You’ve seen the posters…MudFest, felt the notifications ping in your pocket…MudFest, heard the poets talking hype…MudFest! But what the heck is this MudFest? Why should you spend your hard earned Friday night with us, rather than with socks off, face in a pizza, Netflix binging?
WHY, you ask??
1. It’s a MUD Book Launch!
Should there be any other reason other than it’s the launch of our sexy new anthology – and accompanying illustrative Zine, both entitled WOMAN?
These tomes of pure WOMANLINESS has been in the making since last year, and our own raucous festival is the perfect opportunity to launch it with a bang.
Sneaky peek of the cover…
2. Poetry Kissing Booth
Clandestine kissing and street poetry? Well – it’s sort of that. Visit our wee little booth and answer a few mysterious questions to receive a custom written love poem by one of MudFest’s Poets of Lurve – a kiss that you can keep forever. Feel free to swoon in their wake, or gift the poem to a loved one and claim it as your own. Though that might prove problematic when you have to write another one…
Sneak peek of our booth in production stage:
3. Live Music
There’s an eclectic mix of music lined up – with tunes from Emily Franklin, Daniel Ison, and Gang of Angels Choir. Party!
4. Live Spoken Word Poetry
Some excitingly poetic peeps featured in our WOMAN Anthology will be gracing our stage and charming you with their funked up lingo and verbal eurhythmics. What’s not to love? If you sneak up on them afterwards, you might even be able to get them to sign your shiny new copy of the anthology. Instant heirloom! Expect to hear from Bea Udeh, Alex Bond, Anne Holloway, and plenty others, to boot.
5. An Indie Marketplace
The perfect place to find a kooky print or poem – visit our marketplace to peel through the works of Big White Shed, Pop Press, Dizzy Ink, Sarah Woolf, and others. You totally can’t leave without at least one limited edition find, surely?
6. Mud Merch!
This is your chance to grab some extremely limited edition (and I mean EXTREMELY limited edition) Mud merchandise, most of which has been painstakingly handmade by our editor and Mud supporters. As well as Mud totes and pins badges, you should expect a few surprises. I’m not going to spoil the reveal, but I’ll tease that some of it is deliciously, wonderfully, rude.
7. Pick up a Publication
It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up one of our other publications and question our Founding Editor George Wilding about them over and over again. She’ll love it – I promise! She’s already become a bit of a Poetry Guru around Nottingham, recently being featured in the Nottingham Evening Post, as well as performing alongside the poetry wizard Henry Normal on a library tour to promote MudFest. You might have even spotted her this week on BBC East Midlands (at prime time, no less), bigging up performance poetry and even performing a little bit of her own wordage too!
8. Live Artistry and Auction
Not only can you watch some live illustration magic, but you can also take part in the exciting rat race of our Live Artistry Auction! Throughout the event you’ll be able to watch the artists working live, and if you fall in love with a piece or two you can bid on them, and hopefully take home an original piece of Mud history. Maybe you could even get the artist to write a little dedication on the back!
What will be created? Who knows?
9. It’s a Goddamn Festival!
Come on… Free music, spoken word poetry, independent wizardry, face-painting, letter presses, Instagram photo opportunities… What other surprises could there possibly be?? You’ll have to turn up and see. There’ll be Mud Staff dotted around to help too – so look for our shiny new Mud lanyards (they’re pretty swish)!
Earn respect and admiration amongst both indie and literary communities by attending. Be inspired by the kaleidoscope of whiling colours and punching words. Take it all in and tell stories about it for weeks. MONTHS. Afterwards, you might be moved to have MUD tattooed across your chest. You might run away to Paris and set up home in Shakespeare & Co. You might participate in the next MudFest as a fire-eater or balloon eater or some other kind of slightly dangerous and perplexing eater. You might EVEN give poetry a go, and submit to Mud’s next call for submissions. 😉
Convinced? I’ve heard that it’s just THE place to be this April.
The Where: THiNK Creative Space, Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, Notts, NG1 2ED
The When: Friday 28th April, 4.00pm – 8.00pm
The Why: If you haven’t worked this out yet, scroll back up to the beginning and read again, please.