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Poetry and comedy fueled by an inspiring story with Jem Stuart

Poetry and comedy fueled by an inspiring story with Jem Stuart

Update: 2020-06-15
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Jem's first love will always be poetry, yet he never fails to make people laugh and that's where comedy comes in. Listen to Jem's poetry, learn from his inspiring story of overcoming his alcohol addiction and hear his journey on becoming a poet and comedian. He has also continued to do some great work during Lockdown and you can find out what he does. More about Jem - - - > I’ve always written poetry and actually “wrote” my first poem when I was 4 years old, although I only really started performing my work after joining the Batley Poets in June 2017. Since then I’ve performed in many venues –
including the Houses of Parliament – for audiences from 4 – 400 people.

I usually aim for humour in my poems, though I do write some serious stuff as well, I’m particularly fond of writing parody lyrics to popular songs and have composed versions of Cool for Cats, I Will Survive, My Favourite Things, The Day Before You Came and many others.

My influences and inspirations are John Cooper Clarke, Mike Garry, Toria Garbutt and Kate Tempest – the first 3 of whom I have met! I am 61, a sober alcoholic for nearly 17 years and hopefully my first collection – entitled No Limericks Left in This Vehicle – will be published this year, in aid of the NACOA (National Association for Children Of Alcoholics). You can find out more about Jem and his work on http://www.batleypoets.co.uk/jem/


Speakeasy performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyThBzRw2ek




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Poetry and comedy fueled by an inspiring story with Jem Stuart

Poetry and comedy fueled by an inspiring story with Jem Stuart

Tahira Rehman