Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
YOU AND BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IN THE PHOENIX PUB
BECAUSE WE WANT YOU!
TO POET JUDGE CHEER YELL GET DRUNK GET TO THE BATHROOM AND SCORE!
ALL FOR PRIZES!
Because BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! provides a stage sound two MCs The Master of Conflict The Score Adder The Sacrificial Poet five judges two microphones feature acts sound and audience so you can claim victory and call yourself an award winning poet or judge or audience member or toilet goer or something like that. Award winning! NO MORE COMMAS!
Anyway because BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! we provide you with a house band and special feature act!
‘Fossil Rabbit is the solo project of Chris Finnigan making multi-layered melodies and beats with a guitar, loop and effects pedal. Drawing inspiration from a range of post-rock and lo-fi electronica influences, Chris produces an ambient, beat-driven and atmospheric sound.’
FOSSIL RABBIT ALSO KNOWS COMMAS!
And filling The Hadley Memorial Spots is the Zoe Anderson!
7:30PM TO SIGN UP IN THE PHOENIX PUB TO POETRY SLAM!
8PM IN THE PHOENIX PUB TO START THE POETRY SLAM!
JOIN BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IN THE PHOENIX PUB!
And remember two minutes no props no music your original material
During the evening BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! will ask you for $5 to pay the feature act and for the running of BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Pay it if you can but not if you are performing!
Monday, February 09, 2015
Photograph by Adam Thomas
Late in January I was interviewed for ArtsHub on what makes a successful night of poetry in a pub. I talked quite a bit but the one important thing I did not say was to remember that the event is a show. You can read the interview here, it draws on the views of a number of other poetry organisers.
Sunday, February 01, 2015
The Cordite Poetry Review published my poem, Devouring the (Un)Happy Years. I wrote the first draft on a train from Manchester to London in 2013. It is about my Grandad.
This is #49.0 of Cordite, the Obsolete issue. Guest editor Tracy Ryan has this to say about the theme of obsolete, ‘However much we theorise or make into metaphor the obsolete and its near relations – waste, the redundant, the superseded – there is a real-world politics around them that cannot be rarefied away or rendered abstruse.’
The poem refers to the Battle at Krojanty, a World War Two cavalry charge against infantry.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! WANTS YOUR WORDS.
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the poetry slam that gives you two minutes to perform your words for prizes.
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the poetry slam in the Phoenix Pub.
And BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! gives you a stage, microphone, MCs, The Master of Conflict, The Score Adder, The Sound Guy and feature acts all in proximity to a bar and toilets so you can perform, judge, yell, mutter or ignore what is going on while you miss your cat.
Because BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the poetry slam and BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wants you!
And that means feature act(s) and this month that feature act is Stackhat.
'Stackhat is an absurdly passionate exploration of abstract sound, unadulterated self-expression and raw emotional exhibitionism. Painstakingly crafting his very own unique brand of urban-surrealism, Stackhat composes vast auditory odysseys peppered with schizophrenic samples and avant-garde poetics. Morbidly beautiful, Stackhat is an exercise in dark, enigmatic, sonic contradiction. For those seeking an escape from the usual played out cookie-cutter counter-culture clichés, Stackhat’s infallible punk rock ethos and penchant for genre mashing will leave you feeling slightly disturbed, strangely intrigued and pleasantly bewildered.'
So join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, 7:30pm to sign-up, 8pm to poetry slam, all night for drinking, and remember no props, no music, your original words!