Taking place on the first Saturday in January the annual Good On Paper Party acts as a fundraiser for the magazine (which continues to operate as a part-time fully independent project) bringing forth a hoard of local artists, musicians and poets to celebrate the vibrant, creative scene which Stroud is increasingly becoming renowned for.
As well as championing all things local we also invite performers from further afield to join the line-up resulting in an eclectic mix of live music, art, circus and spoken word…
This year’s all day party is the biggest one yet with over eight different bands and musicians, a DJ set, six stand up poets, a circus troupe, eleven exhibiting artists, a pop-up book shop, pop-up record shop, bars and street food spread across three historical venues in the centre of Stroud.
It all starts at 1pm with a series of free concerts in St Laurence Church with the ticketed evening event opening at 5pm at the Centre for Science and Art and Lansdown Hall + Gallery. Tickets cost just £15 and are available now on-line at picatic.com/GOPParty2019 and Sound Records Stroud at 24 Gloucester St (open Thurs – Sat 11am-5:30pm) from Saturday 29th Sept.
Tickets are limited and the event sells out every year so we recommend booking early!
See below for full line-up and times.
Long live the printed word.
As a member of Brian Eno’s favourite London experimentalists Three Trapped Tigers, the Heritage Orchestra, Goldie and more recently with Shobaleader One (after being headhunted by Squarepusher) Betts has spent years exploring the boundaries between electronic and live music. For all his technical ability, the experimental format and instrumentation, Betts’ live show is an enthralling, evocative, rewarding journey of mesmerising musicianship, avant-garde in formation, yet undeniably catchy and invigorating...This is only his second outing to Stroud following his epic headline set at the Good On Paper stage at the Stroud Fringe in 2017. (10 – 11:15PM) adambettsdrums.com
STROUD FRINGE CHOIR
A choir with a band philosophy put together by award winning composer Emily Hall. All the music is created by members of the choir - which currently features 18 members including the likes of Emily Barker, Blythe Pepino, Emily Wood, Stephano Marlot, Misha Law and Melanie Golding - who all come from Stroud's rich musical community. (9 – 9:30PM) twitter.com/SFringeChoir
KATY J PEARSON
Local vocal sorceress from popular dark pop duo Ardyn makes a return with a new band and new material…(8-8:30PM)
A collaborative project by Emlyn Bainbridge and Josh Day-Jones, electronic artists united by a mutual curiosity for supernatural fanaticism and British nostalgia. (7-7:30PM) orburycommon.bandcamp.com/releases
SOUND RECORDS STROUD
A DJ set from Sean Roe (Junkprops) and Tom Monobrow (Stroud Calling, Stroud Block Party) founders of new local independent record shop Sound Records Stroud. (11:30pm -1am) facebook.com/soundrecordsstroud
GOOD ON PAPER COVERS EXHIBITION
Launch of cover artist's exhibition ft. original prints from Daniel Sparkes (danielsparkes.com), Joe Magee (periphery.co.uk), Alex Merry (alexmerryart.com), Ery Burns (eryburns.com), Emilie Sandy (emiliesandy.com), Mark Levy (traffikcone.info), Adam Hinks (Good On Paper), Andy Lovell (andylovell.co.uk) and James Kriszyk (kriszyk.com) (5pm-1am)
SOUND RECORDS STROUD POP-UP RECORD SHOP
A pop-up record stall selling vinyl and cds by local artists ft. Low Chimes, Emily Hall, Mesadorm, Near Future, Blancmange, Emily Barker, the Pirate Ship Quintet, Ardyn, the Red Propellers and Square Bomb with all the proceeds going to the Door Youth Project. Plus a few boxes of vinyl from the shop! (5PM-1AM)
CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ART
Spoken Word/Comedy Stage presented by Burning Eye Books
(Blue Room: 6-11pm)
Burning Eye Books is small independent publisher in the South West predominately specialising in promoting spoken word artists. They aim to dispel the assumption that performance poetry does not transfer well to page as well as give emerging and established artist opportunities to be published where they might be rejected from other traditional poetry publishers. They look for the bold, the fearless and the strange, and pride themselves on providing a conscious portfolio of brilliant poets and writers…Curated and compered by it's founders Clive Birnie and Bridget Hart. (burningeyebooks.wordpress.com)
POP-UP BOOK SHOP/SIGNING
A chance for you to have a chinwag with some of the performing poets + purchase one or two books from the Burning Eye Books popup shop! (10:30 – 11PM)
A razor blade skating performance poet and comedian, who plunges the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human condition, armed with a box of matches and a sense of lyrical wonder. An experienced and popular performer, compere and workshop leader, Liv was the South West winner of the last National Radio 4 Poetry Slam, the 2nd Bard of Exeter and the poet in residence at Exeter's first Poetry Festival. She is co-host of The Hip Yak Poetry Shack and runs a successful spoken word stage at WOMAD festival.(10 – 10:30PM) twitter.com/livtorc
Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 and occasionally on the telly. (9:10 – 9:40PM) elvismcgonagall.co.uk
An economic refugee from the Home Counties, Jonny began his ‘career’ spitting vicious political verse between bands at punk gigs until cured by a West Country shaman. Now he ‘does’ poetry that deafly fuses bittersweet autobiography, political disillusionment and surreal whimsy in an act which has established him as a firm favourite at festivals, arts centres and housing benefit offices up and down the country. (8:30 – 9PM) jonnyfluffypunk.co.uk
POP-UP BOOK SHOP/SIGNING
A chance for you to have a chinwag with some of the performing poets + purchase one or two books from the Burning Eye Books popup shop! (7:50 – 8:30PM)
BERYL THE FERAL
Blessed with the misfortune of being a rebel who loves rules, and a chronic introvert who deeply loves people; Beryl the feral is a Playsmith and felice-ilitator, who lives to encourage authentic creative expression. A list-making, rule-breaking, emotional-percolating poet; with a tendency for excessive thought and an overactive capacity to care. When she is not hiding, Beryl brings her own ragged-elegance and wild-intelligence to a variety of roles, including coordinating her own Spoken Word festival stage, and co-delivering 'performance-poetry on prescription' workshops through the NHS. (7:20 – 7:50PM)
Melanie Branton writes and performs poetry. Her first collection of poetry, My Cloth-Eared Heart (2017) is published by Oversteps Books. Her second will be published by Burning Eye in late 2018. She has performed at WOMAD, the Bristol Harbour Festival and at spoken word and poetry nights all over the UK. Her full-length poetry show (confusingly also called My Cloth-Eared Heart) has been showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe, Wolves Lit Fest and the Barnstaple Fringe. (6:40 – 7:10PM) melaniebranton.wordpress.com
Having grown up on the mean streets of the English Riviera, Samantha Boarer started her poetry career in the internationally acclaimed post of Poet Laureate of Knowles Hill Secondary School. From there she migrated to Bath where she studied creative writing and found her calling as a comedy poet. After co-founding Rhyme and Reason poetry events in Bath she moved to Bristol and began performing regularly in the South West. Having recently moved back to Devon, she intends to carry on funding her bohemian lifestyle by teaching impressionable youth at a local secondary school. (6-6:30PM) twitter.com/sammypoems
(Kitchen Studio: 5-9:30pm)
Nicola Grellier’s current work is concerned with issues of self-perception, self-presentation and self-delusion. She uses posture and clothing to examine emotional states of vulnerability and confidence where body and consciousness delicately collide. The fleeting ability to corral an idea or sensibility is always present in Grellier’s practice which has drawing at its heart… nicolagrellier.co.uk
Kerry Phippen is originally from Perthshire but has lived in the Stroud valleys for several years. Kerry takes her inspiration from the ancient connection between man and beast as well as a love of remote landscapes and nature. Her own drawings and paintings range from large scale intricate and detailed acrylic paintings on domestic wallpapers to more delicate and gentle ink paintings on handmade cotton papers. kerryphippenart.com
Circus/Cord de lys
(Gold Room: 7 – 10pm)
SCHOOL OF LARKS
Performances by students and teachers from Stroud’s hugely popular rural based school of circus arts… schooloflarks.co.uk
ST LAURENCE CHURCH
Free Day Time Concerts
With a string of releases on Talitres (EU/UK), Broken Sound (UK), Sweetdreams Press and Angel’s Egg (Japan) and much support from DJs on Radio 1, Radio 2, Xfm, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 4, France Musique and other stations worldwide, contemporary folk multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd is currently co-producing her new album with Jim Barr of Portishead, Marcus Hamblett (James Holden, Laura Marling), Emma Gatrill (Matthew and the Atlas, Sons of Noel and Adrian) and Stroud based Rob Pemberton (Low Chimes, Emily Barker). Do not miss this unique stripped down performance joined by Rob on drums…(4-4:45pm) rachaeldadd.com
A creative partnership between award winning composer Emily Hall (Bedroom Community) and violinist, viola player and singer Misha Law. Drawn together by a common aesthetic, they meet weekly to practice mindful free improvisation mostly on violin and viola then work together to develop this material into pieces of music. (3-3:30pm)
Stroud based cellist, composer and sound designer Simon has been making music and creating sound design for theatre and film for over 15 years, working with theatre companies including Headlong, Old Vic Productions, Tiata Fahodzi, Theatre Hullabaloo, Cirque Bijou & Actors of Dionysus. He also releases work under 'Amonism' for various labels, creating music combining influences of modern classical with electronics and field recording. (2-2:30pm) simonmccorry.com
Multi genre guitar sorcerer Tom performs as part of early music consort Tetra and electronic pop act Dear Robot. Often also seen performing classical music with Dave Ayre at the Baroque night at the Prince Albert this is a rare solo outing of Spanish guitar wizardry not to be missed… (1-1:30pm)
Winner of numerous awards SALT Bakehouse is an artisan bakery providing quality baked stuff, locally sourced /foraged for local people. Tonight they’ll be serving an abundance of delicious pizzas so no need to cook dinner before you come out...(from 5pm) saltbakehouse.co.uk
BARS: x3 -> Lansdown Hall, Lansdown Gallery and Stroud Brewery Bar @ Centre for Science and Art