Mouthy Poets in association with Renaissance One presents

Say Sum Thin 7 - With special guest John Agard

In association with Renaissance One

Saturday 19 July

Main House


Play, collaborate, write and create with 50 young poets as your muse. Workshops, interactive activities, and performances suitable for all ages will swell in every corner of the building.

There will be two shows written, performed and curated by Mouthy Poets; from close encounters in the Neville Studio to explosive voices on the main stage.

Special guest John Agard will join us for the headline show. John is a Guyanese poet who in 2013 was a recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. His poems have been featured in the English GCSE anthology since 2002 and he is a BBC Poet in Residence. His published poetry includes We Brits, Alternative Anthem, Clever Backbone and most recently Travel Light Travel Dark in 2013.

Say Sum Thin 7 is made up of three parts:

Daytime events, a scratch show, and the main event in the evening.

Purchase an all-day ticket for £14 (£10 concessions) Please note that you cannot book for this online. To book the all-day ticket call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Daytime events take place from 1pm. Entry is £3 (£2 concessions)
You will be able to sign up for specific workshops on the day.

The scratch show takes place at 4.30pm. Entry is £6 (£4 concessions)

The evening event featuring John Agard begins at 7.30pm. Entry is £10 (£8 concessions)
Please note that tickets for the evening event can currently only be booked via Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Renaissance One

Dates & Times

Say Sum Thin 7 - With special guest John Agard - Sat 19 Jul 1:00pm Sat 19 Jul Neville Studio 1:00pm £2-£3
Say Sum Thin 7 - With special guest John Agard - Sat 19 Jul 4:30pm Sat 19 Jul Neville Studio 4:30pm £4-£6
Say Sum Thin 7 - With special guest John Agard - Sat 19 Jul 7:30pm Sat 19 Jul Main House 7:30pm £8-£10


Slick, neatly presented evening of drama, performance, music and poetry.

Left Lion

A seamless mix of fun, friendliness and professional standards.

Left Lion

Powerful, moving and awe-inspiring. All words not to be used lightly and all words that describe The Mouthy Poets

Writing East Midlands

Was not expecting that! … Mouthy Poets are special

Lemn Sissay

Throughout the entire evening, there is a real sense of different classes, ages and cultures all being brought together in one space.

The Good Review

For John Agard

One of the most eloquent contemporary poets – rich in literary and cultural allusion, yet as direct as a voice in the bus queue

The Observer

John Agard’s poetry is a wonderful affirmation of life, in a language that is as vital and joyous as we are able to craft it in the Caribbean, in spite of our history of distress

David Dabydeen

A specialist in word trickery – Agard is one of our most consistent, culture-crossing spokesmen

Graeme Wright, Poetry Review


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