I swear to you I will never eat another chocolate, and will eat nothing but lightly steamed vegetables with an occasional boiled egg thrown in for good measure. Just as well the (serious) diet starts on January 5th as I don’t think I could look roast goose, turkey, Christmas pudding, cake, or smoked salmon in the face for a very very very long time. Yes I did rather over indulge but also had a lovely Christmas in Edinburgh, which has got to be one of the best and most gorgeous places on the planet to spend time in, especially at Christmas. Shame I’m in London for New Year, and working, but hey…I’ve got another brilliant year of poetry lined up for 2009, and what better way to kick off the New Year than to tell you all about it and hope you’ll come to listen to some of the fantastic poets I’ve got lined up for the next few months, starting with January.
Because the second Thursday of the month falls first, January kicks off with ANGEL POETRY on Thursday 8th January starting as usual at 7.00 p.m. This monthly poetry reading is at Borders Bookshop at the Angel in the N1 Centre Parkfield Street, London N1 – the shopping mall opposite Angel tube station. We start the New Year with a triple bill of fantastic featured poets, each sharing their special words and their unique own way of seeing the world. First we have the powerful
Rhian Edwards reading her potent poetry with a force that will leave your eyes smarting and the breath caught in your throat. Next we have the redoubtable
Dominic O’Rourke, master of the wicked spoken word, and sharing his rye observations of the world for the first time at Angel Poetry. And thirdly we have the formidable Maggie Butt, a poet of immense talent and cutting-edge words – absolutely not to be missed. There are also floor spots available on the night, so just turn up and let me know you want to read.
And then we have the January return of one of my favourite events of the poetic calendar on Wednesday, 14th January - LOOSE MUSE at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (closest tube = Covent Garden). This is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a warm and wonderful open mike sharing session, plus two featured writers each month. Loose Muse kicks off 2009 with a double bill of fantastic talent – not only do we have the wonderful Sifundo, straight from her residency at London’s South Bank Centre, sharing her poignant and commanding poetry with us, but we also have the multi-talented Malika Booker bringing some of the work featured in her sell-out one-woman touring show and talking about life on the road as a jobbing poet. The night starts at 8.00 p.m - £5.00/£3.00 concs. And there are plenty of chances for you to come read your own work in the open mike readings from the floor.
Hope to see you at one of these events – come share the passion, share the joy.
And I hope that 2009 brings us all a measure of peace, the balance of joy, the pleasure of grace.
Host and fellow poet
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