Ways With Words presents West Street Words: Spoken word and live music cabaret

Saturday 5th June, 7.30pm

We can’t wait to welcome back audiences to our first live event in over a year. There will be music, joy, laughter, perhaps an edge of seriousness, and almost certainly some silliness as we gather together with Matt Harvey, Jackie Juno, Liv Torc and more at the Ashburton Arts Centre. But mostly it’s all about the let’s-get-togetherness that we’ve all missed so much.

In-person and live-stream tickets on sale now!


Lots of ways to enjoy the fun

You can join us in person at the marvellous Ashburton Arts Centre in a Covid-safe way. Tickets are on a choose what you pay basis with three pricing options – £14, £10 or £7.

Or you can join us from the comfort of your sofa with a live-stream ticket for £4.

Matt Harvey

“…not only funny but tender and true” – Guardian

Writer, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt’s way with words have taken him from Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian. Matt is also the creator of Empath Man, who had his own mini-series on Radio 4. He is the author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts, Where Earwigs Dare, Mindless Body Spineless Mind, Shopping With Dad, and much more. Discover more about Matt here.


Jackie Juno

Jackie Juno a familiar face on the southwest poetry scene with her outspoken views on matters political, environmental and social. She somehow makes such subjects hilarious; but her material can also be tender, sensuous and confessional. She has won numerous poetry slams, done two TEDx Talks, been the Bard and Grand Bard of Exeter for 8 years combined, and has hosted cabarets and poetry nights across Devon. Read more about Jackie’s work here.


Liv Torc

Liv Torc is a poet, artist and ideas weaver who plunges into the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human and planetary condition. A Radio 4 Slam winner, a former Bard of Exeter, and host of The Rainbow Fish Speakeasy, Liv runs the poetry stage at WOMAD and the Hip Yak Poetry School. Her lockdown haiku and photography project, Haiflu featured on the BBC’s Today Programme. Her books include Show Me Life (2015) and Soggy to be published later this year. Find out more about Liv here.



Covid guidance

It is important that you do not attend the event if you have any of the following: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. The NHS offers more guidance here.

In the venue you should wear a mask if you are able to do so, and follow any one-way systems and additional restrictions we have in place. 


Doors are open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Please arrive in good time and bear with us – it may take a little time to seat you as we ensure social distancing is observed. 

The event will comprise two 45 minute sets with 20 min interval. The band will play on however if you wish to stay and enjoy a drink afterwards.

This is an exciting new venture for us. Ashburton Arts Centre is a community-owned arts venue that opened its doors in 2018. The former Methodist church is a beautiful space for intimate performances and events. Ashburton sits on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon and is filled with independent shops, bars and cafés. We can’t wait to welcome you there.

Venue & Parking

There is no parking at the venue but there is a public carpark near by and additional street parking (though please be mindful of parking restrictions). Passengers can be dropped off outside the venue and it may be possible to provide one or two disabled parking spaces for events. If this is needed please email us to discuss your requirements.

The public car park behind Ashburton Town Hall is cheap during the day and free after 6pm. A footpath from the Long Stay car park leads through a tunnel and comes out onto West Street, next to Shanaz Tandoori.

Free parking also available in the Greymatter compound on Chuley Road outside office hours (i.e. weekday evenings after 6pm and at weekends). There’s a footpath from there to West St, which goes around St Andrews Church cemetery and emerges between Rafikis (No 17) and the Vet (No 19).

Parking may not be a straightforward affair so give yourself some extra time. If you get there early, you can enjoy a leisurely drink courtesy of the bar.