Poetry Cafe Calendar

January 2015
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1 10:00 Cafe Closed for Christmas 21st Dec - 4th Jan
5 20:00 Exiled Writers Ink
Monthly gathering of writers exiled from their homeland with featured performances. Hosted by Jennifer Langer. £4/2 www.exiledwriters.co.uk
6 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
7 19:00 Telltale Poets & Friends
A special New Year reading featuring Rhona McAdam, Catherine Smith, Siegfried Baber, Peter Kenny & Robin Houghton. Free entry.https://www.facebook.com/events/306538962878009
8 20:00 Survivors Poetry
Special guests Steve Dowset and Helmut Sholtz with open mic floor spots from your very selves. 8pm start. Entry £3.50, £2.50, £1.50 floor spots.
13 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 
14 20:00 Loose Muse
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
15 15:00 Poetry @ 3 (open mic)
Poetry @ 3 is 3pm, for poets who like to come out and play during the day. Sign up between 2.30 and 3 to read. Free. Hosted by Paul McGrane. JOIN THE FACEBOOK PAGE
15 19:30 Talking to Strangers
Don't do what your mama told you and come and talk to strangers! A spoken word night with excitement. Mics. Twists. Turns. Twinkly lights. Sounds. Even noise. Words maybe. Almost definitely in fact. Time to mingle with strangers in a lovely, intimate setting with music, meaningful musings, comedy and words. Featuring our exclusive Small Talk Speed Slam arrive early for limited spots! £6/5    
16 18:30 Dylan and Caitlin's World - Special Event
Join us for a celebration of Nora Summers’s photographs of Dylan Thomas and Caitlin Macnamara, the current exhibition in the Poetry Café. Alongside some of the defining images of the poet and his wife are some that have rarely been shown in public before.
17 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 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
23 20:00 Fourth Friday
Featuring readings from Steve Pottinger; Maggie Butt.  Music: Dave Ellis & Boo Howard. Hosted by Hylda Sims & Dix Schofield. Entry £8/6. For more details, please see www.fourthfriday.wordpress.com 
24 19:00 'My Heart is Silence': Celebrating Rumi with Music, Poetry and Meditation
llIona Khalili will present her late husband's extraordinary life and his well-known translations. This is an interactive creative evening using the Persian tradition of 'fal' - opening a book of poetry at random and reading the first lines that come to eye to see if fate can answer our pressing questions. She would be very happy if audience members would read out some selections from 'Fountain of Fire'.  As ever we are open to original poetry and music from you. Entry £8. Hosted by Khaled Hakim, for more details please see http://www.meetup.com/SufiMusic/events. FREE 'zikr' meditation of chanting, rhythm, breath, and movement starting around 8:45.    
26 19:30 The Farrago New Slam and Zoo Awards Ceremony!!
Features will include some of the brillian nominees, such as Kayo Logun Fikayo Balogun, Greta Bellamacina, Samuel Cole, Fanny Walker, and others TBC! SLAM sign up via email at farragopoetry@yahoo.co.uk. Hosted by John Paul O'neill. Tickets: £6/£5.
27 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
28 19:30 Stanza Bonanza: Walthamstow v Enfield
Poetry from two of the Poetry Society's Stanzas. Free event, all very welcome. From Walthamstow: Deryl Walsh, Dominique Golden, Derrick Porter, Sonia Jarema, Niall Firth, and Zack Xu. From Enfield: Terry Jones, Keith Lockwood, Jayne Buckland, Mary Duggan, Louis Cennamo, and Irene Richards. MCs: Paul McGrane and Alan Murray.
29 19:30 Silence, Passion, and Music
Join us in celebrating the launch of Thomas Helm's book entitled Silence, Passion and Music: A collection of Songs and Poems. See more at https://barbetbooks.wordpress.com/
30 19:30 Launch of Paper Swans’ ‘The Darker Side of Love’
 The launch of Paper Swans’ anthology, ‘The Darker Side of Love’ which takes an ‘anti-Valentine’s’ approach to love. Readings from featured poets. Event starts at 19:30. Free entry. For more details please see http://paperswans.co.uk/darker-side-love

31 15:00 Women’s Poetry Group and Open-Mic
To celebrate the launch of ‘Women Writers of the Year’ 2014 by United Press, poets from the colection will be reading from their work. There will be some musical accompaniment for each performer (guitar and percussion) if wished. Entry £5.00  and £3.00 for concessions.
31 19:30 The Shuffle
The shuffle returns this month hosted by Chris Beckett and Valerie Josephs. A wonderful line-up of fresh and engaging poets to banish those winter blues: Matha Kapok, Jo Roach and John Clegg with Denise Saul, Matthew Brown, Lizzie Horsley and Richard Osmond. Entry £6/4