Ok – very proud to announce this. Rescue Contraptions, my new collection from tall-lighthouse will be launched in Antenna Studios, Crystal Palace on Wed 29th June.
Recommend getting in early to book a place below, seats booking up extremely quickly – and you’ll be hearing a lot more about this !
Early responses to Rescue Contraptions :
” For someone who makes such a virtue out of plain-speaking honesty, there’s also a discreet flamboyance at play in Joe Duggan’s work. … giving each word its exact weight and importance and something beyond that. … he can find himself ‘time-jumping ceasefires’ in different countries, imagine a fresh Oscar Wilde bon-mot or keep Youssop Matada suspended and on repeat, high in our minds over East Sheen in a feat of heart-stopping reportage. Yes, honest and real, but superbly and artfully executed, too. Take a long drink.”
“Whether talking about family, country, teaching, or mortality, Joe shares with us the weight of his experiences. His nimble lyricism and style allow us to pick up and hold these moments so that we may appreciate the world’s gravity, rather than be subdued by it.”
“A big gut punch… moving and engaging and funny and brilliant. I don’t read much poetry but then I read some, like yours, which is so powerful and effecting and I wonder why I don’t read more. It’s like you’ve ripped your heart into bits and stapled it all over the page.”
“Simply stunning. It took me there, and it got me right there, in the gut and in the heart.”
I didn’t think I’d get back into running an Open Mic again, and I hadn’t planned it, but here it is and I’m really enjoying it. We’ve now had our second night at the Paxton Centre and both nights have been very memorable !
The thing is – the combination is right. The timing feels right for Crystal Palace to have a night that is all about the performers – where they can perform away from a noisy pub environment and be truly listened to.
The venue feels right. The Paxton Centre has developed into a real hub where local people can come and be creative. I feel connected to it through the many community connections with Crystal Palace Transition Town, Crystal Palace Freelancers and more. And in terms of the art, one-woman-dynamo Beth Mander runs it like an Open Mic. Local artists are given slots on the wall and the art changes every month. Plus there’s a varied range of one-off and regular workshops, gigs and socials every month.
The audience feels right. Musicians, poets, and people who want to come along and enjoy a selection of new and established voices. My intention is to cultivate a space where the singers, poets, comedians and everyone else get a fair space to be heard. Nervous newbies feel able to have a go, and experienced performers can try out new material or just enjoy being listened to.
But most importantly of all – the mix of performers is more than right ! So far it has been brilliant ! I wonder can we keep this up ? On the first night we had everything from RnB from Taylor, rip-roaring soulful balladry from Longy, slightly close to the knuckle comedy from Adam and a really exciting and eclectic mix of writing and spoken word.
Second time round the singer-songwriters were out in force, plus rap from Kai, a great mix of spoken word and a great duet from Tomek and Simone a.k.a “m” to finish the night. It re-enforces my idea that there is a helluva lot of talent in Crystal Palace and in South London in general.
Fancy booking a slot ? Drop me a line for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Was a great night at the last Broken Biscuits… Here’s Idle Eye’s Doug Thorp with some kind words, read on for more including a great 4 minute clip from my performance on the night:
“Joe Duggan kicked off the evening leaving no stone unturned. I’ve tried to give a flavour of just how varied and powerful his work can be in the below edit, but to get the full hit you really need to be there in the flesh. He is blessed with not only the words, but also a voice that soothes on the one hand and kicks off with the other. An extraordinary talent.”
And they just get better and better. Always lovely to do a gig in the manor but oh, Crystal Palace, you surpassed yourselves! Have a biscuit. Let’s break it down, because that’s what you know and love:
Sadly, Michael Legge couldn’t be with us for this one, but the unstoppable Jenny Vegas kindly agreed to take another day off her Bernard Matthews tour of Norfolk to join us once again. And this time, we got the full Manky Shanka, yes we did! God only knows how she manages to walk to Jobcentre Plus every morning.
Jenny Lockyer‘s hilarious, delicate and beautifully delivered songs ranged from a five-year-old’s wry observation of her mother’s appalling driving skills, to the quite brilliant Agnetta Askeholmen doing a ditty about a little dolphin and a magic fish; and anything in between. She’ll be joining us again in Bognor so if you missed this, for God’s sake get…
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Idle Eye bang on about the upcoming Broken Biscuit on 29th October – looking forward to be being a part of it !
“I know I bang on about the respective BB line-ups a fair bit, but bloody hell, look at this one! This will be our third at leafy Crystal Palace’s fabulous Antenna Studios and sixth overall, s…
Source: Broken Biscuits No.6.
Ok, I’m not going to hang around with this one. I need to fax it to all my contacts before the cars screech up outside my door and some big shouldered bloke in sunglasses takes me out with the toaster lead. So, quick let’s just take a look at this article on today’s BBC Website. It went up 3 hours ago:
The article presents evidence from “Centre Forum”. Ever heard of them? Me neither, but hey it’s on the BBC and needs to be taken seriously. Even though my trust in media is running pretty low, I still expect a think-tank to be described as “right-wing” or “left-wing” or some other description that might identify any possible bias or vested interest. You know, like “Cadburys Find Chocolate Extends Life Expectancy”. But the BBC hasn’t done that, so these guys must be straight down the line, independent, only the best interests of our children at heart, with no major vested interests that might make them want to take a pop at state education in this country.
Erm no. This is where I had a quick google, and ended up in one of those conspiracy movie moments where Jason Bourne realises the head of CIA is actually the one who’s after him and he better switch mobile phones and jump out the window to a thumping techno soundtrack. But the thing is, I didn’t actually go to some ranty conspiracy website. I went to the Centre Forum website itself, and here’s what I found. You can listen to the track at the end of the Bourne Ultimatum to put you in the mood if you like.
And you can browse the website for yourself and get more interactive – here’s the link
But if you’re in a rush there’s five people on the board. The chair is Paul Marshall:
And next along we have Sir Theodore Agnew, surely he’s not going to be anything to do with academies……
Sir Theodore previously served as a non-executive board member at the Department for Education, where he was chair of the department’s Academies Board from 2013 to 2015.
Sir Theodore was appointed a deputy lieutenant (DL) of Norfolk in 2013 and was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to education. He was appointed lead non-executive board member at the Ministry of Justice in July 2015.
He is chairman and sponsor of ‘Inspiration’ a multi-academy trust based in Norfolk with 11 schools.
Erm, ok. So here’s a Baroness, let’s see what her connections are. Baroness Sally Morgan
She is currently Chair of Future Leaders (a UK charity training potential head teachers for challenging schools), adviser to the children’s charity, Ark, which works in education in the UK and internationally, on the board for Frontline, a fast-track social work programme, a member of Council for Kings College London and a non-executive director of Carphone Warehouse PLC, and a member of the Advisory Board of Virgin Holdings.
Ah, that’s ok then, look she works with a Children’s Charity called “Ark.” But wait a minute, Ark?
Is that the same Ark with Paul Marshall , “chairman of ARK Schools, which is one of Britain’s leading providers of academies.” ?
So we’ve got a board of five people, three of which are clearly driving forward academies, two of which work for the same academy chain, presenting an authoritative report undermining state education, at a time when the academies are working hard to undermine state education and completely take over? And the BBC don’t think that merits a mention as part of their coverage. Ok.
Thankfully, the questioning of the very radical academisation process is finally kicking off now as more people realise the agenda is for complete take-over. After the NUT, the NASWUT, Jeremy Corbyn and Labour, the Libdems and even many Conservatives have challenged the idea of forcing this idea that wasn’t even in the manifesto on the whole population, we now have the usually moderate ATL union heckling Nick Gibbs today as he tries to sell it. So there is still something to fight for and it’s not over yet. This article in the London Review of Books suggests I’m not being paranoid enough and this is really just the tip of the iceberg…. and it would help if the BBC at the very least acknowledged the agenda of its sources. Do we need to do our own reporting and investigating ?
Another thing to take it into account is that this a pretty blatant example where it’s easy to follow the leads and find the sources, – how many times have reports been released where the fingerprints aren’t so easy to identify? But anyway at least you know the next time you are presented with a report from Centre Forum as part of the evidence – you know what to do: – stick on the music, switch your mobile phone sim card and jump out the window ….
Very excited to be kicking off 2016 with a performance at this great venue in Shoreditch. The line-up looks brilliant and I’m looking forward to firing out a high-powered Saturday Night Set mixed with new material and some old favourites. Special thanks to Graham Buchan for inviting me. And did I mention it’s free? And it’s a straight run on the Overground for any Crystal Palace heads brave enough to leave the triangle.
Read on for more info about the great line-up ……!
At the age of 23 Vesna Goldsworthy read her poems at a football stadium to an audience of thirty thousand. Shewas born in Belgrade in 1961 and has lived in London since 1986. She writes in English, her third language. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and the author of four widely translated books: Inventing Ruritania, on the shaping of cultural perceptions of the Balkans; the Crashaw Prize winning poetry collection, The Angel of Salonika, one of theTimes best poetry books of the year; and two international bestsellers, both of which were serialised on BBC Radio 4, Chernobyl Strawberries, a memoir, andGorsky, a novel, Waterstones Book of the Month for September 2015.
“funny, painful and brilliant” The Observer, “extraordinary” The Guardian, “If there has been a more honest, calm and profoundly moving memoir in the last few years, then I’ve missed it.” Times Literary Supplement.
Joe Duggan, originally from Northern Ireland, was a founder member of the “Bunch of Chancers” Poetry Group, touring throughout Ireland and New York State. He moved to London in 2002. Joe’s first collection “Fizzbombs” from Tall Lighthouse in 2008 was highly commended in The Forward Prize. He has featured at Latitude, Cheltenham and Galway Poetry Festivals, to a full house at the South Bank, and runs a regular sell-out night in Crystal Palace. He has written stories for children and also lyrics for Irish band “Different Drums”, text for Echo Echo Dance, and recently produced a CD with ambient-loop geniuses “The Fireflies” on legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall’s new label.
“under-rated, lyrical, haunting and witty.” Saskia Sarginson, The Irish Times, “Stunning debut collection, vibrant and memorable.” Salena Godden, New Camden Journal, “Under the chatty vernacular is a lovely, casual sharpness, like an unexpected hot chilli in something sold as sweet.” Cherry Smith, Brand Magazine.
Patricia Foster is an award-winning writer, Sable Litmag Poet-In-Residence (2014-2015) and an original member of acclaimed writers’ collective ‘Malika’s Poetry Kitchen’. She hails from Lewisham, south east London. She has read poetry in Jamaica, Oslo, New York and toured The UK, The Netherlands, Antwerp and Chicago. She has also performed for Apples and Snakes, read at Goldsmith University and The Barbican, worked in the theatre and written and toured with female poetry collective ‘Thea-Poets’.
Patricia has successfully facilitated writing and personal development workshops for ‘Every Woman Inspired’ international women’s conference in Jamaica in 2013,2014 and 2015. In 2006 she facilitated a ‘Family History’ themed writing workshop for BBC London Radio’s Family History Day.
Patricia’s poignant poetry draws on her Jamaican heritage and close family bonds. She is published inmany anthologies and publications in the UK, Norway and the USA. Her first chapbook is scheduled for release in Spring 2016.
Alan Wolfson is a performance poet and painter. Words and images spill out of the tumble dryer of his imagination like warm damp things that could have done with another ten minutes.
He was born in Cardiff and studied graphics at Cardiff College of Art and West of England College of Art and Design. Suddenly he dropped his paintbrushes and careered off into broadcasting.
In 2000 he began painting again and between canvases took to writing verse, revisiting his radio copy writing skills and liberating them from the inconvenient parameters of a brief and a deadline.
He is a member of the Hammer & Tongue Camden poetry team, and runs two monthly open mic events in London,’ Words and music in the Woods’, and ‘Friggers of Speech’, which he has taken to Edinburgh twice. He has performed at Latitude and Greenman among many other festivals, and two 45-minute one man shows in Cape Town.
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