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Hastings Fringe: Raw and Uncovered, a Spoken Word Night

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Renaissance One presents a Spoken Word Evening:

Penny Pepper’s The Naked Punk, Andrew Graves’s God Save The Teen and Poetry by Luke AG


An evening of theatre and storytelling by leading poets responding to a theme of social justice and covering perspectives of class, disability, race, age and background:


The Naked Punk

“I’m Naked because I strive to be open in my writing, to show what needs to be shown....Accept yourself, accept a new story.”

Penny Pepper is a local acclaimed author, performer and activist who appears regularly on TV & Radio. A columnist for The Guardian and The Huffington Post, her debut poetry collection Come Home Alive, was published in 2018 (Burning Eye). Her memoir, First in the World Somewhere (Unbound) which charts her punky coming of age and creative journey in the Thatcher years and beyond, was chosen by actor/activist Liz Carr for Radio 4’s ‘A Good Read’. 


God Save The Teen

A show on growing up and getting it wrong

In this hilarious yet heartfelt Saboteur Shortlisted Show, poet Andrew Graves recounts his past life as a council youth worker, offering tales of drugs, parental breakups, starry-eyed punks and disappearing Goths. Incorporating spoken word and politics, it casts a spotlight on the closure of youth services and the diminishing aspects of social provision for young people.


Special Guest: Luke AG

With a distinctly political and historical message and originally from Hastings, Luke uses poetry and rhyme to work through a narrative of his own life, and the people around him.


Open Mic Callout to budding poets and singers

If you are a budding poet, singer or musician aged 14 – 26 years who would be keen to perform work during the evening on a theme of social justice, email a short paragraph of what you would like to present and why you are interested in performing to Renaissance One by 10 July to


Event supported by funding by Arts Council England