Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Quick Update: Gigs & News / Winter 2012


Here's a quick guide with links to cool gigs & news buzzing away at the beginning of 2012:

JANUARY 11TH:
Going underground: Have you heard about Smile For London
Launching tomorrow in London's fashionable Shoreditch, some very clever people intend to make London SMILE in what we all know is the most miserable time of year, from January 16th, when you take the London Underground you will find animated poetry films, with words by the likes of the following: Benjamin Zephaniah / Murray Lachlan Young / Ray Davies / Jarvis Cocker / Rick Holland / Courttia Newland / Nikesh Shukla / Cerys Matthews / Scroobius Pip / Inua Ellams / Kate Tempest / Mikill Pane / Luke Wright / Jack Underwood / Francesca Beard / Polarbear / Joshua Idehen / Ross Sutherland / Musa Okwonga / Hollie McNish / Dan Cockrill & Martin Galton of Bang Said The Gun / Emily Berry / Paul Lyalls / Salena Godden / Jon Burgerman / Hexstatic / 12foot6 / Studio AKA / Why Not Associates / Malcolm Garrett / Trunk / MIE / Shroom / James Bates…and more....








Smile For London launches on January 16th - 
Here's a teaser trailer: http://vimeo.com/34987749




JANUARY 19TH:
I will be in Clapham hosting and reading a poem for Gil at a sell-out tribute to GSH. This month the fabulous Book Slam have teamed up with Canongate Books and XL Recordings to celebrate the life of legendary poet, novelist and hip hop pioneer, Gil Scott-Heron and the launch of his posthumous memoir, 'The Last Holiday', at The Clapham Grand on the 19th Jan! Hosted by Salena Godden. Guests will include Kate Tempest, Ben Mellor and iconic DJs and tastemakers Jamie XX and Gilles Peterson playing a one-off, back-to-back musical tribute to the great man. 







JANUARY 25TH: 
We all head to the beautiful town of Bath for Hip Yak Poetry Shack will be at the Porter Cellar, Bath. Featuring Salena Godden, Chris Redmond, Liv Torc, Jonny Fluffypunk along with the Hip Yak Slam, previous slam winner David Oakwook






FEBRUARY 2ND:
Back in London and sizzling for the cupidity of Valentines - its all about Dark Romance at Salon. Screenwriter John Foster will be getting to the heart of psychological drama in film. President of PEN Lisa Appignanesi who has written a scientific treatment of ‘Love: An Anatomy of An Unruly Emotion’ will be taking the Salon crowd on an intimate journey of how love shapes our lives and our world. And raconteur and maitresse of the Book Club Boutique, Salena Godden will be on hand to explain poetic love and its enduring allure...Get your tickets here: http://www.salon-london.com/

 




FEBRUARY 25TH
Word Wrestling Federation: Word Match / The Roundhouse. Camden. London
A Word Wrestling Grudge Match between the Best Poetry Collectives in the UK.
BANG SAID THE GUN v RUBIX v DIRTY HANDS v ROUNDHOUSE POETRY COLLECTIVE v WORD OF MOUTH v CHILL PILL v APPLES & SNAKES

Judges: Dark The Invader • Salena ‘The General’ Godden • Niall ‘The Saint’ O'Sullivan