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!]

Sutton Write Now!

Sutton Council and Spread the Word, with support from Arts Council England are running a series of really low cost or free writing workshops for locals culminating in a showcase on 25th of March hosted by Baden Prince

My workshop is ‘Writing Sutton’ is 2.30 in 7th March: Cities are filled with stories, drama, conflict and mystery. They can provide us with endless inspiration for writing.

To book call 0208 770 6690

Poetry and storytelling in a gorgeous garden – 14th Feb

Join us for FREE Poetry and Storytelling on Valentine’s Day , 2pm prompt start 
Culpeper Community Garden, 1 Cloudesley Road London N1 0EG 

Cath Drake 
is an award-winning journalist and has published poems in anthologies in the UK,
 US and her native Australia. She also runs creative writing workshops  focusing
on freeing up writing and creativity, and regularly performs her work in  London. 

Rachel Rose Reid 
Twisting myth and legend through urban eyes, award-winning storyteller Rachel
 Rose Reid’s has appeared throughout America and Europe. She is the Curator of
Tales for Bedtime Storynights at 40 Winks.

 Heather Taylor
 is a writer, filmmaker, performer and general mischief maker who likes
 to experiment mixing creativity, technology and social media.
You can see more of her work on 

Naomi Woddis 
is a poet and photographer. She is Poet in Residence at Culpeper
Community Garden, Islington. Read some of her work at
Poetry Mosaic ( and
 Moments of Chaos and Nostalgia

Tapping the Trend

TAPPING THE TREND (Spread the Word, in conjunction with The Literary Consultancy)

I’ll be contributing to this fab event SAturday 13th February 2010, after talking part in the super-turbo 24 Hour Book project last year…..

Internet and digital technology are transforming traditional publishing and online ‘arenas’ are offering writers new ways of creating literature and new routes for reaching audiences. How do writers orientatethemselves in this changing landscape?

Chaired by Guardian Books’ Editor Claire Armitstead with Ian Jack, Sara Lloyd from Macmillan Publishers and Jason Pegler from Chipmunka Publishing, including examples of digital work by Kate Pullinger and commissions by Spread the Word: Open Notebooks and the 24 Hour Book.

Saturday 13 February 1pm – 5.45pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
£35/£25 (concessions)

Hackney Word Festival

The Last Word @ Cafe Oto, Friday 2 October with Nathan Penlington,  Cath Drake, Shane Solanki. and Poem In Between People, translated into BSL by sign interpreters Russ Alderson was loads of fun in the new look trendy Dalston and a great way to end the fab Hackney Word Festival, Write to Ignite.

Thanks to the Hackney Museum for hosting my workshop in September.

Big love to all those unsuspecting people who were set upon by the Guerilla Poets in September. The Guerillas continue spreading the love…


‘A Vauxhall Chorus’- In October 2009, a collaboration with if:book, The Society of Young Publishers and, Spread the Word has commissioned The 24 Hour Book, a groundbreaking project to challenge a group of writers to write book in 24 hours: The lead writer is Kate Pullinger with  Sarah Butler, Kati Rynne Aoife Mannix, Dean Atta, Cath Drake, Ben Payne, Chris Meade, Toni Le Busque, Saradha Soobrayen and Shamim Azad.