On Saturday 18 May at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, the results of the 2019 Saboteur Awards were announced.
Unfortunately, Bella didn’t snag the award for Best Poetry Pamphlet – congratulations to the winner and other shortlisted nominees! To be shortlisted is a huge achievement, and already more than I had ever dreamt for my first little pamphlet. A huge thank you once again to all who nominated and voted for us – it means the world.
I was also fortunate enough to be at the awards ceremony as a representative of Verve Poetry and Spoken Word Festival, the Birmingham-based festival that I have been involved in organising for the past couple of years. Verve won the category for Best Literary Festival, which was this year’s ‘wildcard’ category! I was thrilled to go up to collect the trophy, and read out a few words from our Co-Director, Stuart Bartholomew. Once again, congratulations to all the shortlisted festivals.
Verve has been a labour of love for all involved, and has gone from strength to strength each and every year. At only 3 years old, we have been blown away by the heights to which Verve has soared – surpassing its ticket sales year on year, outgrowing its old venue and moving into The Old Rep theatre, and now becoming an award-winning festival. Coming just at the time when we’re beginning to think of Verve 2020, this news is a huge boost that will hopefully see us bring the biggest and best Verve Festival to date.
I’ll finish with the small speech I delivered on behalf of Stuart the other night.
Photograph by Thom Bartley.