Sex Tapes - Leeds International Festival

2 May
20:00 - 23:00

Sex Tapes

Blush and crush in a night of saucy, sexy chats and poetic positive encounters

Our judges, drawn from the worlds of poetry and adult film, have chosen a cast of eight delicious individuals whose performances rival Meg Ryan in that diner scene. These specially selected spoken word artists will tantalise you with their stories of sex-positive encounters, from much-needed alone time to group activities – whatever they might entail. Expect to blush, crush and feel a rush of blood as we take an aural journey praising everything sex-positive with the good (and very, very bad) people of Leeds.

This event is open to all people and is a safe space in which to celebrate sex, love and relationships. Sex Tapes is for everyone, and we can’t wait to meet you.

Sex Tapes is hosted by Eleanor Snare: artist, poet and all-round minx.


Standard Tickets

Thursday 2 May 20:00 - 23:00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Concession Tickets

Thursday 2 May 20:00 - 23:00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Additional Information:

Age restrictions – 16+


Eleanor is a writer and mentor for creative people, helping them value themselves and the work they do. She also happens to be a performance poet and sex positive advocate who’s lived in Leeds for 10 years. Sex Tapes is a bit of a dream come true for her, so do get involved. Her favourite kink is people who leave dirty paper towel on the kitchen counter.

Heidi is a Body and Sex positivity advocate who has performed in several films from acclaimed director Erika Lust, including ‘Heidi and the Dough Boys’ and ‘Tips and Tricks’ She most recently appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Mums Make Porn’ and her favourite kink is People that Genuinely Care.

Ian was the Ilkley Literature Festival 2018 Apprentice Poet in Residence. He completed a Poetry MFA at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019, and was the 2016 Borough Prize winner of Live Canon’s International Poetry Competition. His poems have appeared in various anthologies and magazines such as Magma, The North, and Ink, Sweat & Tears. He’s the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of Filth, an amateur entomologist and his favourite kink is anything queer in nature.

I’m a poet and chief editor of the Runcible Spoon Webzine, and I hold an MA in Creative Writing. In 2018, my debut poetry collection was published, titled Her Own Language. My next collection will be published this summer by Yaffle Press.

I’m a queer, polyamorous poet and poetry was my saving grace through my teenage years. I returned to it and 2015 and fallen in love with writing again. When I’m not writing or performing, I work for a charity teaching young people about healthy relationships, sex and periods.

I’ve headlined New Mills Art Festival 2018 and the Plum Line Peace festival at Coventry Cathedral. My full collection of poetry is being published with Knives Forks and Spoons Press, and I have a chapbook published with Clare Songbirds Publishing NY.

I’m a poet who has participated in Wakefield’s Long Division Festival and the Women In the Arts’ Poetry in the City project, and I’m part of the independent publisher Plastic Brain Press. I’m currently working on my first poetry book, The Devil Rides to Doncaster.

I’m a spoken word performer and have been published in diverse journals including As Above So Below and Printed Words. In 2018, my work was displayed at the annual Rape Crisis UK Conference and I performed the pieces at two exhibitions in London.

I’ve performed my own style of poetry since the mid-90s, albeit with a huge gap for motherhood duties. I returned to performance a few years ago after the death of my father. I perform solo, and with my songwriting partner Peesh; we’ve written over 30 songs, and been described as a cross between X Ray Spex and Kate Tempest.

I’m a gender non-binary poet who’s only been doing performance poetry for a year but really enjoying it so far. I try to write work which puts a positive spin on our experiences, showing with this subject there is a darker side to sex that people don’t need to be ashamed of.