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Kieren King

Kieren King is a Salford based spoken word artist. He is best known as the co-creator and host of popular Manchester spoken word nights, Evidently (Shortlisted for Best Regular Spoken Word Night – Saboteur Awards 2015) and the Word War Slams, and formerly as a host of Bang Said The Gun: Manchester. He was recently hand-picked by Guy Garvey of Elbow to curate a Spoken Word event as part of the 2016 Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre in London.

An experienced performer in his own right, Kieren has been writing and performing his work since 2008 and has performed at various festivals including: Kendall Calling, Wychwood, 2000 Trees, Rebellion, Strummercamp and the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and has featured at a number of spoken word nights throughout the UK, including several performances for Amnesty International and Musicians Without Borders. A multiple slam champion, Kieren was also part of the guest Manchester slam team at the 2016 Hammer & Tongue grand final.

He has appeared on several local radio and television shows and was featured on ITV News coverage of Billy Bragg’s “Welcome To Manchester” gig during the 2015 Tory Party Conference and has a weekly spoken word show on FAB Radio International. He was recently commissioned to write and perform a poem for a TV spot by SKY for their new channel Blaze.