For the last few years it’s been showcasing the best of new and more established writers and performers with a few songs and other creative antics thrown in for good measure.
A word-fuelled journey
Truthfully when I went along I didn’t quite know what to expect but any apprehension quickly dissolved. It’s relaxing, welcoming – really almost like hanging out in the living room of a friend – an energetic, engaging and thought-provoking friend – who just happens to have a stage and a microphone.
Champions from the UK vs. USA Sunday special were definitely the humorous and expressive American Samuel Taradash and the utterly fantastic London-based Caroline Bird. Both were captivating, convincing and effortlessly took us along on their wonderful, word-fuelled journey.
Celebrate living, breathing words
This laid-back gathering celebrates words in all its many form – speaking, singing, reminiscing, ranting and recounting. It provides rare intimate moments where performers share their inner workings and writing (close up), interacting with you in a way that words on a page could simply never do.
All good things must (never) come to an end
My only regret is that I didn’t go long before their penultimate show. We’ll wave goodbye to this fantastic regular Sunday statement of expression on the 6th. But WPM promises to rise and read again – becoming nomads that pop up every from time-to-time.
So, go on – make the most of your (possibly long) weekend. Do something a little different and witness words alive at this final hooray at the Arches (£5).