Welcome to LiteRARy, a blog feature where I document my time interning at Rhyme and Reason, a spoken word night based in Bath. LiteRARy will be a regular feature where I reflect on the things I’ve learnt from helping to run RAR, and will also act as a sort of diary / keepsake too!
On the 28th February, we hosted another RAR event at the Brewhouse but with the incredible Shay D headlining for us, a female rapper and spoken word artist. I did the usual pre-event preparation by hiring out the camera equipment and charging up the camera batteries before the event. I arrived an hour before we were to start and set up the equipment.
Something I was a bit worried about was our lack of audience. A similar event in a nearby city was happening on the same night as RAR, meaning half of our regulars attended the other event. I asked Billie and Nick if we were going to have to cancel, but they said that we could manage fine. They were right. Those who did attend were committed regulars and performers who were great at cheering loudly, regardless of audience numbers. The audience was small, but cosy and supportive. To improve next time, our team are going to better liaise with other poetry collectives in regards to dates to avoid this low audience turn out.
I have a feeling that it was pure luck, but we had no issues with any of the filming equipment. The Facebook live stream connection was strong and worked well and the camera didn’t run out of battery! I’m hoping I can keep this technical success up for the next events! With nothing going wrong, the event was really enjoyable for me and the standard of poetry was brilliant.
Overall, I have really enjoyed my year interning with Rhyme and Reason. It has taught me so much about problem-solving and event management, to the point where I want to pursue it as a career. It has also helped me to dive into the Bath poetry scene, and make friends with lots of lovely and talented poets and poetry-goers.