Sunday 13th September 2015
JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX Sunday 12th July 2015
Join us at the last Jazz Verse Jukebox of the summer on Sunday 12th July for a ‘Poetry Party’ with the crème de la crème of the UK’s spoken word scene.
Featuring Malika Booker - “Raw as chilli peppers rubbed into a wound … this is poetry as revelation and prayer”. Dean Atta - "One of the leading lights in London's poetry scene” David Lee Morgan -"He spits out the words of sacrifice, suffering and revolution, of wisdom and enlightenment” Keith Jarrett -“…rejects the jingoism of popular politics and the idea of being optimist, pessimist or realist, and instead embraces just being.” With music from Australian singer songwriter Tasha Zappala, and music from Jumoké Fashola -“…diverse musical tastes with emphasis on African inspired jazz.”
Special guests include:
Malika Booker (@MalikaBooker)
Malika Booker is a British writer of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. Her poems are widely published in anthologies and journals including: Out of Bounds, Black & Asian Poets (Bloodaxe 2012); Ten New Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010); The India International Journal 2005; and Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (The Women’s Press, 1998). She has represented British writing internationally, both independently and with the British Council, in such countries as Slovenia, Switzerland, New Zealand, India, and Azerbaijan. Malika has also written for the stage and radio. Her one-woman show Unplanned toured nationwide throughout 2007. Her pamphlet Breadfruit was published by flippedeye in 2008, and recommended by the Poetry Book Society. Malika was the first Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her first full-length poetry collection is entitled Pepper Seed
“…Raw as chilli peppers rubbed into a wound … this is poetry as revelation and prayer.” Pascale Petit
“Booker’s poetic movement prises the rusty lid from communal secrets” Shivanee Ramlochan
Dean Atta (@DeanAtta)
Dean Atta is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Atta won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. His debut poetry collection I Am Nobody's Nigger was published in 2013 by The Westbourne Press. Atta lives in London and performs internationally.
"One of the leading lights in London's poetry scene” -Huffington Post
David Lee Morgan
David Lee Morgan was born in Berlin, grown in Seattle and Eastern Washington, for the last 25 years David Lee Morgan has been based in London, travelling the northern hemisphere as a street musician (saxophone) and performance poet. He has written novels, plays and musical theatre. He’s won a fair few performance poetry competitions, including, the London Slam Championship and the UK Slam Championship. He completed a PhD in creative writing and philosophy at Newcastle University. He’s a longstanding member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.
“He spits out the words of sacrifice, suffering and revolution, of wisdom and enlightenment. What he says is radical, is political, but it’s also wise”. Litro
Keith Jarrett (@keithjlondon)
Keith Jarrett lives and works in London, where he is still growing up. Performance poet and fiction writer, he is working on his first novel - partly in verse - which seems to be about a boy with a God complex on the run from the influence of a Pentecostal church.
Keith studied Spanish at UCL, worked briefly in publishing and then took an MA in Creative Writing in 2007, at Birkbeck, London. Since graduation he has written for various publications, including The Mechanics’ Institute Review 5, Tell Tales Vol. IV, Pulp Net and, most recently, Boys and Girls.
He has written poetry in both English and Spanish - a language he became fluent in whilst living in the Caribbean - and is a former London and UK Poetry Slam! Champion.
Performances of both short stories and poetry have included: RADA, Soho Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, the Big Chill Festival, Warsaw's Spoke'n'Word Festival, and the 2010 World Cup Poetry Slam in Bobigny, Paris.
Keith has set up poetry workshops for schools and taught Spanish at Primary level (KS2). He is one of six Spoken Word Educator trainees teaching at a secondary school in East London and recently gained an MA from Goldsmiths University; the project is the first of its kind in Europe.
“…rejects the jingoism of popular politics and the idea of being optimist, pessimist or realist, and instead embraces just being…” Sabotage
Tasha Zappala is an Australian Gypsy singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist, most recognisable as the front woman for the Gypsy punk soul band Terrapin. Zappala has recently released her EP Drawing Trees, with waves of success. The EP was released to a sold-out crowd in Far North Queensland. Tasha is currently working with her band Terrapin recording their EP at Jive Mother Studios in Far North Queensland, to be released later in 2015.
“More intricate falsettos than Janis Joplin.” – Original Sin, Airlie Beach Music Festival, 2014
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