An extract from December’s London Snakebasket

This is an extract from December’s London Snakebasket, to view the full version, click here.

In the words of the song,“December man looks through the snow to let eleven brothers know they’re all a little older.” And how. But enough of this mal du siècle – we have a thrilling month in store. This Friday, we launch The Writing Room (it took us hours to think that one up), a workshop for poets in the 18-25 bracket. Our SPIN show pirouettes off to the Southbank on Saturday 1st. And later that day is our mega John Cooper Clarke gig. But you can’t come, because it’s sold out. Sorry. Poetry does occasionally sell out, you know. For anyone thinking of taking a poetry show to the Edinburgh Fringe, there’s Taking Your Show to the… next Monday 3rd. Only five places left, so chop-chop. Same goes for our Allsorts workshop, with the mighty Simon Mole, on Thursday 6th.

Someone once described live poetry as ‘like comedy but not so funny’. But is it really? Find out at our Stand Up & Slam! show at The Gallery Café (the place where all the poetic leylines intersect) on Saturday 8th. Looking ahead, Kenny Baraka’s spoken-word-sci-fi-graphic-novel The Rememberers beams down for a few final dates in the positively chthonic setting of the Old Vic Tunnels, 15-18 January. Bring all your friends.

And it feels so tacky – so very Asda – to be wishing you a happy Christmas when it’s still November. But, damn it – to hell with propriety…


Russell Thompson
Programme Coordinator for London

This is an extract from December’s London Snakebasket, to view the full version, click here.

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