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We Shall Overcome: performing poetry in Nunhead!

October 4, 2015 @ 17:00 - 21:00

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The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE
15 min walk from Brockley Overground station
343 bus from Peckham Rye Overground or Elephant and Castle or New Cross Gate

WSO is a national (and now international) weekend of live events in opposition to austerity and in celebration of not giving up.

6 to 10 pm
Free entry but we’re fundraising for The Trussell Trust, a charity combatting hunger and poverty, with over 400 food banks across the UK. We’ll be collecting donations on the night. If you can’t make it you can donate to our Just Giving page: 

Historic storytelling with a modern twist. Of the spine. Fables for our time. Coal pit pop to rattle your bones.

Janine Booth
Marxist trade-unionist stalwart of political poetry scene.
“Wry humour and astute observations” (Peter Pinkney, President RMT)

Keith Jarrett
Former UK Farrago Poetry Slam champion Keith Jarrett (not the jazz pianist) has written poetry and prose from an early age, inspired by hip-hop and jazz. A fascinating and hilarious performance poet.

Njambi McGrath 
Fresh from performing her “The Devil’s Door Bell” show at this year’s Edinburgh Free Fringe (“a little comic relief about an unorthodox African childhood”) Njambi combines comedy with powerful storytelling. Last year’s show about Kenyan history was as moving as it was funny. “Extraordinarily powerful performance” (Kate Copstick) “A must see” (Scotsman) “Trail blazing” (Guardian)

Joe Murphy
Leader of indie-folk band Sergeant Buzfuz and co-director of independent record label Blang.
“Imagine if Billy Bragg and The Beatles collaborated…inventive and quirky” (Fatea) “exploring the minutiae of life in the quirky, English style of Jarvis Cocker” (R2)

Dave Pickering
Host of Stand Up Tragedy variety night and Spark London storytelling open mic. Fresh from performing his “What About The Men? Mansplaining Masculinity” show at this year’s Edinburgh Free Fringe. Co-writer of Cbeebies Radio series “Ministry Of Stories” aimed at helping listeners aged 3-6 explore the magic of storytelling. 

Slate Islands 
Hebriddean songstress Polly MacLean, leader of the Celtic Noir group of the same name.
“Witty and more than a little disturbing” (Sounds XP) “Haunting, dark, delivered as smoothly as a dagger in the back” (Fatea)

Ant Smith 
Ant, the GameCat, Smith believes poetry is a voice for all. From condemning all that Thatcher did to us in the 80s to fighting bullying and body shaming in 2015 he’s been delighting and horrifying ordinary folk for over twenty years.


October 4, 2015
17:00 - 21:00

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