Dee Dickens likes words and sometimes she uses their power for good. A neurodivergent, queer, black, woman adjacent person, she tells stories about the things no one else does in a way that gives no quarter and takes no prisoners.
Tom Rudd (Anxious Anarchist Poetry) is a disabled queer punk poet based in York. Their work focuses on the ideas of mental health, identity, grief and the importance of cuddles. Tom’s mercenary style of poetry has led to them winning the Stanza Slam and being a runner up at the Your Place Slam.
Their passions include Dungeons & Dragons, hand holding and the destruction of capitalism.
Nina Telegina is a writer and performer who believes in the narrative power of poetry. Her story-poems often feature a cast of unlikely characters: space pirates, anthropomorphic farts, and the occasional manic animal. While Nina’s work tends toward the lyrical and the humorous, she is constantly exploring new forms.
Performer, Poet, Artist and Birdbrain. Sven Stears is a Bristol based polymath. His work draws on the struggles of life. He paints pictures we can all relate to, with hidden messages of hope.
Steven Todd has had 36 jobs, including 30 years as a postman, but his heart has always been in theatre. He hasn’t a single qualification, and before the kind intervention of Whisky & Beards his scripts were always handwritten.
Cat Howe is an educator, poet and musician from Southend-on-Sea, Essex. She is an English teacher by day and writer by night. Catherine lives with her young son, partner and two cats near the seaside.
Sam Rapp is a Sussex-born writer and dyslexia activist. She performs around the country as “Sam Rapp, The Dyslexic Poet”
Her work has seen her win various awards, including the Positive About Dyslexia competition in 2018. “Rant: Dyslexic Me” is her first collection.
Lucas Howard is a rhythm based performance poet, hosting nights across the South East for the past ten years. A lover of words, he has dedicated himself to helping others find their voice and confidence through the medium.
Connor Sansby is a Poet, Author, Festival Producer and Editor-in-Chief for Whisky & Beards Publishing. Since 2013, Connor has performed across the South of England, from London to Margate, and almost everywhere in between.
As a producer he has worked with national talent, as part of the Margate Bookie and as Poet-in-Residence for Tom Thumb Theatre.
His work touches on themes of cultural waste, depression and the uncomfortable in the everyday.