A SPOKEN word artist from Liverpool who moved to Barnsley last year is hoping his event night will be a huge success in the town.

Matthew Jacobson, 51, moved to the town centre to be with his partner in June last year.

His spoken word night in Liverpool, ‘Leap of Faith’, encouraged the community to be creative in a safe and secure environment.

He is now seeking to do the same in Barnsley, and has secured the Longcar Inn on Racecommon Road as a venue.

An author and spoken word artist, Matthew has interviewed the likes of musicians Will Young and Pete Doherty - and he’s hoping his new home of Barnsley will be full of creativity.

He told the Chronicle: “I used to run my own night in Liverpool.

“A lot of people would say they’d love to do a spoken word night but they might not have the confidence or the right space for it.

“I searched for the right venue where people can feel safe and not feel judged and it helps with creativity, but all people’s wellbeing.

“I’ve managed to find that venue in Barnsley at the Longcar Inn and so now we’re just looking for people to get involved.

“A lot of people write in their bedroom and they’ll be able to perform on the open-mic - we just want people to have a go.

“I’d love people to even just come and have a listen.”