Rommi Smith and Siobhan Mac Mahon at Inkwell, Leeds

Siobhan Mac Mahon and Rommi Smith (1.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.)

an afternoon of Poetry, Jazz and Blues

Sunday 10th January 2016

Inkwell (The Old Shoulder of Mutton Pub)

31 Potternewton Lane, LS7 3LW

Chapel Allerton


Doors open : 1.00 p.m.

1.30 p.m. Siobhan Mac Mahon and Sabrina Piggott

3.00 p.m. Rommi Smith, Dave Evans (keys) and Kenny Higgins (bass)

Siobhán Mac Mahon, (with guitarist, Sabrina Piggott) and Rommi Smith (in collaboration with Dave Evans on keys and Kenny Higgins on bass), provide poetry and voices.

An afternoon of poetry, jazz and blues

At 1.30pm Siobhán Mac Mahon is a performance poet with a particular passion for live literature and the spoken word. As an Irish Poet/writer from Dublin, living in Yorkshire, much of her work is informed by Ireland, its myths, landscape, humour, beliefs and passions.

“People often ask me what I do, where do the poems come from? How does inspiration arise? I don’t know – dreaming is part of it, staring out of windows, going for walks, drinking cappuccinos, watching, listening, making space for words and ideas to bubble up…from the unconscious, from the ‘otherworld’ who knows? The Poem below- “The Poet” is my attempt to answer those questions.”

“I will begin again to breath
In rhythm with the earth
moving beneath my feet,
moaning in her ecstasy,
a psalm, written
in the body of my soul”

Then at 3pm: Rommi Smith ( in collaboration with Dave Evans and Kenny Higgins)

Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright. She has held numerous prestigious international residencies for organisations ranging from the British Council, to the BBC; this includes inaugural writing residencies for Keats’ House and Parliament.

Recent commissions include: writing the poetic narration for Collective Endeavour, a 300-strong performance spectacle, part of the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup; a film-poem commission in celebration of the life and work of visionary writer, John Ruskin and a new poem in celebration of Billie Holiday for The Verb on BBC Radio 3. The poem, Saint Billie of the Divine, was selected as a pick of The Verb for Tom Robinson’s programme on 6Music.

Rommi has written for, and performed extensively across BBC Radio. Awarded commissions for programmes including: From Fact to Fiction; BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Drama; Poetry Please, Late Junction; The Verb and Woman’s Hour.

Rommi also served as British Council Poet in Residence at California State University, Los Angeles. Whilst in residence, she directed brand new theatre about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in collaboration with English Masters’ students and the University’s Jazz Orchestra.

Rommi features in the multi-award winning documentary, We Are Poets. The celebrated film follows the lives of young poets from Leeds Young Authors, whom she mentored to attend the Brave New Voices, USA. Brave New Voices is widely recognised as the biggest and most prestigious poetry slam championship in the world.

Awarded a prestigious Hedgebrook Fellowship in the United States, Rommi is also a recipient of the Elizabeth George Award. Awarded the John Barnard Scholarship at the University of Leeds, in 2015, Rommi began a PhD by practice, in celebration of the lives of Jazz and Blues women.


Dave Evans is a musician, composer, performer, bandleader and educator who regularly works in a variety of settings performer. He is the director of the Garforth Jazz Rock Band. He also works with musician Kenny Higgins, as part of The Fruit Tree Project.

Kenny Higgins

Kenny Higgins is a musician and composer who has worked on everything from community to Grammy-winning albums.

Rommi Smith and Siobhán Mac Mahon: Poetry and Jazz @Inkwell Sunday 10 January 1.30pm -4pm £7/5 concessions

Address: Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub)

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