Ben Fagan is a spoken word poet and producer from Aotearoa New Zealand, currently based in London. He is a TEDx performer and organiser, and has shared his work across the UK, USA and NZ. Ben has taken two poetry shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and tweets for Apples and Snakes. Alongside UK Slam Champion Sara Hirsch, he won the Edinburgh Fringe Anti-Slam and came second in the national finals, making them the second-worst poets in the UK.
Ben is currently on tour with his debut collection ‘Some Traveller’, a poetry collection that shares stories of love, death, family and what happens if you wear jandals in London after it's been raining. This collection will encourage any future travellers and give company to those feeling far from home. Also, puns.
Accompanying Ben will be multi-award wining opera star Benson Wilson.
Benson Wilson is currently on the opera studies course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This year Benson performed with the London Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre as the fallen soldier Schabernack and, has participated in the Georg Solti Accademia where he worked with specialists in the be canto repertoire such as Maestro Richard Bonynge, Corradina Caporello and Barbara Frittoli.
2015 saw Benson’s debut on the opera stage with Festival Opera NZ as Schaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme, he also performed Schaunard in Leoncavallo’s take on La Boheme at the New York International Vocal Arts Institute Summer Programme under the Metropolitan Opera prompt and coach Joan Dornemann.
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Katie Ailes is a poet and PhD candidate whose research focuses on spoken word in the UK. She organises and performs with the Scottish collective Loud Poets.
Marianne MacRae lives in the American Gardens building on West 81st street. Her name is Marianne MacRae. There is an idea of a Marianne MacRae, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real her. Only an entity, something illusory.