21 May 2021 5pm – Late

Word Play Open Mic

18:00 – 20:00

Join WoWFest’s digital open mic Word Play and share your work as part of LightNight or just sit back and enjoy the array of work being shared. The Open Mic is a symbol for creative play, often the first place aspiring artists, performers, musicians, singers and poets perform their work. It is a sandbox of playful, imaginative and inspiring work.

Hosted by multi award-winning poet Ciarán Hodgers and featuring some special guest performances from Levi Tafari, Greg Quiery, and rapper K. So come and connect with artists and audiences across Liverpool for WoWFest’s exciting 21st birthday festival programme,

Want to perform as part of Word Play on LightNight?

Sign up for 3min performance slot via the short application form here.

WoWFest welcome readings of poetry, short and flash fiction, script-in-hand readings, or singing. Each slot will be a maximum of 3-minutes and you will be required to join the Zoom call 30 mins before the your allocated performance time, which will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special guests Levi Tafari, Greg Quiery, and rapper K

Levi Tafari

An internationally touring artist, Levi Tafari is a crucial, rhythmic, poetic, consciousness raiser and urban griot. Levi was born and raised in the city of Liverpool by his Jamaican parents. In his teenage years, he became known for being a sharp, lyrical observer as he regularly verbalised on the many sound systems in and around his hometown. Levi’s work is deeply rooted in the oral tradition. He passionately believes that poetry should not just stay on the page and that the tongue was the very first instrument.

Greg Quiery

Greg Quiery’s collection of poetry, published by Stairwell Books, York, springs primarily from his experience of life in Liverpool, where he has lived since coming to Britain from Co. Down in the 1970s. Greg has been a community worker, secondary school teacher and adult education lecturer. He has been active in the Liverpool Irish Festival and conducts local history tours focusing on places locally associated with the city’s Irish connection.


K is a Liverpool rapper and poet. As a criminology student, he embeds current criminological teachings within his poems and songs, in order to exercise a voice against social issues such as racism and their profound effect on the individual and communities as a whole. As well as this, he aims to provide an insight into being a ‘mixed-race man in the sights of Union Jack gun’ (Quoted from Down the Barrel by K).


For more information on WoWFest and their exciting 21st birthday festival programme, you can find a full listing here: www.wowfest.uk. Don’t forget to get your WoWFest Festival Pass granting you access to the entire festival.*Some exclusions apply – see Festival Programme for more information.

Proudly supported by The Institute of Creative Enterprise at Edge Hill University’s MA in International Creative Enterprise.

*Some exclusions apply – see Festival Programme for more information.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

This event will be subtitled via Zoom

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