Johnny Solstice  aka John Soltys

 

 

Is a performance poet and photo-collage artist. He might change his name to Johnny Saturday so he gets invited to more parties. 

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He escaped child abuse as a teenager, fleeing to a similarly seedy situation in 1970 Soho, and incarceration in Feltam Psychiatric Borstall, and later gaining a Koestler art award.

 

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He has been described as many things: a poet, a word wizard, lyrical genius. He has used his gifted tongue to attack hypocrasy and oppression of all kinds with a humour  both subtle and biting. 

 

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With a well tuned bullshit detector, he upholds a quintessential British talent to make us laugh at ourselves.

 

 

Some highlights over the years

 

Opened for Jon Gomm event at The Grove Inn Leeds 2008

 

Opened for Jon Gomm CD launch Don't Panic Brudenell Social Club Leeds 2009

 

Northern green festival Ripon 2008

Opened for Rory Mcleod Headingley 2012

Book Sisters in Shame published 2012

Book Windows of Perception published 2014

Performed with Rory Mcleod Leeds town hall 2016

 

Ilkley literature festival fringe own show and poetry slam 2016

 

DJ Positive vibrations festival 2016

 

Green gathering festival 2016 and 2017

 

Leeds Town hall Community comics migrations event 2017

 

 

How do other performers describe johnny?

 

'A force of nature' John Hepworth

 

'Leeds legend and lyrical genius' Jon Gomm

 

 

Some of his art is on flickr.
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Johnny's website can be found at wikilies.org which is the site for Raprobate, a platform for his poetry and art.  (site in progress)

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Johnny was a regular at the Grove Inn open mike in Leeds, and has worked with performers such as Jon Gomm and Rory McLeod. 

 

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Videos and links

 

Johnny has performed around Yorkshire for many years. Here is a poem about meeting him by fellow poet John Hepworth, on the Write out loud site. 

 

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John has made some video poems in collaboration with Matthias Weston, musician, composer and sound engineer at the Stroud Valley Arts Space 

 

RIP DIY slavery

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IjTLCJI98c

 

Give me a break 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95pKVjIuFZw

 

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There are also poem soundscapes

 

The Garden 

https://soundcloud.com/johnny-solstice/the-garden-featuring-matthias-weston

 

 and Alan's plan

 

https://soundcloud.com/dread-cabbage-kopykat/alans-plan

 

plus a poem on cleanliness   

 Fairy Bubbles   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5JauRrz988

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links 

Matthias Weston   https://soundcloud.com/matthias-weston

 

SVA (watch out for an event here 2018 with Rory McLeod and others)  http://www.sva.org.uk/

 

 

John Hepworth     https://www.writeoutloud.net/profiles/johnhepworth

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John has performed at Leeds Hyde Park Unity day. Videos by Cheryl Stewart. 

 

Holy Shit it's a direct hit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-TfhputDd8&feature=youtu.be

 

 and  from the book Sisters in Shame

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaJmImybsJ8&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Future events 

SVA   spring 2018