'Kid, I Wrote Back' is London’s
most diverse, eclectic, and progressive poetry and spoken word open-mic night
feat. the finest guest poets.
Are you ready? First-timers
and stage-virgins, perform alongside featured acts in just about the only place
you can get a lucky-dip of the best poets and writers around. KID, is a
platform for all poets and spoken word artists. It is the brainchild of Chimène
Suleyman a writer and poet, and host Dylan Sage, a writer and emcee who has
entertained with the likes of 'The Nextmen' and Breaking Bread.
If you would
like to perform, email email@example.com or get there early on the
night to sign up!
This month we’re bringing you a feature from Ghostboy, the Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde of Australian poetry. Ghostboy won the Performance Poetry World Cup (2005) establishing him as one of Australia’s most innovative "spoken weird" artists. He has been Queensland's “slammaster” since 2005 coordinating two of the nations biggest slam events in the Australian Poetry Slam (Queensland) and the WordFood slam at the Woodford Folk Festival. Ghostboy also fronts punk kabaret act Ghostboy with Golden Virtues and has performed his work on ABC & Triple J radio. Festivals featured at include the Brisbane Writers Festival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and ‘NightWords’ at the Sydney Opera House. His new collection of poetry And the Ringmaster Said… was released by Small Change Press in 2008. http://www.ghostboy.net
The Inky Fingers Open Mic takes place every fourth Tuesday of the month, from 8-11pm. It’s free to come and free for anyone to perform, regardless of style, experience, or identity.
We want to hear from everybody. We want your poems, your rants, your ballads, your short stories, your diaries, your experimental texts, your heart, your mind, your body. We want the essay on your summer holidays you wrote when you were four, your adolescent haiku, and extracts from your eventually-to-be-completed epic fantasy quadrilogy. We want to hear your best new work as well. And we want people to care about the way words are performed.
Sunday, 10th March, 2013, doors 6.30pm, show 7.30pm, £8 (tickets on the door only)
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs),
47 Frith Street,
Jukebox digs deep into ‘the word’, both poetic & sung. Special Guests
include: Nuyorican Poets Café 2007 grand slam champion Aja Monet; Multi
award-winning poet Dean Atta; 2002 London Mayors Poetry Slam Champion Anthony
Anaxagorou; ‘mind-altering poet’ Mark Gwynne Jones & music from 2012 Mobo
Nominee Zara McFarlane.
Since its inception in 2009, the Jazz Verse
Jukebox, (the brainchild of broadcaster & Vocalist Jumoké Fashola), has
welcomed established poets & musicians such as Lemn Sissay, Soweto Kinch,
Michael Horovitz, David Grant, Anthony Joseph, Colin Salmon, Jacob Sam-La Rose
& Katrina Naomi. Join us for what promises to be a thrilling night of
diverse spoken word & jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the
scene. They’ll be cushions to lounge on, cocktails to imbibe &
PLUS Jukebox Open Mic:
Come & sing with our amazing house band
(Simon Wallace -Piano / Oli Hayhurst - Bass/ Winston Clifford-Drums) or perform
Aja Monet /Dean Atta / Anthony Anaxagorou /
Mark Gwynne Jones /
A literary soiree dedicated to erotic writing and performance! You have to see it to believe it. Hosted by award-winning poet Ernesto Sarezale.
Our featured authors and performers for February 2013 are Coffee+Sponge , Steven Pottle , René L'Amour and Roz Kaveney
Plus... the usual open mic slots and other surprises still to be confirmed. To get one of the OPEN MIC slots (5 mins): email Ernesto firstname.lastname@example.org or send him a facebook message. Velvet Tongue is dedicated to erotic writing and performance, with poetry, fiction, spoken word, plays, stand-up, comic strips, cabaret, monologues,… Velvet Tongue celebrates the hot, the sweet, the viscous, the carnal, the sexy, the racy, the provocative, the lustful, the voluptuous, the libidinous, the playful, the flirtatious, the teasing, the suggestive, the explicit, the cheeky, the bold, the brash, the brassy, the flashy, the risque, the pervy, the licentious, the queer, the depraved and the downright kinky.
Featured Readers are Mia Gallagher, Dawn Wisniewski and Ruth Quinlan. There
will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New
readers are especially welcome. The evening will also see the announcement of
details of this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which
will then be made available on our website http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com
Ruth Quinlan is from Tralee, County Kerry.
She worked in IT before taking a break in 2011 to try and scratch the writing
itch and graduated from the MA in Writing at NUI Galway in 2012. She was
shortlisted for the 2012 Cúirt New Writing fiction prize and longlisted for
last year's Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition. Her work has been
published by Emerge Literary Journal, Thresholds, SIN, Scissors and Spackle and
she is longlisted for the current Irish Independent Hennessy New Irish Writing
awards. She recently contributed towards two group anthologies, Abandoned
Darlings (fiction) and Wayword Tuesdays (poetry). You can find her blogging
occasionally at ruthquinlan.wordpress.com.
Despite a lengthy career in the logical
world of information technology, Dawn Wisniewski has carved a tunnel into the
creative side of her brain, allowing her to formulate everything from poetry to
fantasy worlds, and even a little artistry on the side. With the help of
Kevin Higgins’ poetry workshops, she has gained not only confidence in her
poetic ventures but better skills to craft her prose. Also aided by Susan
Millar-Dumars’ classes, Dawn has developed a portfolio of short stories and
enhancements to the series of fantasy novels she has written. With the
first of the series of novels finally ready for submission, Dawn is actively
seeking an agent or publisher.
Mia Gallagher is a writer and performer
based in Dublin. She has written many short stories and is working on a third
novel. Her short fiction won the START Short Fiction award (2005) and was
shortlisted for the Fish, Hennessy and William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Awards.
Her debut novel HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006) was critically acclaimed and
received the Irish Tatler Literature Award. An extract from her second novel Beautiful
Pictures of the Lost Homeland appeared last year in Literary Imagination
(Oxford University Press). In September 2012, Carpet Theatre produced The
Trick and Burning Love, two of her adaptations of plays from the classic if
schlocky Grand Guignol Theatre of Horror! In 2012 she appeared as the female
lead in TG4 docudrama The Enigma of Frank Ryan, which has shown at film
festivals internationally. Mia was writer-in-residence at IADT/dlr Arts Office
As usual there will be an open-mic after
the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome at the
open-mic. THE EVENING WILL ALSO SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S OVER
THE EDGE NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. The MC for the evening will be
Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748. Over The Edge
acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of Galway City Council
& The Arts Council. http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com
Kimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart,
Indiana. She now lives in Dublin. Her chapbook 'Spinning Cities' was
published by Wurm Press in 2011. She was featured poet in the Summer 2010
issue of The Stinging Fly; her poems have appeared in magazines in the
US, UK, and Ireland, including Tears in the Fence, nthposition, Burning
Bush II, Abridged, The Penny Dreadful, and Irish Left Review. In 2011, she was
selected to read as part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Kimberly's
first full collection 'CONSENT' will be available from Doire Press in May 2013.
Poets wishing to enter the Slam on the
night need 2 max. three minutes poems. The poem for the 2nd round should be
performed without script. The prize for the winner is a bottle of wine and
entry to the North Beach Grand Slam in December.
Info: john @091/593290
North Beach Poetry Nights wishes to
acknowledge the continued support of Galway City Council.
Poet, novelist and critic Jane Holland started stoking the furnaces of Poets on Fire in 2006. Jane has recently become editor of Horizon (a new on-line literary review) and, to ease her increasing work load, has called in re-enforcements to ensure this blog keeps burning brightly. Nina Davies, MattMerritt and Charlotte Runcie share Jane's fiery passion for live poetry (whether in pubs, clubs, bookshops or theatres, whether it's Slam!, open mic or formal reading) and are hell-bent on bringing you news about live poetry events throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Please email event details to: poetsonfire at hotmail dot co dot uk