Toria Garbutt & Roy: The Next Write Thing

PJ Smith was born in North Liverpool. Just another one of the kids growing up on Newby Street. He followed a path, lost his footing. His fall was broken by the net of creativity. Writing, just getting it all out of your head and onto the page. Roy was born. The fella least likely first walked onto a stage four years ago and took the mic. He immediately grabbed and held attentions and led them through the streets of his imagination introducing his weird and wonderful characters. Roy wanders his world and observes. He watches and recounts tales of ordinary and extraordinary inner-city madness. Where good snarls at evil and evil snarls right back. It’s dark, it’s sharp, it’s heartwarming and it’s funny. Ladies and gentlemen, the stories you are about to hear are true. Only the names have been changed to provoke the guilty.

Toria Garbutt is a poet and educator. Since bursting onto the scene in 2014,Toria has been a regular tour support for Dr John Cooper Clarke, most recently on his  ‘Luckiest Guy alive tour’ on which Toria performed her first European date. In 2016 Toria released her Debut album ‘Hot plastic Moon’ via spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs and in 2018 her first poetry collection ‘The Universe and Me’ published by Wrecking ball press.Toria’s words have also been featured in Not Too Tame’s Northern Souls show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and recently in The Guardian for their feature on The Rise and Rise of the New Poets.Toria has been involved in many projects including working with young people and prisoners, relaying the importance of having your voice heard no matter what your background and using poetry to turn pain into purpose.