WordUp! Spoken Word Live Lounge

Buddhafield Festival 2017 |

A man on stage with a small child

Word up! | Image © Rozi Hilton

...I enjoy it even more each year that I come and now my kids and other friends and family have also come to love it as much as I do!

Every evening: Kids bedtime story at 7pm with Mark Bedford and Emma Morag.
Followed by: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings: Open Mic Slots! until 8pm


Stand-up Schmorgasboard (comedy)

Compere: Your Dad.
Agata K, “Tantric Comedy”.
Three Bristol comedians: Becky Brunning; Phil Cooper; Steffan Alun.
Jack Heal.


Meze of Myth, Magic, and Music (storytelling)

Compere: Your Dad.
WynnAlice, “The 13 Treasures”; Mark Bedford; Iwan Kushka, joined by guitarist William Benzies and violinist Becky Doe, “The Transposed Heads”.


The Hip Yak Poetry Shack

Beryl the Feral, McMc Spoken, Liv Torc, Jonny Fluffy Punk, Chris Redmond, and others.


The HoTpOtAtO! Poerty Gameshow, and other poetry pleasures

Beryl the Feral, McMc Spoken, Liv Torc, Francesca Beard, Hannah Teasdale and others.

Francesca Beard, “A lie”.


Story-Songs and Salubrious Sunday Slam!

Rooh Star: The Basket of Songs.
Daniel Allison: Indigenous Myths & Music
Hanna Teasdale.

The WordUp! Buddhafield SLAM

Starring YOU! Come along and share your stuff, for a chance to shine your poetic prowess, bathe in collective appreciation, and even win a prize! Sign-ups will be taken at WordUp! During the festival evening.... Hosted by Liv Torc.

Performer Bios

  • Agata K
    Agata approaches performance as a transformational practice and a doorway to presence. She's funny, true and Polish! Visit the Presence Theatre website.
  • Daniel Allison
    Writer, storyteller and musician specialising in the stories and music of indigenous and animistic cultures. Based in Scotland, he has travelled and performed his unique mixture of traditional and original material throughout the world.
  • Steffan Alun
    “A powerful voice amongst the new breed of Welsh acts,” Alun has been a full-time comedian since 2015.  He's supported Elis James, completed a full run at the Edinburgh festival, and has a reputation as one of the hardest-working circuit comics in South Wales. 
  • Francesca Beard
    Francesca has toured her multi-media one-woman shows all over the UK and  represents contemporary British culture around the world with the British Council. Her work has been described as “spine-tingling, witty and narcotic” (The Independent) and  “brilliant” (The Scotsman).
  • Mark Bedford
    Mark has been a professional storyteller for over 15 years. He has performed extensively in the UK appearing in festivals, storytelling clubs, churches, museums, schools and many other places. His background is in telling traditional tales but in recent years he has ventured into telling autobiographical stories as well.
  • Beryl the Feral
    Always honest, often cheeky, sometimes quite clever... “Untamed yet considerate” (Matt Harvey) and never missing a lyrical trick — her shyness belies her keen awareness. Listen if you want to be touched and tickled, or recognise some shady parts of yourself and all of us; bought to light in rhythmic articulation and animated expression, in the most well-meant of entertainment.
  • Becky Brunning
    Trained in physical theatre and clowning at LISPA, and went on to win national competitions - Stand up and Get Heard (2013) and the Rose and Crown New Act Award (2014). She was finalist at the Funny Women Awards (2013) and the Bath New Act of the Year (2014), and her critically acclaimed solo show, premiered at Edinburgh Festival in 2010.
  • Phil Cooper
    Phil takes his time to make needlessly in depth observations about anything from Moths to Novelty 90's hits. Or in his words “the things that really need to be questioned”.
  • Jack Heal
    A research scientist at the University of Bristol and a stand-up comedian, combining these things in a comedy lecture about synthetic biology. Answering pressing questions like “What is a spider-goat? Can we create artificial life? And why haven’t we made Jurassic Park yet?”
  • Jonny Fluffy Punk
    Stand-up poet, sustainable nihilist and economic refugee from the home counties; a firm favourite at gigs, festivals and benefit offices across the country.
  • Iwan KushkaBelgian storyteller and musician Iwan Kushka is joined by guitarist William Benzies and violinist Becky Doe for a rambunctious rendition of “The Transposed Heads”, a marvellous Indian legend in which two boys meet one girl and loose their hearts (and heads) in the process. Expect ecstatic lovers, bloody death and spiritual rebirth, interlaced with an original musical score. Not for the faint-hearted!
  • MCMC Spoken
    MCMC Spoken has written and recorded works in Europe, been part of a hip hop band and experimented with recording; never afraid to cross boundaries and make work that defied labels of rap, hip hop, spoken word or poetry.
  • Emma Morag
    A magical storyteller that will enchant you with tales of the Celtic isles, Arabian deserts, American plains and anywhere else you can think of. Emma-Morag brings to life daring heroes, beautiful princesses and wonderful creatures with songs and stories you will never forget.
  • Chris Redmond
    Poet, musician, performer and producer; a regular at festivals both nationally and internationally, Chris has been featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, XFM, CBBC and Sky Arts. Chris is the creator and frontman of Tongue Fu, one of the UK’s leading spoken word shows, and his debut collection Let The Pig Out is published by Burning Eye.
  • Rooh Star
    Rooh Star has been living in britain in one hedge or another for over 20 years, her songs and stories are gathered from this life. She also writes and sings of her ongoing journey, of learning to  make peace with her shadow and shine the love that she is.
  • Hannah TeasdaleHannah’s latest collection, Laid Bare, is a gift of emotion, it’s knotty and heartbreaking and effortless. If Joni Mitchell had 6 kids, a bottle of valium and a pizza in the oven — this is what she would have written.’
  • Liv Torc
    Liv Torc seeks the humanity and absurdity within the human condition and when she finds it, she strips it naked and kicks it. South West winner of the last National Radio 4 Poetry Slam, a former Bard of Exeter; Liv performs her unique brand of “razor blade skating” stand-up poetry all over the UK, at festivals, clubs, schools, colleges, parties, gigs and the occasional front room.
  • WynnAlice
    A performance storyteller, poet and storyweaver, WynnAlice has walked 2 countries on pilgrimage giving performances and workshops. “The 13 Treasures” is a magical retelling of her true life pilgrimage around Wales, weaving ancient myths of Merlin and the treasures of Britain with modern day stories of those who seek and offer inner guidance.
  • Deborah Ward
    [open mic host.] Lover of all things playful, poetic words, movement and myhts. Performer of poetry, clown, stories, physical and dance theatre. Movement is her magic, fun-presence her medicine. She will wow, captivate and delight you with spontenaety and audience interaction.
  • Your Dad
    Has been known to cover himself in (organic) tinned spaghetti? His favourite colour is orange and his cat is dead.