Who are you?

My name’s Leanne Moden, and I’m a poet, performer, event organiser and general show-off from Norfolk, now living in Nottingham. (Because I can only live in places that begin with an N apparently…) I run the Crosswords Spoken Word Open nights in Nottingham city centre, and generally spend my time gallivanting around the UK telling poems wherever I can.

What’s your art?

I do poems. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re sad, sometimes they’re a bit rude. As a performer, I’ve always been interested in challenging audience preconceptions, using poetry and humour to talk about themes that are important to me. In reality, this means I write about sex, food and politics, pretty much without exception. My stuff is usually light-hearted and engaging, and I’m obsessed with formal rhyme schemes and rhyming couplets. I love writing about the things that other poets won’t talk about, and I really like using surreal imagery to examine the absurdity of everything.

In the past, I’ve shared my stuff at shows across the UK, including events at Trinity College Cambridge, the Royal Albert Hall in London, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight, and I’ve competed loads of poetry slams including Hammer and Tongue, Poetry Rivals, the Anti-Slam and the Camden Roundhouse Slam. In fact, one of my proudest ever moments was being called ‘fucking hilarious’ by Kat Francois at the Camden Roundhouse Slam in 2012; she’s a huge influence on my writing so it was an amazing compliment to receive!

What’s coming up for you?

Next week, I’m doing lots of bits and pieces as part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival including:

After that, I’m going to have a well-earned break for all of five-minutes, before heading out on the festival circuit for the Summer. This year, I’ll be performing at WOMAD, Gate to Southwell Festival, Badbury Rings Festival in Southampton, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

We’ll also have lots of poetry-based fun at Crosswords Spoken Word Open Mic, which runs every second Wednesday of the month in the caves under the Malt Cross pub in Nottingham. Check out our facebook page for all the dates and details: https://www.facebook.com/crosswordsopenmic/