About the Artist
Mab Jones is a performance poet of some notoriety for her daring satirical outpourings, as well as having the distinction of being National Botanic Garden’s first resident poet.
She has performed roughly 700 times in 7 years, at festivals such as Latitude, the famous Comedy Store, in the USA and Japan, on BBC Radio 4, as well as acted as support for television's Phill Jupitus in his guise of Porky the Poet at last year's, and this year's, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She has won various awards and accolades, including the John Tripp Spoken Poetry Award (Audience Prize); received bursaries from Literature Wales and Drama Association of Wales; and worked with organisations such as National Theatre Wales, Welsh National Opera, the Dylan Thomas Prize, Hay Festival, The Free Word Centre in London, Apples & Snakes and many more.
Her book, Poor Queen, is a collection of her performance poems published by Burning Eye Books. Two books are forthcoming: nature poems with Blackheath Books, and a book of Wales-related verse.
This award will be used to make a departure in her artform and deepen her practice, through both learning and experimentation. In particular, Mab will spend time being mentored by poet John Hegley, with whom she has an affinity; she will also learn the art of rakugo, a Japanese comic storytelling form which uses props and facial expression, as well as wit and wordplay, to tell a tale.
Mab will receive intensive tuition and observe rakugo performances. In addition, she’ll study the troubadour techniques and use these to expand her stylistic range and build her performance technique, testing work at local events and enfolding this learning into her practice.
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