Laura Taylor was born into a working-class family in the North of England in 1968. She has challenged arbitrary forms of authority all her life. Obsessed with words and language since her early childhood, she believes in the power of poetry as a means by which silent voices speak and hidden ears listen.
With eloquent conviction, Kaleidoscope
champions equality and challenges authority, exposing the hypocrisy, iniquity
and 'politricks' of the powers that be.
A fiery and astute collection, crafted with passion, tenderness and humour, from one of the UK's most incisive performers.
Includes a Foreword by Attila the Stockbroker.
"If there is strength in unity, then art saves lives. Bang a drum, pluck a string, sing a song, have a dance, write a verse, paint a picture and enjoy. And when you find something that stokes your soul and makes you smile - keep doing it." - Laura Taylor
"Riveting, inspiring, dead hard and incredibly soft at the same time. This is one of the best books of poetry I have ever read." - Attila the Stockbroker
"Kaleidoscope is a wake-up call to the self and the nation, and the reader is left feeling energised and more alive than before." - Cathy Thomas-Bryant, poet & co-editor of Best of Manchester Poets
"In a politically supine era, Laura unflinchingly shows us how to stand up and be counted." - Julian Jordon, Director, Write Out Loud
Dave Morgan reviews Kaleidoscope at Write Out Loud.
Julian Jordon reviews Laura's launch event at Write Out Loud.
Read an excellent interview with Laura at Write Out Loud.
Laura performing 'Dear Margaret' at No Borders refugee benefit gig in Widnes, 2015. With thanks to Ged Jaras.
Cover photo by Rich Pictures.
Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page.