Friday, January 08, 2010

LONDON: B.E.A.T. - a different kind of poetry night

Tuesday, 12th January, 2010, 7pm-11pm, FREE
Peter Parker's Rock n Roll Club
4 Denmark Street,

Another one bites the dust! BEAT goes Comedy!

So winter is upon us and all UK is white. I'd thought I'd had to come up with sumthin special, ya know, lickle bit a extra, to lure you out of your hiding dens - spice it up with sum a the funniest spoken word performer's around AND skip the fee - yeah, that's right, BEAT is FREE again.

Wicked line up that is:

Sophie Cameron - one of the funnies, raunchiest, female word - spitter's in the UK. Northern Light, not Northern Lite! A performance poet in a style which breaks the boundary between poetry and stand up comedy with a degree in English Lit at Royal Holloway University of London, having grown up in Yorkshire and then living in Devon, she now lives on the outskirts of London. Believe me, we can be happy she's made the journey down to BEAT tonight!

Alex Gwyther - A 21st Century Jack the Lad baby faced bohemian with brittle hands from hard graft for a minimum wage packet. Residing South of the River in a small allotment sewing seeds and growing plants of the metaphorical kind. Monday - Friday, he can be found amongst the blur and bustle of London's market stalls selling his fruit and vegetables. Once used his fingertips to twist and build spliffs but replaced this fad with flicking his wrists and scribbling what he thinks. "A much more useful past-time for my hands" he says. In his spare time, he can be found in his shed dancing with the alphabet on the blank paper stage, enjoying the company of fellow gardeners and freestyling spoken word under flickering streetlamps.

Nikesh Shukla - funny, witty, sharp as a button! Nikesh Shukla/Yam Boy is an author, film-maker and poet caught between the cityscapes of Bombay and the low-swinging chariots of London. His writing has been featured on BBC2, Radio 1 and 4, Resonance fm and BBC Asian Network. He has been published in Tell Tales, Litro, Bad Idea and Transmission Magazine. He has performed at Royal Festival Hall, Apples and Snakes, Soho Theatre, The Big Chill, Rise Festival, The London Mela and Glastonbury. He has travelled to America Europe India and Africa to perform and read his words. In 2008, he was commissioned to make a short film, The Great Identity Swindle, as part of motiroti’s 60 x 60 film experiment. This sixty second short film, based on a poem, won best short film at 2009 Satyajit Ray Foundation award and at the 2008 international Asian First Films Festival.

Robert Auton - hilarious and unique take on spoken word - Utter Slam Winner 2009
"I was born in York Now I live in Walthamstow I want to put things in people's heads that are not already there. I like cooking and have a lot of respect for Jamie Oliver's timings. I like painting and have a lot of respect for Francis Bacons empty paint tubes"

Jacqueline Saphra - poet, playwright and screenwriter, has had many plays commissioned and performed in repertory theatres and on national tours. Her poetry been extensively published in magazines and anthologies. She is on the editorial board for Magma Poetry and organizes The Shuffle, a regular live poetry event at The Poetry CafĂ© in London. She is one half of the performance poetry duo ‘The Disparate Housewives’, was poet in residence at Good Housekeeping Online and her pamphlet Rock’n’Roll Mamma is published by Flarestack. She won first prize in the London Art Poetry competition judged by Andrew Motion and first prize in the Ledbury Poetry Competition 2007.

Your host: Andreas Grant, celebrated bon vivant & mixologist of tipular fixings. "Dylan Thomas meets X-factor" according to the BIG ISSUE. Kicked of in February this year, since then: Standon Calling & Kimberly Festival, Unlit, Hammer & Tongue, Writer's Block, Book Club Boutique, Rum Punch, Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Social, etc, 209 Radio Cambridge, Xstreameast & Resonance FM London. Beat the Dust lit mag AND just released single: "GUN", collaboration with music producer Cloudfist Conceptz. Has run his own performance nights: Glitterbeast, Not Night, THISISNOTABAR, No Strings Attached and now - BEAT.

"Splendid and clever, with lots of dynamic and surprising phrases" Nikk Quentin Wolf, The Art Show, Xstream East Radio

"Andreas Grant...High class/crass/camp king of the unexpected" Poets On Fire

"Poems of vision and voyage" Art Terry, Is Black Music, Resonance FM

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