Catch Mark Gwynne Jones live at the following events…
29/06/19 – Exile Festival, solo performance on the Saturday afternoon http://www.exilemusicfestival.co.uk/
23/02/19 – Loughborough, Fearon Hall – with Psychicbread (tbc)
16/02/19 – Matlock Bath, The Fishpond – An evening tribute to Ben Daglish
16/01/19 – Burton and South Derbyshire College, performance and workshop
09/01/19 – Burton and South Derbyshire College, performance and workshop
15/11/18 – Nottingham, The Maze – with PsychicBread and the DIY Poets featuring Fay Deller. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/535850246844855/
08/11/18 – Calke Abbey – performance and workshop in association with University of Leicester
07/11/18 – Nottingham, Farnborough Academy – start of a year long residency with First Story and Farnborough Academy
26/10/18 – Derby, Kedleston Hall – performance and workshop in association with University of Leicester
25/10/18 – Bangor, Penrhyn Castle – performance and workshop in association with University of Leicester
02/10/18 – Leicester, Attenborough Arts Centre – with PsychicBread and the Green Room Writers. Lunchtime performance. For more info email: Lydia Towsey email@example.com
19/09/18 – Burton & South Derbyshire College – Wordworms! (2nd of 2). An afternoon workshop exploring the living quality of words. New writing through games of metaphor and imagination. 1.30 til 3.30pm. For details email Robin Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org
12/09/18 – Burton & South Derbyshire College – Wordworms! (1st of 2). An afternoon workshop exploring the living quality of words. New writing through games of metaphor and imagination.1.30 til 3.30pm. For details email Robin Wood: email@example.com
26/07/18 – Leicester, Attenborough Arts Centre – headlining WORD! A special al fresco performance celebrating the launch of Attenborough Arts Centre’s brand new ‘ampitheatre’ garden. Also featuring: open mic, nocturnal flowers and The Green Room Writers. 7.45 til 9.45pm. Tickets £7/£4. For details email Lydia Towsey: firstname.lastname@example.org
26/07/18 – Leicester, Attenborough Arts Centre Workshop: ‘WORD! In the Garden’. Sign up for this green themed writing workshop with ‘WORD! In the Garden’ writer in residence, Mark Gwynne Jones. 3 til 5pm. Free. For details email Lydia Towsey: email@example.com
19/07/18 – Nottingham Academy – launch event for ‘Mirrors at the Circus’: an anthology of poems written by First Story students during Mark’s residency at Nottingham Academy.
09/06/18 – Sheffield Library Theatre – ‘The Books of Mark and John’ : Mark and John Hegley share words from their published works and from less celebrated sources from much younger years… diaries, letters, Daily News books. Devised more with adults in mind but acceptable to some intelligent nine year olds (eight year olds wearing spectacles). Doors & Bar: 7pm, Show: 7.45 til 10pm. Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions) + booking fee, via TicketSource: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/488693 or tel: 0333 666 3366 (there is a further £1.50 fee on telephone sales)
08/06/18 – Sheffield Library Carpenter Room – ‘Common Ground, Common Language’ – A workshop with John Hegley & Mark Gwynne Jones. Please bring along an image, photo, drawing or painting. We will find things that bond us. We will speak words that find us much of a muchness. Up the wall. Off the wall. The sound of wallpaper drying. New writing to be created, possibly with drawing, singing, eating biscuits and dancing. No experiences needed. Workshop: 1.30 til 3.30pm. Tickets: £10 + booking fee, via TicketSource: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/488711 or tel: 0333 666 3366 (there is a further £1.50 fee on telephone sales)
25/05/18 – London, Hoxton Hall – The Jazz Verse Jukebox: https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/event/jazz-verse-jukebox-3/
15/05/18 – Sheffield, St Luke’s Hospice – delivering a poetry workshop at Clifford House, 9.30am. For details, email Virginia: firstname.lastname@example.org
02/02/18 – Derby, Kedleston Hall – ‘Winter fireside talk with Mark Gwynne Jones’. A lunchtime event, Mark will be sharing stories and poems inspired by locations. Including his residency at Sudbury Jail and commissions to write for places in and around the Peak District; Longshaw Estate; Loughborough and London’s Central Parks. Tickets £20, include tea/coffee on arrival and a 2 course meal (main & desert). Tel 01332 842191 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/13114d12-228b-4396-a944-1e3250edeba2/pages/details
Events and Shows Past – Some Highlights:
15/12/17 – Wirksworth, Town Hall – with folk-rock, blues, funk, electro-acoustic Left Hand Drive. Tickets: £8 in advance, £10 on the door. £7/5 concessions. https://www.facebook.com/events/217109742111847/permalink/279288815893939/
17/11/17 – Wirksworth, The Coach House – with Alex Blood & Jamie Thrasivoulou. A benefit for the hurricane devasted island of Dominca. Doors 7pm. £10. https://www.facebook.com/events/141334736591680/
26/10/17 – The Cat Club, Pontefract, – featuring a vinyl airing of David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ followed by a live set from Psychicbread: https://www.tappontefract.uk/whats-happening/the-cat-club-presents-hunky-dory-by-david-bowie-featuring-live-in-concert-psychicbread/
23/09/17 – Wirksworth Festival, Town Hall Events – Wordworms! An afternoon solo show for all ages: http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk/events/word-worms
19/09/17 – Oxford, First Story Young Writers Festival, Lady Margret Hall College, OX2 6QA
15/09/17 – Wirksworth Festival, Town Hall Events – with Psychicbread: http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk/events/mark-gwynne-jones-pyschicbread
11/09/17 – London, First Story (Skills sharing day) – Leading a skill sharing workshop for First Story writers and teachers. Teach First, SE10 0ER
16/07/17 – Buxton Festival Fringe – With stories and poems of the big bang, a blade of grass, absent friends, one particular lamppost and a girl called Amaryllis: Mark Gwynne Jones and the Psychicbread return with a new show of poetry and music. It’s dramatic, funny, and sometimes startlingly sensitive. http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/descriptions2017.html#spok
08/06/17 – Glas-Denbury Festival – Deep in the depths of the beautiful Devon countryside, a little piece of magic is being created. UK Awards Nominated: Best Small Festival, Glas-Denbury. 7th-9th July. Fairfield Farm, Denbury, TQ12 6DQ https://www.glas-denbury.co.uk/
28/04/17 – Matlock, The Muse with Mark Gwynne Jones – starring: David ‘Stickman’ Higgins (‘the sung and spoken rhythms of an African Caribean/British identity’) and Psychicbread (‘food for the soul in word and sound’). Whitworth Centre Ballroom, Darley Dale, Matlock, DE4 2EQ. Doors: 7.30pm Show: 8pm. Tickets £10 advance/£12 door Tel 01629 733678
08/04/17 – Derby, East Midlands CND AGM, Mark will be appearing with Kate Hudson (General Secretary, CND), Spike the Poet (former soldier and a member of Veterans for Peace). Derby Friends Meeting House, 3pm – 6.30pm.
04/02/17 – Derbyshire, The Muse with Mark Gwynne Jones, featuring: John Hegley, Lou Ashley and Alice Ashley. Whitworth Centre Ballroom, Darley Dale, Matlock, DE4 2EQ. Doors: 7.30pm Show: 8pm. Tickets £10. Tel 01629 733678
19/01/17 – Plymouth, Forked: featuring Mark Gwynne Jones with Bill Jones, Sophia Walker and Stewart Taylor, hosted by Alexander Rhodes. Barbican Theatre Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth. PL1 2NJ Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm Tickets: £7 door, £5 advance.
05/01/17 – BBC Radio 4, The Wondermentalist Cabaret, featuring Matt Harvey, Mark Gwynne Jones & Caroline Bird. 11pm.
20/11/16 – Chesterfield, Stand Up to Racism (Fundraiser): Line-up to be announced…
09/11/16 – London, LIBRARY: An evening with Mark Gwynne Jones at the luxurious LIBRARY on St Martin’s Lane. Non-members can request a pass. For details visit: http://www.lib-rary.com/home
20/10/16 – Derbys, The Barley Mow (Bonsall), The Muse: an evening of lyrical delights from voices past and present. Spoken word, poetry & open mic. Bring a poem, bring a song, a favourite book or just eat, drink & enjoy… Host: Mark Gwynne Jones. 8pm Barley Mow, The Dale, Matlock, DE4 2AY
18/10/16 – Nottingham, Mind Freedom Party: bring an instrument or a poem as open mic spaces are available for acoustic performers. FREE. 6-9PM. Sobar, Friar Lane, NG1 6DQ
30/09/16 – London, Hoxton Hall: The Jazz Verse Jukebox. Hosted by broadcaster and vocalist Jumoke Fashola These evenings are an electrifying mix of jazz, song and spoken word. For tickets: http://www.bandsintown.com/event/12503016?app_id=squarespace-jumoke-fashola-w4dv&artist=Jumok%C3%A9+Fashola+Music&came_from=67
21/09/16 – Wirksworth Festival, Town Hall: The Return of Psychicbread. Favourites of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction – Psychicbread are evocative, surreal and seriously entertaining. ‘Their highly original sound mixes world beats, piano, guitar and flute all played to underscore and empower the vivid lyrics of Mark Gwynne Jones.‘ This show will be the 1st time Psychicbread have played a public concert since the death of drummer John ‘Beano’ Thorne in 2012. http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk/events/mark-gwynne-jones-psychichbread
16/09/16 – Sheffield, Festival of the Mind: Premiere screening of a new film-poem mixing animation and live action. Made in collaboration with Mike Futcher, Dr Emma Bird and Prof Fiona Boissonade. Mark and Mike will be introducing the film and taking questions at the end. 3-4pm, The Spiegel Tent.
29th – 31st July 2016, WOMAD Festival http://womad.co.uk/
21/07/16 – Derbys. The Barley Mow (Bonsall), MUSE: an eve of lyrical delights from voices past and present. Spoken word, poetry & open mic. Bring a poem, bring a song, a favourite book or just eat, drink & enjoy… Host: Mark Gwynne Jones. 8pm Barley Mow, The Dale, Matlock, DE4 2AY
17/07/16 – Latitude Festival, 22.20 – 23.000: Mark performs just before John Hegley at the finale of the festival.
21/05/16 – Matlock Bath, The Grand Pavillion, Pavfest, An all-day 3-stage bonanza of live music and performing arts for Syria. Featuring: Ben Ottwell (of Gomez); Please Y’Self; Mark Gwynne Jones; Left Hand Drive and more. For details: https://www.facebook.com/events/222410778119080/
21/04/16 – Derbys. The Barley Mow (Bonsall), MUSE: an eve of lyrical delights from voices past and present. In the form of a Living Dead Poets’ Jukebox, writers share their own work alongside something inspiring from a past writer. The evening is open to everyone, there is no entry fee and those wishing to read or perform sign up on the night. In total, floor slots are limited to 5 minutes per reader. Bring a poem, bring a song, a favourite book or just drink, heckle & muse… Host: Mark Gwynne Jones. 8pm Barley Mow, The Dale, Matlock, DE4 2AY
21/03/16 – The Wirksworth Wordminers, Performance and workshop. Waltham House, St John’s Street, Wirksworth. 7.15 – 9.15pm.
Thurs 17th March 2016, Derbys, The Barley Mow (Bonsall), MUSE: an eve of lyrical delights from voices past and present. In the form of a Living Dead Poets’ Jukebox, writers share a favourite piece of their own work alongside something inspiring from a past writer. The evening is open to everyone, there is no entry fee and those wishing to read or perform sign up on the night. In total, floor slots are limited to 5 minutes per reader. Bring a poem, bring a song, a favourite book or just drink, heckle & muse… Host: Mark Gwynne Jones. 8pm Barley Mow, The Dale, Matlock, DE4 2AY
Thurs 18th Feb 2016, Derbys, The Barley Mow (Bonsall), MUSE: Spoken Word, Poetry & the Dead Poets’ Jukebox – An evening of lyrical delights open to all. 3rd Thurs of every month, mixing comedy, tragedy and iridescent ideas from voices past and present. Writers are invited to share a piece of their own work alongside something they find inspiring from a past writer. This could be a poem, song lyric, or passage from a favourite book. Readers/Performers sign up on the night. Floor slots are limited to 5 minutes per reader, including the reader’s contribution to the Dead Poets’ Jukebox. FREE. Host: Mark Gwynne Jones. 8pm Barley Mow, The Dale, Matlock, DE4 2AY
Sun 8th Nov 2015, Soho, Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz Verse Jukebox: hosted by broadcaster and vocalist Jumoke Fashola. If you’ve been before you’ll know these evenings are a real treat, mixing fine spoken word and jazz. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (upstairs), 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT. Doors: 6.30pm Show: 7.30pm. Tickets £8 on the door. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd or Leicester Square.
Sat 31st Oct 2015, Buxton, Old Hall Hotel, Pauper’s Pit, with classical guitarist and composer Steve Marsh, the Peak Guitar Quartet and on the heels of his recent tour with Mamta Sagar: Mark Gwynne Jones. 7.30pm Tickets £10 Tel. 01629 813624.
1st – 4th Oct 2015, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Moby Dick Unabridged: Alongside actors, writers, members of the public, comedians and Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, Mark will be contributing to a four day reading of Melville’s epic Moby Dick.
14th July 2015, Wolverhampton, City Voices, The Lych Gate, 44 Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TX. 7.30PM Tickets £3/£1 (under 16’s)
10th July 2015, Cromford Mills, Derbyshire, Words at the Wharf is launching a new season of spoken word nights with a guest appearance from Mark Gwynne Jones. There will also be the opportunity for other writers to come and showcase their work in the relaxed atmosphere of Wheatcroft’s Wharf Cafe. 7.15pm-9.15pm on the first floor of Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café (please note that this is accessed only by stairs). Entry is free.
3rd July 2015, LEDBURY Poetry Festival, Melding Voices from England’s Peak District and India’s Karnataka State, Mark Gwynne Jones and Mamta Sagar perform at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. For more information visit Renaissance One
28 JUNE 2015, NOTTINGHAM, New Art Exchange. As part of the last weekend of the exhibition by Faiza Butt at New Art Exchange, Mark Gwynne Jones, Mamta Sagar and local poets and DJs respond to the exhibition through performances and a closing party. Doors 4.30pm for a 5pm start. Event 5pm to 8pm. Suggested donation of £3 – £5 on the door. Venue: New Art Exchange, 39 – 41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE.
27th June 2015, LEICESTER, University of Leicester presents… a masterclass with Mamta Sagar and Mark Gwynne Jones on melding voices and performance and working across languages, followed by a public performance. 5pm – 6.45pm. For more information about the tour and more visit Renaissance One.
7th June 2015, BRADFORD, Melding Voices from England’s Peak District and India’s Karnataka State, Mark Gwynne Jones and Mamta Sagar perform a show as part of Ilkley Festival. For more information visit Renaissance One
6th June 2015, DERBY, Presented by Hello Hubmarine as part of Derby Book Festival. 7pm-9.30pm @ The Silk Mill, DE1 3AF An evening of fresh and original writing, music and animation with Jon McGregor, Mamta Sagar and Mark Gwynne Jones, Éireann Lorsung, Richard Birkin, Joe Coghlan and Emma J Lannie. Animations from the London International Animation Festival (www.liaf.org.uk). Suitable for adults Cost: Pay What You Can. View the event’s Facebook page
3rd June 2015, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, The Big Noise Festival and UCL Writers Society presents an evening of spoken word, poetry, short fiction and film, featuring Mark Gwynne Jones and Mamta Sagar(Melding Voices), Oran Maguire, Eva O’Connor, Faye Oliver, James Messiah, film shorts by UCL students, and short fiction writing from winners of the UCL publisher’s prize including Ramya Jay, Rebecca Mae, Yara Rodrigues Fowler and more to be announced. Admission free, Festival runs from 6pm to 10pm at UCL Front Quad Tent, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Visit the event’s Facebook page
15th May 2015, LONDON, Free Word Centre, Melding Voices with Mamta Sagar. Following their collaboration in southern India, this is Mark and Mamta’s 1st UK event of the Melding Voices tour, where England’s Peak District meets India’s Karnataka state. For more information about the tour and more visit Renaissance One. Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, EC1R 3GA
12th May 2015, OXFORD, The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street Oxford OX1 2AQ Mark is guest of the nation’s favourite poetry slam Hammer &Tongue
11th May 2015, CAMDEN, The Green Note, 106 Parkway, NW1 7AN Hammer &Tongue
9th May 2015, Derbyshire Literature Festival Perfoming Wordworms! an interactive show of wild imaginings for ages 7+. Followed by Q&A and book signings. New Mills Library: 10.30 – 11.30am; then, Buxton Library 1.30 – 2.15pm.
7th May 2015, Brighton, Komedia, Hammer & Tongue
6th May 2015, Bristol, The Bird Cage, 28 Clare St. BS1 1YE Hammer &Tongue
5th May 2015, Shoreditch, The Book Club, 578 Kingsland Road, E8 4AH Hammer &Tongue
1st May 2015, Cambridge, The Junction Hammer & Tongue
26th April – Wenlock Poetry Festival
12th April 2015, Soho, Ronnie Scott’s, Mark performs at the Jazz Verse Jukebox hosted by the wonderful Jumoke Fashola
14th March 2015, Oxford, The Old Fire Station, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Since 2014 The Archway Foundation have promoted over 540 public conversations about mental health. Now, they’re marking the end of their ‘Time to Change’ project with a fabulous free event at the Old Fire Station, Oxford. Including performances from: Mark Gwynne Jones, Zena Edwards, Sam Berkson, Oxford College Dancers, musician Matt Sewell, The Archway Foundation, and Time for Change. The Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ FREE 1pm to 5pm
January 2015 – INDIA, Bangalore Festival of Ideas & Hyderabad Literature Festival: Melding voices from the north of England and Bangalore, Mark Gwynne Jones is set to tour southern India with poet, playwright and translator Mamta Sagar. Sharing the experiences, revelations and points of departure behind their poetry. Their collaboration continues when Mamta comes to the UK between April and July 2015. To find out more or book a show contact: Melanie Abrahams of Renaissance One, hq@renaissanceone / Tel 020 7272 8386
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th December – Hive Radio broadcasts Poems from the Road, a poetic journey down Britain’s A-roads and motorways curated by Robin Vaughan-Williams with contributions from spoken word artists Luke Wright, Mark Gwynne Jones, Ann Hamblen, River Wolton, James Caruth, Clare Best, John Arlott and more. To tune in see: http://zeroquality.net/poems-from-the-road.html
6th December, 2014 – Matlock, Derbyshire – An Evening Tribute to Euan Read with Loscoe State Opera, Blue Wallpaper Inc, Folkosophy, Charlie Jobson and Bang On Samba Band. The Loft, Crown Square, Bakewell Rd, Matlock. 5pm till late. Tickets on the door: £8/5. Raising money for Meningitis Research Foundation.
Saturday 25 October, 2014 – Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, Wordworms! In a show of wild imaginings, award winning performance poet Mark Gwynne Jones invites you to meet the boy with the eye on his index finger, learn to escape school by becoming a cat and make friends with a giant toad! Based on his new collection for young readers, Wordworms! Mark will introduce you to some extraordinary characters and lead you to a place where words are alive and the impossible is possible.
Rochdale Town Hall. 12 Noon-1pm, £2 Entry. Suitable for: Age 7+ – children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
Click here for booking details.
Thurs 16th October – Lyric Lounge, Nottingham 5.30 doors, 6pm start! At 6pm Mark Gwynne Jones opens an evening of spoken word, poetry and music with performances from his new collection Wordworms!
Also featuring: Shonaleigh (one of Britain’s leading storytellers) LiTTLe MACHiNe (fine words and music), a storytelling workshop with Sophie Snell and an Open Mic with MC Joel Stickly. Click here for info and tickets. (N.B. Early Start!)
Friday 18, Wed 23 & Thurs 24 July – Buxton Festival Fringe, Wordworms! A show of Wild Imaginings for ages 7 to 107… Meet the boy with the eye on his index finger, learn to escape school/work by becoming a cat, and make friends with a giant toad! The book and show center on how the words we think and speak are alive, how they shape the way we feel and of the magic they possess…
Wordworms! premieres @ The Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton. Tickets £8 (Child £5, Conc £7).
Click here to book online.
Friday 4 July – International Byron Festival, Poems and Pints… Mark is performing a show alongside the final resting place of Lord Byron @ the International Byron Festival. In the words of Byron: The busy have no time for tears… Includes the award ceremony for the ‘Maureen Crisp Poetry Competition’ and accapella entertainment from The Gentlemen. Mark will be awarding the competition prizes and performing what is billed as ‘a 30 minute recital’. FREE. 7pm. John Godber Centre, Hucknall