It’s summer, poetry fans! That all-too brief time in the UK for beach trips and ice creams in the garden and flip flops and music festivals and barbecues and reading in the sunshine. I hope you’re all enjoying as much of these things as possible, but in case you feel like you’ve not had the opportunity (too disillusioned by Andy Murray’s departure from Wimbledon and England’s departure from the World Cup, too baffled by John Barrowman in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, too disappointed after S Club 7 performed in Norwich last weekend minus Rachel, Hannah, Paul and Jo), I’m delighted to be able to offer you two more gifts in the form of the eighth and ninth Nasty Little Intros.
As you’re probably aware by now, Nasty Little Press have been scouring the UK for new voices in poetry and, supported by the Arts Council England, have been gradually publishing a series of ten pamphlets showcasing some seriously impressive up and coming talent from all over the country.
You’ll find a list of all the Intros we’ve published here on the NLP website, but right now, I’d like to introduce you to Carmina and Ben, our antepenultimate (oh yeah, that’s a word) and penultimate NLP Intro poets.
Carmina Masoliver hails from southwest London and has been writing and performing poetry since 2006. She is the creator and host of She Grrrowls, an arts event in Bethnal Green showcasing talented women in poetry, comedy and music, and has worked alongside Ross Sutherland, Niall O’Sullivan and Michael Rosen to facilitate poetry workshops and projects. This summer, you may already have seen her perform at Latitude or the Secret Garden Party, and in September, you may also be lucky enough to catch her at Bestival. You’ll find a whole lot more information about Carmina on her website and here on her NLP profile.
Ben Norris is a Birmingham-based poet, playwright and actor and reigning UK All Stars Poetry Slam Champion. He founded UniSlam!, the UK’s first inter-university poetry slam championship and was recently commission to write two new poems by the Southbank Centre, which were performed at the Royal Festival Hall and broadcast on Radio 3. He’s also Literary Evens Officer for the University of Birmingham’s Creative Writing Society and runs and hosts two poetry nights in the city. You can find out more about Ben on his website as well as here on his NLP profile.
As with all our Intros, Carmina’s Nasty Little Intro #8 and Ben’s Nasty Little Intro #9 are limited editions, so do buy one (or two) here before they sell out like the hot cakes. Or Cornettos, depending on the temperature.