Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau workshop 2: Finding Your Voice with Sharena Lee Satti

Our next Zoom workshop for Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau will be Finding Your Voice with Sharena Lee Satti on Sunday 21st February 2-4pm. We’re really looking forward to this and we think it’s going to be a lovely, heartwarming afternoon. Tickets are on sale now at £5 each, via ticketsource

Here’s what Sharena says about the workshop:

“We have welcomed a New Year and overcome such a difficult one together

Join me for this creative poetry workshop

I want us to take this time

This space

To create

A piece of poetry

Releasing what is inside

Let’s connect to ourselves to our feelings to start the healing

Just like leaves that fall seasonally we need to allow what needs to leave us too

The workshop is open to everyone, with an open mind and willing to try something that may be new to you. Listen to Sharena Lee Satti share some of her work and her creative process in this online space, a safe welcoming space for anyone who wishes to join.

Poetry is a great way to support our wellbeing and to uplift our mood and improve our health through this self-healing cathartic process of creating writing

I look forward to seeing you all”


Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau with Joy France

Happy New Year to you all! I’m very excited to announce our next online Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau event is coming up soon on 21st January 2021. Our headliner will be Joy France, also known as the battle-rapping nanna. You may have seen her interview last year on BBC Breakfast, or in a Nationwide advert (she’s featured twice!), or heard her on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live on 5th December last year. She can hold her own in the fiercest battle rap, but you couldn’t meet a lovelier person. Her creative space at Afflecks in Manchester, although unfortunately closed during lockdown, has been a nurturing and welcoming space where anyone can hang out, do creative stuff and connect with others.


Joy France photo by Natasha Hawthornthwaite

Joy France is a multi-award / slam winning poet, writer and all round creative who is proud to be a magnet for the gloriously weird. She engages her audience with deft (and often daft!) use of words.

Joy discovered her creativity and passion for performance poetry in her mid-50s and says “having silenced the doubting voices in my head, I have now found my own voice and will never again be silenced”

She is Creative-in-Residence at Afflecks Palace in Manchester and Poet-in-Residence with United Against Injustice. She performs and organizes events at festivals and in unusual locations. A short documentary “Joy Uncensored” by Northern Heart Films tells the story of how she went “From Retirement to Battle Rap” recently won Viewers Award at Hebden Bridge Film Festival.


As well as our headliner we have two brilliant featured poets on the night—Tony Curry and Richy Integer.

Richy Integer

Richy Integer is a writer, performance poet and singer-songwriter from Southport in the North-West of England.

Inspired by UK hip-hop as well as spoken word artists such as Kate Tempest and Polarbear, Richy Integer mixes the two disciplines and adds a dash of humour and a good dose of social commentary.

Equally at home performing acapella or over a beat, his one-man spoken word poetry set includes a rap retelling of Aesop’s Fables for 21st century Britain and a furious diatribe against internet memes.

Richy is a well-known face on the Southport and Liverpool poetry scenes and was a finalist at the Liverpool Slam “Headliners” event in 2019.


Tony Curry

Tony Curry is a performance poet, playwright, workshop facilitator, soundsmith and enabler. His solo spoken word shows include Brit Boy, Complicit Relations, Moving and The Odyssey, and he is the host of Word Central, Flapjack Press’s monthly open mic night at Manchester Central Library. His play the Teddy Bear was performed at The Contact Theatre in 2012. His work has been exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum. He has produced two collections ‘The Noble Savage’ and ‘Tall Tales for Tall Men who fall well short’, both published by flapjack press.

“The ‘our town’ of Tony’s poetry is our town too. The smells that he evokes – fish and chips, beer and cigs, blood and spunk – these are our smells too. This is our poetry, these are our poems. They smell of home and friendship.” – Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence 2011



I will be hosting the event and sharing a couple of my poems, and we will also have a poetry open mic. Tickets for the event are £5. To book a ticket or open mic slot PLEASE CLICK HERE

Rise! (A spoken word poem)

At the beginning of this year, while I was planning the Rise! Spoken Word programme for The Bureau Centre for The Arts, I felt inspired to write a poem of the same name. Scott Jackson wanted to make a film of it, so we managed to get it recorded in February, luckily just before lockdown. Scott has done an amazing job editing the recording, and here it is!

Words ©️ Janey Colbourne 2020 Film ©️ Scott David Jackson 2020

If you’d like to hear me performing this live, we still have some tickets left for the first Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau on Tuesday 17th November. We are currently hosting these events online during lockdown, which means you can join us wherever you are!

We have an amazing lineup of spoken word artists for you, plus a poetry open mic. Our headliner is Rose Condo and we also have Guerrilla Lips and Roz Weaver as featured performers.

The event will be on Zoom and Booking is essential. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased here:


You will receive the event login details via the email you use to purchase the tickets.

Hope to see you there!

Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau with Rose Condo

I’m so excited about our first Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau poetry event which is coming up soon on Tuesday 17th November 7-8.30pm, and will be hosted online via Zoom. Tickets are £5, and for this very reasonable price you get to see three amazing featured spoken word performers, me as your host, and a selection of open mic poets. This is the same incredible lineup as the event we had to cancel in the Spring due to lockdown. Booking is essential and tickets can be purchased by clicking on this link here. Open mic slots are first come first served and can be booked from 6 pm this evening, Monday 2nd November by emailing me at janeycolbournepoet[at]gmail.com

Rose Condo

Rose Condo is an award-winning Canadian Spoken Word Artist living in the UK. A multiple slam champion, she has performed at spoken word nights and festivals throughout the UK and internationally since 2013. Her debut poetry collection, ‘After the Storm’ is being published by Flapjack Press and will be available in November 2020. For more info visit http://www.rosecondo.net

Featured poet:

Roz Weaver

Roz is a spoken word performer and internationally published poet living in West Yorkshire, England. She has been published in a number of journals, zines and anthologies, including most recently with The Resilience of Being, Disquiet Arts and Token Magazine. Her work has been on exhibit with Chicago based Awakenings Art Gallery and London Design Festival, and she has performed at Leeds International Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her first poetry collection, Smoke the Peace Pipe, was released by Yellow Arrow Publishing in August 2020.

Featured poet:

Gerry Clarkson (Guerrilla Lips)

A graduate in International Journalism, Gerry describes himself as a grass roots poet with an introspective global perspective, who delivers “searing” bullets of truth with an often brutal, but always beautiful honesty. Of mixed African/Caribbean heritage, Gerry grew up on a suburban council estate in Liverpool, which has influenced his writing. His work covers topics such as race and ethnicity, gender and perceptions of masculinity as well as exploring issues influencing our current social and political climate from a very personal perspective.

Wigan poet George Melling described Gerry as, “An exciting new breed of poet who will raise you to the rafters then slowly bring you back down to earth before delivering his coup-de-grace.” And claimed he was left “shaking” after attending one of his performances.

Event host:

Janey Colbourne is a spoken word performer who grew up in Blackburn, and has been a regular at the Bureau’s Artspace open mic. She was recently a featured performer at Wigan Diggers’ Festival, Truth to Power Cafe, We Shall Overcome, That’s What She Said, and King St Festival, Manchester. She is a regular contributor writer for Earth Pathways Diary, and has a poem published in the anthology Peterloo Poems by Manchester People. Janey sees spoken word as a means to connect and empower communities, whilst also having fun.


Rise! Spoken Word At The Bureau is back!

Hi Everyone,

I’m really excited to announce that we’ve finally been able to reschedule Rise! spoken word @Bureau, our series of events and workshops which we had originally planned to host live at the Bureau Centre for the Arts in Blackburn, but which we will now be hosting on Zoom.

Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau events and workshops coming up

There will be three spoken word events and two workshops between now and March. The spoken word events will feature some of the North’s most fantastic performance poets, and there will also be opportunities for open mic performers to take part.

The workshops will be run by two poets who are not only great performers, but lovely people who will make you all feel welcome and comfortable. These workshops will be suitable for all abilities, with no previous experience required.

We’ll be kicking off with Wordplay, a workshop from the fabulous Phil Evans also known as Fil Evo, on Sunday 25th October. Phil is a spoken word artist and rapper, and he’ll be showing people how to raise their game in the art of rhyming. You can expect a fun and inspiring afternoon. The event starts at 2pm, with Zoom open from 1.45pm. Tickets are £5 and booking is essential. Follow the link below for more details and to buy tickets.

More details and ticket link for Wordplay

On Tuesday 17th November I’ll be hosting our first spoken word evening, headlined by the wonderful Rose Condo, and featuring two other amazing poets, Roz Weaver and Gerry Clarkson also known as Guerrilla Lips. This is an incredible lineup and I can tell you that their poetry is truly medicine for the soul. We need some of that right now, don’t we? There will also be open mic slots available for poets to perform their own work. Again, booking is essential and tickets will be £5. I’ll let you know when tickets go on sale and open mic slots become available.

Our intentions are to bring you an inspiring spoken word experience and give poets an opportunity to develop and share their work, or even for people to discover enjoying or writing poetry for the first time. Overall we want to create a buzzing Bureau poetry community. So I hope that you can join us, whether you like to listen or take part. If you’re interested, you can follow the Bureau on Facebook and keep an eye out for our Facebook event pages, where we will be posting full details and ticket links. Ticket prices start at £5 as we want to keep this affordable, whilst also enabling us to fund future events, because we’d love to keep this vibe going.

See you there!