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Tongue Fu | Hot Poets

Tongue Fu – one of the UK’s leading spoken word & music collectives – fight climate change through poetry, music and science
A brand new show from Tongue Fu – one of the UK’s leading spoken word and music collectives – Hot Poets partners brilliant spoken word artists with scientists, NGOs and change-makers in the fight against climate change, to make brand new work telling hopeful stories.

The Tongue Fu – Hot Poets show brings this work to life with genre-hopping improvised soundtracks from the acclaimed Tongue Fu band. Plus films, science and bags of hopeful FACTS in an aim to help change the ‘doom narrative’ around climate change and show that art and science are better with a beat.

Chris Redmond // Writer, Hot Poets co-director and Fu founder. A regular at music and literature festivals, featured on BBC R1, 2, 4, 6 and Sky Arts.
Liv Torc // Poet, Hot Poets co-director and producer of WOMAD’s Hip Yak Poetry Stage. Her lockdown project, Haiflu – was championed by BBC R4 Today Programme.
Francesca Beard // Internationally acclaimed spoken word artist who’s worked with The Barbican, Royal Court. BBC Radio 3 and The Young Vic.
Repeat Beat Poet // Hip Hop poet and broadcaster, selected by BBC 1Xtra for WordsFirst, published by Magma Poetry, Bad Betty Press.

Tongue Fu is part gig, part experiment, having played the Roundhouse to Glastonbury, Capetown to Rio. Previous collaborators include Kae Tempest, Irvine Welsh, Akala, Lemn Sissay and Hollie McNish.
The Tongue Fu band regularly includes Riaan Vosloo (Jamie Cullum, Nostalgia 77), Arthur Lea (Coalminers, Beardyman), Patrick Davey (The Puppini Sisters, Extraordinary Bodies) and guests.

In 2020 Tongue Fu released their album, Boat Building, featuring on BBC6Music, BBC R1, 1Xtra, BBCR4’s Loose Ends and WorldWideFM.

Hot Poets is working in partnership with Met Office, LSE, Manchester University and more to create 12 Poetry Films About Saving the World.

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