We are delighted to welcome performance poet Jemima Foxtrot to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Poet Jemima Foxtrot.

Jemima is a poet, musician, theatre-maker and performer who blends powerful, sonic heavy poetry about modern life with snippets of her favourite artists’ songs – as well as her own – in a belting singing voice that will knock you for six.

Shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Spoken Word Fellowship 2015, Jemima is considered one of the best performance poets in the UK.

She has performed extensively across the country with some of the country’s leading poets (Thurston Moore, Simon Armitage and Don Paterson), at venues such as the Southbank Centre, Battersea Art Centre, Latitiude Festival and at the Barbican Main Hall for a special concert curated by and featuring pop-artist Beck.

Her poetry film “Mirror”, was commissioned by BBC Arts as part of their “Women Who Spit” series.

‘Mirror’ explores how most people have two sides to them – a self-confident and a doubting self. But which one do you listen to when you look in that mirror? Jemima Foxtrot’s poem reflects every woman’s dilemma.

She has also appeared on Lynn Barber’s episode of Arts Night on BBC2.

Jemima’s debut poetry show ‘Melody’, won the spoken word award at Buxton Fringe Festival 2015.

Melody by Jemima Foxtrot.

Her poetry is not didactic in composition by directed towards attempting to show people different sides of issues in everyday life, to help people explore issues themselves through poetry and rhythm.

Her performance style blends notable elements rap and soul and folksong styled rhymes.

Watch this short preview of Jemima at the Engine Room a scratch night at Omnibus Theatre curated to bring forward distinctive and dynamic performances from emerging artists.

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Jemima’s first collection of poetry, ‘All Damn Day’ is a 24 hour dance through a kaleidoscope of strange and brilliant images, snatches of song, drunken jaunts, female friendships, blazing or boring sexual encounters, conflicting desires and musical introspection, showing you anew the life you’re living and the life you don’t.

All Damn Day by Jemima Foxtrot.

“Jemima Foxtrot’s All Damn Day is a tumbling circus of word and song, a jukebox of emotions – now glad, now thoughtful but never embittered. This story will stay with you – an ear worm for the heart” – Jo Bell.

“Jemima Foxtrot is refreshingly upbeat. Her stories of twenty-something life ring truer than your average performance poet. Not only that but it sounds great; the sonics trip off her tongue between snippets of singing in a truly unforgettable voice. Mark my words, we’ll be hearing a lot more more from her.” – Luke Wright.

Watch her perform a 3 min poem … “It’s amazing What You Can Get on the Internet These Days” …

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Jemima is from Hebden Bridge and is currently living in London. Don’t miss the unique artistry of this performance poet at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017.

Jemima Foxtrot at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss Jemima Foxtrot’s performances and workshops:

WORKSHOP: Jemima Foxtrot on The Music of Poetry.


Philippa Gregory on Three Sisters, Three Queens, The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. With an opening poetry reading by Jemima Foxtrot.

MAYHEM PAST MIDNIGHT: Ramsay and Jemima Foxtrot