John Osborne and The Islanders on Tour!

islanderThree of our authors are heading off on tour together. John Osborne’s show On The Beach and Amy Mason’s & Eddie Argos’ The Islanders are part of a brilliant double bill of shows touring a fine selection of theatres and arts centres next week.

Dubbed The Seaside Tour, it promises to be one of finest evenings of story-telling around this Spring. Don’t miss it. Find out your local date here.

‘Good evening, we are The Fall"

flierHow do you feel about gramophones, poetry fans? Vinyl? The Fall? Kick-ass poeming? Look no further; I have something for you that brings these four things together in a way that reminds me a little of Avengers: Assemble, only with less mythical hammers and flying.

On Saturday 22nd June, I’m delighted to tell you that Nasty Little Press is hosting a short literary cabaret* on the top floor of Norwich’s Keir Hardie Hall, before our friend DJ78 plays all his old Fall records on the original vinyl.

Reading on the night will be Luke Wright (The Vile Ascent of Lucien Gore And What The People Did), John Osborne (Most People Aren’t That Happy Anyway), Martin Figura (Arthur) and Hattie Grünwald (Nasty Little Intro #6).

And if the promise of all that NLP talent and the mad gramophoning skillz of DJ78 weren’t enough to have you camping outside Keir Hardie Hall tomorrow on garden furniture with thermoses of soup and sleeping bags, here’s something else:

It’s FREE.

Yep, don’t say we don’t treat you good, poetry fans. It all kicks off at 8:00pm and promises to be a fantastic night, so make sure it’s firmly in your diary, or on your calendar, or felt penned on your hand, depending how you roll.

*Am I the only person who, on hearing the words ‘literary cabaret’, imagines books wearing jaunty hats and high-kicking? Oh, just me again. OK then.

Norwich Poetry Club

So last week, I discovered that the collective name for a group of bears is a sleuth. A Sleuth of Bears. That’s just brilliant. That’s the title of a Grade A poetry collection, right there. You’re welcome. Just mention me in the acknowledgements.

I only mention this because I was wondering this morning what the collective name for a group of poets is. Now, I don’t know if there is an official ruling on this (maybe it’s a job for the Poet Laureate, and if it’s not, maybe it should be), but a short perusal online provided me with a bunch of excellent suggestions, my favourite of which was a Moët. Fitting, I thought.

With that in mind, I just wanted to tell all of you who live in or around Norwich that there will be a Moët of NLP poets converging tonight at The Bicycle Shop (which confused me for years until I discovered that it was not, in fact, a shop that sold bicycles) for The Norwich Poetry Club. It all kicks off at 7:00pm, and will cost you £5, which works out at less that £1 per poet. And if that’s not a good deal, I don’t know what is.

Useful Dates

Sometimes, as much as you try and keep up with things, dates don’t go in your diary, things pass you by, and you miss out on fun stuff. It happens. I didn’t go to see Eels when they played at the UEA in my first year of university, and then bought Souljacker and realised that had I gone I would have been in the same room as them when they played Fresh Feeling. This is not a feeling I want you to experience, poetry fans. I don’t want you, for instance, to walk past a poster and discover that you missed your favourite NLP poet performing at your local arts centre, especially if you spent the evening in question eating pasta and watching old episodes of River Cottage on 4od.

Here at NLP, we know that dates can get missed, and so we do our best to keep up to date with all our poets’ schedules and keep you informed. It’s therefore in this spirit of sharing that I wanted to give you a heads up about some upcoming gigs from Martin Figura:

Whistle show
17 March 2:15pm @ StAnza Byre Theatre (studio)
15 April 10:00am @ Wenlock Poetry Festival
20 April 7:30pm @ Cheltenham Poetry Festival
26 April @ Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Martin is also performing Whistle over five days (22-26 May) at the London Roundhouse. You can book tickets for the show here.

Martin will also be performing at the following events:

litLiterary Death Match
12 March @ Norwich Arts Centre

Future Radio Fund-Raiser
23 March @ The York Tavern, Norwich

Book Slam (with William Boyd, Ross Sutherland & John McCleery)
27 Mar, Doors 6.30 for 7.30 @ The Clapham Grand, London

For dates of gigs and further information about all of our lovely poets, do check out the People section of our website, where, if you are the observant type, you will notice two new faces: Amy Blakemore and Alex Gwyther, whose Nasty Little Intros #3 and #4 are due back from the printers at NLP HQ any day now. We’ll be introducing them to you properly in due course!

Until then, I hope you are enjoying the (sporadic) Spring sunshine and the fact that flip flop weather is only round the corner!