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The Poetry Archivist – 26/01/16

– reviewed by Lettie McKie – at The Proud Archivist, Haggerston. Brand Spanking Newbie In my last review for Sabotage I lamented ‘Where have all the poetry nights gone? With Bang Said the Gun stopping for their summer break, Chill Pill yet to release more dates and stalwarts like The Word House and Come Rhyme with…

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Chicks with Books – 13-03-15

– reviewed by Lettie McKie – At The Big Green Bookshop (Wood Green) (Your editor – James Webster – would like to apologise for the extremely belated nature of this review.) The Tiny Big Green Bookshop Unsurprisingly the world of performance poetry is full of Bookshops. Usually with some sort of café or bar attached. Often…

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Raving Beauties (Literary Leicester festival, Attenborough Arts Centre, 10 Nov 15)

-reviewed by Sally Jack– What with body image and the tampon tax, women’s bodies are still ‘up there’ as far as media interest is concerned, never mind the all-pervading male (and female) gaze directed women’s way. Hallelujah, therefore for the Raving Beauties. This women’s theatre company performed on Channel 4’s opening night in 1982 and…

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Octopoet (Coffi House, Cardiff, 11/10/15)

-Reviewed by Renn Hubbuck-Melly- The room was full. People had to drag plastic chairs in from the garden as we sat in rows waiting for the evening to begin. Mark Blayney, the ever-energetic host, stood up to the mic and proclaimed with Bruce Forsyth-like pizazz that the evening he had in store for us was…

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The Venus Papers (launch at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, 29 Sept 2015)

-Reviewed by Sally Jack– Poems by Lydia Towsey Paintings by Scott Bridgwood Music by David Dhonau Event also part of Everybody’s Reading festival To quote Led Zeppelin, there was a whole lotta love in the performance space of Attenborough Arts Centre for the launch of Leicester-based writer Lydia Towsey’s first collection The Venus Papers (Burning Eye…

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– reviewed by James Webster – – at the Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford, 17/09/15 – Poetry porn – probably a misleading sub-heading… There’s a genre in television at the moment that you may be aware of – it usually involves some kind of heist format and it invariably involves a group of incredibly impressive people…

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To Perihelion and beyond! A Celebration of Rosetta & Philae’s Comet Adventure (National Space Centre, Leicester, 1 Sept 2015)

-Reviewed by Sally Jack– presented by the Leicester Astronomical Society with poetry by Siobhan Logan This has to rank as one of the more unusual spoken word events in the known universe. Leicester’s National Space Centre is approached along the wonderfully named Exploration Drive, the centre’s opaque, pupae-like structure looming over the car park like…