the best relationships encounter problems and it can be hard to keep the magic alive through years of being together. Naturally, you can get comfortable in these relationships, especially if there are sprogs involved, but sometimes that means the spark can burn out a little.

In Rob & Helen’s Date Night Podcast, a married couple with kids - comedian Rob Rouse and Helen Rutter - aim to re-kindle the magic in their relationship through a series of bizarre dates. Always funny and insightful in equal measure, this comedy self-help podcast acts as a guiding light for any lost romantics finding their way through the world of love.

Mother’s Ruin Podcast

Mother’s Ruin Podcast

It’s no secret that there’ll be more than a few gin-lovers in Baldersby Park when July rolls around. If the rest of the family are struggling to find Mum, it’s more than likely she’ll be sipping a Hedgerow cocktail at the Sloemotion bar! It makes sense, then, for us to introduce Mother’s Ruin Podcast – a pod all about gin with co-hosts Mat Reed and Sarah Donnelly.

Mat has been a stand-up comedian for 19 years and a gin fiend for, well, about 19 years. What was once a dose of Dutch courage became a true passion, and you rarely see him onstage without a glass of gin in his hand. His one-man show, Gincredible, has been running for four years now! He loves Monster Munch sandwiches and weak tea, but you'll never, ever find him drinking bad gin. Sarah is a copywriter who was first introduced to a properly good gin when working as a travel writer for The Independent. Prepare to be ginspired!

Films on Trial

Films on Trial

Do you like films? Actually, we know you do, judging by how popular Deer Shed's expanded offering of cinema screenings has become in recent years. Do you like debating whether a film is a cinematic triumph, or if it’s a big hot mess? Well, we’ve got just the podcast for you, aiming to settle those raging arguments once and for all, as they put Films on Trial.

Each week, five lads from Liverpool act as judge, prosecution, defence, as they recreate a courtroom scenario, and decide whether a much-loved (or hated) film should end up on the definitive ‘Hit List’ or not. There are also regular sections on news, film trivia and quizzes, plus some excellent banter, terrible impressions, musical interludes, and lots of impassioned debates.

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