Both are active spoken and written word artists, with S.V.Wolfland’s performance poetry having featured at various festivals and events, and Matthew Hammond being renowned for his Stand-Up Philosophy performances, and both having written chapbooks and paperbacks (see the Curiosity Shop) including the novel ‘Porlock the Warlock’. Both performers are accomplished writers and solo performers.
MATTHEW HAMMOND THE STAND UP PHILOSOPHER
Matthew Hammond, appearing as the Stand Up Philosopher, is a one-of-a-kind performer. Original yet historical, profound yet entertaining, he has performed in bars, pubs, theatres, cinemas, arts centres and cafes and appeared at festivals including the HowTheLightGetsIn Festival of Philosophy and Music in Hay-on-Wye, the PowWow LitFest in Birmingham, the Exeter Northcott Theatre (during the LOL Festival), the University of Leeds, the Ignite Festival of Theatre, and the From Devon With Love Festival.
He has taught philosophy and written on the subject, including a book of essays charting the history of the idea of justice.
His shows have something of Ancient Greece, C16th Ranters and Paris cafe culture in them, as rhetoric, discussion, dramatic monologue and performance lecture all combine with storytelling to open out a remarkable window onto philosophy’s often forgotten foundations as a spoken word artform and indeed spectator sport!
‘See how Ideas are turned into remarkable performance art. Powerful, accessible, startling, sometimes hilarious, often moving, and always inspirational, he jumps about the stage making theatre out of all those books you meant to read but never got around to…’
‘Dynamic, dangerous and highly original’ – Liv Torc
THE STAND-UP PHILOSOPHER
S.V. WOLFLAND – VISUAL TEXT ARTIST, PERFORMANCE ARTIST
S.V. has performed her poetry & short fiction at numerous events and festivals including; the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Glastonbury Poetry&Words (the second time being asked to curate a quarter of the programme), Bristol Poetry Festival, Exeter tEXt Festival, TipofYourTongue Festival (Penzance), etc., and been featured guest poet at Uncut Poets, Salisbury Poetry Cafe, Word Command, Taking the Mic, etc..
S.V. has performed ancient performance poetry as ‘Widsith the Scop’ for events such as English Heritage’s Festival of History, Living History Weekends etc. and has also taken the ‘Porlock the Warlock’ Show (as her novel deals with the fate of the C10th Exeter Book) to the likes of the Porlock Arts Festival and Crediton 1100 Years Festival.
S.V.’s most engaging and asked-for performance poetry pieces are often from her serial prose & poetry project ‘The History of This House in 50 Objects’, dealing in part with issues surrounding homelessness, which she hopes to turn into a show.
‘Mesmerizing.’ – Kate Offord, Literature Officer, Arts Council England
S.V. has been published in many magazines both in print and online in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia, including The Argotist Online, Spokes, 20 x 20 Magazine, Poetry Manchester, The Bathyspheric Review, The Broadsheet, Every Day Poets etc., and also in an anthology – ‘North Yorkshire One Nine Nine’ by Shutter Books.
She has a BA in Writing & Philosophy from MMU and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Plymouth, and has delivered papers at conferences such as Poetry Can’s Wake Up to Poetry Conference at the University of the West of England and the International Conference in the Writing & Practice of Performance Poetry at Bath Spa University.
She has six chapbooks in print – 4 of ‘The Books of…’ sequence of serial poems based on political philosophy, one of short stories ‘The Dream Realm’, and another series on more abstract themes starting with ‘Geometrica’ and continuing with a project called ‘Chromatica’. Her ‘History of This House in 50 Objects’ book of prose poems and ‘View to Belvedere’ about going on the same walks, many days over three years are in preparation.
S.V. was Editor and founder of Spoken/Written Bulletin S.W. for which she gained three Arts Council grants and which ran for over 100 editions and went out to over 1,000 writers, readers, publishers, arts organisations, etc.. It was a Poetry Society Landmark and was sponsored by Bookswarm.
Matthew Hammond studied Anthropology at Cambridge and has a PGCE from Keele University. He has taught Political Philosophy at Exeter University and at LSE Summer School, being called an inspirational lecturer by his students. Such was his popularity, he even ended up teaching informal classes in philosophy in café bars at the weekends!
He has delivered papers on philosophy (and literature) at conferences at Warwick University, Greenwich University, University of London etc.
His publications include a chapter in ‘Deleuze and the Fold – a Critical Reader’, edited by Sjoerd van Tuinen and Niamh McDonnell and published by Palgrave Macmillan, a number of chapbooks on political philosophy and his book of essays ‘Not What One Was – A Brief History of the Concept of Justice’.
He has written over half a million words of philosophy and philosophical literary criticism. Currently he keeps two Facebook blogs, a leftfield autobiography called ‘Intense Vignettes’ and ‘Confessions of a Maths Tutor’ about education.