An Utterly entertaining night of verbal magic in Luton

Rosie Garland is among the artists taking part

Rosie Garland is among the artists taking part

Spoken-word and literary talent from Luton and beyond comes to the Hat Factory on Thursday March 2 at 8pm for Utter Lutonia.

The line-up includes an array of acts ranging from the philosophical to the laugh-out loud and plenty in between.

Among the performers are Americana act My Girl the River, from Bedford via Nashville. Fresh from supporting Suzanne Vega and soon returning to the Isle of Wight Festival, My Girl The River bring melody, rumination aplenty.

Also on the bill is Rosie Garland. From Manchester via The March Violets, three novels and five poetry collections, Rosie brings a passion for language and fierce intelligence to the stage.

They are joined by Robin Goodfellow. From from the roads and trails of Bedfordshire via a desire to make mischief and to make things better comes what is described as “the rolling righteousness and sharp tongue of this sometimes merry, sometimes melancholy wanderer of the night”.

Another unusual attraction comes in the form of ba-BA Begins, blending Abba and the 14 line form of the sonnet.

Completing the line-up are Raymond with his brand of misanthropy, Steve Whiting and James McKay, along with the Luton Haiku Pop-Up Bookstall.

The event takes place in Basement 2 at the venue.

Admission costs £3. Visit www.lutonculture.com for more information about the event.