Steve Pottinger – a poet for people who hate poetry and for those who always knew it was cool – a festival rising star whose hope and rebellion win over despair.
I came across Steve Pottinger by happy accident at a festival. He’s a poet, and an excellent poet at that. But more than that he’s a superb performer who completely owns the stage. This is game changing performance poetry.
If you’ve not come across him, through his poetry or through his viral Caffè Nero letter then check out his videos to get just a small insight into the power of these words.
So if you’re looking for poetry which will make you laugh, and think, and go home wanting to change the world, then Steve Pottinger’s gig at the Commercial Hotel on Sunday May 17th is one not to be missed. Cheltenham Poetry Festival called him ‘a rising star’, and his latest book of poems ‘more bees bigger bonnets’ – published at the start of May – has been given glowing reviews by such notables of the poetry world as Tony ‘Longfella’ Walsh, Joelle Taylor, and Attila the Stockbroker, among others.
Sunday’s gig at the Commercial will be free entry – with payment by donation. Support will come from talented St Helens poet, Laura Taylor, and there will also be open-mic spots available for anyone from Chester who wants to take the opportunity to get up in front of an audience and read some of their own work. To book one of these spots, email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org Come along and listen to the man whose letter to Caffè Nero, taking them to task about their tax payments, went viral this time last year!
‘…a tower block of a book, each flat containing beautifully drawn characters from 21st century Britain… Steve’s best work yet.’
Joelle Taylor, poet
‘In more bees bigger bonnets Steve Pottinger stings all the right targets, drips honey in all the right places and leaves the reader buzzin’.’
Tony ‘Longfella’ Walsh, poet
‘Hard-hitting, human and humorous. Good stuff.’
Attila the Stockbroker
‘…the poems are shot through with real people’s lives, with tragedy and despair and with joy and optimism. In these poems, people often smile and laugh in the face of a world going wrong. Here is the news: but real.’
Boff Whalley, author & playwright
‘With more bees bigger bonnets, Pottinger fires up the guns of rage, but also moulds the blocks of outrageous hope for the future.’
Chris Nickson, author