IN THIS MONTH'S NEWS
WHAT'S GONE DOWN
WHAT'S COMING UP
EXTRA SPECIAL DATES
WHAT'S GONE DOWN...
Well now, in the last couple of months there's been a whole host of young Othellos at my first job writing for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Learning Performance Network, (Nothing to make you gulp like being asked to perform your beside Shakespeare's, eh?).
There's been the creation of hundreds of little superheroes and their own story books as part of the Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre.
There's been the Words, Words, Words Festival, alongside Nell Phoenix, which resulted in a huge picture of my mug in the London Evening Standard (I had to beg friends blabbing on Facebook about this to make some clarifications before my mum got the wrong idea about mentions of me being on Page 3).
And there's been BookSlam at the Tabernacle, alongside author Jon McGregor, poet Francesca Beard and singer Heidi Vogel, a small moment of which you can see here, courtesy of the BookSlam crew: bit.ly/rrrbookslam2012
But what's coming up in the future? I hear you ask.
Well, luckily I have a crystal ball, also known as a jampacked diary.
WHAT'S COMING UP...
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Black Market Tale Traders
CARGO, 83 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY
Thursday 8 March 2012, 19:45, £12 adv/£15 door
Welcome to a world of plot-haggling hustlers for a celebration of all things Tale. You will receive special currency with which to purchase your chosen tales, fuelling a clandestine economy based on our passion for stories, Music from the Shtetl Superstars.
I'm one of four female writers commissioned to create a piece for the evening (Eleanor Greene, Tania Hershman & Irma Kurtz)
Directed by Lisa Cagnacci, AD of Theatre 503.
Occupy London Fundraiser
Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG
Friday 9 March 2012, £5rec donation
Am most proud to be joining a breathtaking line-up of spoken word talent at Finsbury Square. Dizraeli, Joe Driscoll, Attila the Stockbroker, with the incredible Cat Brogan and Pete the Temp, who have been the two lynchpins of poetic proactivity since Occupy London began in October 2011. The St Paul's camp maybe gone, but this rising culture of public discourse & engagement is only just beginning...
Saturday 10 March 2012: £5, 10.30am-5.30pm
Birmingham Library Theatre, Paradise Place,B3 3HQ
Myself and Michael Harvey are the guest judges for this year's Young Storyteller of the Year competition. Focusing on a traditional storytelling style, YSOY encourages people aged 13-25 from acorss the UK to try their hand at tale-telling to a warm-hearted open-eared audience
Hammer & Tongue
Green Note Cafe, Parkway, Camden, NW1 7AN
Monday 12 March 2012, 20:00 £5
H&T website says that it hosts some of the best spoken word artists that the the world has to offer. It's nights across the country are also run by them, so they deserve much respect. This month the main feature poet is Anna Freeman, and I will be on hand as a guest feature. But first, the slam! Come, compete!
EXTRA SPECIAL DATES
with DJ Walde & the REC Choir
Thursday 29 March 2012, 19:00, £5/£7
Woodburner:Russet Cafe,11 Amhurst Terrace,E8
Monday 2 April 2012: 20:00, £3
Chill Pill fills London with regular poetic events devised by Raymond Antrobus, Mista Gee, Kim Leng-Hills, Deanna Rodger & Craig Thomas.
Woodburner has a wonderful unique atmosphere, nurtured by singer & musician Theo Bard. Curl up on a sofa in the candlelight and open up your soul to poetry and music. Full Line up TBC.
I am very excited to be reuniting with DJ Walde & the Roundhouse Experimental Choir for these two gigs, for a rendition of our epic creation of myth and people's protests, seen at Latitude & on BBC Radio 3. Join us!
I'm Hans Christian Andersen at
the Brighton Festival
Saturday 12 May 2012, 18:30, £6 (14+)
Sallis Benny Theatre, Grand Parade, BN2 0JY
A bittersweet tale of love that reclaims the tales of Hans Christian Andersen for the adult world in which they belong. Please find out more and book here: http://bit.ly/yDFul8
All my love and thanks for your support,