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  Raise the Bar 







Performance Event

1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol
    BS1 5TX
Wednesday 28th March
 £5 earlybird / £6 adv / £8 on the night 


"Raise The Bar exemplifies how spoken word has no fixed style—from the conversational to the melodic, the comedic to the poignant." - Epigram

Each Raise the Bar show promises to be a completely different and unique experience, an energetic event of the highest quality spoken word performers, at the beautiful Watershed in the heart of the city centre. 

Raise the Bar's February edition of live performance poetry will feature Queen of UK spoken word Joelle Taylor, as well as Bristol-born poet James Bunting

Hosted by Craft-D and Connor Macleod.

There is also an open mic for any budding poets with just 8 spaces, first come first serve on the door.

Chris Redmond

Chris Redmond is a poet, musician, performer and producer, and the founder and frontman of legendary spoken word show Tongue Fu where poets, comedians, storytellers and rappers perform with improvised music and films. This year Tongue Fu celebrated its 10th anniversary.

A regular at music and literature festivals both nationally and internationally, Chris has been featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, XFM, CBBC and Sky Arts. Chris’ debut collection ‘Let The Pig Out’ is published with Burning Eye. Sometimes he goes deep (ish). Other times he’s content to splash around happily in the shallows. Like a poetry narwhal, but skinnier and without the prongy bit.

‘Poetry, but not as you know it…amazing’ – The Guardian

‘…a wordsmith wixard whose sublime art of storytelling in verse is impossible to ignore’ – The Poetry Book Society


Desree is a spoken word poet and writer based in London, but still reps the town she grew up in Slough. An advocate for community arts, theatre, and youth projects, Desree began a night called #OMN where she performed spoken word on stage for the first time, and she now performs at poetry events all over the UK.

Also a spoken word educator, Desree uses writing spoken word poetry to engage disaffected young people in  classrooms, libraries and even the occasional Nandos. As well as coming second in Hammer & Tongue National Slam 2018, Desree has featured at Word Up, Extra Second London, SpeakEasy, Word on the Street, Heaux Noire (the Open Mic night for WoC by WoC) and Greenbelt Festival. 

Desree’s self-published book titled I Find My Strength In Simple Things is available for purchase from

£5 earlybird / £6 adv / £8 on the night 


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