Sunday, February 17, 2008

This Week's Biggest Poetry Events ... and some advance notices

NEW BLOOD, Poetry Cafe London, Monday 20th February - see poster for details



Monday 16th February
7.30 - 10.30pm
Oh! Bar
111-113 Camden High Street, London

Phone: 02084005882

Trespass Magazine, new cutting-edge arts publication, delivers a night of poetry readings and avant-garde electronica. The night will be presenting our Dec/Jan 'Out of Body' issue celebrating artists and poets such as Sascha Aktar, Katherine Gallagher, Todd Swift and Alisdair Gray. The night will be given its very own Trespass soundtrack by experimental electronica act, WE YES YOU NO.

£3 on the door



Monday, February 18th
The Troubadour basement
265 Old Brompton Rd
London SW5P
Nearest Tube: Earls Court (District and Piccadilly)

Oxford Poets 2007: an anthology - introducing Saradha Soobrayen, Olivia McCannon, Kieron Winn, Adam Hansen, Jo Roach, Jemma Borg, Hugh Dunkerley, John White, Anna Robinson and Mary Ingoldby reading Grace Ingoldby.

...introducing a range of poetic discoveries all achieving recognition through magazines, pamphlets and awards: literature facilitator Saradha Soobrayen is poetry editor of Chroma: a LGBT Literary Journal; Kieron Winn is a freelance teacher-his poems have featured in a short BBC1 film about his work; Jo Roach (pamphlet Dancing at the Crossroads, Hearing Eye) has poems in Poetry School & Hearing Eye anthologies; West Sussex Poet Laureate Hugh Dunkerley's pamphlets include Walking to the Fire Tower (Redbeck); another Hearing Eye poet Anna Robinson (Songs From the Flats) was first recipient of the Poetry School Scholarship; special-educational-needs officer John White (b. Co. Londonderry) has recently completed an Oxford Creative-Writing MA; Jemma Borg has degrees in zoology & genetics and has worked as a science editor; Adam Hansen has taught in York, Oxford, Poland, Macedonia and now Belfast where he lectures in Renaissance Literature; Olivia McCannon has lived in Paris for 8 years and is translating Balzac's Pere Goriot for Penguin Classics; novelist Grace Ingoldby, who lived in Northern Ireland in the 1970s wrote for Honest Ulsterman & Fortnight; died in 2005; her poems will be read by Mary Ingoldby.



8pm-9pm, Wednesdays
February 20th, March 19th

Harvey's Crab & Oyster House
Harbour Parade, Ramsgate

'Harbour Lines': Round-table readings of poetry.
This is an on-going event occuring on Wednesdays.


Thursdays; 21st February, 27th March, 25th April, 22nd May, 26th June

Brown Jug Inn
204 Ramsgate Road

'Poems & Pints': Round-table readings of poetry in a traditional pub.
This is an on-going event occuring each Thursday.



John Hegley & Mark Gwynne Jones @ express excess
20 February 2008
The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, opposite Chalk Farm Tube NW3

A cracking Wednesday night show, Luton lovable, John Hegley does an extended set, a highest order mix of verse, song, glasses & joining in.
With Special guests Mark Gwynne Jones who ranges from the daftly absurd to the prophetic & Andrew Bailey comedy sounds, words and loops improv genius. Your host for the night is PAUL LYALLS

020 7485 2659

Ticket res 020 7485 2659

Cost £5/3


Ruth O'Callaghan Presents ...

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Navasartian Centre
223 Northfields Avenue
West Ealing W13 9QU (tube: Northfileds, Picadilly Line)
£4/£3 wine available
(proceeds go to COLD WEATHER SHELTER)

Readings from Sue Guiney, Agnes Meadows plus guest reader, compered by Ruth O'Callaghan.

OPEN MIC: Poets from the floor very welcome.



Thursday, February 21st
The Lamb (in the upstairs room)
94 Lamb's Conduit Street
London WC1

The Blue Bus is back! With readings from: Linda Black, Sharon Morris and James Harvey.

Future readins will inlude Lee Harwood, Robert Sheppard, Chris McCabe, Vahni Capildeo, Maurice Scully and Lou Rowan.


The Farrago Love SLAM! & Love Words Top Ten

Thursday 21st February
The Telegraph, Telegraph Road, Putney Heath, SW15
Multi-map location
Tickets: £6/£5.

Emcee: John Paul O'Neill.

Got a Broken Heart? Need A Spare? Come and win a new one tonight! Open to ANY poet SLAM! read or perform, any style or subject, poems on a love theme will score DOUBLE, anything deeply sickly sweet or sleazy ZERO!

+ Features: Fran Landesman, jazz lyricist & poetry legend, with Miles & band, Dean Atta, a past Farrago SLAM! winner, Sam Cox, a fine new London poet , Saran Green, representing south London & Jamaica, Liz Hayward, Farrago feature debut & Wizard of Skills, top hip hop love bard, Robert Yates + others tbc. + The annual Love Words Top 10. Favourite poems, songs and lyrics.

Words, Open Air Internet Radio Show.
On 31st January I started co presenting an internet show called Words on Open Air Radio with Hollie McNish & Jonnie Beale, blending a mix of hip hop, spoken word and poetry. The first show is available to play now on the OpenAir website, click on to Words from the home page:

Information: 07905078376.
MySpace Farrago
Venue info:


Michael Horovitz: Book Launch

6.30 pm
Friday 22 February 2008
The Nehru Centre
8 South Audley Street, London, W1K 1HF

Introduced and chaired by the spoken word arts impresario Melanie Abrahams

Michael was disappointed that the hopes raised in 1997 by New Labour were so quickly dashed, and even those who never expected much find it hard to believe that it went as badly wrong as it has.

This lavish bran-tub of political deconstructions, cultural restorations and visual delights presents the fruit of ten years gestation by Michael Horovitz. Its publication marks 85 years since T S Eliot first published The Waste Land in 1922. The first 240 pages of A New Waste Land adapt Eliot's poem as a template from which to scrutinise the planet at the turn of the 20th-to-21st Centuries. The second half is made up of detailed analytic notes and polemics which challenge, amid much else, the duplicitous arms and war promotions of Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and G W Bush


Note : All our events are free but an RSVP for each event is required. Seating is on first come first served basis


Shoestring Press Poets

7pm, Friday 22nd February 2008
Trinity United Reform Church
1 Buck St, Camden Town (2 minutes Camden Town tube.)
Entry £4/£3 and wine

Ruth O'Callaghan Presents: Shoestring Press Poets

Nadine Brummer
Andrew Sant
Michael Standen



SALT LAUNCH of the Companion to Peter Robinson - with poetry reading

Friday, February 22, 2008
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Old Combination Room, Trinity College, Cambridge


Launch of the Salt Companion to Peter Robinson featuring a poetry reading by Peter Robinson.


StAnza Poetry Reading: Alison Brackenbury & Michael Schmidt

Alison Brackenbury and Michael Schmidt are reading at StAnza, the poetry festival at St Andrews, on Saturday March 15th at 5 p m, in the Parliament Hall.

More details about StAnza can be found at the Festival website:


Over the Edge Open Reading: Galway

Thursday, February 28th

The next Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, February 28th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Michelle O’Sullivan, and five students from this year’s MA in Writing at NUI Galway: Patricia Byrne, Aideen Henry, Cian Macken, Paul McMahon & Moya Roddy

As usual there will be an open-mic when the Featured Readers have finished. This is open to anyone who has a poem or story to share. New readers are always especially welcome. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details contact 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the financial support of Galway City Council and The Arts Council:

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