the itch season 1 episode 7: Victoria Herod

Check out Victoria Herod’s subtle beautiful performance of ‘Artists’.

the itch is a collaborative film project between Rife Magazine and the cheeky cactuses at Clockwise. We come across some of the most exciting talent in Bristol, working here at the magazine, and we want to celebrate everything the city has to offer. So, working with Clockwise, we will be shooting and uploading intimate performances, brash outlandish artistic pieces, stand-up, poetry, music, dance, whatever, in the coming months.

An Interview With Victoria

Describe Your Poetry

My work tends to be kickstarted by a random sentence, concept or thought that suddenly appears in my brain whilst walking down the street. My poems tend to spiral from these initial places and I’m not always sure where they will end up. My writing tends to lean toward the delicious mystery that we are all part of, as well as social justice issues and personal experiences, but I mostly enjoy the journey of writing and try not to pin myself down into certain themes. I feel that poetry is a catalyst to seeing the beauty in what is all too often viewed as the mundane. Poetry is biting into an orange full of pips with the skin still on but still tasting the juicy zest and focusing on that

Tell Us About Your First Gig

The performance at the end of the Words First workshop in November 2015. I performed a poem called ‘Morph’ about delving into the lives of people who are just faces that you pass on the street, and the issues that interconnect us all. I was absolutely terrified but came off of the stage knowing I needed to pursue that terror as it was exhilirating.

What Makes Bristol A Great Place For Spoken Word?

Bristol’s spoken word scene is made so special by the people that are within the community and the individual styles that are united through the catalyst of the scene. There is a space within every single open mic to leave your inhibitions at the door, to be vulnerable, to experiment with your thoughts, and it creates such a healthy outlet that people fall in love with almost instantly.

Which Poets Inspired You?

Kate Tempest has to be the first poet I really identified with in the scene, so she holds a special place in my heart. Amy Leon is also just an incredible person, and her experimental performances are spellbinding.

Tell Us About Your Piece For the itch

As I’m coming to the end of my time at university, I have been reflecting a lot on everything I have learned whilst I’ve been here. Not just in terms of academia, but in terms of being a human and growing into yourself. My friends inspire me to the point that I feel infinite, and there’s nothing more healing than true human connection. I view the poem as a celebration of that.

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