This Thursday: A Very Special Bang.
The launch of the Bang Said The Gun anthology is this Thursday. With Luke Wright, Inua Ellams, Salena Godden, PolarBear, Kate Tempest, John Hegley, Rob Auton, Murray Lachlan Young, Elvis McGonagall, Tim Clare, Hollie McNish, Molly Naylor, John Osborne, Byron Vincent, Peter Hayhoe, Martin Galton and more, it’s a book chock full of the choicest cuts. This promises to be the most banging book launch, well, ever.
Tonight I’ll be at The Square Pig, Holborn, with the Bang Said The Gun, bringing the Poetry Book Fair to a close with a bang! The filthy and beautiful Salena Godden will be there too…
At Secret Garden Party 2013, Tax Deductible Theatre Tent. Just awesome. The audiences in this tent were incredible. Finished both performances on a high. Vanessa and Pete absolutely killed it too. (And Vanessa killed her voice.)
Sorry, I know my last two posts have featured lots of superlatives and excitable adjectives but this summer has been SO GOOD! Thanks to Sophie Jeanette Burton and Amy Stratton for this particular pinch of magic, glittering festi-dust.
At Latitude festival, 2013. Poetry Arena. What a brilliant vibe- and absolutely top-quality poetreee. Amy Acre’s Sunday set was dazzlingly good. I saw an Aussie beatboxer called Tom Thum who was immense. Everyone I caught a bit of was just fantastic. Very, very happy to have been there.
Photo courtesy of Nana Antwi
The wonderful Ray Antrobus’ letter to the Evening Standard. He is right. Though I work my hardest to make sure every one of my students gets their best possible grades, as the poem points out, there is more to life! Education is about far more than the 5 A to Cs both teachers and students are under immense pressure to attain. It is damaging to many students who feel that they have failed if they cannot squeeze into that narrow definition of success. We need to broaden our ideas. Creative engagement, imagination, initiative, confidence, curiosity- none of these life/ workplace skills and qualities are nurtured by the current “exam factory” secondary system.
This weekend! Appearing at the Tax Deductible tent alongside the brilliant Vanessa Kisuule and Peter Hayhoe, at SGPeeeee! Friday and Sunday afternoons.
It’s official! A snapshot from the Latitude website. Photo by Matt McDermot.
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The end of term is in sight, and the flags and bunting of summer festivals are just on the horizon. This year I am excited to be playing at Latitude and Secret Garden Party.
I love festivals, but rather like traveling anecdotes, the best festival stories often focus on what went wrong! The bad choice of tent-pitching site, the drugs meltdown, the floods, the mud, the Monday morning service station zombie movie…
So I am asking for your best/worst festival memories- in 140 characters! If I like your story, I’ll get in touch, find out a bit more, and turn your best/worst festival memories into a poem. The poem will be performed at Latitude and Secret Garden Party, and I will send you a signed, framed copy.
There can only be one winner but it could be youuuu!
So please tweet me your festi-besties and worsties- and if you know someone with a good story, please pass this on! Thanks
Last night at Upstairs at The Ritzy
Tonight! A local gig at the Ritzy in Brixton.
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.
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.