Spork! is an ongoing project based in Exeter, run by spoken-word artist Chris White.
It started in 2018 as a monthly open-mic at The Little Drop of Poison. Since then we’ve received local and national funding and worked with different organisations and producers including Apples and Snakes and Mothers Who Make to create live events, workshops and an ongoing artist development program supporting emerging talent in the SW.
Our goal is to bring more spoken-word to Exeter and to get people engaged in poetry in a way that’s accessible, empowering and fun
In the last 2 years we've hosted workshops for mothers, programmed LGBTQ+ shows with Come As You Are Festival & Exeter Pride, and featured poets, rappers, musicians, DJs, drag queens, brass bands & comedians
Past headliners have included:
Vanessa Kissule Dan Simpson Julie Mullen Johnny Fluffypunk Safiya K Jack Dean
Rebecca Tantony Muneera Pilgrim T.S Idiot Daniel Piper Imogen Downes Tom Sastry Samantics Roisin Crowley Linton Kimwei McCarthy Rhys Slade-Jones Liv Torc
Pete the Temp Shagufta K Iqbal Matt Harvey Craft-D Jasmine Gardosi Kat Lyons
1990's Chris Tim King Saili Katebe Buddy Wakefield & Reece Lyons
During lock-down and in the wake of COVID-19, we've adapted what we do, by hosting online events & workshops, creating a community poem for Exeter Phoenix's Bloom Weekend, co-producing writing workshops for mothers with Mothers Who Make and putting together a series of podcasts
We even managed to put on socially distanced gigs at Exeter Phoenix with a range of exciting South West artists including Muneera Pilgrim, Craft-D & the Exeter Railway Band
We also started an artist development program called Spork Up! supporting emerging & mid-career artists in the South West.
Spork! is made possible with funding from Arts Council England and is supported by Exeter City of Literature.
Meet the team
Silly, slurring & very slightly drunk. Chris is the founder & unlikely host of Spork!
He's an ex Bard of Exeter, multiple slam winner & spoken-word artist.
You can check out more of Chris' work at chriswhitepoet.com