This Saturday: playing at The Fling Festival, Chelmsford, alongside John Hegley, Amy Acre, Tim Wells, Ross Sutherland, Rob Auton, Chimene Suleyman, Niall O’Sullivan, Nathan Penlington, Adam Kammerling, Mel Jones and Sean Mahoney… WHAT A LINE-UP!

This Saturday: playing at The Fling Festival, Chelmsford, alongside John Hegley, Amy Acre, Tim Wells, Ross Sutherland, Rob Auton, Chimene Suleyman, Niall O’Sullivan, Nathan Penlington, Adam Kammerling, Mel Jones and Sean Mahoney… WHAT A LINE-UP!

  • Bang: last night 
It was a cracker! Some photos courtesy of Mark “Mr T” Thompson and Amy “Raw Prawn” Gilpin.
  • Bang: last night 
It was a cracker! Some photos courtesy of Mark “Mr T” Thompson and Amy “Raw Prawn” Gilpin.
  • Bang: last night 
It was a cracker! Some photos courtesy of Mark “Mr T” Thompson and Amy “Raw Prawn” Gilpin.
  • Bang: last night 
It was a cracker! Some photos courtesy of Mark “Mr T” Thompson and Amy “Raw Prawn” Gilpin.
  • Bang: last night 
It was a cracker! Some photos courtesy of Mark “Mr T” Thompson and Amy “Raw Prawn” Gilpin.

Bang: last night
It was a cracker! Some photos courtesy of Mark “Mr T” Thompson and Amy “Raw Prawn” Gilpin.

BACK AT BANG. 27th June
And it feels… like… home. 
(Cue Like a Prayer intro) 
With! NEW POEMS**** HOT**** FRESH****TASTY
Inua Ellams is on; it’ll be sweet as.

BACK AT BANG. 27th June

And it feels… like… home.

(Cue Like a Prayer intro)

With! NEW POEMS**** HOT**** FRESH****TASTY

Inua Ellams is on; it’ll be sweet as.

THIS FRIDAY! Tim Wells presents Mae or Mae Not at the Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon. Featuring the talents of Ross Sutherland, Jane Yeh, Ashna Sarkar, the man himself, and, er, me! 
Click me: https://www.facebook.com/events/600199919998846/

THIS FRIDAY! Tim Wells presents Mae or Mae Not at the Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon. Featuring the talents of Ross Sutherland, Jane Yeh, Ashna Sarkar, the man himself, and, er, me!

Click me: https://www.facebook.com/events/600199919998846/

“When people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant, or any of the other strange and stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs a tough language- and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers- a language powerful enough to say how it is.”
Jeanette Winterson

“When people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant, or any of the other strange and stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs a tough language- and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers- a language powerful enough to say how it is.”

Jeanette Winterson
May is the best month! TWO bank holidays AND my birthday. MEGA! 
May Gigs: 
11th May: An outdoor performance as part of the Dulwich Artists Open House weekend. Also featuring Bridget Minamore & Deanna Rodger. 182 Court Lane SE21 7EA 
It will be lovely and posh, with jazz piano and cocktails. 

24th May: Less posh as it involves Tim Wells. The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell. Feat. the legendary Tim Wells, Ross Sutherland and more. And it’s free!

May is the best month! TWO bank holidays AND my birthday. MEGA!
May Gigs:
11th May: An outdoor performance as part of the Dulwich Artists Open House weekend. Also featuring Bridget Minamore & Deanna Rodger. 182 Court Lane SE21 7EA
It will be lovely and posh, with jazz piano and cocktails.

24th May: Less posh as it involves Tim Wells. The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell. Feat. the legendary Tim Wells, Ross Sutherland and more. And it’s free!

New poems in the pipeline! Started a new teaching job this month, which has been manic, but good! Lots of ideas buzzing around my head- now need to set aside some writing time and get ‘em writ. See no. 29.

New poems in the pipeline! Started a new teaching job this month, which has been manic, but good! Lots of ideas buzzing around my head- now need to set aside some writing time and get ‘em writ. See no. 29.

poetrybomb:

Abrams Books and Tumblr are celebrating National Poetry Month with a month-long Poetry Bomb! Join us by reading, reblogging, submitting your own poetry, or meeting us IRL on April 30th at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.
This Thursday: The Fainting Couch Burlesque and Cabaret night, DAB, Barbican. I have no idea what to expect- I am guessing poetry (since I’m doing some), tits, comedy, a recurring theme of Scunthorpe, some rapping, some opera, a few feathers and sequins (surely?) Exciting, eh? Come along!
Tickets: http://www.ents24.com/web/event/The-Fainting-Couch-Cabaret-And-Burlesque-Night-DAB-London-3316093.html

This Thursday: The Fainting Couch Burlesque and Cabaret night, DAB, Barbican. I have no idea what to expect- I am guessing poetry (since I’m doing some), tits, comedy, a recurring theme of Scunthorpe, some rapping, some opera, a few feathers and sequins (surely?) Exciting, eh? Come along!

Tickets: http://www.ents24.com/web/event/The-Fainting-Couch-Cabaret-And-Burlesque-Night-DAB-London-3316093.html

  • Photos courtesy of Zofia Walczak from the Word House, March 2013.
A storming line-up including Byron Vincent, Si Mole and Salena Godden.
  • Photos courtesy of Zofia Walczak from the Word House, March 2013.
A storming line-up including Byron Vincent, Si Mole and Salena Godden.
  • Photos courtesy of Zofia Walczak from the Word House, March 2013.
A storming line-up including Byron Vincent, Si Mole and Salena Godden.
  • Photos courtesy of Zofia Walczak from the Word House, March 2013.
A storming line-up including Byron Vincent, Si Mole and Salena Godden.
  • Photos courtesy of Zofia Walczak from the Word House, March 2013.
A storming line-up including Byron Vincent, Si Mole and Salena Godden.
  • Photos courtesy of Zofia Walczak from the Word House, March 2013.
A storming line-up including Byron Vincent, Si Mole and Salena Godden.

Photos courtesy of Zofia Walczak from the Word House, March 2013.

A storming line-up including Byron Vincent, Si Mole and Salena Godden.

  •    Things to be excited about #1:
   ILLUSTRATED POEMS
"GCSE" is to be featured in the next issue of inc magazine. The theme is ‘eyewitness’. Me and illustrator Jenny Jackson met at the romantic location of Chicken Cottage in Waterloo (needless to say, this was my suggestion). The chicken shop man was originally quite dismissive of activities such as drawing and poetry, ("no, no") but we bought some chips and went ahead anyway! Trying to capture my flailing gesticulations would be a daunting task for most, but Jenny approached it fearlessly and I am very excited to see the results. I loved the above illustrations, from Phoebe May Halstead, on the inc magazine live poetry party- it’s a great dialogue between words and visuals.
  •    Things to be excited about #1:
   ILLUSTRATED POEMS
"GCSE" is to be featured in the next issue of inc magazine. The theme is ‘eyewitness’. Me and illustrator Jenny Jackson met at the romantic location of Chicken Cottage in Waterloo (needless to say, this was my suggestion). The chicken shop man was originally quite dismissive of activities such as drawing and poetry, ("no, no") but we bought some chips and went ahead anyway! Trying to capture my flailing gesticulations would be a daunting task for most, but Jenny approached it fearlessly and I am very excited to see the results. I loved the above illustrations, from Phoebe May Halstead, on the inc magazine live poetry party- it’s a great dialogue between words and visuals.
  •    Things to be excited about #1:
   ILLUSTRATED POEMS
"GCSE" is to be featured in the next issue of inc magazine. The theme is ‘eyewitness’. Me and illustrator Jenny Jackson met at the romantic location of Chicken Cottage in Waterloo (needless to say, this was my suggestion). The chicken shop man was originally quite dismissive of activities such as drawing and poetry, ("no, no") but we bought some chips and went ahead anyway! Trying to capture my flailing gesticulations would be a daunting task for most, but Jenny approached it fearlessly and I am very excited to see the results. I loved the above illustrations, from Phoebe May Halstead, on the inc magazine live poetry party- it’s a great dialogue between words and visuals.

   Things to be excited about #1:

   ILLUSTRATED POEMS

"GCSE" is to be featured in the next issue of inc magazine. The theme is ‘eyewitness’. Me and illustrator Jenny Jackson met at the romantic location of Chicken Cottage in Waterloo (needless to say, this was my suggestion). The chicken shop man was originally quite dismissive of activities such as drawing and poetry, ("no, no") but we bought some chips and went ahead anyway! Trying to capture my flailing gesticulations would be a daunting task for most, but Jenny approached it fearlessly and I am very excited to see the results. I loved the above illustrations, from Phoebe May Halstead, on the inc magazine live poetry party- it’s a great dialogue between words and visuals.

                NEXT GIG!
My first ever gig at a burlesque/ cabaret night. The Fainting Couch promises to be full of glamour, feathers, starlets, opera, dancing, singing, laughter and, yes, poetry! The gig is on the 28th of March (and the next day is a day off, so no excuses).

                NEXT GIG!

My first ever gig at a burlesque/ cabaret night. The Fainting Couch promises to be full of glamour, feathers, starlets, opera, dancing, singing, laughter and, yes, poetry! The gig is on the 28th of March (and the next day is a day off, so no excuses).

  • Antislam Photos Courtesy of ex-Antislam champ Raymond Antrobus.
The Antislam was a masterclass in entertainingly bad poetry. We had all the horrible, awful things that you might see or hear at a performance poetry night, from losing your place in the poem, to cringey forced rhymes, relentless self promotion (Keith Jarrett’s brilliant ‘The Consciousness’ barely even started his poem!); to misguided political messages (Katie Bonna’s Cici had ‘discovered’ what feminism was all about); to terrifying insights into a person’s love/sex life (both the Amys, McAllister and Acre, did this superbly with their characters), and the downright delusional (Peter Hayhoe’s Taylor Swift song was just magically bad). All in the capable hands of Antislam veteran Paula Varjack and the lovely Dan Simpson.
I somehow made it into the final with the intimidatingly genius Amy Acre and Amy McAllister. We had to write a poem involving audience suggestions of Abergavenny, Piers Morgan, a wedding and a potato peeler. Amy McAllister came up with a batshit crazy, clever and entertainingly terrible poem and took the deserved title of antislam champ! A great night.
  • Antislam Photos Courtesy of ex-Antislam champ Raymond Antrobus.
The Antislam was a masterclass in entertainingly bad poetry. We had all the horrible, awful things that you might see or hear at a performance poetry night, from losing your place in the poem, to cringey forced rhymes, relentless self promotion (Keith Jarrett’s brilliant ‘The Consciousness’ barely even started his poem!); to misguided political messages (Katie Bonna’s Cici had ‘discovered’ what feminism was all about); to terrifying insights into a person’s love/sex life (both the Amys, McAllister and Acre, did this superbly with their characters), and the downright delusional (Peter Hayhoe’s Taylor Swift song was just magically bad). All in the capable hands of Antislam veteran Paula Varjack and the lovely Dan Simpson.
I somehow made it into the final with the intimidatingly genius Amy Acre and Amy McAllister. We had to write a poem involving audience suggestions of Abergavenny, Piers Morgan, a wedding and a potato peeler. Amy McAllister came up with a batshit crazy, clever and entertainingly terrible poem and took the deserved title of antislam champ! A great night.
  • Antislam Photos Courtesy of ex-Antislam champ Raymond Antrobus.
The Antislam was a masterclass in entertainingly bad poetry. We had all the horrible, awful things that you might see or hear at a performance poetry night, from losing your place in the poem, to cringey forced rhymes, relentless self promotion (Keith Jarrett’s brilliant ‘The Consciousness’ barely even started his poem!); to misguided political messages (Katie Bonna’s Cici had ‘discovered’ what feminism was all about); to terrifying insights into a person’s love/sex life (both the Amys, McAllister and Acre, did this superbly with their characters), and the downright delusional (Peter Hayhoe’s Taylor Swift song was just magically bad). All in the capable hands of Antislam veteran Paula Varjack and the lovely Dan Simpson.
I somehow made it into the final with the intimidatingly genius Amy Acre and Amy McAllister. We had to write a poem involving audience suggestions of Abergavenny, Piers Morgan, a wedding and a potato peeler. Amy McAllister came up with a batshit crazy, clever and entertainingly terrible poem and took the deserved title of antislam champ! A great night.
  • Antislam Photos Courtesy of ex-Antislam champ Raymond Antrobus.
The Antislam was a masterclass in entertainingly bad poetry. We had all the horrible, awful things that you might see or hear at a performance poetry night, from losing your place in the poem, to cringey forced rhymes, relentless self promotion (Keith Jarrett’s brilliant ‘The Consciousness’ barely even started his poem!); to misguided political messages (Katie Bonna’s Cici had ‘discovered’ what feminism was all about); to terrifying insights into a person’s love/sex life (both the Amys, McAllister and Acre, did this superbly with their characters), and the downright delusional (Peter Hayhoe’s Taylor Swift song was just magically bad). All in the capable hands of Antislam veteran Paula Varjack and the lovely Dan Simpson.
I somehow made it into the final with the intimidatingly genius Amy Acre and Amy McAllister. We had to write a poem involving audience suggestions of Abergavenny, Piers Morgan, a wedding and a potato peeler. Amy McAllister came up with a batshit crazy, clever and entertainingly terrible poem and took the deserved title of antislam champ! A great night.
  • Antislam Photos Courtesy of ex-Antislam champ Raymond Antrobus.
The Antislam was a masterclass in entertainingly bad poetry. We had all the horrible, awful things that you might see or hear at a performance poetry night, from losing your place in the poem, to cringey forced rhymes, relentless self promotion (Keith Jarrett’s brilliant ‘The Consciousness’ barely even started his poem!); to misguided political messages (Katie Bonna’s Cici had ‘discovered’ what feminism was all about); to terrifying insights into a person’s love/sex life (both the Amys, McAllister and Acre, did this superbly with their characters), and the downright delusional (Peter Hayhoe’s Taylor Swift song was just magically bad). All in the capable hands of Antislam veteran Paula Varjack and the lovely Dan Simpson.
I somehow made it into the final with the intimidatingly genius Amy Acre and Amy McAllister. We had to write a poem involving audience suggestions of Abergavenny, Piers Morgan, a wedding and a potato peeler. Amy McAllister came up with a batshit crazy, clever and entertainingly terrible poem and took the deserved title of antislam champ! A great night.

Antislam Photos Courtesy of ex-Antislam champ Raymond Antrobus.

The Antislam was a masterclass in entertainingly bad poetry. We had all the horrible, awful things that you might see or hear at a performance poetry night, from losing your place in the poem, to cringey forced rhymes, relentless self promotion (Keith Jarrett’s brilliant ‘The Consciousness’ barely even started his poem!); to misguided political messages (Katie Bonna’s Cici had ‘discovered’ what feminism was all about); to terrifying insights into a person’s love/sex life (both the Amys, McAllister and Acre, did this superbly with their characters), and the downright delusional (Peter Hayhoe’s Taylor Swift song was just magically bad). All in the capable hands of Antislam veteran Paula Varjack and the lovely Dan Simpson.


I somehow made it into the final with the intimidatingly genius Amy Acre and Amy McAllister. We had to write a poem involving audience suggestions of Abergavenny, Piers Morgan, a wedding and a potato peeler. Amy McAllister came up with a batshit crazy, clever and entertainingly terrible poem and took the deserved title of antislam champ! A great night.

missjonespoet:

Tonight! It will be BAD! It will be AWFUL. It will confirm all your worst fears about so-called “spoken word”. It’s the Anti-Slam. Featuring some poets. Pah.

missjonespoet:

Tonight! It will be BAD! It will be AWFUL. It will confirm all your worst fears about so-called “spoken word”. It’s the Anti-Slam. Featuring some poets. Pah.

wordpie:

Next gig: The Anti-Slam! Hosted by Paula Varjack & Dan Simpson. Featuring Katie Bonna, Keith Jarrett, Stephanie Dogfoot, Peter Hayhoe, Amy Acre, Paul Cree, Superbard, Charlie Dupre and Amy McAllister… with poets this good being this bad it ought to be interesting!

wordpie:

Next gig: The Anti-Slam! Hosted by Paula Varjack & Dan Simpson. Featuring Katie Bonna, Keith Jarrett, Stephanie Dogfoot, Peter Hayhoe, Amy Acre, Paul Cree, Superbard, Charlie Dupre and Amy McAllister… with poets this good being this bad it ought to be interesting!