Friday 17 January 2020

Episode 2: Roaring 20s Radio, Soho Radio, January 18th

Roaring 20s Radio: a brand new programme on Soho Radio created to amplify the best of art, culture, books, poetry and activism as we roar into the next decade. 

Roaring 20s Radio 
presented by Salena Godden
Amah-Rose Abrams and Matt Abbott.

Our monthly residency continues: celebrating and championing the people that are roaring in the face of 2020s adversity. Each episode features exciting live studio guests, round-ups from our favourite writers, artists and poets and the Roaring ‘20s quiz. We'll also play some of our favourite tunes as we all navigate our way through the political turbulence and the headlines that dominate the world and the content of so much of our favourite art, books and culture. 

Scarlett Sabet

To kick start the 2020s we have a packed two-hour show with not one but two very special guests. The phenomenally powerful poet Scarlett Sabet is with us to talk about her glorious debut poetry album Catalyst, a fearless and startling listen made in collaboration with her partner, the inimitable Jimmy Page. Catalyst is out now! 

We also have excellence from the author, poet and man about town Tim Wells talking about his latest books - the Unbound published suede-head horror Moonstomp and he also reads from his brilliant latest poetry collection No Weakners which is out now with superb indie imprint Bad Betty Press

Also in this episode we discuss the aftershock of the general election and self care, poetry of power and protest and magic, the fantastic Condo Complex exhibitions and our shared love of spoken word committed to vinyl. We play tracks from Michael Smith, Kate Tempest, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Nadine Shah, Gil Scott Heron, Femi Kuti and many, more, more, more...

We top and tail this show with a glass raised to our friend Roddy Lumsden. Award-winning Scottish poet Roddy Lumsden had been suffering from liver disease and died of a heart attack last weekend. Roddy Lumsden played a significant role in UK poetry as an editor, mentor, tutor, critic, promoter and comrade. Condolences to all friends, family and the poetry community who are all struggling with this very sad news this week. Tim Wells shared a flat with Roddy Lumsden for some time and he generously shares some of his memories and a favourite poem by Roddy Lumsden. Rest in peace Roddy.

Roddy Lumsden 1966-2020

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Matt, Salena, Tim
Scarlett and Amah-Rose

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