An edgy night of raucous comedy, poetry, magic, fiction, drama, music & film. On the 21st of October from 7pm upstairs at the Function Room. Entry £5 / 6 on the door.
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Painter & Writer Chris Wilson will read from his latest book, The Glue Ponys, a collection of short stories, thirty tales about ‘the lost and the wandering of America.’
The author spent years living on the streets in the USA as well as spending time in prison. The stories depict life on the margins of society, set in dark alleyways, prison yards, hospital wards and revolve around often nameless characters, junkies, transexuals, hookers, glue ponys… Dark and wounding, the book is no cheerful read, but it is filled with authenticity and intense real life experiences… and a lot of heroin abuse…
Wilson was born in 1961 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne but grew up in Dar es Salaam, East Africa. Him and his family relocated to the US in 1971. He spent many years in the streets and prisons of the USA, from where he was finally extradited to the UK in the late 90s. After becoming drug free and he completed at the Chelsea College of Art and Design with a Distinction. His paintings have been exhibited across the UK and his first book, Horse Latitudes, was published in 2013.
Here’s an awesome interview with Wilson on Huck Magazine!
“Magically obsessive illusionist”
“He has performed at venues and festivals across the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA and has been billed alongside the likes of John Cooper Clarke, Ricky Gervais, Daniel Kitson, and Stewart Lee. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1, Radio 3, Radio 4, 6 Music, London Live, Diesel:U:Music, and he was co-host of three series of the surreal spoken word show Parlour Games on Resonance 104.4FM with writer and actor Guy J Jackson, and has also appeared on Australia’s ABC.” – from his bio at nathanpenlington.com
A man of many talents, there’s no surprise, he is also a magician…
His Wikipedia page speaks for itself, so all you have to do is google him! 🙂
“Sexually confident, socially awkward, medicated feminist poet”
Winner of Best Spoken Word Performer – Saboteur Awards 2016
But here’s more on Emily from her Official Blog: “Emily Harrison performs regularly in London and across the UK, combining precise writing and bold performance. Her poems of “wry observation betray a particular and peculiar turn of mind” and have appeared in various publications including Popshot magazine, Rising and The Morning Star. “Astute and at times painfully humorous”, her first full-length collection with Burning Eye Books is a body of work that confronts a search for love against the stark yet humanising backdrop of the psychiatric institution.”
JAKE WATSON & THE SWAMP STOMP STRING BAND
“Foot stomping, bar brawling bango-guitar-double bass mayhem”
Jake Watson – Guitar/Banjo/Vocals/Harmonica/Kazoo & George Pearson – Double Bass/Vocals
“Jake Watson and The Swamp Stomp String Band are not your average americana band. Twangy Banjos, driving Guitars and a thudding Double Bass sit behind anything from drinking songs that’l have the room stomping there feet and shooting tequila to ballads that’l break even the most toughest folks, to ragtime songs of bar fights and gambling. The London based duo can often be found busking by the side of Thames in the day and performing
“Surreal and silly shenanigans”
Tash has a highly professional website, she is a 23 year old stand-up comedian and a person. She also writes and “acts in things”. Everything she does is “all very silly”.
“Electro lamentations about break ups, cats and men”
Vicky makes songs, comedy sketches, and vlogs. This song below “sings for itself”, expect a very entertaining performance on the night!
“Transgressive theatre twattery”
Sally is a Playwright and Deputy Editor of SHOP Magazine. Her writing has focused on, “at one time or another: zombies, handbags she can’t afford, magical babies and boobs.”
A vegetarian anarcho punk with a law degree, read her witty biography on Hiive Talent.
DYLAN SHEEHAN @FLYFACTION
Dylan is an animator and film editor, and has worked for big names such as: L’Oréal, BBC Worldwide, EA Games, Supermassive Games, Jagex Game Studio, The Body Shop, Michael Clark Company, Garnier, Debenhams, Bank of Scotland and a scary lot more… He is also one of the founders of FlyAction, an independent media production company.
Check out this flashy showreel and be very impressed!
“Otter enthusiast who knows the true value of knee touching”
A special guest poet all the way from Australia: “Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet, broadcaster and musician. She is a regular guest on 774, Radio National and is one sixth of The Outer Sanctum Podcast. Alicia was editor of the national literary journal Going Down Swinging for seven years. Alicia was one of the 3RRR’s Breakfasters team last year and was on Aural Text for fourteen years and has appeared in ABC TV’s Sunday Arts and ABC News Breakfast. Her poems have been in Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Westerly, The Age etc.” – from aliciasometimes.com
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