Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau with Steve Pottinger 25th March

I’m very excited to announce Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau part 3 is coming up soon on Zoom on Thursday 25th March 7-8.30pm.

Our headliner will be the legendary Steve Pottinger, whose poem Fatima went viral last year in lockdown. Steve’s poetry has a tendency to go viral, as he quietly hits the nail on the head with his social commentary, delivered with both sharp wit and warm compassion.

Steve Pottinger is a poet, author, and workshop facilitator, and a founding member of Wolverhampton arts collective Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists. He’s an engaging and accomplished performer whose work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, and he’s a regular contributor to online poetry platforms. He’s performed at Ledbury and StAnza poetry festivals, at the Edinburgh Free Fringe, and in venues the length and breadth of the country, from Penzance up to Orkney. His sixth volume of poems, ‘thirty-one small acts of love and resistance’ published by Ignite Books, is out now.

what other poets have to say about Steve:

‘muscular, passionate, emotional, rational, compassionate’ Brenda Read-Brown

‘pathos, grace, and stone-cold contempt for the powerful and immoral’ Laura Taylor

‘ready as needs be to caress or deck humanity in all its beautiful stupidity’ Jonny Fluffypunk

‘Bostin.’ Spoz.


We will also have two more brilliant featured poets performing for us on the night.

Mark Ward is a talented Blackburn poet who has had numerous radio and TV appearances. He has an impressive collection of published work and is a founder of Haworth Festival of The Arts. He has recently been working with Kick Down The Barriers, doing poetry writing with refugee and immigrant communities in Blackburn.

Mark is a poet and writer from Blackburn. He has published a number of books and pamphlets including two poetry collections: Thunder Alley and The Visitor’s Book (Penniless Press Publications) and A Guide to Historic Haworth & the Brontë’s (Hendon Publishing). He’s worked with a number of individual artists and organisations, including, The Wordsworth Trust, The Bronte Parsonage Museum, Signal Film & Media, The Lakes Arts Collective, Lancaster & Morecambe City Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council, and Moving Mountains.

He was a founder of the Haworth Festival of the Arts and recently wrote and project managed the exhibition, Lodestar, at the Bureau Centre for the Arts, Blackburn. He has appeared on TV and radio including Made in England, BBC1, Lakes on a Plate, Channel 4 and Accents, ITV Granada Reports. He studied for a Masters at Lancaster University, holds a Screenwriting Certificate from the Met Film School and writes a blog My Backyard, about people and place.


Bradford poet Sharena Lee Satti ran a poetry workshop for us recently and we are delighted to welcome her back to perform. She created a beautiful, inspiring poetry video which was broadcast on the big screen at City Square in Bradford on 8th March for International Women’s Day and which has also gone viral on YouTube.

Check it out here: #choosetochallenge #iwd poem by Sharena Lee Satti

Sharena is a poet and independent artist from Bradford whose inspiring words have been inscribed on park benches in Bradford to uplift local residents on their lockdown walks. Nominated for the British Indian Awards in 2020 and as one of the ’21 of 2021′ creatives most likely to impact Bradford’s cultural scene, Sharena is a familiar voice on local and national radio. Her poetry collection She was published by Verve poetry press in 2020. Her work focuses on social and environmental issues.

We will also have poetry open mic slots available, bookable in advance by emailing janey@bureaublackburn.co.uk

Slots are four minutes each, and open micers do also need to buy a ticket via the ticketsource link.

Tickets are now on sale and open mic slots available to book. We expect this to be a popular night, with such an amazing line up, so get yourselves booked in! If you’d like to know more, see the ticket booking page link below.

Click here for the Rise! Ticket booking page, with full details of the event and performers

The Rise! programme is supported by funding from Arts Council England

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”