Monday, March 31, 2008

Re:versing the Damage: Oxford, in association with Hammer & Tongue, this Wednesday

Launch of Re:versing The Damage – Notes From The Climate Journey
Wednesday 2nd April, 8.00 pm
Festival Room 1, Christ Church

Join us for a creative journey through climate change. This event will showcase Oxfordshire writers responding to the highs and lows of the climate journey, making you laugh, possibly even cry, but engage in a refreshing and new way with climate change and our responses to it.

Brought to you by Oxfordshire ClimateXchange and Hammer and Tongue

Hammer & Tongue in London: Wednesday 2nd April

Hammer & Tongue London
Open Poetry Slam + Special guests John Berkavich - UK Slam Champion +
Chloe Poems - Gay Socialist Transvestite Poet
Wed 2nd April 7.30-11pm
Bethnal Green Working Mens’ Club, Pollards Row, E2
Tickets: £6/5 Cons
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
07809 236133

“The best live poetry is to be found at the Hammer & Tongue slam” Sunday Times

Oxford’s finest home-grown spoken word night is back with cake, chaos and its very own brand of raucous, energetic and thought-provoking performance poetry. This month we have award winning rhymes from UK Slam Champion John Berkavich, Gay Socialist Transvestite Poet Chloe Poems as well as the furious Angry Sam, who is fresh back from his international debut in Denmark earlier this month.

We will of course also have the open slam so anyone who wants to test out their rhymes on a willing and pliable audience, rock up at 7.30, the first 8 performers to sign up will slam so pass the word round and come and give it a go. We had some really wicked poets turn up and slam last month and are expecting a bevy of bright new performers from London and beyond, so get involved!

For more info contact Michelle on 07809 236133 or at

Friday, March 28, 2008

Kevin Higgins Launch: Saturday March 29th

Salmon Poetry invites you to the launch of Time Gentlemen, Please by Kevin Higgins.

Guest speaker: Michael Gorman.
Venue: Galway City Museum

Date: Saturday, March 29th
Time: 1.00 pm


Join host Jenny Lindsay to say... GOODBYE BIG WORD!

Final cabaret of Edinburgh's finest lyrical poets and songsters! THURS 17 APRIL, THE JAZZ BAR, CHAMBERS ST, EDINBURGH £4/3 CONCS, doors 7.30, show 8 - 11. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay

Featuring a huge line-up of: TIM TURNBULL, anita govan, MARK RAFFERTY, ross sutherland, JONATHAN MUIRHEAD, tracy patrick, ROBIN CAIRNS, j.l williams, STEVEN BARNABY, graeme hawley, BRAM GIEBEN, milton balgonie & KEVIN CADWALLANDER

For more info, contact Jenny on 07989 508 436 (NB: This is NOT a slam: tis a wonderful lyrical medley of spoken word/performance poetry pro's!))

Come celebrate the best of the spoken word with short sets from 12 of the best spoken word artists in Scotland, plus joyfully satirical songs from Mark Rafferty.

The Big Word finishes up its last season with THE BEST bill ever! To celebrate OVER A DECADE of running shows in Britain (first London, Bristol, then Edinburgh and a short stint in Glasgow) co-ordinator Jenny Lindsay has gathered a selection of the poets who have regularly shone on The Big Word stage in Scotland.

Big Word was born in London; brainchild of highly acclaimed performance poet Jem Rolls ( living in Canada the past two years). He took the idea to Edinburgh and joined forces with spoken word artist Anita Govan, not only running the biggest poetry slams the nation had ever seen, but finding and promoting excellent poets from all performance genres. Jenny Lindsay has been running Big Word in various guises since 2002: first in Glasgow with Anita Govan (2002 - 2003), then in Edinburgh from 2004-2005 with Jem, then solo from 2005 till now. Big Word has enjoyed (with the help of Scottish Arts Council funding) a stupendously long existence for a poetry cabaret. It ends on a high, having nurtured an ever-growing and now not-quite-anonymous art form in Scotland.

The last cabaret features short sets from all the acts below.

TIM TURNBULL: Winner of the Arts Foundation Award 2007 & nominated for the Felix Dennis award for new writing 2007.
ROSS SUTHERLAND: Member of poetry boyband Aisle 16 & regular performer at The Big Word.
BRAM GIEBEN: Chemical Poet & Big Word slam champ. Founder of radical new writing/protest group Weaponizer.
STEVEN BARNABY: ...and his 50 word stories!
J. L WILLIAMS: Sensual spoken word artist: host of new cabaret Neue Liebe.
TRACY PATRICK: Paisley poet & prose writer.
ROBIN CAIRNS: Glasgow's finest stand-up poet.
JONATHAN MUIRHEAD: aka Audrey Witherspoon. Former co-ordinator and host of Piranha Poetry.
MILTON BALGONIE: "Ranting, raving spluttering cross between Rabbie Burns, Elvis & the tasmanian devil...A must see act" The Scotsman.
GRAEME HAWLEY: Newly crowned Scottish Slam Champion (Aye Write Festival, 2008) Big Word slam champ 2006: witty, dark & poignant verse.
ANITA GOVAN: Co- Promoter of new spoken word night VoxBox. "Artfully sculpted poems," Sunday Herald.
KEVIN CADWALLANDER: Highly acclaimed North-East poet, promoter of VoxBox, and author of many publications too fabulous to mention.
MARK RAFFERTY: Glaswegian comic-songwriter. Satirical and side-splitting alternative verses to many a classic song :)

Thank you to everyone who has supported The Big Word over the years: it will definitely not be the last you hear of the great acts above! And...perhaps not the last of the exhausted host :)

Jenny Lindsay
The Big Word
07989 508 436

Thursday, March 27, 2008

La Langoustine est morte: Saturday 5th April

La Langoustine est morte

Saturday 5th April 2008
The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street

7.30pm -10.00pm
£5/4 conc.

With Chris McCabe, Siddhartha Bose, Jack Underwood, Tom Chivers & Georgina Banfield.
Hosted by Anthony Joseph.

The acclaimed Langoustine est morte reading series continues this April with another night of eclectic literature from 5 innovative poets. This month’s readers are Chris McCabe, author of The Hutton Enquiry (Salt), poet and academic Siddhartha Bose, Jack Underwood, recipient of the Eric Gregory Award in 2007, poet/poetry activist Tom Chivers and the emerging voice of Georgina Banfield.

La Langoustine est Morte was established in July 2006 by poets Anthony Joseph & Sascha Akhtar as a series of evenings celebrating experimentation and innovation in poetics and fiction. For further info and to possibly be part of La Langoustine contact:

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Oxford Literary Festival Fringe Event: Poetry & Music in the Vaults

Back Room Poets presents:
An Evening of Poetry and Music
With Peter McMullin (flute), Gulliver Ralston (keyboard), Liam Ings-Reeves (vocals/guitar). Featuring Fluttering Hands, a debut collection by Stephen Wilson, and a sequence with flute and percussion from Cassandra Fractured by Jenyth Worsley.
With: Tina Sederholm, Pat Winslow, Inge Milfull, Alison Brumfitt, Tim Greenwood.
Organic food and drinks will be available before the show and during the interval.

This event will raise money for the charities RESTORE (promoting mental health) and Salaam Baalak Trust (working with street children in Delhi).

An Oxfringe Event
Venue: The Vaults and Gardens Cafe (Radcliffe Square, Oxford)
Date: 02/04/08
Time: 7:30pm
Price: £6.00(£4.00)
Tickets available at the door

Last Monday at RIO, Glasgow: Monday, March 31st

Last Monday at Rio
March 31, 8pm - 10pm. Admission Free.
The Rio Cafe, Hyndland Street, Glasgow, (Kelvinhall tube).

Where the speech is free and it`s cheap for your tea!

Spoken word cabaret evening starring Carl MacDougall.
Carl is a novelist, a storyteller and a telly broadcaster. You`ll have seen his series of 8 programmes on the Scots tongue for the BBC. You`ll know his books, Stone Over Water, The Lights Below, The Casanova Papers - of Elvis is Dead, his collection of stories. You`ll be wanting to see him live. Here`s your chance. Carl is a champion of the wonder tales of Scottish oral history. At Last Monday at Rio he`s going to treat us to a couple of his own.

First hour of the evening is open mic. Robin Cairns is your compere. Anyone wishing to read, speak or perform please contact

See you at Rio

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Brian Turner at Michaelhouse, Cambridge, TONIGHT!

Reading by Brian Turner, Tuesday 25th March, Michaelhouse

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
7:45pm - 10:00pm
Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom

CB1 Poetry is pleased to announce a special additional event on Tuesday 25th March at 8pm at the Michaelhouse. This is the day after Easter Monday and five days after the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. We have been lucky enough to secure a reading by the American poet Brian Turner, who is on a limited tour of the UK - this will be his only reading in East Anglia.

Brian Turner’s poetry collection, Here, Bullet has recently been published in this country by Bloodaxe Press. Brian was a soldier for several years and spent a year as a team leader with an infantry unit in Iraq. His collection is unique in its exploration of what life in the middle of such a conflict is like for both the ordinary soldier and civilians.

This collection has won several prestigious awards in the States and Sarah Crown, when reviewing the collection in The Guardian, said:

"Turner proves himself an ideal chronicler, eloquent and detached. Above all, he affords dignity to the participants through acknowledgment of their individuality, giving names, recognising relationships, delineating histories. The power of this collection extends far beyond its harrowing subject-matter."

The New York Times Book Review said:

"The day of the first moonwalk, my father's college literature professor told his class, ‘Someday they'll send a poet, and we'll find out what it's really like.’ Turner has sent back a dispatch from a place arguably more incomprehensible than the moon—the war in Iraq—and deserves our thanks..."

A Q&A session after the reading will give you the opportunity to put your questions to this exceptional poet and discover some more of the background to his unique work. For more information about Brian Turner's work, please visit

N.B. As this is an extra event unfortunately we are unable to offer concessions at this reading, so all tickets will be £5

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Broadcast returns to the Poetry Studio: Monday, 31st March


Monday March 31st, 7.45pm at The Poetry Studio, Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London

BroadCast, London's top monthly poetry series, returns after a few months away. This event features eight poets in their late teens and 20s, all of whom featured in the latest edition of Magma.

Olivia Cole, Joe Dunthorne, Dai George, Michael McKimm, Richard O'Brien, Heather Phillipson, Charlotte Runcie, Emily Tesh.

Entry: £5 (£4 for Po Soc members)

Coming soon: April's BroadCast on Thurs 17th features Three Liverpool Poets (James Dowd, Paul Farley and Chris McCabe)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Open Mic with guest poet DON BARNARD in Leamington Spa: Wednesday, 19th March

PURE&GOOD&RIGHT in Leamington Spa

WEDNESDAY 19TH MARCH (7.30pm to book a slot, 8pm prompt start) at the FOX, 32 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa CV32 4RZ.

Now one of the Midlands' best-known open mic nights. Our VERY special guest in March - for our SECOND BIRTHDAY - is the amazing and extremely talented Don Barnard.

Nick Makoha at the Poetry Cafe, London: Thursday 20th March

Nick Makoha, author of The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man, will appear at the African Writers' Evening this Thursday 20 March 2008.

Under the banner of Old Faces, New Work, Nick will be reading exclusive new material from his forthcoming debut poetry book, which builds on the success of his acclaimed chapbook The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man. Nii will introduce Nick Makoha and host the first half and Nick will introduce Nii, who will be reading from his debut novel, Tail of the Blue Bird, which will be released in April 2009 by Jonathan Cape and host the second half. We hope you'll join us to support Nick for what promises to be a brilliant evening of poetry and prose.

Date: Thursday 20 March 2008
Venue: The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London (Covent Garden tube)
Doors: 7.30 pm
Entry: 4 GBP / 3 (conc.)

Rhythm & Muse, Teddington: Thursday 27th March

Don't miss... Rhythm & Muse on Thursday 27 March
Featuring: Guest poets Jo Roach and John Weston
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Liz Simcock

PLUS open mic - (book in advance)

Venue: The Lion, 27 Wick Road, Teddington, TW11
Time: 8.30-10.30pm * £5.00 (£4.00)
Contact: Alison Hill on 020 8977 4610 or email: for more details or to book a floorspot.

Shopping Centre Performances in Burnley, Thursday 20th March

Big Art Poetry brings together four fabulous poets in who’ll take you on a journey from Rap to Sestinas and back again. A concoction of dynamic poetry that will stop you in your tracks!

Char March, award-winning performance poet, will be take you on a poetic rollercoaster - generously laced with wit and humour - through the rock-strewn terrain of life, love and coffeespoons.
‘Char is a highly entertaining and genuinely original voice - her carefully-crafted poetry patterns together to produce salt, lemon and tequila. Cheers!’ Ian Duhig

Samira Arhin-Acquah, MC and spoken word artist, critically acclaimed for I hear Voices ‘their show is a bold move into that exciting area where performance, poetry, spoken word and street music meet theatre to create something wholly new… moving and inspirational.’ Kevin Bourke, Manchester Evening News

Maya Chowdhry’s poetry takes you from haggis curry and oceans mixing and alluding to the possibilities for new recipes to live by.
‘Here’s a collection of poems that will reach out and touch you in the night. Honest, intimate and moving.’ Jackie Kay

The award winning poet Graham Mort’s ‘intense but scrupulous observations of nature and work are always balanced; by passion on one side of human affairs, by war on the other.’
‘Graham Mort's Visibility is a dexterous and technically assured collection’ Sarah Crown, Guardian

Where: Charter Walk Shopping Centre, Burnley

When: Thursday 20th March, hourly performances between 12 and 4pm

Last 'Poetry Bites' at the MAC, feat. David Caddy, with Open Mic

March’s Poetry Bites guest, David Caddy, has been called “the Robert Frost of the Blackmore Vale”. He is a poet, critic and editor of the magazine Tears in the Fence. David has followed up his previous collections The Willy Poems and City of Words with the widely acclaimed Man in Black, published by Penned in the Margins in 2007. Brimming with radical intent, David’s poems draw from a rich and varied lineage, They present a startling vision of the countryside in decline and confirm his reputation as one of England's most significant poets of place.

Poetry Bites, hosted by Jacqui Rowe, also includes floor spots where you can share your own poetry with an appreciative audience. Please arrive early to book a spot.



Monday, March 10, 2008

Seeds of Thought: Saturday March 22nd, Glasgow

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Utter! in London, March 26th

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Ides of March, London: Saturday 15th

14 Hour: Ides of March

Saturday 15th March
Upstairs, The Griffin
93 Leonard Street


Not-to-be-missed, all-star cast featuring: Dockers MC, Clare Pollard, Hannah Silva and Kelly Marie.

Poetry & Poppadums: Monday 31st March

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Further information from:

Panopticon Theatre, Glasgow

People of Rio

Far along Argyle Street glows the lustrous ancient music hall they call the Britannia Panopticon. This is the stage where Stan Laurel made his debut at the age of sixteen. It is open again due to the efforts of the restoration society. Robin Cairns is appearing there on Friday March 21 & Saturday March 22 in his own show "I`d Rather Be A Nudie Than A Hoodie". (Rest assured Mr Cairns will be wearing an eight-piece suit throughout the evening and casting aside no item of apparel!)
Support acts will be Nelly Beane and Stephen Barnaby.

Show runs from 7.30pm - 9pm. Admission is FREE. (Audience will be asked to make a donation to the theatre fund.)
This show is part of the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival. Tickets are limited and should be booked through SECXtra on 0870 013 5464 or by contacting
Britannia Pannopticon Music Hall
113-117 Trongate, G1 5HD
(entrance next to Mitchell`s amusements)

Robin Cairns

Blue Chrome Poets Charity Reading: Friday 28th March

Blue Chrome Poets

Leah Fritz, Ruth O'Callaghan, Siriol Troup, Adele Ward
Friday 28th March 2008

Poets from the floor very welcome - please bring two copies of the poem if you wish to be considered for the bluechrome anthology. There are at least 10 major poets who will also be contributing to the anthology inc. UA Fanthorpe, Fiona Sampson, Marilyn Hacker, Penelope Shuttle, to name but a few.

Trinity United Reform Church
1 Buck St, Camden Town, London
(2 minutes Camden Town tube)
Entry £4/£3

Poets' Cafe in Reading: Friday 21st March

Poets’ Café
South Street Arts Centre, South Street, Reading.
Friday 21st March
8pm doors.


Featuring Jo Bell ( as special special guest, and plenty of open mic space for everyone else to join in. Hosted by AF Harrold. "Very exciting!"

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Michael Horovitz: Fifty Years of CounterCulture

Thursday 20 March 2008
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE

Michael Horovitz presents ‘Fifty Years of CounterCulture from the Beat Generation to a New Waste Land’, a live performance, including a screening of Wholly Communion, Peter Whitehead’s documentary of highspots from the catalytic poetmeet at London’s Albert Hall on 11 June 1965. This film includes performances by Gregory Corso, Harry Fainlight, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Horovitz, Ernst Jandl, Christopher Logue, Adrian Mitchell and Alexander Trocchi.

Michael will also trace the progress of Live/New Departures, Jazz Poetry SuperJams and the Poetry Olympics festivals –
He will introduce a screening of images from his just published A New Waste Land: Timeship Earth at Nillennium – plus readings from this, and his other books and anthologies, including songs, music and Q&A.

London Print Studio talks and film screenings are FREE.
No booking necessary. Telephone 020 8969 3247 for more information.
Buses: 18, 28, 328, 31, 36.
Tube: Westbourne Park (8 mins walk – LPS is opposite First Avenue).

London Print Studio is celebrating the changing art of utopian rebellion and activism in its AgitPop exhibition, up until the end of May, featuring international and contemporary work alongside a unique display of posters from Sixties to Eighties Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park –

Sunday, March 02, 2008

New Comedy-Lit Night in Glasgow


where literature & comedy collide, hosted by Ian Macpherson, with Alan Bissett, Iain Heggie, Magi Gibson, Rob Wringham, Kirstin Innes & more: the literary fringe of the comedy festival - the comedy fringe of the literary festival.

8 - 10pm
Entry free – a hat will be passed round. Concessionary rate - smaller hat.
Cabbages & Kings, 5 Byres Road G11 (Kelvinhall Underground)

'The Best Wit Lit in Town.' Arnold Brown,, & brighten your day - check out Ian's blog at

Steven Waling at the University of Salford

1.00pm - 2.00pm, Tuesday 4 March, 2008
The Chapman Gallery, The University of Salford,
Peel Park Campus, Salford M5 4WT
Admission: Free

A Poetry Reading by Steven Waling

Constantly looking for the wonderful in the ordinary, the beautiful in the demotic, Steven Waling explores the chances and encounters of modern life in vibrant, exploratory poems that sparkle with lyric fire. Using cut-and-paste and other chance techniques, his poems explore urban life, travel and relationships.

Steven Waling was born in Accrington in 1958, and has published widely, including five books of poetry. He is currently the writer in residence at HMP Whatton.

For directions, access and further information please contact The Arts Unit on 0161 295 5223 or email

Magma Poetry Magazine Launch this Monday, 3rd March

Monday, March 3rd
The Troubadour
265 Old Brompton Road
London SW5 (nearest tube Earls Court)

Magma 4 poetry magazine launch

Magma launch nights - for those few who haven't experienced them - offer a collage, a cornucopia, a compendium of all that is urban, edgy, eclectic and imminent in metropolitan poetic practice - a chance to listen to editor Roddy Lumsden's choice of contributors, to catch the journal itself hot off the Magma presses, hear about upcoming issues/themes...and enjoy special contributions from guest poets Martina Evans - her third collection, apart from 3 novels including Betty-Trask-winner Midnight Feast, is Can Dentists be Trusted? (Anvil) - and former-Forward nominee and essential urban poet Matthew Caley, latest collection The Scene of My Former Triumph (Wrecking Ball).

For information, advanced booking, season ticket & mailing list enquiries, phone 020 8354 0660 or email:

Guest Poets & Open Mic in Cambridge at CB1: Tuesday March 11th

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
7:30pm - 10:30pm
Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street, Cambridge


Matthew Caley's first collection Thirst, described by Time out as "a joy, comic, witty, even touchingly poignant", was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. The work has been acclaimed as offering "stunning invention and remarkable versatility" (Sophie Hannah), "shaped and honed to a mosaic brilliance" (Ken Smith). His latest collection, The Scene Of My Former Triumph (Wrecking Ball, 2005) has received highly enthusiastic reviews, with Poetry London calling it "drop dead brilliant" and Magma commending that "from the first page to the last the book crackles with linguistic invention".

Rychard Carrington is well known in Cambridge for his highly inventive poetry and at times outlandish readings. Expect a distinctive, by turns wry and by turns challenging performance from a writer who sums himself up like this: 'Rychard Carrington is ninety per cent water. He has written poems in the morning, in the evening, and occasionally in the afternoon. His work is popular in the north and south, but less so in the east and west.'

The event also features short poem floor spots, books for sale and a licensed bar. Doors open at 7:30pm, come early to sign up for open mic. £5 / £3 entry fee

Sophia Blackwell, et al, 'Behind the Mic': Friday March 7th

'Behind The Mic' at The Glass Bar is a monthly showcase of bright new female talents in music, comedy, poetry and performance at this unique women-only venue.

Behind The Mic at The Glass Bar, West Lodge, 190 Euston Road, London NW12EF. 8.30pm. £6. 020 7388 9555

Every first Friday of the month. WOMEN ONLY!

Hosted by musician / comedian Rosie Wilby (finalist Funny Women 2006. 'Her stage presence exudes warmth' The List)

Friday 7th March is a special celebration of International Women's Week
Guests are: Stella Duffy, award-winning internationally-renowned author Stella Duffy reading from her latest novel The Room Of Lost Things. Stella has also directed several plays, appeared in Radio 4 sitcoms and quizzes and is an occasional guest with the Comedy Store Players. Also, Julie Jepson: 'Intelligent stand-up that is instantly engaging...truly fabulous' -

Also featuring Sophia Blackwell, well-known performance poet & multiple Slam winner, who has performed at Glastonbury and Womad. 'Sophistication incarnate- an artist who combines humour and original social commentary with stunning visual performance.' - Steve Larkin. Also, Nicol, vocalist, pianist, guitarist who grew up in LA and has performed with Seth Lakeman, Ron Sexsmith, Guy Chambers and Roachford. Roxy Rawson, 'Comparisons to the likes of Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor are beginning to emerge. With each show, the applause gets louder and her name gets bigger.' Independent on Sunday.

For more info see:Behind the Mic

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Mothering Sunday Slam in Glasgow

No - not where the Scots slam their dear old mothers, but where you get to perform or rant your poems/spoken word creations at the Glasgow Slam this Sunday!

The Glasgow Slam

Sunday March 2nd
Downstairs at Blackfriars, Bell Street, Glasgow.

Live poetry competition with prize money. Open to all. Come and have a go if you think you`re bard enough!