Let me share with you a memory from Paris.
I attended a Spoken Word night put on by the famous book store Shakespeare and Co, in a time that feels like a lifetime ago. It was as you would imagine. I descended stairs into a slightly musty lower level room of an artists bar that served cheap drinks to the young boys with broken hats.
The lights were low as I entered. Everyone was silent, but nodded in my direction as if to say Welcome, friend. Sit down with us.
- Low lighting in the seating area – candles, candles, candles.
- All phones off
- Ensure that there is a little spotlight on the lectern so that the poet can see what they are reading
- Cushions = Comfort! This is a seated event – make sure it is comfortable!
- Think about the temperature
- Place water jugs and wine around the room strategically for little disturbances to the the performing poet.
- Find a darling bell with a wonderful jingle, you will be hearing it over and over after all.
Now, for some inspiration: