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Power of the Spoken Word | Alan Gillott, Charli Goodfellow & Laurence O'Reilly | TEDxPocklingtonED

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Published on Jun 30, 2015

Communication and education can be developed and enhanced through the medium of the spoken word art form. Performances from a range of guest speaker poets.

Alan Gillott is co-owner and co-editor of small press Stairwell Books, writer, editor, composer, singer, poet, choirmaster and performer.
He has been writing poetry since his teenage years and during his career in the IT industry, he took the opportunity to perform wherever he was able – from South London to Connecticut where he met Rose Drew.
On his return to York, he and Rose founded performance poetry group The Spoken Word.
He has continued both to write and publish poetry and has had some of his poems set to music by composer Edward Caine.


Charli has been writing poetry for 16 years, but only had the guts to start performing 2 years ago. Being Irish, her poetry tends to be about crazy relatives and things which make her angry, which can sometimes be one and the same. The highlight of her poetry ‘career’ so far came in 2014 when Charli supported Hollie McNish in York. Outside poetry, Charli is a Girl Guide leader who likes to kickbox, sing loudly in the kitchen and hang out with her dog.

Laurence O’Reilly is an acclaimed performance poet based in North Yorkshire. Some of his pieces focus on the frustrations with modern technology and the unintentionally humorous results that may arise from the interactions between humans and their many devices. He has also written and performed pieces that deal with the social problems faced by people in their personal and work lives.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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