Best Day Of My Life – My Spoken Word Performance + Meeting A Blogging Bestie IRL For First Time EVER!

Yesterday was undoubtedly one of the best days of my life. This was because of two major events –

  1. I met a blogging friend in real life for the first time ever.
  2. I performed spoken word poetry live on stage in front of an audience at a theatre in an urban music show.

I really can’t believing I’m telling you this. ItΒ  still all feels totally and utterly surreal.

Note – I’veΒ written a lot about this ‘spoken word poetry’ and I’ve suddenly realised that a lot of you probably have no idea what I’m on about. You know when something’s, like, the centre of your world? Well, you don’t really think about other people not understanding it or not having heard of it, do you? That’s how I feel.

Anyway, spoken word poetry is basically poetry that is written to be performed. It’s extremely similar to something called ‘slam poetry’. You may have heard of that.

I love love love spoken word. It is how I express myself. It is what I feel born to do and when I was up on that stage yesterday, I felt confident, I felt like I belonged. When I looked around the theatre and saw all those people here, listening….and then I looked at all the new friends I’d made sitting there, watching me, as well as some very special people right in the front row (more on that soon πŸ˜€), I felt so happy and so content and so….like I’d found myself. Weird, I know, but true. It’s impossible for me to describe the feeling – belonging, maybe? Or ecstasy? Lol.

Sadly, when my Mum tried to record during the performance, she didn’t manage to get it (instead she got a very blurry photo – don’t ask 😝)However, she very kindly agreed to film me performing both pieces again today. Here it is –

Oh, hold on, before you watch. If you want to hear more about the show clickΒ HERE!!!

Bonus photos below!

A very excited, energetic me before a day of train journeys and rehearsals left me an exhausted wreck.

Adam – my spoken word ‘mentor’ and the evening’s host.

Now, the blogosphere and ‘the real world’ are two completely different universes and two different identities for the blogger and, although I’ve always dreamed about what beautiful things might happen if these collided, I never once thought they would.

I was wrong.

A few weeks ago I was writing about my show (and gushing about how excited I was) when a very lovely human left me a comment. I quote:

Is the thing in London something you book for? Because honestly, I’d love to come and see it. No joke. Love you lots xxx

 

And my reply?

Oh my goodness {you totally should come and see it} Yesssssssssssss!

And so yeah! It happened. And it was absolutely incredible, better than I ever could have imagined. I got to meet and hang out with the AMAZINGGGGGΒ Elm!!!

Oh and btw, this all happened on her 3 year blogoversary so get on over to her and wish her a good one, please!

I would like to thank her and her lovely friend who I also had the pleasure of meeting for being such fantastic humans and for supporting me throughout my performance. You guys really made me day – you deserve loads of love. Actually, this post is dedicated to you.

In a way, this post is a collaboration with Elm, she will be posting later on about her experience as an audience member so watch out for that.

 

Thank you to everyone who wished me luck or sent me messages of support before my performance. Loadsa love to you all.

I think that’s all, yeah. I’ll stop rambling now. Peace out, guys.

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71 thoughts on “Best Day Of My Life – My Spoken Word Performance + Meeting A Blogging Bestie IRL For First Time EVER!

  1. I am so happy you got me meet your friend! πŸ˜„
    You are so beautiful, and good for you for the β€˜spoken word poetry’ that is great of you to do that!! πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’—

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  2. Excellent, brilliant, well done. I’m really sorry I couldn’t make it to the actual show, but your performance here is wonderful. It’s a shame Mum’s recording from last night didn’t work, but this is certainly the next best thing. I hope I can make it your next performance xxx

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  3. The spoken word poetry was so beautiful – girll, get me tissues! That’s so cool that you got to perform and aaah that must’ve been exciting to meet a blogging friend. Elm is super nice and it looks like you had a really awesome day!

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  4. Gracie!!! Your poems are so good. πŸ’žπŸ’ž I love writing poetry but a much different style than yours, and I could never perform mine like you did. I’m glad that spoken poetry means so much to you and I’m so happy that you got to meet Elm!!

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  5. Well done, Gracie.
    It seems that you took the day in your stride and set the crowds to marvel at your performance.
    I wish I was there to see you.
    Look, already you have people from far off lands coming to see you.
    You are amazing and we won’t let you forget it!

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  6. I loved your spoken word, poetry!! So good! That’s awesome you met a blogging friend for the first time! It’s funny because I met two bloggers for the first time last weekend too! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ’ž

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  7. HELLO you,
    Thank you for giving me the best ending to a term I could have had. I miss you so much and I am SO PROUD OF YOU. You are going to go far because you have that passion and drive to speak out, to express yourself. I admire you and always will and AAAA I can’t wait to see you again!!! This post gave me so many emotions; I’ve read it twice now!
    Love from Elm xxx

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  8. Hi Gracie Well what can I say.So proud of you .I have watched the video 3times. You have put so much feeling into your poetry it’s amazing.You haven’t just recited the poems every word is full of your feelings and emotions .Truly amazing.I also read the blog from Elm with the link you sent What a lovely time she and her friend had coming to meet you and being able to spent time with you.It meant a great deal to her.I hope you get to meet up again one day. Well done Gracie Tell Irys her poem about her sister was great.She. Loves you very much as do we all. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  9. Okay… WOW. I’ve been rather out of touch for a while because I was traveling so I’ll have to read your previous post for what this was about, but that was definitely something! I am head over heels with your words and your writing and I hope to see you reach greater heights! ❀ I really really wish I could've been there!! You're on your way to becoming a gem of a person, whether you like it or not! πŸ˜‚
    And meeting a blogging friend IRL is something I've always wanted to do, and I can say that is somewhat a far-fetched dream because I hardly know any Indian bloggers… well! πŸ˜› It looks like you had a fabulous time!
    P.S: I was wondering, are you doing Camp NaNo this month?

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  10. Oh wow your spoken poetry is so beautiful! I loved watching the video ❀ I'm so glad you had such an amazing time, and that you got to meet a blogging friend, that's so awesome!! πŸ˜€

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