Reviews of Modern Love

Reviews of Modern Love

Writers on love and relationships in the 21st century

Photo of Charlie Dark

Photo of Charlie Dark

About MODERN LOVE at the QEH, Southbank Centre, December 2011

‘Is love dead? ..after two hours of creatively demonstrating this through spoken-word aided by hip-hop beats and a jazz-influenced band, the modern love tour brought something to London that’s been long overdue… love…..’

Event of the Week, The Voice, 7/1/02

'I thought setting the stories to music was a fantastic idea as it adds a more emotive and dramatic quality to the readings.' Vogue Magazine

‘I enjoyed modern love because it was great to see artists I consider as my peers taking the art form to the next level at a packed out QEH; I loved modern love' Jonzi D (artist and performer)

’modern love’? .. a divergence of some of the most exciting minds and mouths in the spoken word scene today. Minds and mouths that intrepidly explore the nooks and crannies, the ins and outs, not to mention all the contradictions, of what love means to them in these most easily distracted of times. From Malika Booker's whirring and purring to the maniacal crescendo of Roger Robinson's internal monologue, the styles on show are as many as the opinions expressed. And all this underpinned by the exquisitely solid foundation of James Yarde's band. Essential.’ James McNally, Hip Hop Connection

'The Modern Love show was absolutely fantastic, it was so heartening and inspiring to see all the writers in that space. Lots of people I told about it came down and they were all really pleased they went and enjoyed it. Everyone had their favourite writers by the end and it wasn't like there was a 'top of the bill' act - everyone was brilliant - so it was all very democratic which is nice. I can't say enough good things about it.’ Sophie Woolley, Writer and Actress

Find out about the 10 year anniversary show on 8 December at Rich Mix, click HERE


About the Modern Love spoken word project

Leading poets and fiction writers on the international arts scene along with guest DJs, MCs and musicians have been commissioned by renaissance one for a series of theatrically-staged spoken word events - in which they present personal perspectives on love, modern relationships and family - and other contemporary issues that offer universal appeal and resonance.Taking cues from a myriad of sources – pop culture, visuals, advertising and performance art among others – has given the writers a distinctive edge and accessibility. As a ‘group’, they represent the cutting-edge talent and diversity of the London and UK scenes. The writers and musicians featured on modern love and other renaissance one projects have included: Mike Ladd, Mutabaruka, Patience Agbabi, Ty. A-Cyde, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Nick Barlay, Rob Gallagher, Mike Ladd, Choman Hardie, Sophie Woolley, Imani Uzuri (US), Jason Yarde, Ruth Forman (US), Dorothea Smartt, Skorpio The Nemesis, Jamika Ajalon, Malika Booker, Charlie Dark, Michael Horovitz, Anthony Joseph, Roger Robinson & Jacob Sam-La Rose

Tilt's London Liming: at Rich Mix on 8 December

Where spoken word meets carnival

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London Liming offers spoken word, music, socialising and dancing under one roof.

An opportunity to unwind, experience the best performers around, and take part!

With CHARLIE DARK, SABRINA MAHFOUZ, MICHAEL HOROVITZ, FRANCESCA BEARD, SURESHOT and JAMES INGHAM.  Hosted by MELANIE ABRAHAMS. The show includes a special tribute to SKORPIO, a much admired and loved poet who passed away this year. Skorpio R.I.P.  Click HERE for more info.

We're excited about presenting these events at the dynamic Rich Mix venue, the next event is on 8 December and celebrates the 10th anniversary of Modern Love, a spoken word project that commissioned writers in 2001 to explore love and modern relationships in the 21st century, and culminated at a sell-out show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre following a 20 venue England Tour. Find out more about the featured performers by clicking HERE.  Read about the Modern Love show 2001 and projects resulting from it HERE.

About London Liming "It creates a sense of involvement lacking at many literary events..." extract from ‘Culture Clubs’ by Danuta Kean (London Book Fair Magazine)

Click here to watch a taster video of London Liming

Read REVIEWS of the event here

Click here to watch a short documentary 'Liming on Tour'

See what 'Liming' is about

Watch a performance video

Next London Liming - 8 Dec at Rich Mix!

Next London Liming - 8 Dec at Rich Mix!

Watch a video that offers insight into our 'Liming' event. It's presented by Liming Patron the award-winning poet John Agard, click HERE to view it

Ayanna Witter-Johnson at London Liming

watch highlights of previous London Liming shows

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a captivating composer, jazz vocalist and musician with a First Class Degree from Trinity College. She's spent the last few years in New York, only recently settling back in London, and during her stint in the Big Apple was crowned Super Top Dog at the Amateur Night Live finals at the Harlem Apollo.

Ayanna joined us for a special London Liming performance in 2009.

CLICK HERE for a spoken word video: LONDON LIMING presents Ayanna Witter-Johnson & special guest Jonzi D



Sat 9 November at Embrace Arts

Liming on Tour: spoken word meets carnival

Our Liming events offer the best of spoken word, music, and the chance to unwind, under one roof. Liming toured London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Ilkley and Sheffield in 2010 and appeared at Embrace Arts this November.

'In the poetry world it can be hard to find organisations that are both organised and creatively and artistically excellent but Tilt achieves this. Leicester Liming, and every liming I have been to, has had diversity and quality in both acts and audience.' Deborah Stevenson, Poet, founder of Mouthy Poets


A Spoken Word Talk Series: Gary Younge

:Who Are We: And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?

20 - 25 October, various cities

Gary Younge, Guardian columnist and a winner of the prestigious James Cameron award for his coverage of the Obama election and the "combined moral vision and professional integrity" of his work, was in England in October to present a talks series on themes of identity and social justice based on his latest book, Who Are We: And Should It Matter In the 21st Century

For full details of the book tour click here

Watch a video of Gary Younge: Writing Wrongs: The Media and The War on Terror


Spoken Word meets Comedy: 31 March at Kings Place

photo of Dan Antopolski

photo of Dan Antopolski

A shebeen of scurrilous, edgy words with DAN ANTOPOLSKI, SUSAN MURRAY, ROBIN INCE and FRANCESCA BEARD

‘Ince is the thinking man’s stand up’ City Life

“If you only go and see one comedian in Edinburgh this year, make it Susan Murray” Jeremy Hardy

(Susan Murray)“Mainstream success written all over her….a real talent” Edinburgh

(Dan Antopolski) 'Ideal viewing for anybody with a sense of humour who can laugh until it hurts." Three Weeks

Guy Browning on spoken word

author of the best-selling 'How To..' series

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'I started life as a stand up comedian and that’s one of the most visceral ways of using spoken word. You have to connect with the inside of someone’s brain using nothing but language and I’ve always found that really exciting.'

CLICK HERE to watch Guy Browning

Susan Murray on saying the unsayable

Is anything un-sayable these days?

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'Is anything un-sayable these days? In the land of Frankie Boyle and Tramadol Nights, it would seem not so.'

to read the full piece click here

Something I Said?

Festival of playful & provoking spoken word

Something I Said? was a weekend festival of spoken word last October, produced by Tilt 22 - 24 October 2010 in association with the Southbank Centre. Thank you to all those who attended and supported the festival.

To read more about the festival click here

more spoken word - writer and actress SOPHIE WOOLLEY on 'Brief Word Encounter'

Sophie performed at Tilt's 'Something I Said?' spoken word festival 2010

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Accompanied by cellist TONY WOOLLARD (Cello Journeys), Sophie performed a satirical monologue inspired by classic film 'Brief Encounter' and random snippets of literature gathered via upsidedown reading on the train.

click here to watch Sophie Woolley