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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