Thursday, August 30, 2007

WRITE TO IGNITE: Hackney Festival, September 3rd - 27th

Write to Ignite - Hackney Festival 2007, September 3 - 29

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Write to Ignite, Hackney Word Festival 2007, is a diverse celebration of the word in all its glorious forms from the best of Hackney's word artists. Expect amazing words in strange places and strange words in amazing places - including Hackney City Farm and The Clown Museum.

This year Michael Rosen has been crowned Hackney's Poet Laureate. He will be making many appearances throughout the festival, including the Poetry Street Party on September 7, a family workshop on September 15, and culminating in a performance of specially commissioned poems about Hackney Streets performed in The Round Chapel on September 26.

Throughout Write to Ignite, one street in Hackney will receive a poetic makeover, and be transformed into Poetry Street. Wander down to Chatsworth Road, E5, and expect to see poems where you wouldn't expect them - cafes, shops, homes, waiting rooms, pavements and parks will all be lyrically pampered.

Other highlights include readings, performances, discussions and workshops from John Hegley, Scroobius Pip, Iain Sinclair, Tim Wells, Annie Freud, Simon Munnery, Gwyneth Herbert, Hugo Williams, Baden Prince, Tim Turnbull, Adisa and Stewart Lee and many, many more.

The festival will culminate in an all day event on the 29th September in Hoxton Hall, with stalls featuring independent publishers and alternative magazines, a free Book Swap, readings from local authors, a poetry open mic, and a show that explores contemporary performance poetry as a musical-hall tradition: "The poet aspires to the condition of the music-hall comedian," said T.S. Eliot, and Write to Ignite plan to test that statement!

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