Three gigs in May


Thursday 6th May 2010 7.30 pm

First Floor Bar, The Goat Tavern, 3 Stafford Street, London W1 4RP

Tel. 020 7629 0966, nearest tube: Green Park, FREE

Ginsberg, Creeley, Ashbery, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Koch, Olson, Blackburn… Postmodern American poets that emerged in the 50s and become popular in the 60s and 70s had a massive impact on writing – they brought in new forms and subjects responding to the postwar nuclear age, wanted poetry to be more accessible and relevant to the community, and shrugged off conventions of the past.

This is the launch of a new anthology inspired by these poets. Crux, edited by Robert Vas Dias is the work of a talented Poetry School group I have been a part of lead by Robert.

The Goat pub has a good range of ales – there’ll be an ale festival on while we’re there to help wash down the poetry! The limited edition anthology will be on sale for a bargain £1.

If you want a copy posted: Send £1.32 inc p&p, to CRUX, 5b Compton Avenue, London N1 2XD.


Sunday 9th May 1-2.30pm

Culpeper Community Garden, 1 Cloudesley Road London, Islington N1 0EG

Poetry in a goregous garden; how perfect. Plus there is a plant sale that day as well. 

Performers/writers: David J, Cath Drake, Miriam Nash, Denrele Ogunwa, Jill Abram, Nathalie Teitler and Naomi Woddis.

Naomi Woddis is poet and photographer currently artist in residence at the garden. (There is an indoor venue if it rains.)

Like the garden, our line up is eclectic and magical. You'll be in for a treat !


Pangea Project, 72 Stamford Hill, London N16 6XS, United Kingdom‎,

 ....this one has been cancelled.....stay tuned for reschedule

Two gigs coming up!


14th April 2010, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX
£5.00/£3.00 concs, some open mike slots, bargain, come along!

Hosted by Dzifa Benson, there are two features this month, each followed by a Q&A session.

First, Cath Drake – an award winning journalist, originally from Australia whose poetry is spiky and quietly sensuous. She has published poems in anthologies and magazines in the UK, US and Australia. Last year she wrote and performed two seasons of a spoken word show with the Thea-poets in two theatres in London. Cath’s reading is dedicated to the memory of Jill Midolo.

Then we have Jane Holland who received an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry in 1996. Since then she has published five collections of poetry, her first with Bloodaxe, and her most recent – Camper Van Blues (2008) – with Salt Publishing. Her first novel, Kissing the Pink, was published by Sceptre, and she is currently writing a historical novel set in Tudor times. Jane has written widely for literary journals and websites for the past decade, and is a Commissioning Editor at Salt Publishing, where she also edits the online arts journal Horizon Review.


Sunday April 18th, 4pm-8pm

Arcola Theatre, Dalston London E8 2DJ

£6:00/£4:00 concessionary

BEMA have joined with the Arcola Theatre to host a Variety evening to fundraise for Haiti Relief. Celebrities including actors Judith Jacob (‘The Real McCoy’, ‘No Problem’, ‘Eastenders’), and Richie Campbell (‘The Firm’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Minder’) will join with reggae artists Black Slate (Omega, Sticksman), saxophonist Carlton Headley from Xcentrick Gemini and various spoken word artists to present an evening of entertainment [ie including me!]