Following the success of the critically-acclaimed Burning Books, Jess Green is taking A Self Help Guide to being in love with Jeremy Corbyn on a national tour and is bringing it to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre this May.
A rousing, lyrical and humorous look at modern politics, the show not only played to sell-out crowds at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe but also netted Jess the title of BBC Poetry Slam Champion. When Corbyn heard the noise on social media, he phoned Jess to invite her for a cup of tea, telling her he “loved the poetry, spirit and creativity” of her work (although Michael Gove remains less of a fan).
Reigning BBC poetry slam champ + 'Internet sensation' @jessgreenpoet confesses all in "A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn" 24-25 May @unitytheatre TICKETS ON SALE NOW! -> https://t.co/5XM3U9NHEU#LoveJeremyCorbyn #SelfHelp #SpokenWord pic.twitter.com/CIiAk3gwxn
— Unity Theatre (@unitytheatre) March 4, 2019
When Jess joined the Labour Party at university in 2007 she doubled the number of members who met weekly in a Liverpool pub. Since then she’s stuck by the party through the downfall of Blair, the disappointment of Brown and the monolith of Miliband.
Now, “after a decade of keeping her membership card firmly at the back of her wallet”, she’s fallen head over heels in love with Corbyn’s “raw socialist magnetism”. If only everyone else agreed…A Self Help Guide…sees Jess ask how the party will ever win another general election when the left is so divided.
Jess has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival. Her first collection, Burning Books, was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award. Jess runs Leicester poetry nightFind The Right Words, shortlisted for Best Regular UK Poetry Event (2018 Saboteur Awards). She performs A Self Help Guide… with band The Mischief Thieves.
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