Live literature is a funding strand and a way to explain spoken word or text-based installation/multimedia work. As that is a bit unwieldy, live lit has come to stand for many things for many people. It is spoken word work and performance poetry; it is an author in a room with readers doing something more dynamic than simply opening her book and reading from it. It is a process of engaging audiences with text – with words – in a way that brings the words their writer to life. Which is still rather unwieldy.
Maybe the easiest way to explain it is to invite you to see it. I am part of The Reauthoring Project happening at the upcoming Herne Bay Festival. There you will see the work of 5 Kent writers, including me and my new piece “Post”, a promenade journey through a life. You’ll be able to read Post here once I’ve done the piece live. But you wouldn’t want me to spoil it for you, would you? See you in Herne Bay!