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Friday, February 23, 2007

Malika's Kitchen (Women) @ Toynbee Studios: Friday March 9, 2006

Friday 9 March, 8.30pm
Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street London, E1
£6 / £4

Women of Malika's Kitchen performance evening Split Lit Festival

Booking Office : Call 020 7247 2584 or
email: info@alternativearts.co.uk

(save£ to book both events that night)


Malika's Kitchen is a London writers collective with a sister
collective in Chicago. They are fast building a reputation for
dedication to the craft of writing as well as the passion and skill of performance. Be surprised by the depth, humour and honesty of these poets from diverse backgrounds who chronicle urban
life and love.

CHARLOTTE ANSELL lives on a Dutch barge in East London and has been a
performance poet for several years. Now more a mummy than a poet, her
work is intensely personal, vibrant and alive. Her lines contain
pain, passion and truth. Her first collection 'You Were for the Poem'
was published by Flipped Eye.

CATH DRAKE has earnt most of her living from writing and
communications. She specialised in environmental issues in her native
Australia for about eight years. Her work included everything from
producing radio programmes, to writing for newspapers and magazines,
nature trails, pamphlets and books. She now works in the press office
of a children's charity and runs creative writing workshops.

PATRICIA FOSTER is a writer, performer, dancer, and educationalist.
She has performed poetry and theatre at notable venues across London
and toured to numerous literary festivals, events and Universities
within the UK, Europe, New York and Chicago. Patricia has
collaborated with UK Jazz musicians and producers and is currently a
presenter on 'The Art Of Words Poets Show', Solar Radio.

SIFUNDO MSEBELE has a host of accolades to cite. As a poet, performer
and writer, her work is often tinted with humour and hope. Her name
translates as meaning 'a beautiful lesson', a blessing she manifests
in the flesh.

JANETT PLUMMER MC is the holder of the 2005 Gwendolyn Brooks annual
black writers award for open mic poetry. She has been published in
PUR magazine and anthologies including 'Flowers on a Shoestring' and
teaches poetry and creative writing to children and adults. Janett
is the founder of Inspired Word - a women's writing and positive
mental health organisation. Her writing is evocative and richly
soaked in narrative.

DENISE SAUL is a poet and fiction writer from south London who has
performed at a variety of literary events. As a poet, Denise's pen
makes intuitive and yet surprising leaps and bold associations to conjure up vivid
imagery which explores everyday themes. She is a former recipient of
the George Viner Trust award for her journalism and is currently
researching literature that focuses on black and Jewish writers.

HEATHER TAYLOR is a Canadian writer, performer & educator. She has
been published throughout Europe and North America. In October 06,
her first full poetry collection, 'Horizon & Back', was published by
Tall-Lighthouse books. (www.heathertaylor.co.uk)

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Omarion @ Brixton Academy, London: Wed 28 Feb 2007

An early - 7.00pm start - gig for the young former member of B2K. His voice got deeper; go and see for yourself if his lyrics did too...

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Beverley Knight @ Ricoh Arena, Coventry: Saturday 24 Feb 2007

Beverley Knight plays a one-off gig in Coventry, close to her hometown of Wolverhampton. Promises to be intimate and powerful, with lots of atmosphere from the hometown crowd! The show is at the Ricoh Arena and starts at 8.00pm

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

La Langoustine est morte @ The Poetry Cafe: Saturday 17 Feb 2007

Saturday February 17 2007, 7.30pm
The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St. Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX

La langoustine est morte, London's only night dedicated to
experimental and innovative poetry, fiction and performance returns
to the Poetry Café in Covent Garden for the 5th instalment of the
series. Continuing the Langoustine tradition of genre busting,
original work, this month we feature the poets:
Sean Bonney
Chris Gutkind
Richard Hill
Emily Berry
And as a special treat: the avant garde Jazz vocalist Helen McDonald.

This promises to be another magical and intimate night of challenging
literature and spellbinding, multi-disciplined performance - once
again hosted by Sascha Akhtar and Anthony Joseph.


Sean Bonney was born in Brighton, grew up in the north of England and
now lives in London. He has had work published in many magazines,
including Quid, The Gig and The Paper. His full length productions
include Notes on Heresy (Writers Forum, 2002), Poisons, their
antidotes (West House, 2003), Blade Pitch Control Unit (Salt, 2005)
and Document: hexprogress (Yt Communication, 2006). Currently, he is
attempting to formulate a poetics of total critique, which appears to
be a synthesis of social detail, historic fact, Marxist theory,
pornography and random insult. He edits Yt Communication with Frances
Kruk. He blogs at http://abandonedbuildings.blogspot.com/

Chris Gutkind was born in The Hague and grew up mostly in Montreal.
He moved to London in 1988 and has works here as a librarian,
currently at the badly-named School of Oriental and African Studies,
which was and still is an instrumental part of the colonial process,
something he is glad to help subvert from the inside. In 2006 his
first book of poems Inside to Outside was published by Shearsman
Books. If he writes 100 good poems in his life he will be content.

Richard Hill says: I have been writing lyrics for music since 1979
continuing through to the present day. I have had some success as a
vocalist for a band called Antisect during the early 80´s with the
release of an album called "In darkness there's no choice". Then with
a sound system called Reducer Hifi performing lyrics and poetry live,
with visual art, adding a creative element to the performances which
where inspired by a spiritual and magical appreciation of life and
death in all its glory. My poetry portrays this force of will in our
nature to understand just who we are and where we are, emotionally,
mentally, physically and spiritually within ourselves and the
willingness to survive these experiences and express them in which
ever way possible.

Helen McDonald: A unique talent in the Jazz Soul Funk scene, who has
sung, performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians and bands
including David Murray, Asian Dub Foundation, Orphy Robinson and
Keith Waithe. As a vocalist she has performed at major venues and
festivals across the UK, Ronnie Scott's, Queen Elizabeth Hall,
Glastonbury Festival and she has toured across South America, Africa
and Europe. Straight no Chaser calls her an "Outstanding, passionate
voice".  http://www.myspace.com/helenmcdonald

Emily Berry is 25 and lives in London where she was born. She is
currently doing an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths. She
also works as a freelance copy-editor and occasional reviewer. Alter
ego Poppy Tartt reviews breakfasts
( www.londonreviewofbreakfasts.blogspot.com). Her poems have appeared
in Nthposition, Brittle Star and Smoke, and are forthcoming in Ambit
and Smiths Knoll.

For more info:
Email: lalangoustine@gmail.com