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!]

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