Come Rhyme With Me – London

Come Rhyme With Me - London
Friday, May 31, 2013
7:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
70 Exmouth Market
London, UK EC1R 4QP
Other Info
Thanks to Come Rhyme With Me your socialising calendar can be filled with an evening of poetry and spoken word. The night takes place the last Friday of the month at Cotton’s restaurant, Islington and thanks to the imaginative minds of its founders, Dean and Deanna, the show takes inspiration from a meal and is served in ‘3 courses’. The starter consists of an up-and coming poet, followed by a meaty main of an experienced professional. Finally, dessert bears witness to something more light-hearted perhaps some cabaret, comedy or music.

The show starts at 7:00pm and finishes at 10pm with tickets at £7.50 for the show or £12.50 to include a plate of traditional Caribbean food. TSL suggest getting here early to get a comfortable seat at a table as well as staying after the show for some socialising!

« Back to the calendar

Chill Pill Connect @ Roundhouse

Chill Pill Connect @ Roundhouse
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8EH
London NW1 8EH
Other Info
Curated by Mista Gee (host of Radio 4’sBespoken Word and Rhyme and Reason), Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Simon Mole and Adam Kammerling, Chill Pill is a laid-back club night where up-and-coming poets share the stage with some of the finest Spoken Word acts in the UK.

Chill Pill is BACK with a brand new show for 2013: Chill Pill Connect.

We're hooking up with The Roundhouse team to create a live, interactive radio show, and we need YOU to get involved.

Chill Pill Connect brings you all the goodness you've come to expect from the Chill Pill Team, the tunes, the banter, and of course, the poetry, but this time there's a twist.

Connect is being recorded and then moulded by the magic of Roundhouse technology, into a full blown spoken word audio feast. And two open mic-ers will have their poems broadcast as a part of the upcoming show.

This is a brand new concept for Chill Pill and we're very excited to offer up and coming artists the opportunity to be involved.

We'll have eight open mic slots but it's guaranteed to fill up so arrive early to secure a place.

See you there!

Advance tickets:

Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH London, United Kingdom

Tickets: £5
Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.

« Back to the calendar

Chill Pill @ The Albany

Chill Pill @ The Albany
Thursday, November 29, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Douglas Way
Deptford, London, UK SE8 4AG
Other Info
Curated by Mr Gee (host of Radio 4's Bespoken Word and Rhyme and Reason), Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Simon Mole and Kim-Leng Hills, Chill Pill is a laid-back poetry night where up-and-coming poets share the stage with some of the finest spoken word acts in the UK. Plus, we'll be mixing it up with tightly spun tales inspired by today's headlines, the ever-popular Classics Corner and plenty of banter to boot.


Lyric L
Hip hop. Broken beat. Spoken word. Visit website

Harry Baker
Poetry World Cup slam champion 2012. Visit website

Plus sets from Chill Pill poets Simon Mole and Deanna Rodger

Whether you're a spoken word enthusiast, emerging poet or just curious, come with a sense of humour and leave your expectations at the door.

Limited Open Mic slots available. Arrive early to sign up.

« Back to the calendar

Rhyming Thunder Launch Night

Rhyming Thunder Launch Night
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
51 Lavender Gardens
Battersea , London , United Kingdom SW11 1DJ
Other Info
This September Burning Eye Books is launching Rhyming Thunder: The Alternative Anthology of Young Poets.

The anthology brings together 20 of the most promising and exciting young spoken-word stars currently performing in the UK. With no criteria of previously published work, the poets have been selected based purely upon their age and their ability as performance poets.

For one night, we will be bringing together as many of these as we can for an incredible evening of poetry unlike anything you've seen before to celebrate this landmark anthology.

The night will feature performances from:

Amy Acre
Jodi Ann Bickley
Jessie Durrant
Simon Mole
Talia Randall
Amy McAllister
Liam Johnson
Deanna Rodger
Paul Cree
Adam Kammerling
Rob Auton
Emma Ward
Raymond Antrobus
Bridget Minamore
Rembrant Clarke
Tshaka Campbell

Entry is free and the night will be hosted by the anthology editors James Bunting and Jack Dean.

Books will be on sale on the night.

For more information visit:

« Back to the calendar

Holiday reading: EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING (Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz)

Some poems are so good they make me want to put the book down and start writing. And like a lot of poets I find it hard not to read as a writer these days – I automatically start assessing the use of language or form, I’m constantly on the hunt for clues or stepping stones to write better poems myself, and whilst that can be inspiring it is also frustrating at points.

‘Everything is Everything’ by Cristin O’ Keefe Aptowicz is the first collection for a long time to lift me out of this, to make me want to not stop, but to keep on reading. As a reader.

Aptowicz has a style I find easy to take in; simple and clean but full of such brave, quirky beauty within that. She uses everyday language to spark such strong poetic images, and fills each poem with a sense of something felt  beyond the words themselves; of the hearts of the poems, their reasons for being poems rather than words in some other form.



The blurb on the back of ‘Everything is Everything’ (her fifth collection) states that inside Aptowicz ‘polishes her obsessions until they gleam’, but as I read the poems these obsessions shone out to me almost as personas – without being a straight autobiographical narrative in any way, the collection gave me a real sense of character and life-journey, of the different sides to her personality that seem to shape her writing, or rather personas that appear through it. By no means exclusively I enjoyed getting to know the geeky teen on the academic decatholon team, the passionate slam poetry ambassador, the proud lover and New Yorker, the shy and awkward recluse, the quirky trivia queen, and the embattled commuter on her 9-5 office grind. I also enjoyed finding I had been left space to read creatively, to imagine connections between the moments and experiences described.


Coming back to the collection with my writers head on was fun too, and particularly to read Aptowicz as a performance poet who is currently thinking about how best my stuff might work on the page. I hear her poems clearly as I read them, and the strength of her voice is enhanced by how the poems look. Second time through I also realised that part of the reason the book flowed so well for me is because Aptowicz uses shorter poems brilliantly throughout – they almost take the role of pre-amble in a spoken word set by giving you a break from such an intense level of required focus, and help her to frame or give context to the following poem or poems.

Anyway, I did end up inspired and hungry to write – which is what I’m going to go and do now! If you want to find out more about this collection and Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz in general then follow the link: