Marxist. Trade Unionist. Socialist-feminist. Author. Poet. Speaker. Tutor. RMT ex-Exec. Workers' Liberty. Autie. Bi. PUFC fan.

Poetry Performances

Email Janine to book her for a poetry performance. .

In this section, you will find videos of Janine performing, and information about gigs past and future. .

Janine has performed at hundreds of gigs around the UK, and internationally in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Toronto, New York City, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle NSW.

She regularly performs at music gigs as well as spoken word events; at festivals including Edinburgh, Tolpuddle, South Downs, Glastonwick, Something Else and Shambala; at trade union, Labour Party, political and campaign events; as part of the NeurodiVERSE crew; and in solidarity with strikers alongside fellow Poets on the Picket Line; and with (other) Loud Women.


Funny, biting and original.
Francesca Martinez

Janine Booth is an incredible performer - like a mature Kate Tempest her words simultanously entertain and cut deeply into the heart of social justice, human frailty and what it means to be an ethical person in this world, while never skipping a beat.
Magdalena Ball, Compulsive Reader (New South Wales)

Janine Booth is a 1980s poet who just happens to be a 2010s poet too: her vitriol and stage-presence are, if anything, more finely-honed than they were back then (she's put the years in, after all) and it's great to see her winning over new audiences every time she performs. And even better, she's not simply resurrecting past glories but continues to produce new material all the time. Highly recommended!
Russell Thompson, Apples and Snakes

A one-woman riot.
Joelle Taylor

Janine Booth brings humour to her politics. Her poetry is passionate and on point, and audiences are won over by her down to earth manner and wry witticisms. Don't let the bastards grind you dour.
Tim Wells

Janine Booth will have you belly-laughing at her witty observations on life, then takes you to a place where you truly see through the eyes of those we often don't, but need to see if we are to be better people. All done with the intensity and connection that only a fine and passionate poet can do.
Michael Reynolds, Passionate Tongues, Melbourne

As ever, Janine’s poetry charmed, wowed and inspired a packed venue. I’m always amazed how she gains and holds the attention of an audience who’ve come to watch loud music, and immediately turns them into fans. Love her to bits.
Cassandra Fox, Loud Women

Utterly magnificent.
Phill Jupitus

Janine Booth came to Sunday Slips and blew our mind. Her words are full of honesty and power, she welcomes communication and growth! Janine shook our souls and moved the dialogue of the night to a deeper meaning. She always has a home in Berlin at Sunday Slips. Thank You Janine Booth, from the family at FREUDIAN slip club.
Liliana Velásquez

Janine is absolutely brilliant - witty, sharp, radical, passionate, intense, one of the best performance poets around.
Attila the Stockbroker

Side splitting and hard hitting.
Oliver New, Ealing Trades Union Council

Janine Booth is one of the best spoken-word artists around and her characteristic humour, laced with biting truths and social commentary, never fails to move hearts and minds. 
Bob Oram, Morning Star

Brilliant. Her poem 'Night Tube' is Auden-esque.
Jeremy Corbyn MP

Lambeth and Southwark Solidarity Strike Benefit

Submitted by Janine on 17 January 2023 at 18:50
Event Date

Venue: The Old Dispensary, 325 Camberwell New Road, London SE5 0TF

💥Mark Thomas

💥Beady Man

💥Attila the Stockbroker

💥Janine Booth and more

Live funk band 💥Orchestrated Discontent, DJs

Organised by Lambeth and Southwark Solidarity

All proceeds to union hardship funds.

Incite! LGBT+ poetry online

Submitted by Janine on 14 January 2023 at 18:18
Event Date

Janine is the feature poet at this month's instalment of Incite!

Incite! is London's oldest-running queer spoken word night - started in September 2010. The night is currently on Zoom, free to attend, and is run by charity forum+ and hosted by performance poet Hannah Chutzpah.

Watch this space for the Zoom link.


Soteria in the Pub

Submitted by Janine on 09 January 2023 at 17:11
Event Date

Join us for Soteria in the Pub, our second open mic event to raise awareness for compassionate alternatives in mental health, on 28th January, 2-6pm at The Betsey Trotwood (EC1R 3BL).

Poeting at Bearded Theory

Submitted by Janine on 30 November 2022 at 10:34
Event Date

Poetry from Janine at the legendary Bearded Theory festival, held in Catton Park, Derbyshire.

And just look at all those fabulous acts who will be supporting her!