The PodPoets

Rose, from York via Miami, has hosted York Spoken Word open mic since January 2006. Rose has supported Buddy Wakefield, Rob Auton, Kate Fox and other luminaries, and performed at York Literature Festival, Ryedale Book Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and Ilkley Fringe among others. Rose is a not-so-young woman who writes about sex, death, skeletons, politics, parenthood, and can be funny but not hahaha funny. She’s won a few slams.



Alan allegedly co-hosts York Spoken Word but Rose rarely lets him have a go. Alan and Rose run independent press Stairwell Books, which specialises in novels, poetry and collections by Yorkshire writers. Alan is a poet, writer, singer, and occasional composer; Alan and Rose were amongst the founders of the York Lit Fest and are part of musical literary collaboration ‘Sounds Lyrical Project’. His poetry has been published in a number of journals and he has two collections published by Fighting Cock Press.


Charli has written poetry for 18 years, but only had the guts to dare performing four years ago. Being Irish, her poetry tends to be about crazy relatives and things which make her angry, sometimes one and the same. The highlight of her poetry career so far came in 2014 when Charli supported Hollie McNish in York. Outside of poetry Charli is a Girl Guide leader who likes to kickbox, sing loudly in the kitchen, and hang out with Jordan and little Élodie, and her dog.

Laurence is a rapper, poet and actor based in North Yorkshire. He specializes in blending modern hip hop conventions with one-person theatre. His writing is often dark and personal but also has a focus on the everyday – in particular the traumatic side of our social interactions. On the stage, Laurence has played Jesus in the 2014 Mystery Plays and most recently portrayed Paul in the new play ‘The Beggars of York’ by Don Walls. His full length show ‘Awkward Conversations’ debuted in 2017.

Together, the Podpoets produce the Poetry Show & Stairwell Books Presents