Octavia Poetry return to Southbank Centre

Josette and Hibaq

The incredible Octavia Poetry Collective will be performing Southbank Centre as part of Strive Festival 2016 on Saturday 6th August, 8-9pm.
Strive is a fantastic festival for and curated by young creatives.
Tickets are just £5, and there are 50% off concessions too. A bargain really for the show we have in store.

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats…/octavia-poetry-97793

The Rich Mix Anniversary Comrade

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The Rich Mix Anniversary Camarade
May Monday 2nd : 6pm : Free entry

May 2nd : 6pm : Free Entry http://richmix.org.uk/events/spoken-word/rich-mix-anniversary-camarade at Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of Rich Mix a special celebratory Camarade event will bring together some of the best known pairs from the series, all of whom had their debut at Rich Mix, alongside some brand new commissioned pairs of young and established poets, invited especially for the night. Featuring:

Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne
Carol Watts & George Szirtes
Mark Waldron & Rebecca Perry
Prudence Chamberlain & Eley Williams
Giovanna Coppola & Clover Peake
Mischa Foster Poole & Chrissy Williams
Julia Lewis & Harry Man
Tasimbaradzwa Kanyangarara & Susie Campbell
Rachel Long & Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
Farhana Khatun & Francine Elena
Kathryn Maris & Amy Key
SJ Fowler & more…

Why Not Strive?

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Why Not Strive? An Inclusive club night for young people made by Southbank Centre Youth Ambassadors happening tomorrow night (Friday 23 October), Festival Village, Southbank Centre, 7-9pm. I’ll be performing alongside RaymondAntrobus and Heart ‘N’ Soul DJ’s.
Really wishing I’d had the good sense to have gone to a club night this cool, of poetry, music and activism, when I was younger. Sigh. ‘What we know now we didn’t always know’ comes to mind…

It’s free. Come x

Commissioned Article for Spread the Word, ‘Three Things to Remember When Performing Your Own Work Live’


‘Honesty is always the best policy. Your own voice and style is important to both your writing and performance. It is unique. No one else can do it like you can. Don’t imitate Kate Tempest, or do a Joelle Taylor or Polarbear, if you are not Kate, or Joelle, or Polar. Steer clear of the ‘American slam poet’ voice if you are not an American slam poet. Avoid nervous jokes – being funny is not a perquisite to being a writer. Ditto amateur dramatics. If your work needs tears, shouting, contortions of the face or body, kneeling and/or flailing arms, perhaps you need to rewrite it. A good poem should not need you to be its writer and its back up dancer…’

Read the full article here:
http://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/resources/view/three-things-to-remember-when-performing-your-own-work-live