Upcoming gigs

Upcoming Gigs

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TESTT (Durham): April 12th

The New Adelphi (Hull): April 15th

Workshop Theatre (Leeds): April 17th

Hydra Bookshop (Bristol): April 18th

Derby Theatre: April 20th

Harrogate Theatre: April 24-25th

Ovalhouse (London): April 26-28th


London Book Launch at Ovalhouse, April 26th

York Book Launch at All Saints Church, April 29th

Small Fry DIY, Warrington, 2nd May

Spoken Weird, Halifax: 3rd May

Born Lippy, Newcastle 9th May

Shaken In Sheep Town, Skipton: 10th May

Find The Right Words, Leicester : 16th May

Queenie’s Coffee Nights, Huddersfield: 21st May

Gong Fu Poets, Coxhoe: 31st May

Verse Matters, Sheffield: 7th June

Slam Dunk, Hastings: 28th June

Word Club, Leeds: 29th June

Poetry Jam, Durham: 4th October

Saturday, 9 April 2011

As Of Today This Is Facts

So just a quick update as to what’s going on in the Henry School
I did an ace little gig with Copasetics (http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/copasetics) and Red Mercury (http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/redmercuryuk) both doing acoustic sets over in Leeds for my good mates in Leeds Union Punk & Ska Soc.  Stuck to the louder, political poems and seemed to go down well with the friendly crowd.  My reworking of Evan Greer’s Go Call Fema (I’ve dubbed Go Call EMA) got the best response yet.  I got everyone to scribble their favourite lyrics on a sheet of paper and it broke up the night nicely.  An had a few free drinks which is always lovely.
I’ve been confirmed to be doing some stuff for the acoustic stage at Strummercamp, Manchester, at the end of May, more details to follow but I’m super excited and already planning.
Also, if you don’t already know, I first performed poetry ever in the history of ever at the Big Youth Theatre Festival 2007.  That was hosted by the National Association of Youth Theatres who I also work for as a Sector Development Associate (flashy).  But we’re in deep financial trouble, you can read more info here but please sign the petition and do what you can to support NAYT and the good work it does:  http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=193992633971675

I’ve never been the biggest know-all about Arts Council funding, but it’s always been quite disproportionate I’ve found.  Bureaucracy seems a means of deciding how to fund non-bureaucracy causes and projects.  I think the system needs a decent rattle, a shake-up, but the big enemy is, of course, the ConDems.  I hate always coming back to the same old enemy and the same old rant and the same old rhetoric but at the end of the day you have to ask how they can afford to flood money into bombing Libya and sending troops t Afghanistan but can’t afford to support young people doing life-enriching things like theatre and performance that change your life, and change you.  Unlike the ConDems who aren’t changing people, they’re keeping us static.
Rant rant rant.

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