Acclaimed northern pop poet to perform in Preston

Posted on - 11th April, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, What's On in Preston
Poet Louise Fazackerley
Poet Louise Fazackerley

Northern performance poet Louise Fazackerley is coming to Preston for an intimate gig at Ham & Jam Coffee Shop.

Louise will perform her set Bird St and Other Unlikely Love Stories after recently supporting the iconic poet John Cooper Clarke on several dates of his UK tour.

Her work has been hailed by several of the UK’s literary icons including Cooper Clarke, who described Louise as a class act, saying, “I love her, you will too.”

Louise has appeared on BBC One’s Breakfast show, plus BBC Radio 3 and 4, to perform and talk about issues surrounding poetry and northern life.

Much of the inspiration for Louise’s work – described as funny, bittersweet and observational – comes from her home town of Wigan.

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Louise said, “Bird St is pop poetry for the masses, for you and for your friend. I hate the idea that poetry is boring or you can’t understand it. The best work is both detailed and accessible. Hopefully you’ll see that in Bird St.”

The show is an example of Ham & Jam’s commitment to promoting the arts in Preston. Since opening in 2015, the Lancaster Road coffee shop has hosted several creative classes, arts nights, and exhibitions featuring dozens of acclaimed regional and national artists.

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Louise said, “It’s fantastic to perform in a small venue because you get to chat with the audience afterwards about their own writing or their experiences of northern life.

“That all gets fed into future poems that I take on my travels and share to people who just think northern towns are dreadful. We know they’re not.”

Louise’s show takes place at Ham & Jam on Thursday 19 April at 8pm. Tickets cost £5 and are available here. You can find out more about Louise at

Will you be going to the performance? Let us know in the comments below.

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