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Acclaimed pop poet Louise Fazackerley launches new tour in Preston

Posted on - 10th January, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Comedy, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Louise Fazackerley mid-performance
Louise Fazackerley during one of her pop poetry sets. Pic: Garry Cook

Pop poet Louise Fazackerley will launch her new The Glass Arc tour at The Ferret on Thursday 30 January at 8pm.

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The tour is promoting Louise’s first book, The Lolitas, with dates lined up across the country as well as overseas performances in Paris and New York.

The gig is part of the The Ferret’s impressive Last Thursday of the Month line-up which has already seen Mike Garry come to the city. Louise is set to be followed by Harry Baker in February.

The Wigan-based poet will perform some of her controversial work from The Lolitas, alongside her thrilling established set.

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The Lolitas is published by Verve Poetry Press and was released on 12 December 2019.

The event sees Louise return to Preston for this Enjoy The Show event after she launched the promotions company’s first-ever series of one-off gigs in 2018, when she performed in front of over 80 people at Ham and Jam Coffee Shop.

Fazackerley has appeared on BBC One’s Breakfast show, as well as BBC Radio 3 and 4, performing her work to millions of people and talking about issues surrounding poetry and northern life.

She has supported punk poet John Cooper Clarke on tour and her work has been hailed by several of the UK’s best poets and literary icons including Will Self and Ian McMillan. 

Much of the inspiration for her funny, bitter-sweet and observational work comes from Louise’s home town of Wigan. But her newest work The Lolitas is her darkest yet – a genre distorting, disconcerting, dystopia of daughters, single parenting, love and abuse. 

The darkly humorous work weaves working-class narratives of fiction, fact and foretelling, in an intensely readable collection which is in part a response to Nabokov’s Lolita.

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Louise said: “The Ferret is a cult venue and a perfect place to launch my tour. I am both sick and excited at this prospect of my first book coming out.”

Earlier this year Louise, who is signed to record label Nymphs and Thugs, was also made a director of Write Out Loud, the UK’s leading poetry organisation which promotes gigs and participation in poetry.

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