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 Kae Tempest her words simultaneously 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


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  • SpOAKen Word Lewes
  • Janine ran Spoaken Word Lewes for two years, from September 2021 - spelt that way because it took place at the Royal Oak, 3 Station Street, Lewes, East Sussex.
  • Stealth Aspies
  • Janine performed as part of the Stealth Aspies theatre company, a group of autistic adults telling autistic life stories on stage.

Open Mic Lewes

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A selection of humourous odes from Janine as Open Mic Lewes celebrates its first anniversary with a comedy special. Venue: Only With Love cafe, Malling Community Centre.

Well Spoken! Doncaster

Janine brings poems from her new book to Doncaster’s leading spoken word night. Plus an always-excellent open mic. Venue: Brewery Tap, Young Street.  

Open Mic Lewes

Janine contributes a selection of humorous odes from her new book, Amplify, to this Open Mic Lewes comedy special. Venue: John Harvey Tavern, Lewes

Poeting at the Croak Club, Worthing

Hosted by self-proclaimed Bard of Worthing, Joe Bunn, the Croak Club takes place at the Toad in the Hole pub, and this episode features Janine as guest poet.  

Soteria in the Pub

Soteria in the Pub

Join us for Soteria in the Pub, our open mic event to raise awareness for compassionate alternatives in mental health, at The Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon (London EC1R 3BL). Soteria Network is an international movement of service users, survivors, activists, carers and professionals fighting for more humane, … Read more

We Shall Overcome: Nottingham

Venue: ConnectNetherfield, 1 Victoria Road, Nottingham, NG4 2LA W?SO Nottingham and Connect Cafe Netherfield invite you to join us at this fundraiser for Netherfield’s foodbank, Sharewear, and the Gedling Christmas Bags project. Entry is free, but registration is required because space … Read more

We Shall Overcome: Chesterfield all-dayer

Venue: Déjà Vu, Old Road, Chesterfield. No car park. Food available. We have an amazing line-up and the money raised will support local community project Gussie’s Kitchen.

Speak your Mind, Redditch

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Along with Nick Degg, Janine is a feature poet at this event at the Old Needleworks in Redditch, hosted by the Word Association. There is also an open mic.

BlakeFest

Celebrating William Blake in Sussex Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Felpham, PO22 7PF Join us for jazz, talks, poetry, roots and more. With performance poet Janine Booth, jazz duo Sloth in the City, broadcaster Tamsin Rosewell, and Poetry in Motion with … Read more

Words at Whiskey, Southampton

Janine is the guest poet at this open mic night in Southampton. Venue: Whiskey Blue, 129 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2BR

Crunch Poetry Punch, Halfiax

Hosted by Nick Toczek, Janine headlines this most excellent poetry night, alongside poets Laura Taylor and Keiron Lee Higgins. Venue: Copper Auditorium, The Square Chapel Arts Centre, 10 Square Rd, Halifax HX1 1QG Tickets: £10

Landport Community Café Summer Garden Party

POSTPONED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER – watch this space for escheduled date. Janine contributes a poetic performance to this event hosted by the most excellent Landport Community Café in Lewes. There will also be music and a pay-as-you-feel feast of … Read more

Word Up! Tunbridge Wells

Venue: Tunbridge Wells Forum Janine is the feature poet at this long-running monthly wordfest in Tunbridge Wells. There is also an open mic.  

Sunday Service!

Janine will be contributing a couple of poems from Amplify to Darren Poyzer’s excellent weekly Sunday Service. An hour of live music and community chat. Free, click in live @ www.poyzer.com or via any of the socials, with large screen smart TV via … Read more

Glastonwick after-party

Join Janine and a bunch of tired and happy campers winding down (and up) after Glastonwick 2023. 8pm, Duke of Wellington, 368 Brighton Rd, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 6RE Janine will be showcasing material from her new book, Amplify, which will be … Read more