I’m helping out at this fab event – please support!
With Nia Davies, Kayo Chingonyi, Clare Pollard, Siddhartha Bose, Claire Trevien and Ruth Padel. Hosted by Somewhere in Particular with Holly Hopkins.
What does it mean now to be British, European, or a Londoner?
How can contemporary poetry in the UK contribute to new and vital conversations about identity and belonging? Six poets perform and discuss their work in the wake of a referendum that exposed bitter divisions in the UK – in terms of race, class, education, generations, and ideas about nationhood and globalisation.
An informal workshop of reading and discussing contemporary poets – inventive writers, those who play with the edge of prose, who find meaning via the side door: American and UK poets, and poets in translation. If there’s time and inclination afterwards we’ll do a quick writing exercise at the end or over lunch. Fremantle Arts Centre cafe, Friday 17th March 10am-12, $15. Contact Julie Watts from OOTA writer’s group (or me) to book a place and pay on the day. We need numbers for table booking and handout numbers. http://cathdrake.com
Poetry surgeries: I’malso booking a small number of one-to-one poetry feedback sessions between 14-24 March. Message me to book. Limited number, $50 for an hour session – send 3-5 poems.
Words & Jazz at Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston shakes up winter with blistering poetry and glowing jazz! Come along next week for this ‘outstanding monthly summit between contemporary poets and musicians’ (The Independent). Have a drink in the cosy bar and enjoy the finest literary and musical talents London has to offer!
Poets this month:
Alex Merritt (saxophone) + band
Hosted by Nicki Heinen
What a cracker of a line-up for the last Clerkenwell ARTSlab of 2016 (we’ll be back in February). And it’s FREE to get in. Song-stories, song-singing, poem-outlouding and cake from:
Bob Karper – god’s gift to storytelling
Zwah – guided by a star
Three Little Birds – a cappella gold
Ukulele Dolly – three wise strummers
Brendan Riley – comedy myrrh
Cath Drake – upside down poetess
Diego Brown and the Good Fairy – steady on.
Top of the pre-christmas tree – artist and accordionist BOB KARPER (that’s him pictured above) tells a true story about why in 1977 his family left their local Midwest American Presbyterian community church. Includes mentions of trombones, astronauts, Pepperidge Farm™ turkey roasts and sex.
Taking a break from A-level studies and fresh from their triumphant Islington Folk Club appearance THREE LITTLE BIRDS bring you pure voice-magic.
UKULELE DOLLY are Jane Ireland, Keith Moore and Carole Bates and they will be like that thing when unwrapping a christmas present that you can’t wait to try on.
More about the other magi and shepherds soon…
And yes, you heard it right. FREE to get in. Pay what you think it’s worth – on the way in, on the way out, at half time, whatever (so bring a wheelbarrow full of sterling.)
28 Nov 2017, 8.30-11pm, Betsty Trotswood, 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3 London, United Kingdom http://www.betsey.pub/
Come and celebrate Peter Daniel’s new book ‘Season in Eden’ in the gorgeous recently refurbished Hoxton Hall on 21 October with poets Peter Daniels (obviously), Alison Winch, Kate Potts, John Hegley and me.
Three new poems of mine from my new sequences about … a girl that can fly… is being published by Oklahoma State University’s Cimarron Review literary journal in the Fall edition: https://cimarronreview.com/ The first of these poems to be published!
At the John Hegley hosted extravaganza on Monday 23rd November at the Betsy Trotswood in Farringdon, the fantastic ‘house band’ Diego Brown and the Good Fairy are back plus the amazing oddball comic Andrew Bailey It’s gonna be a pre-Xmas humdinger! Bring your dancing shoes too.
Monday 23rd Dec 8.45pm Door Entry £8 / £5 (I think!)
The Betsey Trotwood 56 Farringdon Road Clerkenwell London EC1R 3BL
It was special reading at Love House, University of Western Australia with huge thanks especially to Kevin Gillam for sharing his fantastic poetry (his next collection is going be one to get) and his cello playing which really made it special. Presented by UWA and Well Versed.