Rich Butnotfamous, wandering wordsmith and mobile hat mannequine.
What is your art?
Difficult to say sometimes, I graduated from D***ington College of Arts in Music, but lost the joy in it about three years ago. I then discovered a love of dance whilst working a festival season, then the following season got inspired by Hibword to take up slam poetry, which I now busk with a menu of some of my poems.
What’s coming up for you?
Two really big things, but some back story first.
I was a chugger for Amnesty International for about a year and used to write my pitches into slam poems, which is how I got my sign-ups. It was the first time I’d found a function for my artwork, it wasn’t just aesthetic words and sounds, I felt like I was serving something bigger than I was.
So now, one of my most recent poems (“A 911 to the World”, released on September 1st at www.richbutfamous.net or you can watch it at the bottom of this post). This is the first poem I’ve written as having function. It communicates an idea as well as serving as an invitation to stand quietly outside governments all over the World on September 11th, and invite a space of peace and forgiveness. Now I’m going to do this dressed as loudly as I can and as much as I’ve become comfortable with attracting attention, I am a little nervous!
The second thing is my ‘Pound a Poem’ service that I started up through my website. You sign up to me and from £1 a month you get access to my two previously published poetry works online (as text and downloadable/streamable mp3s). Every month I’ll email you the title of a new poem which is the password to the site and I post the new poem for you to enjoy!
I’m always happy to hear of other poets innovating ways of making a living, in a very real sense, and have even heard tell of a door to door poet. So, innovate in your practices by getting some new perspectives and as a performer you can do a lot worse than fundraising, there are lots of transposable skills involved, especially dealing with rejection, so go play! And sign up to me!
I’m Hayche GRiiiM. I’m an up and coming rapper/producer/spoken word artist hailing from Leicester. I have been refining my art since the tender age of 13 and in that time I’ve released three free mixtapes. Having performed at a variety of events and stages, I’m now ready to take the next step and have been working tirelessly to find “my own sound”. Stitching together a seamless mix of hip hop and blues, I am putting the finishing touches on my debut album entitled “For The Love Of”, which is due for release this year.
What’s your art?
A rich blend of hip hop and blues. Telling a story unique to myself whilst also touching on topics affecting the working class and minorities of all backgrounds.
What’s coming up for you?
An album due for release this year entitled “For The Love Of”, a collaborated mixtape with long time friend and collaborator Def Ninja entitled GRiiiMDef, and another surprise in store that will be revealed closer to the time.
Hello, I’m Emily; vertically challenged, graphic designer, typography enthusiast, Welsh dragon, tea addict, bundle of sarcasm and soon-to-be nomad. I’m terrible at mental maths, I have a newly acquired obsession with peanut butter and I love dogs (I scream almost 99% of the time that I see one). How do you do?
WHAT’S YOUR ART?
My art is graphic design and hand-drawn typography (although I am hopelessly out of practice, or time to practice); I decided to begin freelancing before I left University in 2014 and had been successfully managing several projects, alongside a full-time graphic design job in Leicester ever since. More recently however I left my full time job and made the transition into becoming a full-time freelance graphic designer, which I am immensely excited about.
I specialise in a range of disciplines aimed at small/startup to medium sized businesses, including (but not limited to) graphic design, brand development, web design and illustration. I have also worked with a broad range of industries, sectors and business sizes, providing me with some great design challenges and the opportunity to meet and work with the people behind the business.
In my free time (laughs hysterically) I love to illustrate typography, be it quotes, single words or more often than not, swear words – firstly because I can turn something not so pleasant into something pretty and interesting, but mostly because it annoys my mother. *evil laughs*
WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU?
1. I’m leaving the UK! The recent turn of events (note the becoming full-time freelance mentioned above) also coincides with my impending departure from the UK to begin travelling around Europe, which is actually in 5 days time! Yikes! You can keep in touch with me and my other half, Bartek, who is well known in the HoV community via our joint travel page – Just BE.
I am more than sure that this kind of lifestyle will tie in well with my business type and open me up to many new opportunities and an abundance of inspiration as I go.
2. Freelance, freelance, freelance My new career decision also means that I need to step my game up with a fresh new look for my website (which is underway) and a deliciously-designy portfolio to send out to new potential clients. I’m equally as excited and anxious about all of these new pathways I will get to explore along my way, so stay tuned! You can connect with me via my Facebook design page – EM Design Studio – or via my website (soon to be changing) – www.emilymerchant.co.uk.
In the mean time, check out my most recent typographic project below which was created for a collaboration with many HoV ladies for International Womens Day 2017.
I’m Charles Wheeler, a writer, performance poet and activist from Leicester. As well as House of Verse, I can often be found at open mics around the city.
I organise politically with Leicester Socialist Party, campaigning to stop cuts to public services and build a fairer society. I’m also co-ordinating our local activity with BadArt, an anti-capitalist protest art group affiliated to the Party’s international organisation, Committee for a Workers’ International. We’re planning our first BadArt Leicester showcase night in September.
I cover rugby union and American football for live blogging site ByTheMinute [http://bytheminute.co]. We always need new writers, and you don’t need any approval to set up your own live blog of absolutely anything (but we have a weekly schedule of events, including sports, TV and news, if you need some suggestions to pick from).
I also write for Great Central, a free magazine and website about the wonderful Leicester cultural scene. The magazine is available in the coolest places in the city, and it’s free. Take one. Just take it! Go on, nobody’s looking.
I’m also a pro wrestling referee, and I have pet rats, the most wonderful animals I know…
What’s your art?
Primarily poetry, both written and spoken. I often address political themes, because politics to me is simply the organisation of human life, and as such, it’s relevant to everything and everything is relevant to it. I touch on themes of mental health, particularly my own experiences with Asperger Syndrome. But it’ll be about anything, really.
I started writing poetry in earnest after getting burnt out with long-form fiction during my Masters’ degree. It’s an awesome rush to be able to write something in the morning, memorise it in the afternoon and perform it to instant feedback in the evening. Although I usually practice a little more than that. And then mess stuff up anyway. But who cares?! It’s just liberating and empowering to be able put thoughts out there, and the Leicester scene in particular has tons of opportunities for everyone from every background to do that.
Obviously with a General Election coming up, Leicester Socialist Party will be very active. We’re not standing any candidates this time, as we’re supporting Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Our two branches meet for political discussions and organisation every Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, usually either at the Barley Mow on Granby Street or Secular Hall on Humberstone Gate, and we have a stall in town for a couple of hours every Saturday opposite the Highcross. Come along and have a chat if you’re interested in building a better world! Find out more about what we think and what we’re up to at:
The election has unfortunately forced us to postpone the first BadArt show, which was scheduled for June, but that just means we’ll have even more time to plan and make it amazing. We’re currently aiming for a September date at Upstairs at the Western. In the meantime, we’re gonna be holding monthly-ish meetings at Madison’s Café on London Road, where much like the Socialist Party meetings we’ll have a discussion and a chat about our activities. If you’re interested in the arts’ role in social justice, come on down! You can keep up with our local BadArt activity at:
My name is Bartek Dąbrowski and I’m a guitarist and busker living in Leicester (but not for much longer). I travel around UK and share my emotions, feelings (music) with all of the people I meet.
What’s your art?
My art is music… My music is pure self-expression, it comes from within. My inspirations are drawn from my surroundings, experiences and emotions, whether past or present, which are then turned into melodies and rhythms that allow an audience to connect not only with me, but with each other and the environment around them. I can take you on a journey through time and through the universe. I can provide you with healing tones and inspiring vibrations. Everyone can connect with my music and depending on what you need, or what you want to receive, your experience can be truly personal, intimate and unique.
What’s coming up for you?
Actually, these are my last 2 months (well, 1.5) in the UK as I’m going to be leaving in June to travel around Europe! But before I leave you can find me at a few more events, hope to see you there.