Moor Mother & Hive young writers

What better way to kick off the autumn than with the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival in Mexborough!? And we’re very excited that 10 young writers from Hive will be performing alongside the amazing Afro-futurist, Moor Mother, all the way from Philly USA for this Friday’s opening event.

Our performers are: Danaë Wellington, Salma Lynch, Warda Yassin, Dominic Heslop, Georgie Woodhead, Sile Sibanda, Vertaa Lune, Ali Hosin, Kiran Malhi-Bearn (also of Verse Matters) and doing a longer set just before Moor Mother we have 16 year old spoken word artist and rapper Fionn McCloskey, aka Hythyn.

It’s going to be a great weekend so come and join us in Mexborough – a quick hop on the train from Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham. Click here for the full programme.

Where: Mexborough Business Centre, College Road, Mexborough, S64 9JP
Friday 7 September -6.15pm – 9.30pm
Tickets: £5 (general admission) / £3 (student & under 25 years). A limited number of weekender tickets are also available at £15 (includes Friday & Saturday night performances and one workshop). To reserve your place, please book through our TicketTailor event page

Moor Mother is an international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator from Philadelphia, USA. She has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world.

As a soundscape and visual artist, her work has been featured at Baltic Biennale, Samek Art Museum, Vox Populi, Pearlman Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art Chicago, ICA Philadelphia. As a workshop facilitator, she has presented at Cornell University, MOFO Festival, Moogfest, Black Dot Gallery and others. Moor Mother is co-founder and curator of Rockers Philly Project a 10-year long running event series and festival focused on marginalised musicians and artists spanning multiple genres of music.

Her debut album Fetish Bones was released on Don Giovanni records to critical acclaim. Fetish Bones was named 3rd best album of the year by The Wire Magazine, number 1 by Jazz Right Now and has appeared on numerous end of the year lists from Pitchfork, Noisy, Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine. Moor Mother was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 artists to watch in 2016 and named Bandcamp’s 2016 artist of the year. Moor Mother released a 2nd LP called The Motionless Present commissioned by CTM X VINYL FACTORY 2017. Moor Mother has appeared in the Quietus, Interview Magazine, The Guardian, Crack, Pitchfork and others. Moor Mother’s schedule has included Berhaign, Borealis, CTM Festival, Le Guess Who, Unsound, Flow and Donau Festival, Rewire, Boiler Room and MOMA PS1.

As a durational performance artist she has been commissioned by Moog Festival, Vox Populi Gallery, Icebox Gallery and others. Her first book of poetry called Fetish Bones was released on The AfroFuturist Affair small press. As a member of Black Quantum Futurism Collective (BQF), she has been a part of two literary works and several zines.

Top image courtesy of jazzrightnow.com