James McDermott: Manatomy


09:30-10:00 First Word
Sunday 19 June

Through a series of cheeky chatty performance poems, James McDermott considers sexuality, masculinity and how the rural landscape, nature, nurture, politics and pop culture have shaped his identity and life. Grab a drink and settle in for an hour with James as he takes you through childhood, adolescence, and manhood through his witty, wise eyes.

James McDermott has written two plays (Rubber Ring, Time & Tide) and now writes for EastEnders. This show is based on James’s spoken word poetry collection, Manatomy which is published by Burning Eye Books and was longlisted for Polari’s First Book Prize 2021.

“The language, wit, insights, power of expression… Simply magnificent” Stephen Fry

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This show appears as part of INN CROWD – a partnership project between Applause Rural Touring, Creative Arts East and the National Centre for Writing. INN CROWD is a national Arts Council England-funded project that brings spoken word and live literature shows to rural pubs across the country.



The First Word tent has ramped access onto trackway from Jubilee Parade. Inside, there are solid wooden floors, and seating is available.

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