Poetry Cafe Calendar

October 2014
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1 19:30 Telltale Press & Friends - Launch of Peter Kenny's pamphlet 'The Nightwork'
Plus readings from Anja Konig, Robin Houghton & Rishi Dastidar. Weds 1 October, 7.30pm start, free entry. Come and hear a range of voices and find out more about new poets' collective Telltale. 
2 19:30 Playing Poetry
An evening of experimental poetry performance devised by singers, musicians, actors and poets to celebrate National Poetry Day 2014 and its theme of ‘Remember’. Presented by The Poetry Café.
Drop by from 6.30pm and submit your written poems about remembrance into the poetry time capsule! 
2nd October, 7.30pm-10.30pm
Tickets are £4 and can be bought online
Find out more on the Facebook Event Page
3 19:30 The Poetry in London: First Fridays

Poetry in London are delighted to invite you to their very first live event! There will be a few Open Mic spots, A Surprise Feature Act, a discussion on this month’s theme and the opportunity to network with others. This month’s theme is collaboration, so you are invited to either come up with a short solo poem on the topic (30 secs) or team up with another poet and produce a 1 minute piece to be shared on the night! (All optional!). Price: £5 in advance, £7 on the door. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-in-london-first-fridays-tickets-13250874723

4 19:00 Gift of Sacrifice: Sufi poetry, music on Chinese flute, and meditation for Eid

With this event falling on Eid al Adha we are celebrating the spirituality of sacrifice in all traditions. Would it be too much sacrifice if you bought a poem to share? Readings from the tale of Layla and Majnun, the Arab poet-saint Rabia, and Tagore in Bengali and English. Sufi music from Turkey, Chinese music on 'dizi' (bamboo flute), and 'dhrupad' songs from India. And to end we will have a Sufi 'zikr' meditation - with chanting, movement, breathing, and music. £8 on the door.  

For more info: http://www.meetup.com/SufiMusic/

6 19:30 Exiled Writers Ink
 Monthly gathering of writers exiled from their homeland with featured performances. Hosted by Jennifer Langer. £4/2 www.exiledwriters.co.uk
7 19:30 Poetry Unplugged
London's premier open mic night. Come and sign up between 6 and 7pm to be in the line up. Hosted by Niall O'Sullivan. £5/4 
8 20:00 Loose Muse
Loose Muse is London's only regular event for women writers of all genres. Plus open mic spots. Hosted by Agnes Meadow. £6/5  www.loose-muse.com
9 20:00 Survivors Poetry

This Thursday 9th of October we have music & poetry from John Arthur & Unique Technique +open mic. 8pm start. Entry £3.50, £2.50, £1.50 floor spots.

10 20:00 Farrago Slam Poetry
With John Paul O'Neill 
11 20:00 Platform 1
Platform 1 is an opportunity for up and coming poets to perform alongside established acts. Arrive up to half an hour early to put your name down. Doors open at 7pm.  £5/4 
13 19:30 Tall Lighthouse / Four Minute Movie

Open mic / filming session for poets, storytellers & comedians. Brought to you by tall.lighthouse.co.uk and vintagepoison.co.uk. The rules: Your spot has to be a single piece, up to four minutes, and has to tell a story. All rights remain with the artist. Sign up between 6:30pm and 7:15pm. £4

14 19:30 Poetry Unplugged
London's premier open mic night. Come and sign up between 6 and 7pm to be in the line up. Hosted by Niall O'Sullivan. £5/4 
15 19:00 Launch of SOUTH Poetry Magazine’s fiftieth edition
 Launch of SOUTH Poetry Magazine’s fiftieth edition. Thirty poets reading for 5 minutes. Interval for chatting and purchasing refreshments from the café upstairs. Admission £3.http://www.southpoetry.org/content/readings

16 19:00 Shearsman Poetry Launch: juli Jana and Patricia Denbey
 Celebrate the launch of two new chapbooks published by Shearsman, from the acclaimed poets juli Jana and Patricia Denbey. 
17 20:00 Dodo Modern Poets
Dodo Modern Poets has been presenting top-flight poetry for 25 years. Join us as we continue our anniversary celebrations with an exciting line-up of new and established voices. The event will be hosted by Patric Cunnane. £8/7 
18 20:00 Lipped Ink
 With poetry open mic slots, a featured poet and a unique additional slot of guided visualisation which all explore the power of spoken words to engage, inspire and entertain. Hosted by Mark "Mr T" Thompson, founder of The Cultural Chameleon Press and Kemi Taiwo, regular host of Lyrically Challenged. Come and see some great poetry or sign up for the open mic slot. £5
20 20:00 Louche Women
With Liz Bentley & Caroline Smith.  
21 19:30 Poetry Unplugged
London's premier open mic night. Come and sign up between 6 and 7pm to be in the line up. Hosted by Niall O'Sullivan. £5/4 
22 19:30 Stanza Bonanza: Woking v Barnes
There may be blood, there WILL be poetry. Two of the Poetry Society's leading Stanzas join up for a cracking night of poetry. Free entry and everyone welcome! From Barnes: Dennis Tomlinson, Lara Charles, Dino Mahoney, Cathra Kelliher, Michael Weightman, and Nayna Kumari. From Woking: Alwyn Marriage, Kitty Coles, Jonathan Pressey, Peter Taylor, Greg Freeman, and Rodney Wood. See our Stanza Bonanza page for upcoming dates. * See this event on FACEBOOK *
23 19:00 Sarah Wardle Reading and In Conversation
Award winning poet Sarah Wardle will read from and discuss her latest book Beyond which deals with themes of hope, despair and recovery.  Free entry. http://www.insideoutfestival.org.uk/2014/events/sarah-wardle-poetry-reading-and-in-conversation/ 
24 20:00 Fourth Friday
Booked poets, singers, songwriters and musicians - known and not so known. There is also an opportunity to hear voices from the floor. Hosted by Hylda Sims fourthfriday.wordpress.com  
25 19:30 The Shuffle
Jill Abram (Manchester born and bred) presents some wonderful poets NOT from London - don't miss your chance to see those who don't live in The Smoke, together for one night only! Featured readers include Jo Bell, Kim Moore, Hilda Sheehan, Elizabeth Dorfman, Joey Connolly-Wright, Andrew Smardon, and Brad Schmauss. Entry £6/4  
27 19:30 A Hive of Gossip
Actress Madeline Smith and Wendy Shutler will be talking about our memories of working together in a West End play in 1973, with my poems and Ivor Game's songs. Maddy was on TV a lot in the 1970s, and  in many films including the James Bond film, LIVE AND LET DIE. 

28 19:30 Poetry Unplugged
London's premier open mic night. Come and sign up between 6 and 7pm to be in the line up. Hosted by Niall O'Sullivan. £5/4  
29 19:30 Cinnamon Press Book Launch
 Come and celebrate a new launch from Cinnamon Book Press. 
30 18:30 John Torrance, Neil Donnelly & Catherine Fried Reading
Readings by John Torrance and Neil Donnelly from their recently published collections of poetry, and by Catherine Fried from the poems of the late Erich Fried. Free event.
31 19:30 Yeti Poetics

SPEND HALLOWEEN WITH A SHY YETI... Paul Chandler presents a night of very spooky verse, special guests and an opportunity for open-mike readings. Entrance: pay what you can afford.