'What we should have said.....

'Entertaining, enlightening and moving'

'What we Should have said..' is a live poetry and music event I created in association with Cegin Productions. It's a new, dynamic way of presenting poetic works and their performance, with poets reacting to eachother in 50 minute collaborative and unpredictable shows. The experience is a rich, interweaving set of ideas, explorations, characters and instrumentation received with great excitement, success and surprise at Ledbury Poetry Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, The Shoe Factory - Cyprus, ongoing residencies at Oxford University Poetry Society and at The Troubadour - London, Aberystwyth Arts Centre,  Soho PE Jazz Club, Theatr Harlech, St Julittas Church in Snowdonia.

Poets have included Liz Berry, Simon Armitage, Imtiaz Dharker, Martina Evans, Frieda Hughes, Glyn Maxwell, Liz Lochead, Phillip Gross, Helen Mort, Christopher Reid, Sarah Howe, Michael Symmons Roberts, Julian Stannard, Samantha Wynne Rhydderch, Emily Hinshelwood, Mona Arshi,John Glenday, Ella Frears, Luke Kennard, Jane Draycott, Michelle Boisseau, Kona Macphee, Sean O' Brien, Robert Minhinick, Malika Booker, Vona Groarke, Jo Shapcott, Macdara Woods, Rachel Long, Lorraine Marriner, Robert Seatter, Francis Leviston, Jean Sprackland, Paul Maddern, Peter Sansom, Caitriona O' Reilly, Paul Farley, Blake Morrison, Theo Dorgan, Aoife Mannix, Ian Gregson, Ross Sutherland, Hannah Silva, Richard Douglas Pennant, Tiffany Atkinson, John Barnie, Martin Daws, Rhian Edwards, Paul Henry, and myself Stuart Silver as regular performer.

The musicians include pianists Huw Warren, Peter Foggitt and Marios Takoushis, oud player Yiannis Koutis, Trumpet/Flugelhorn/whistle player Neil Yates, Darragh Morgan on classical violin and cellist Roland Melia.   To book or for more information, contact me at

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