Bedlam’s Best and Finest: Book Reading
Venue: Arts Resource Centre, 7 Donegall Street Place, Belfast, BT1 2FN (map)
Date: Tuesday 4th December 2018
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Admission: by donation (suggested amount: £3.00)
CAP is delighted to host award-winning poet Michael Wilson reading from his new poetry book, Bedlam’s Best and Finest. This book is about Michael’s experiences of mental illness to entertain, raise awareness and fight stigma. The book, which is also a one-person show, has been performed at numerous poetry events across the UK, including three weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.
There will be an open mic after the reading– first come first served, one poem per person.
All are welcome, but due to high demand, it is advisable to contact LAVA coordinator Shelley Tracey to reserve a place. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put ‘Bedlam event in the subject line of the email.
Michael Wilson is a national award winning published UK poet, Bedlam’s Best and Finest is his new book. Published by Eyewear Press, the book is a poetic expose of one person’s experiences of mental health, from hospital into psychosis, care in the community and wellness.
The topic of mental health is a huge issue, with more people than before accessing services. The book, which is also a one person show has been performed at numerous poetry events across the UK, including three weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. At the Fringe the show received a five star review from the reviewers: Bouquets and Brickbats and audience responses to the show have been hugely positive.
As a work, Bedlam’s Best and Finest is the accumulation not only of twenty years of mental health of the poet, the book is also the accumulation of his writing practice for a large section of those past twenty years.
Michael’s writing and performance has been eclectic and experientially minded, from national slams and radio broadcasts, cutting his teeth at the poetically hyperactive Manchester scene, he has performed at numerous festivals through the years, toured the UK extensively, as well as facilitating workshops, he has also used street art to present poetry to people when they least expect it.
The book itself is the apogee of years of experiments in writing and performing, but always with a mind to connecting with audiences.
As Michael says at the start of the show and the book, he is not trying to define mental illness in broad strokes. For Michael and many others mental illness is hugely individual and all he can do is express, unflinchingly, how his own mental health and illness have affected him over the years.