Fog and moonshine

February 26, 2012

“Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog,” said Holmes, laughing.

– The Boscombe Valley Mystery

I’m afraid to say that I haven’t written very much on here in a fairly long time – things have been incredibly busy, and although I can’t say they’re going to get any less busy, hopefully I’ll have some more things to write on here, and will eventually get round to summarising December – February at some point.

In the meantime, and partly as an upshot of the aforementioned busyness, I’m delighted to announce that I have no fewer than seven gigs coming up in the next couple of months or so, and I thought I’d put them on here so that you guys have absolutely no excuse not to come along, whoop, cheer, and generally watch me ranting poetry into a microphone. So here goes. These are all in Brighton unless otherwise stated. Yes!

Sunday 4th March – Voicebox – The Blind Tiger Club

I bumped into Luska at the Brighton Fringe launch and she asked me to come down and read some poems at Voicebox. It’s an open mic night with longer sets from selected special guests – I’ve not been to this night before, but if it’s anything like Floetics (Luska’s previous night) it should be filled with poetry, music and colouring in.

£3 to get in – here’s the event page.

Monday 5th March – Something Wholly Inappropriate – The Earth and Stars

This is the first anniversary of SWI, which is the creation of the incredibly talented Alice Sharp and her creepy sidekick Dr. Bongo. I’ve performed at this night a few times in the past, and it’s a gloriously lo-fi mix of poetry, comedy, music and obscenity.

Free! Event page here.

Saturday 31st March – Hammer and Tongue National Final – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Heading up to the Big Smoke for my second ever poetry gig up there, and this looks set to be a ridiculous poetry all-dayer courtesy of Hammer and Tongue. In the afternoon, I’m representing Brighton in the regional slam, and then in the evening I’m taking on about 18 others to battle for the title of Best Poet in the UK (or something like that). Come along if you love competitive poetry despite the delightful absurdity of it.

All sorts of different prices. Event page here.

Friday 4th May – Professor Elemental’s Great and Secret Show – The Marlborough Theatre

Professor Elemental – explorer, gentleman, favourite hip-hop MC of the Daily Telegraph and tea drinker has invited me along as a special guest to one of his plethora of shows at Brighton Fringe. He’s been doing all sorts of exciting things lately including running into the sea in order to start some kind of TV show about his adventures. I don’t really understand what’s going on, but you can read more here…

Meanwhile, you should come to the show. It will be excellent.

£8.50 / £6.50.  Brighton Fringe listing here.

Wednesday 9th May – Fashion Tips for the Last Days – The Blind Tiger Club

This is it! This is the big one! I’m going to be launching my second collection of poetry, Fashion Tips for the Last Days, and in order to celebrate this occasion I’m putting on a very special event at the Blind Tiger, featuring lots of my stuff (mostly poetry, but with a few surprises) and some very special guests. More information to follow – not only is this your first chance to get a copy of the book, but it should be an unforgettable evening as well. Hopefully.

£3. Brighton Fringe listing here. Look at that lovely tapir!

Thursday 10th May – Grit Lit – Redroaster Coffee House

I’m not entirely sure about the wisdom of doing this the day after my book launch, but if you’re up for watching a hungover poet have a coughing fit on stage, this could be the show you’re looking for! Seriously, this is a well respected literature night, so I’m not entirely sure what they were thinking booking me, but it should be very enjoyable nonetheless. And it features damn fine coffee, so I might be able to shake off that hangover after all.

£5. Grit Lit website here.

Monday 21st May – Verse or Versus – Hendrick’s Unusually Strange Cabin Full of Seals

Or something like that. I’m hosting this poetry slam in the Hendrick’s library (the carriage fell apart), and my only regret is that I’m not allowed to enter, as that £100 prize would come in very handy. But you’ll get a free gin and tonic, and get to watch some incredible competitive poetry, all ably hosted by my good self. What’s not to like?

£5. Brighton Fringe listing here.

And that’s about it at the time being. Having booked a date for the book launch, I’ve now actually got to get round to finishing the book in time for it. I do actually have lots of other interesting things that I’m sure I should be writing about, but it’s a lovely sunny spring afternoon, and so I’m sure they can wait a couple of days. But I’m very excited about all these events in the pipeline, and I hope to see you (dear reader) at one or more of them at some point soon!

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