7 tips for reading poetry aloud – Bristol Poetry Festival 2013

Tomorrow night I’m performing in an Open Poetry Slam. A head to head competition with 18 other poets. My secret weapon is my friend, Duncan. He’s an actor and director, who has been helping me to prepare my poems to be performed. It’s tomorrow at the prestigious Arnolfini in an Open Slam as part of the Bristol Poetry Festival ¬†

  • ¬†Ditch the poetic reading voice – no one likes it and you sound false
  • Visualise the words, feel what they mean
  • Perform your work from the inside out; bring out the emotion
  • Make every word count
  • Enjoy your words – the audience want to hear them
  • Slow down
  • Project your voice to all corners of the room
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