Tue 3 Mar
Johnny Deighton has been tattooing for close to 10 years, his studio Low Voltage is a local success and its reputation is growing nationally. But despite his success, what has the cost been to himself? This is Stained, the debut spoken word show from punk poet Simon Widdop.
After winning The Hive Award at Greater Manchester Fringe, Stained has been developed with mentorship from writer Ben Moor as well as support from Arts Council England. The show deals with the themes of prejudice, consent, mental health and tattoo and body modification culture.
Simon’s debut poetry collection Sending A Drunk Text Whilst Sober was released in April 2018 on Plastic Brain Press. He also has been published in print in the New River Press Yearbook 2017/18, Paper And Ink Zine, Glove Zine, We Shall Overcome: The Anthology and Nymphs & Thugs Soapbox as well as online at DryLandLit Press, Estorica Magazine and Wildsound Festival (USA).
Over the years, he has performed across the nation at nationally recognised poetry events and festivals, was a Leeds Leider poet in 2018, supported Sabrina Benaim on her UK Tour in 2018 and was commissioned to curate the spoken word stage at Long Division Festival the same year. In addition he has opened for several bands including The Tuts and Joe Solo.