quick reference listings for UK live music and literature events

Monday, May 21, 2007

Book Slam @ NEIGHBOURHOOD, London: Tuesday, 29.05.07

Tuesday, 29/05/07 - 6.30pm doors,
Neighbourhood, 12 Acklam Road, London, W10 5QZ
5.00 in advance from www.bookslam.com / 6.00 on the door


I'm so excited/ And I just can't hide it/ I'm about to lose control
and I think I like it. Really. Book Slam at Neighbourhood this month
is going to be spesh, natch, and DYFI ... guests so super we're
fitting them for costumes. But please note - we're happening on a
Tuesday, people, a TUESDAY. So book early to avoid the rush, arrive
early to order food, and rise early to greet the daffodils with the
smiles they deserve. Alternatively, you can unsubscribe below.

Doors open 6.30pm, OPEN TILL LATE

This month's superheroes include:-

KIRAN DESAI, Booker-prize winning author of the stunning 'The
Inheritance Of Loss'
ZENA EDWARDS, a jaw-dropping poet and performer and an old friend of
Book Slam
SOWETO KINCH, Mobo Award-winning, hip hop jazz genius behind 'A Life
In The Day Of B19'
DJ ILS - he's on good behaviour after last month's Shaggy medley debacle
Hosted by the estimable JACOB SAM-LA ROSE

Monday, May 14, 2007

African Writers' Evening @ Poetry Cafe, London: Friday 18.05.07

Friday 18 May 2007, 7.30pm (doors)
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London (Covent Garden tube)
4.00 / 3.00 (conc)

This month's AWE features two female writers - one with South African
roots, the other with East African roots. Both women represent part
of the story of Africa that other people always try to tell, label,
or construct, but nobody will ever tell the way it will be heard on
the night. Join the AWE crowd and experience the fantastic, insightful prose
of Zoë Wicomb and the sharp contemporary vision of emerging writer
Sharmila Chauhan. The event will be hosted by Ghanaian writer, Nii
Ayikwei Parkes.


Zoë Wicomb:
Born in Namaqualand, South Africa, Zoë Wicomb was educated both in
South Africa and the United Kingdom. After a stint teaching at the
University of the Western Cape, she now works as professor of English
Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Zoë is the author of
numerous essays on South African writing and culture, and of several
acclaimed works of fiction, including the books, You Can't Get Lost
in Cape Town, David's Story, and Playing in the Light. Her short
stories also appear in The Penguin Book of Contemporary South African
Short Stories, The Heinemann Book of South African Short Stories, THE
Art of the Story: International Anthology of Contemporary Short
Stories. Zoë Wicomb's work has been translated into French, German,
Italian, Dutch and Swedish.

Sharmila Chauhan:
Sharmila Chauhan was born in London to East-African Indian parents
from Zambia and Kenya. Although she is a pharmacologist, she has been
writing fiction for several years and has had work published in the
acclaimed Tell Tales anthology series. Her work focuses on the
experiences of British Asians, particularly those living in London.
She is currently working on a novel, provisionally titled Devi.

To reserve a place, send an e-mail to events [at] x-bout [dot] com.
We may not reply to all reservations but they are ALL registered.

The African Writers' Evening is the first regular evening held for African Writers at the UK's celebrated Poetry Cafe. It was started in 2003 by Nii Ayikwei Parkes in consultation with the Directors of the Poetry Society after he completed a residency at the Poetry Cafe and is now run by London SLAM Central.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Songs of Spring @ Keats House - Wed. May 16 2007.

The Literary Circle, the event wing of The Liberal, launches its new programme with Songs of Spring on 16th May 2007; an evening of poetry reading with David Constantine and a selection of the finest young poets in Britain, including
  • Nii Ayikwei Parkes,
  • Niccoló Milanese,
  • Olivia McCannon
  • Sasha Dugdale 
Venue: Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead, NW3 2RR
Tickets: £6/£4, with a complimentary glass of wine.  
Date: 16th May 2007.
To reserve your place and for information on future events, please call (020) 8444 1944 or email literarycircle@theliberal.co.uk.

Saturday, 12 May: The Cellar @ The Poetry Cafe

This month at the Cellar there are sets from two stellar (or should that be Stella...) performance poets.
First up we get a visit from Aisle 16 superstar and Liverpool poetry scene supremo, Ross Sutherland. Expect surrealistic satires where the protagonists overcome a sea of troubles and live happily ever after...in Ikea.
We also have another set from the brilliant and unpredictable Niall McDevitt. Hot off the heels from his Blake 250th anniversary celebrations this bodhran bashing bard should be on sizzling form.
Niall O'Sullivan will be your patchy, inconsistent, but well meaning and harmless host. He'll be quite charming if he isn't pissed off at the audience for not clapping enough. He is currently writing about himself in the third person.
Floor spots are available for nice people that turn up before the show, the ones that burst through the curtain demanding a spot with five minutes to go before the end will be treated cordially and then laughed at after they leave.

The Cellar
Once a month (second Saturday) @ The Poetry Cafe
22 Betterton Street
Covent Garden /Holborn tube
£5/3 concs and floor spots