– big thank you to Alistair for booking me for the UKRF event again this year – I had a great time performing for the event last year in Leicester and am really looking forward to tomorrow. Train at 6.39am tho… phew! If you’re going to the conference do come and say hi it’ll be great to catchup – the conference is a wonderful occasion for the recovery community to get together and encourage our collective creative forces. The day’s line-up of events is very wide-ranging and inspiring, around the themes of Hope and Transforming Our Communities – Connecting, Learning & Giving – I’m on stage between 1-1.30pm for 30mins of my poems – gonna be doing some new stuff too… see you there! …. now get to bed our kid we got an early start…
I am proud to announce that this Friday 28th August from 6pm to 9pm at Sobar Nottingham I will be hosting a night of live poetry from the attendees of my weekly creative writing group – as well as guests – and an open mic – that means you, too!
The Do Or Die Poets have not convened for our own poetry night since the wonderful Atlas Deli events back in the day – and we aim to make the night in the same tradition as those great nights were: poetry from the heart from those who have lived the life and survived to tell the tale. The Do Or Die Poets are writers in recovery, who have found a way to marshal the word to the cause of survival, and their courageous poetry will leave you broken open and etched anew. Like all good and true poetry should.
We will be joined by guests from the local poetry and spoken-word scene, and also have some limited places available for the open-mic. If you would like to perform then please arrive at 6pm to put your name down – first come first served – but obviously we will endeavour to ensure everyone gets a turn if we can.
For those who don’t know, the Sobar is Nottingham’s only alcohol-free venue, and is a wonderful city-centre venue. Hopefully this will be the beginning of more regular events from the Do Or Die Poets – see you there Friday night! It’s gonna be a night not to be missed. And it’s completely free!
Just a quick heads up – I will be performing a full set for the wonderful DIY poets tomorrow night (thursday 13th August) down at The Maze on Mansfield road. Only £3 on the door – and you also get to hear the live music of the amazing mr. ford and mr. gibbs as well. Be great to see you there our kid. xx