“Blackbird, don’t sing,” goes the refrain of Finland’s this year’s Eurovision song. While the singing of a blackbird is a common trope in poetry and song lyrics, symbolising ultimate beauty that soothes the soul, it is perfectly understandable why the lyric speaker of this song wishes to hear none of it. It is a common … More birdsong vs. plastic bag // austere beauty for tortured souls // song lyric review
I saw Iggy Pop on Thursday! Photo by Michael Clift – I was too spellbound toremember to take any! He was one of the acts for Southbank Centre’s Meltdown, directed this year by Yoko Ono. Patti Smith is also on the list, but her gig was, as was expected, sold out in a blink of … More Meltdown!
Yesterday we went down for poetry and music at the Torriano Bar in Kentish Town. Great stuff. Sean Keung, who’s been promised a feature gig later this year (More of Sean at waikeungpoetry.wordpress.com) Cathy Flower played the piano for us! (More of Cathy at cathypoetflower.tumblr.com) Co-organiser Ernie Burns And the feature poet of the night, Cheryl … More Last Night at the Torriano
Yesterday night, Jeremy Sallon, Ian Sinkovits, Ernie Burns and myself gathered at the Torriano Bar‘s basement room to read poetry. We featured the lovely Rachael Black and had a great bunch of open mic poets as well. I’m madly in love with the venue. It’s at 71-73 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town. We’ll be there again … More Black Leather and a Piano in the Basement Room
Monday was a GORGEOUS day. It was the first day this year I was outside showing some bare skin, and got my first sunburn of the summer which I’m very proud of! The evening was warm as well, and we opened the windows upstairs of the Library Bar to let the summer night in to … More Summer Night Blues
I’m very happy to announce that it’s only a week left until this amazing thing takes place again. This time I’ll really be there – I’m up from my deathbed in a rather zombiesque* manner, but back in business. I’m still devastated that I had to miss the April show. Allegedly the audience was smaller than usual … More 6th of May and the Other Things
The second Until the Light Goes Out poetry and music night took place on the 4th of March, and was full of beautiful performances. Michael Clift, playing one of his new songs which I love passionately and can’t wait to be recorded Frances Presley. Photo by Carl Chamberlain Brian Docherty. Photo by Carl Chamberlain The brilliant … More The Second Time The Light Went Out
We’re getting ready for the next Until The Light Goes Out at the Library Bar – can’t believe it’s only a week and a day away! The 4th of March show will witness an amazing range of performers, from blues music to Mel Jones’ bawdy humour, and whatever surprises our open mic performers will have … More Until The Light Goes Out on again 4th of March!
The pilot night for Until The Light Goes Out was fantastic – I’m already buzzing for the next one! We’re at the Library Bar in Islington (235 Upper Street, London N1 1RU) first Monday each month. My fantastic colleague Michael Clift performing. Our brilliant first feature musician Richard Hyder . Photo by Michael. Me hosting. … More All the Way ‘Till the Light Went Out