Paris Lit Up England Tour 2017: SYNOPSIS
As we do every year, a bold and brazen group from Paris Lit Up went to wow England with our words and music. Why? Because the PLU philosophy is a borderless one, and we believe that the more one absorbs, the better one becomes as an artist and person. PLU is nothing without its web of creative connections, and this web has to be fostered and fed.
This year, our troupe included Richard Earls, Isabelle Lorion, Elia Cohen (aka Rorsha), Dom Stevenson, Maysan Nasser, Ed Bell and Emily Ruck Keene. We were joined along the way by other members of our creative community, for 8 events over 7 days in London (x 3), Guildford, Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon and Oxford.
London saw us first perform near Oval, at Bar 48, where the Fourth Friday Open Mic has relocated while the Poetry Café undergoes renovations. See here for a detailed write-up. Special thanks to host Hylda Sims.
This was followed by the No Pressure Open Mic in Soho, the beautiful Sun at Night open mic in St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, and the jam-packed Live at the Stage Door in Lambeth.
We left the bright lights of London for the warm and welcoming arms of Guildford. Janice and Dónall Dempsey (1000 Monkeys) were once again the hosts with the most, not only allowing us to take over their house and drink all their gin, but organising another wonderful evening especially for PLU at The Keep.
Bristol was next on our PLU EN TOUR travels, where we gatecrashed the beautifully intimate and incense-scented Presence Open Mic, run by the talented singer-songwriter Megan.
Before we could catch our breath, we hurtled onward into Bath, perhaps one of England’s most beautiful cities, where we met up with the excellent Rhyme and Reason team (#squadgoals). The room was packed to the rafters with talented performers, and there was a special treat at the end in the form of poet Ash Dickinson!
A short train ride rom Bath lies the picturesque town of Bradford on Avon, where Words and Ears, run by Dawn Gorman, helped us overcome limited wifi and perform a live stream with Paris! We’d have liked to stay longer, but we contemporary Cinderellas had the last train to catch, so off into the night we ran…
Back in the old hunting grounds of Ed and Emily, Oxford was our grand finale. Upstairs at the Turl Street Kitchen, the Oxford Writers’ House organised an excellent evening where we met family and discovered new friends. See here for Ed’s electric interview!
Our thanks to everyone who joined us on this year’s PLU EN TOUR, which keeps getting bigger and better with every edition. Next year? #ScrewBrexit.
PLU welcomed in Guildford!
Maysan and Emily
Ed performs in Guildford
The 1000 Monkeys spam Guildford with PLU flyers
On the road with Dom & 2 grumpy men
Elia goes to church
Isabelle at St Leonards
London bus + bags
More sleeping beauties
@Presence open mic
Isabelle on the guitar
Flute @Presence open mic
Ed hosts in Oxford
Cosy chairs at the Turl St Kitchen
Don’t leave Elia unattended
Mermaids and Princes
Dom reads in Oxford
Alison, Ed’s mum!
Ed’s dad, wowed by his wife and son
Isabelle in Oxford
Candles in Oxford
Arabic, English, music
English pub garden – Home!