Meet The Team
Founder, Host & Lead Producer
Spork! was sprung from the creative loins of Exeter-based poet, performer & producer Chris White.
Chris is a multiple slam winning poet, who regularly performs his silly & surreal work at nights & festivals from Tongue Fu to WOMAD. He's a theatre maker, a former 'Bard of Exeter' & was the first 'Riddler in Residence' at Exeter Cathedral.
Spork Up! Co-Producer
Rebecca Tantony is our Spork Up! Co-Producer, working with local artists as part of our annual Development Program.
Rebecca's an experienced writer and facilitator based in Cornwall. She's had several collections published with Burning Eye Books, has had her work featured on the BBC & Radio 4, and performed at prestigious events across the UK and all over the world.
She's taught performance poetry at University level, and worked as a facilitator with countless adults, young people, community groups & emerging artists.
One of this year's artist advisors, Harula has been leading discussions on the future of Spork! and how best to support local artists.
Harula is a fantastic poet, performer & facilitator, who has worked with Spork! in a number of ways over the years, including being one of our first Spork Up! supported artists.
She's a slam winner, has led facilitation & social prescribing projects with Literature Works and various other organisations, and recently performed on stage at the South Bank Centre.
Another one of our artist advisors, Jonah has been working with us on our strategy and gathering feedback from audiences. Jonah is a Plymouth based poet, performer & singer-songwriter.
They perform regularly at gigs & festivals from Tolpuddle Martyrs to Exeter Pride. They also run their own excellent night POETRY@thePPL every month in Plymouth.
Jaz Brown is our fantastic Assistant Producer, who helps assist the smooth running of projects and events. Jaz works for Libraries Unlimited, is a theatre-maker and storyteller, and recently took part in the Young Producers Program with Poet in the City, creating a spoken-word event as part of Herstory Festival at Exeter Library.
Try as we might, we can't forget about Edward Tripp. Ed is an anarchic co-host and indispensable part of the Spork! Family. He's helped produce and deliver events, been a regular feature at many of our nights, and stood in as host in Chris' absence.
A stand-up poet with a unique, surreal style, Ed was one of our first Spork! Up supported artists, and has since gone on to cover himself in yeast, say treasonous things about the Queen and win the Annual Spork! Slam
He also makes bizarre, bespoke, mind boggling trophies which we often give out to slam winners.