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It’s Back …..The Overground Spoken Word Special

Bobby-Parker Bobby Parker does a bit of editing.

Very excited to announce, for the third year running, I am hosting and performing at the Overground Spoken Word night at Antenna Studios in Crystal Palace. This night has been a lot of fun in the past. It started as a smaller night downstairs and created a great buzz – with acts like Katrina Naomi, Tamsin Kendrick, David Crystal, Jazzman John Clarke, Sue Johns, Dan Holloway, Brother G and The Trouble, Richard Purnell, Emma Ako, Farhad Mirza,Louise Warren, Allie K Stuart, “The Children”, Kellie Gillespie-Wright, Sainsburys’ Check-Out Chappy, Gale Burns, Isabel White and many others – and fantastic support from a wide range of open mic-ers. We moved upstairs for the festival in 2013 and had the incredible El Crisis and David J Vocal Pugilist headlining, alongside a strong cast including some of the above and Alain English. In 2014, we had a hard act to follow – but managed it – with great features from Brendan Cleary and David Crystal, backed up with eccentric, angry and beautiful sounds from Wondermare, a great support slot from Zuli Stenson, and one of our open mic-ers, JJ Johnston, doing his best to steal the show.

So we’re back this year. On Thurday the 25th June. We have the Jazzman. We have Tamsin. And we have one very exciting feature slot confirmed as Bobby Parker – who I’ve been hoping to get down for ages. Dangerous writing, in every sense of the word. We also have a few local open mic-ers already confirmed. As always the local, unexpected talent is often a big part of the night. Watch this space. It has sold out for the last two years so come along early or you might be listening from the fire escape…..

Full Details:

Thursday 25th June
8pm – 11pm Overground Express 3!
Antenna Gallery, Upstairs At Antenna Studios. Poetry and spoken word is back at Antenna forthe Overground Festival. After the last two years’ brilliant events, we’re back with another blistering,eclectic line-up of talent. Confirmed line-up so far includes Bobby Parker, Tamsin Kendrick and Jazzman John Clarke and Joe Duggan. More names to come! Expect surprises. Not for the faint-hearted. Some short open-mic slots may be available email joeduggan215@hotmail.com for more information.Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start. Limited capacityso arrive early! Sold out for the last two years! Suggested contribution £3

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What Clare said

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So. A Tory majority which is actually trying to scrap the actual human rights act.

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Just let that sink in. Yes, for too long, law-abiding people have apparently been allowed to get on with their lives. But David Cameron, having decided Orwell’s 1984 to be a handbook for good governance, is about to put an end to Thoughtcrime.

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