Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Hi gang,


August is generally a pretty flimsy month for poetry events.   Thoughts of heat heavy days, star-laden nights, the symphony of the surf, salt, sweat and sun’s relentless avalanche take precedence over spoken word, and August is when things come to a glorious head. 


But there’s still some very good stuff happening this month.  First off  Loose Muse is holding a  grand Open Mic session plus workshop/surgery on August 13th at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (closest tube = Covent Garden).  Whether you just want the chance to read from the floor, of even if you have a poem or piece you want a bit of professional advice on, why not come along on the 13th and share it with your host and fellow poet, Agnes Meadows,.   The night starts at 8.00 p.m -  £5.00/£3.00 concs.  


There’s no Angel Poetry this month – back in September as usual with the usual mixture  of brilliance and intensity.


And then on 31 July, 1 & 2 August, there is an absolute and total ‘must see’ - 

The 14th Tale – Inua Ellams’ one person narrative.


“I'm from a long line of trouble makers, of ash skinned Africans, born with clenched fists and a natural thirst for battle, only quenched by breast milk..."


Inua Ellams, performer and Nigerian author of best selling poetry collection, 'Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, presents 'The 14th Tale' - a scratch performance of a long narrative. In his typical, free flowing, lyrical style, it tells the hilarious exploits of a natural- born mischief, growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to rooftops in Dublin, and finally to London. Commissioned by the BAC, Inua will be giving three scratch performances of this work in progress. 

8.00 p.m. - £5/£3 - Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TN   Box Office : 02072232223 -


Thursday 14th August, Apples & Snakes is hosting an Open Mic at the Whitechapel Gallery, 80-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX.  This is a free event that kicks off at 7.00 p.m. so bring along your most sensational poem and give it a whirl.


Also if you could do with some extra £££cash£££, Discover, the charity I work for, urgently needs bouncy, happy and reliable people to talk about Discover and give out leaflets at various times during the next five weeks. The pay is £6.50 an hour for shifts of 6 hours. They will be required to work in Stratford, Hackney, Illford, Romford, Tower Hamlets and Barking and Dagenham.   Please contact Racheal Brasier, Marketing Manager, on 020-8536-5563, or e her on


Have a brilliant summer and come back in the autumn tanned and beautiful with a poem to love, and words to share.










Agnes Meadows

Development Manager

T: 020 8536 5549

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