The initial inspiration for Lyrically Justified (Volumes 1 & 2) came when two open mic promoters, Saiqa Rehman and Harry Lotta, felt the poets who spoke at their sessions deserved promoting.
Their website explains the influences behind their anthologies:
“The Urban Word Collective was born out of a dream of a shared space whereby Urban Poets could mutually promote, celebrate and inspire one another for the benefit of their communities and ultimately country. Such poets are the Bob Dylans of today and have so much to say, to add to navigating a tumultuous world. The world of poetry has never been exclusive to one tradition, rather a tree with roots that propagates, seeding for the present and future.”
Poetry compiler Shaun Clarke speaks here:
Volume 1 of the Lyrically Justified anthology from Urban Collective was released in 2016, and Volume 2 has recently been produced thanks to a Crowdfunding project. The books proudly display the diversity of the UK and, through independent publishing, poets who may not have been so lucky otherwise have a chance of being heard.
Urban poetry tells us stories with passion in rhythm and an almost-magical way of making the reader want to read out loud. The poets in these anthologies are offering an insight into their lives, minds, loves, and fears. Despite having started out as spoken word poets, their work translates well to the page. As much as it would be wonderful to find yourself at an open mic night in Bristol, and hear the poets sing, speak, rhyme, and chant, reading their lyrical prose can still feel like an intimate experience.
The poets come from varied backgrounds, having lived different lives but coming together in a mutual passion for expression through language and creative thought.
Not satisfied with just helping poets across the country, Urban Collective are giving proceeds from the sale of the books towards grassroots charities – 5-10% of donations are offered to Freedom Project (Bristol) and Leeds Young Authors.
With thanks to Polly at Arkbound social enterprise publishers for sending For Reading Addicts a copy of Lyrically Justified Volume 2!
Since then Molly has published a book of her poetry, influenced by vulnerable and touching moments working in the NHS, and more recently written her memoir, How To Treat People.
Molly’s empathy and passion for nursing is beautifully displayed in rich and lyrical language in both her poetry and prose. Her writing is a much needed honest and fascinating insight into the underappreciated and underrepresented backbone of the UK’s Nation Health Service.
Find her recital at the 2013 Royal College of Nursing congress below along with links to her books.
Scholars have discovered definitive proof that all works currently attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales were actually written by Chaucer’s wife, Philiipa Roet.
His humour and eccentric way with words made Ivor a truly unique individual- often his stories are fantastical and absolute nonsense, with a twist of unnerving dourness.
His surreal observations are often seen as childlike, with stories that are often tinged with a dark naivety and whimsy.
Check out Beautiful Cosmos below, a lyrical poem written for the only woman in his life to truly understand him- Phyllis King- who co-wrote, and was another driving force behind his success.
Jane Broadis, a primary school teacher in the UK, posted the inspiring poem on Twitter where it went viral within the day, reaching 47k retweets and 158k Likes so far. The young author, known only as ‘AO’, wrote the poem about their struggles with dyslexia- most importantly about people’s perceptions of those with dyslexia. It is a surprising, clever, and thought-provoking poem, and thousands of people fell in love with it all over the internet.
See for yourself below!