Formed by Ralph Dartford and Matt Abbott after an all-night walk around the backfields of Glastonbury 2013, A Firm Of Poets began as a spoken word collective with one aim: to deliver vital, accessible and engaging spoken word to the masses.
Since then, they have grown into a nationally recognised spoken word organisation. Their début anthology ‘Holding Your Hand Through Hard Times’ was published via Ossett Observer in September 2014, and launched at the Wakefield LitFest. A documentary by 412 Productions followed the release.
In autumn/winter 2015, the Ossett Observer produced national headline theatre tour ‘The People’s Republic of Poetry’ took in 22 dates. Working alongside some of the top spoken word acts in the country, it also included a performance poetry workshop on each date, with participants performing as part of the show.
An online book has been completed, which features a poem from every single person that appeared and participated.
Since September 2013, The Firm have delivered a residency at Cafe Lux in Pudsey called ‘Poetry & A Pint’. One of the night’s aims is to look at the relationship between art and mental health.
Guest stars have included John Hegley, Helen Mort and Louise Fazackerley, and the open mic is now considered one of the best in Leeds.