Monday 1st May 
Whitcombe Church
More details to follow. A cosy one with Nina Walsh, Franck Alba and some of the Moine Dubh crew.
Email for more info. Very limited space.

25th Feb

Booking Link Here 

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Lifting The Lid Festival (Online)
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A Second Chance …

Fri 11th November
Antenna Gallery, Crystal Palace
7pm – with reading/performance from 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Following the sold-out launch in June, pleased to offer a second chance in Crystal Palace to hear a full reading from Rescue Contraptions – this event is already booking quickly. Free with an opportunity to buy a signed copy at the reduced price of £10.

29th June 2022

It’s a big one….

The Crystal Palace Launch of Rescue Contraptions – my collection from tall-lighthouse press !
Free – But strongly recommend booking, seats are going quickly

Wed 29th June
Antenna Gallery, Crystal Palace
7.30pm – with reading at 8pm

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Mon, 20 June 2022

19:30 – 22:00 BST

Rugby Tavern

19 Great James Street

London WC1N 3ES

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Ahead of my book launch, I’m doing a short taster set in Central London …

Looking forward to supporting fellow tall-lighthouse family member in her debut reading from her new collection, with a great line-up including the one and only Brendan Cleary

Sarah Shapiro is visiting from Boston USA & reading ‘live’ for the first time from her tall-lighthouse pamphlet Being Called Normal. The poems form a dialogue between her documented psycho-educational evaluations and her reaction to the analysis and words used.

Ella Frears Her debut collection, Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books) was a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

Brendan Cleary With his new collection The Other Place (Pighog) beautifully exploring the ghosts of his past and what it means to experience a loss, promising to leave readers with a deep yearning for more.

Joe Duggan In advance of his launch, a taster from his new tall-lighthouse collection Rescue Contraptions – to be officially published on 29 June.

Click here for more details and to book ! 


Some online archived performances on Crystal Palace Lockdown
(With various stages of lockdown beard !)

April 3rd 2021 

Short pieces:
The Globe Part 1 Don’t Be Vague
Even After Another Builder Was Shot
The Big Race
My Da’s Head
Julie Andrews As An Nurse
Step Dad Steps


July 11th 2020
Featuring Stagger Store ( The Original Line-Up),  Library Lovers,  Robbie’s Phone, Rostrevor (Castlewellan)

June 20th 2020
The Personal is Political.
Three Spoken Word Pieces:
Permanently At Holyhead
Trying To Find A Banner To Walk Behind At The Bloody Sunday Rally
I Have No Idea What It Feels Like (For Robert Hamill)

April 25th 2020
The New Criteria, The Mighty Kong, and Francy The Fighter – featuring some boxing footage from my bro

2020 …. before Lockdown 

The Paxton Centre Open Mic continues to go from strength to strength – usually on last Friday of the month – check out the Paxton Centre for more details




Incredibly honoured to have a small slot on this night, curated by David Holmes remembering Andrew Weatherall:


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Sat Mar 14 2020

10:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Ulster Sports Club

96-98 High StBelfast , ANT BT1 2BG



Open Mic At The Paxton Centre

Friday 29th November 


25th Oct

Open Mic At The Paxton Centre

2nd Oct 

8 Extraordinary Poets on The Golden Hinde
Pete Bearder a.k.a  Pete The Temp 
Fay Roberts  Joe Duggan  Sascha Akhtar  Charlotte Ansell
Jill Abram Hannah Philippa Raymond-Cox  Rick Dove 
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Facebook Event Here


20th Sept

Open Mic At The Paxton Centre

With a very special guest ! 


30th August

Open Mic At The Paxton Centre 


26th July

Open Mic At The Paxton Centre 


28th June

Paxton Centre Open Mic

Post- Crystal Palace Festival Open Mic

These events are selling out quickly.

Get in quick. Ticket link here

23rd June


Something a little bit different: I will be the newsreader in The John Cage piece:
“Speech” – piece for 5 radios and a newsreader (1955)
Alongside a whole plethora of talented musicians and DJs.

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Facebook Event Here. Free Entry 

21st June

SOLD OUT : The Spoken Word Express

With ….

Roger Robinson Zia Ahmed


Ibizo Lami + Andy Pop + Jahmar Ngozi

Roisin McLaughlin-Dowd + Francesca La Nave + Angie Blue + Jessica Cahill + Channel Kye + Joseph Johnston + “About”

Hosted by Joe Duggan

Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson is a writer and performer who lives between London and Trinidad. His first full poetry collection, The Butterfly Hotel, was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize and he was highly commended in The Forward Prize in 2013. He has toured extensively with the British Council and is a co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen.

Chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon over the past 50 years, he has also published a book of short fiction, Adventures in 3D (2001); poetry pamphlets Suitcase (2004) and Suckle, the latter winning the Peoples Book Prize in 2009; and his first full poetry collection, The Butterfly Hotel was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2012. Roger is the lead vocalist for King Midas Sound, whose critically acclaimed debut album, Waiting for You was released on Hyperdub Records.

His one-man shows include: The Shadow Boxer; Letter from My Father’s Brother; and Prohibition (all premiered at the British Festival of Visual Theatre at Battersea Arts Centre).



Zia Ahmed

“He’s brilliant – really dry humour, really beautiful language and turn of phrase” Kate Tempest

2011 Roundhouse Slam winning poet, shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16, 2017 resident writer at Paines Plough, awarded a place on the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme, and has recorded an EP with NIWEMANG.

“the originality, his flair for storytelling, his linguistic dynamism, his natural dry humour combine in one of the most original voices we’ve heard,” – George Perrin, Associate Director Paines Plough

Andy Pop

Part lyrical South-London poet, part high-priest of disco, Andy Pop has newly launched himself onto the stage of life. His unique blend of synthesiser and funky-guitar infused backing tracks, laid over with quirky vocal narratives have already set in motion small ripples on the performance circuit which threaten to grow into big tsunami-esque waves. He is a man standing on a mountain of opportunity, offering you a hand to pull you up to join him where eagles of musical fortune dare to soar.

Ibizo Lami

A Zimbabwean-born artist based in Surrey, Ibizo uses multiple mediums to celebrate her personal experiences and identity – amongst many, cultural fusion, the evolution of language, her motivation for positive mental health, good food, memes, being a young black woman artist in Surrey.

Not forgetting the heavy influences of her eclectic musical taste including Gqom, Jazz and whatever Nai Palm & Hiatus Kaiyote are making.

ibizo is fearless, brutally honest, raw and unbounded by conventional thinking in creating witty, clever art that is heartwarming and will leave you feeling like ‘all is well with the world’.

Jahmar Ngozi

Jahmar is an Emerging Artist Award Winner & Poetry Slam Champion. Writer and Producer of When Harlem Met KenyaVan Gogh On The Beach and Amsterdam. Through his company his performances have picked up 4 star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe, Camden Fringe and Leefest:

” Brilliant delivery, energy, and use of word play. Extremely thought provoking. Such a bright and captivating performance. Funny, emotive, unique, refreshing. ”

Jessica Cahill

Just confirmed this brilliant local vocalist. Full biog to follow.

Jess has recently played with double bass player Pete Marsh,The No Frills Band, and The Low Road (for Andrew Weatherall’s Moine Dubh label).

She was previously with experimental folk duo Salt & Blue with cellist Jakob Kaye and has guested with numerous musicians, including Firepit Collective, Babar Luck and Florrible & Misrabella, the outfit that later became Florence & The Machine.

Roisin McLaughlin Dowd

Roisin McLaughlin-Dowd graduated last year with an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths. Her as yet unpublished poetry collection focuses on a range of experiences of womanhood, taking inspiration from Greek Mythology and rewriting the myths through a personal and feminist lens. She writes also about female relationships, bodies, and chronic illness.

Francesca La Nave

Francesca La Nave is a local visual artist, poet and art therapist. Some of her poems have been published in anthologies and she has read at poetry and spoken word events including Paper Tiger. She has recently been longlisted in the Fish Publishing poetry competition.

Angie Blue

Angie Blue is a singer-songwriter from South London who has been winning a lot of new fans at The Paxton Centre Open Mic ! Her musical tastes include rock, reggae and punk. Angie Blue has been writing songs since the age of fifteen. Her song ‘Stay’ was selected by Tom Robinson to feature on the “BBC Introducing” Mixtape on 6 Music.

Channel Kye

Young unsigned South London rapper with a really strong performance presence. Full biog to follow.

Joseph Johnston

Joseph is an emerging local writer of stories and poems. Magazine editor of Open Pen. He can also be found poetically making a mean coffee in a local cafe.


Group of local 17 year-olds who are going to give us a short burst of something special. World premiere.

Host : Joe Duggan

“Lyrical, haunting and witty,” The Irish Times

Joe has performed widely throughout the UK, including Latitude, Rich Mix and The South Bank Centre and was highly commended in The Forward Prize for his first collection, Fizzbombs.

Venue & Line-up Updates  And Buy Tickets Here 

18th June

Rescue Contraptions: Joe Duggan and The Spy From Moscow 

The Attic Arts Club

7pm – 8.30 pm

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I’m really excited at this opportunity to perform a series of longer autobiographical sets, alongside the remarkably talented “Spy From Moscow”.

“Lyrical, haunting and witty,” The Irish Times

Local prize-winning poet Joe Duggan takes us from Troubles-era Belfast and an awkward coming of age in parties and politics to culture-shocks and crises in London, shielded only by his rescue contraptions: his poems.

Joe has performed widely throughout the UK, including Latitude, Rich Mix and The South Bank Centre and was highly commended in The Forward Prize for his first collection, Fizzbombs.

With support from fellow countryman and acclaimed songwriter Declan Feenan

a.k.a. ‘The Spy From Moscow’

“Unique, seductive and utterly addictive.” Music & Manxies

“A haunting voice that pierces the soul ” Plugged In Switched On

Tickets Already Selling Fast. Book Here To Avoid Disappointment.


24th May

Open Mic At The Paxton Centre 

I’m really enjoying this at the moment – the level of talent is off the scale. Come along and enjoy a random mix of singer-songwriters, comedians, spoken word and a bit of open mic randomness. I host and usually do a few if time. Often sells out, and open mic slots tend to fill up weeks in advance. Book your tickets and get more info here 

15th May

Launch of Valued Voices exhibition: “200 Words and A Picture” 

Strabane, County Tyrone

Honoured to have a piece of text and photograph as part of this powerful exhibition documenting the impact on ordinary people of the conflict in the North of Ireland. Curated by Eamon Baker and Towards Understanding and Healing  .
More info here 


Friday 12th April

Open Mic At The Paxton Centre

Another absolutely brilliant line-up of talent from locally and through out London. Often sells out, and slots are booked in advance. More info here

Saturday 6th April

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Tickets Link Here Tickets only £5 –


Friday 22nd March

Open Mic at The Paxton Centre

So the last two have sold out in advance – so you have been warned – developing into a brilliant night of local, not so local, new and not so new talent, hosted and curated by myself – everything from beginners to really experienced acts – comedy, singer-songwriters, spoken word and a bit of randomness. Doors 7pm, acts from 8-11pm


Thursday 21st March

Very pleased to be performing again with the wonderful Zena Edwards, alongside a brilliant line-up in what proves to be a powerful show

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Facebook Event Here or Just Pay On The Door


Pighog, Brighton

Fri 28th February

Looking forward to this feature slot at one of Brighton’s longest running and liveliest poetry nights. Nightingale Room, (upstairs at Grand Central – opposite Brighton station). Doors 7.15. £5 Full line-up TBC . Facebook Page Here

SOLD OUT Paxton Centre Open Mic 

Fri 22nd February

Another stonking line-up, another great night in prospect, but get in quick.

Tickets here


SOLD OUT Paxton Centre Open Mic 

Fri 25th Jan

We’re going to pick up where we left off – with another brilliant diverse line-up and lots of exciting talent. Tickets sell quickly – facebook event and tickets here – Doors 7pm, Acts from 8pm – 11ish.



Thursday 20th December

Moine Dubh Residency

Final Night of the Moine Dubh Residency at The Social,  Little Portland Street, well for 2018 anyway. Line-up TBC.

Fri 14th December

The Paxton Centre Open Mic 

Let’s celebrate a brilliant year of talent in style. May sell out. See you there !

Tickets and Facebook Event Here 


The Happy Pill Academy & Friends – Xmas Special!
Friday 30th of November
Doors at 7pm – Acts from 8pm

I’m performing alongside some very talented local singer-songwriters and comedians.

Happy Pill Xmas

Free Entry, gifts welcome in aid of Gingerbread Corner.
We will totally accept cash / debit or credit card donations in aid of our chosen charity. BUT… since it’s Xmas, if you felt like buying a small gift, wrapping it and donating it to Gingerbread Corner nursery we’ll make sure those presents go to the kids there! 🙂
The other acts are:
The Happy Pill Academy . Paul Hooker     Matt Pryor
Spy From Moscow     Rebecca Larkin
Leila Zuleika Ramos & Joe Ramos
M’ band .  Fields of Barley  Andy Cronk aka Vote BJ
Tonight’s compere will be Luigi Coppola – mesmerising, talented, funny, urbane and an all-round wonderful person!

Open Mic At The Paxton Centre 

23rd November –  see below for details – these nights are selling out at the moment – recommend booking in advance to secure admissionLINK HERE 

14th November 1pm – Lunchtime Reading

The Junction



Very exciting and honoured to be back reading and facilitating in Derry Londonderry, a place in many ways that gave birth to me as a poet.

The reading is part of the powerful “200 words and a picture” project that brings together “valued voices” from across the community with challenging, powerful writing and images of experiences of the conflict in the North.

Eamon Baker says:

“Joe Duggan, a poet well known to local writers, has been invited to return to the city during November.
As a guest of Towards Understanding and Healing, he will be facilitating creative writing workshops themed around the stories and images within the 200 Words and One Picture exhibition. Joe will begin this facilitative process in the week beginning Monday November 12th and he will also “do” a reading here in the Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership building at lunchtime on November 14th.
More details on that reading to follow as we confirm the line up headlined by Joe”

Address and venue details here

Friday 2nd November

Excited to do a 10-15 minute slot as part of this great night, compered by the very talented Jahmar Ngozi & also featuring Guitar maestro Ian Shaw, alongside a host of great acts:


2 NOVEMBER @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Select contributions from poets, actors, dancers, fashionistas and musicians. All intertwined to create an evening of pure creative ambience.

Each person has been selected for their unique contribution qualities. There are rumors of a mini-fashion show and a very elusive and varied line up, so the artists get to enjoy the experience as much as the audience. A genuine gathering of creatives and art lovers. Saying all that, I must mention that this is a unpolished event, a celebration on the fundamentals of respective art.
Creative Director: Jahmar Ngozi. Emerging Artist Award Winner

This event will be filmed and photographed.

£5 – £10 Donations would be appreciated, though not enforced.

No booking necessary. Venue and event details here


Tue 30th October

“10.30am Sharing stories with storytellers Michelle Fisher and Joe Duggan”

Reading as part of The Reading Friends Launch at The BFI Southbank

Email for more info.

Friday 19th October

Open Mic At The Paxton Centre

Been a great year building this Open Mic into something special – come along and see what happens this time – there always seems to be a lot of quality, a lot of variety and a few surprises ! Tickets and details here – September event was a full house !


Thursday 20th Sept

Moine Dubh Label Night: September Edition

Andrew Weatherall’s Moine Dubh label presents a new irregular residency at The Social on Little Portland St over 4 events in 2018

This month’s event is hosted by Fireflies with special guests Echowood, Sawtooth Trio + Eva Eden + Guest Poet Joe Duggan

Playing records from the Sawtooth Trio will be Jimmy Jewel (Shoom, Trip)

15th September (Saturday for a change !)

The Paxton Centre Open Mic Hosted By Joe Duggan

Booking & details here. Buy in advance to secure admission for this great night that’s becoming a bit of a “thing” !


31st August

The Paxton Centre Open Mic Hosted By Joe Duggan

This event just keeps better and better. Round off your Summer amongst a blistering array of talent from the area and around London.  Full details and booking link here

25th August

Very pleased to performing as guest poet alongside this bunch of very talented musicians. I will be collaborating on a few pieces with Franck Alba. Line-up includes member of the brilliant band “Piano Magic”

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July 22nd

The Paxton Centre Open Mic Hosted By Joe Duggan

I have to say this event is really remarkable at the moment – last month’s capacity crowd were treated to a ridiculously talented array of singer-songwriters, spoken word artists, a comedian, and a few random surprises. Don’t know if we can keep this up, so get it while it’s hot. Advance booking strongly recommended as last event sold out.

Facebook Event:

July 6th

8pm – 10.30pm

Vanessa Kisuule

I’m hosting and MC-ing this event as part of The Sydenham Arts Festival

A writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag based in Bristol. Vanessa has won over ten slam titles including The Roundhouse Slam 2014, Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014 and the Nuyorican Poetry Slam, and has toured the world extensively. Her poetry collections ‘Joyriding The Storm’ and ‘A Recipe For Sorcery’ are both published by Burning Eye. Her one woman show SEXY is currently on tour with the kind support of Arts Council England, Bristol Old Vic and Camden People’s Theatre. She has been appointed Bristol City Poet 2018 – 2020. May contain swearing!

Doors 7.30pm, Performance 8pm
Plus Q&A hosted by Joe Duggan
£10/£8 concessions
Not suitable for under 12’s

Tickets Here


Saturday 23rd June

I’m doing a short slot on the main stage as part of this great family friendly festival in Croydon – approx performance time 2.30 – 3pm


Facebook Event Here 

Friday 22nd June 

The Paxton Centre Open Mic 

Doors 7pm, Performers from 8pm

It’s getting bigger and better – incredible range of acts every month. Starting to sell out. This magical night returns with a great line-up of singer-songwriters, poets and the randomness of an open mic. Tickets here.

Thursday 21st June 

moine dubh

I’ll do a short set as part the brilliant Moine Dubh Collective at The Social, Soho 

The 2nd night of our residency. Featuring a fantastic line-up of musicians with the one and only Mr Andrew Weatherall on the decks ! See my blog about Moine Dubh here 

Tickets Here 

Tuesday 19th June

Featured Poetry Slot:

The Kickback/ Poetic Insight – Young People Insight

Event Link Here

Young People Insight’s monthly events, The Kickback and Poetic Insight combine, for an evening of conversation and poetry all about Peace.  In a special twist for the Festival of Peace, it will focus on being inter-generational rather than solely youth focused, providing a space for all to learn from each other.

Hosted by our Young Person’s Partner, Shaniqua Benjamin, founder of Young People Insight.

Venue:  Project B, 3-7 Middle St, Croydon CR0 1RE

Sunday 17th June 

Time To Come Down – A Crystal Palace Post Festival Wind-Down


The ultimate post-festival wind down. Chilled singer-songwriters, improvised electronics, visuals, across two stages.  Glen Johnson (ex- Piano Magic) Kristina Pulejkova, Franck Alba, Patrick Schmidt, Paul Tornbohm, Nuimigi, Oliver Cherer & Guest Poet Joe Duggan.
Licensed bar/cafe. Entry by donation.

I’ll be joining an incredibly talented group of musicians and doing some short collaborative pieces.

Facebook Event Here 

Saturday 16th June

Crystal Palace Festival Spoken Word Tent

4.30pm – 5.30pm

As part of “The Writing Room” with Apples and Snakes and Zena Edwards and young writers from Croydon – part of a day featuring The Stereo MCs, Polarbear Spoken Word and a lot more !

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Friday 15th June 2018

The Spoken Word Express

UPDATE : SOLD OUT – email to  ask about reserves and returns before 5pm

Back for it’s 5th year ! Likely to sell out !  Antenna Studios .   7.30pm

The Spoken Word Express Has Pulled In Again To Crystal Palace !

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Book here ! It tends to sell out !

In it’s fifth year in Antenna Gallery, we welcome back this eclectic gathering of spoken word, music and a few surprises. We have a blinding line-up of feature acts, very special guests, and brilliant local talent. Hosted by local award winning poet Joe Duggan: ” “lyrical, haunting and witty” The Irish Times.

Some “local talent” slots available, email for more info. Expect a wide range of voices. Expect a few surprises. Not for the faint-hearted. Tends to sell out. Great way to kick off the festival weekend. Watch this page for updates to the line-up.


Fantastic headliners Dean Atta and John Hegley,  local hip-hop from The Years, Singer-Songwriter Jen Kearney, spoken word from Joe Duggan, critically acclaimed poet Anne Saunders, music from m band,  with many more acts tbc – click on ticket link for updates.

This room does not have wheelchair access. Unreserved seating. Recommend booking in advance and arriving early.

Tickets here : Tends to sell out ! 

Tuesday 5th June

Joe Duggan and friends : Live at the Library

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BOOK HERE ! Tickets selling quickly ! 

The books have been closed for the evening but the words come alive!

A curated night of amazing local talent, hosted by award-winning poet Joe Duggan.

Featuring critical and sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 from Lucy Grace : Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield

Narnia doesn’t exist. Lucy’s just realised. She’s 26. She’s still reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. If the adventures of heroine Lucy Pevensie can’t guide her through the real world, then maybe C. S. Lewis’ dedication to his god-daughter, Lucy Barfield, holds the key to another wardrobe.  

“an extraordinary story of a normal person…. Don’t miss it.” ★★★★ What’s On Stage

“I love the fringe because it throws up small, thoughtful, moving and unassuming shows such as this one…”   Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Recommended show: The Guardian

 ★★★★★ EdFringe Review    ★★★★ The List  ★★★★ Three Weeks   ★★★★ Female Arts

 With support from:

Joe Duggan:  “lyrical, haunting and witty” – The Irish Times

“under the chatty vernacular is a lovely, casual sharpness, like an unexpected hot chilli in something sold as sweet.  There’s power and tenderness together here.” – Cherry Smith, Brand Magazine

 Tamsin Kendrick ” What to do but applaud? Wilfred Owen and the Pussycat Dolls in the same poem?” – Mslexia

“Unflinching directness and honesty” – Niall O’Sullivan

 The Gillies 
“Loved those songs – the arrangements had so much space! Like a late night drive through the American mid-west. ” John Hocking,  Twickfolk

Thurday 19th April

I’ll do a short set as part the brilliant Moine Dubh Collective at The Social, Soho 

Fantastic line-up of musicians including Nina Walsh, Franck Alba, Barry Woolenough, Alain McClean, Jessica Cahill, Simone Clarke – with the one and only Mr Andrew Weatherall on the decks ! See my blog about Moine Dubh here  

With Mr Weatherall attached, this is very likely to sell out. Click for  event info and booking

Fri 13th April 

The Open Mic at The Paxton Centre

52 Anerley Hill

Crystal Palace

It’s absolutely booming now with amazing acts – recommend buying tickets early as it might sell out. A lot of fun with 15 + brilliant acts . Click here for eventbrite and facebook links.

Fri 16th March

Hosting and Performing at The Open Mic – The Paxton Centre

52 Anerley Hill

Crystal Palace

Friday 16th February

Hosting and Performing at The Open Mic – The Paxton Centre

52 Anerley Hill

Crystal Palace

Friday 26th January 

Hosting and Performing at The Open Mic – The Paxton Centre 

52 Anerley Hill

Crystal Palace




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Really honoured to have a few slots at this event – look out and listen out for me at the station or watch on facebook live. I’ll be reading from “Decline of the English Murder” around 6pm on 17th October.


30th Sept in Antenna Studios  7.30pm -11pm

Special Guest Slot at launch of the album ‘Sleep of Reason’ by T.A.Wright
and Orchestra Fantasma,

first release on the new-born Distributore Fantasma records.

Produced by Donald Ross Skinner and T.A. Wright:
‘This song-cycle takes you on a circular tour, opening with the dystopian folk- allegory of Dark Island moving through relentless groove of Children of Birds, the drifting melancholy of How to Talk to a Mountain and the plangent garage/prog bombast of Last of England before coming to an uneasy rest where it began.’

At Crystal Palace’s music, arts and general good-vibes hub, the lovely Antenna Studios. Featuring live performance of the Sleep of Reason song cycle by T.A.Wright and Orchestra Fantasma plus performances by special guests including Joe Duggan and Lost Folk Collective
Psychedelic RPMs provided by D.J. Paul
Compere: Adam Brody (Stage Door Guy, SeLAR)

Orchestra Fantasma are:
Amar Singh- Drums
Paul Tornbohm (Piano Magic) Bass
Donald Ross Skinner (Julian Cope, Love Amongst Ruin, Salad) Guitar/keyboards
Franck Alba (Fireflies, Piano Magic, Low Road) Guitars
T.A.Wright guitar, vocals


July 6th At The Sydenham Arts Festival

Very honoured to be mc-ing and facilitating the Q and A at this great event:

Spoken Word Poet – Deanna Roger

A firm believer in the power of unconditional love, “The best advice I’ve ever been given is to be grateful for everything”.

Deanna is an international writer, performer and facilitator. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground.  Accolades include: ELLE UK’s ’30 inspirational women under 30′, The Female Lead’s ’20 in their 20s’.  She teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University and is a tutor at School of Communication Arts (‘The most successful ad school in the world’).

More info here

Doors: 7.15pm
Performance: 8pm plus Q&A


Tuesday  6th June : “Beyond Words”  At The Gipsy Hill Tavern

“An evening of Fizzbombs from JOE DUGGAN brings a ‘casual sharpness, like an unexpected hot chilli in something sold as sweet.’ Poetry to make you lick your lips.

Showcase reader Francesca La Nave inspires us with bright and vivid words bringing her inner world to life.

Plus of course YOU at the open-mic.

Entry £4/£3 concs. Doorsopen 7.15pm”

7.30pm Start.

Lovely intimate gig in this great old-school Irish pub.

Crystal Palace Overground Festival

Friday 16th June 7.30 for 8pm start: The Overground Express: Spoken Word

Antenna Studios Gallery. I’ll be hosting and doing a short set at this brilliant night:


This event tells to sell out and tickets are selling fast. Buy yours here.

Saturday 17th June: Spoken Word Tent: 3.45pm

Crystal Palace Park.

Very excited to get a slot in The Spoken Word Tent as the festival moves up a gear and certainly takes it’s spoken word seriously. On the main stage we have a great line-up including Morcheeba (!) and we’ve got a fantastic day’s entertainment  in the tent with headliner Lemn Sissay !. I’m on at 3.45pm. More info here 

Sunday 18th June   Antenna Gallery – from 8pm, (but very chilled, don’t rush us man)

Franck and Friends:

I’ll be winding down from the Overground Festival with a few spoken words pieces from myself and other local poets, with the wonderful backing of Moine Dubh Collective’s super talented Franck Alba, Nina Walsh, Paul Conboy from Metamono, Eric on bass, and whoever else wanders through the door.


Broken Biscuits At The Brighton Fringe Thursday 11th May 7.30pm for 8pm

Great Line-up at The Bee’s Knees, Western Road with Idle Eye, Jenny Vegas and Julitha Ryan plus animation from Dan Laidler.

See some footage from my set here and a full roundup of the night here from Idle Eye



I’m doing a short set at this event with The Fireflies as part of legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall’s Moine Dubh Collective. Friday November 18th. This will sell out quickly !  – book here  SOLD OUT  – Waiting List on Eventbrite Link



October 29th, Antenna Studio, Crystal Palace “Broken Biscuits”

20 minute set alongside two comedians and compere for the evening “Idle Eye”

October 22nd, Stretch Outsider Art Festival

Festival Website


Appearing alongside…other such notable performers as John Black John Robert Clarke Dudley Sutton Joe Wilkes Adam J Harmer with MC Patrick Lyons from The Fat White Family atThe SOAF closing party! on the 22nd October The Brady Art Centre in Whitechapel – supported by Carlotta Allum and Free Seed On Soho 

(Google Dudley Sutton if you don’t know the name, you’ll recognise him ! )



Tuesday 7th June, 7.30pm “Beyond Words”  ( 2 Sets)page0001-2

Thursday 1st June, 7.30pm 3FF Fundraiser

Star House, 104 Grafton Road, NW5 4BA London, United Kingdom


Saturday 2nd, from 7pm : Allie K Stewart’s EP Launch

Antenna Studios Crystal Palace

Doing a short set alongside the great comedy spider “Georges” from Michelle Jane Wormleighton , very smooth soul from Winston Skerrit and  brilliant headliner Allie K Stewart and her band,  with a bitter sweet mix of melancholy and rock. Gonna be a lot of fun – come along !

January: Saturday 23rd, 4 Poets in London ! FREE. 8pm. At Rich Mix in Shoreditch. Poster, below, full details here 


4 London poets reverse




Friday 1st May Cheltenham Poetry Festival 5pm, Everyman Studio Theatre

Full feature length set, with support from Rowan Middleton

Friday 15th May South Street Arts Centre, Reading, 8pm

Crystal Palace Overground Festival June 26/27/28:
Overground Express 3: Antenna Studios 25th June
With Bobby Parker, Matthew Caley, A.F. Harold, Tamsin Kendrick, Jazzman, JJ Johnson Zuli Scrumptious, Tim Wright


Moine Dubh Launch Night Antenna Studios 28th June (SOLD OUT)
a.k.a “A Transition Town Transmission”
Curated by the one and only Andrew Weatherall, featuring myself on some tracks with the brilliant Fireflies + Dani Cali, Nina Walsh, Lowroad, Echowood, Franck Alba. Alain Maclean, Barry Woolnough. Gonna be a blinder.

Sat 20th June, Soho, House of St Barnabas, Launch of Moine Dubh Record Label. Fireflies, Andrew Wetherall, Nina Walsh, Dani Cali, Franck Alba and more (SOLD OUT)



Sat 4th July : Dodo Modern Poets, Lily’s Tea House Morden 8pm


 Join is at charming riverside venue  Lily’s Tea House, with an inspiring line-up of  established voices & open mic readers on 4 July 2015. The room is intimate so booking is advised: 01303 243868 or email


A welcome return from lyrically gifted Irish bard


Drama-fuelled verse from the dynamic duo


Poetry & music with Chinese influences .


Sign up early to guarantee a chance to read

Lily’s Tea House is a fully-licensed Chinese restaurant. Hot food available before the show

8pm, Saturday 4 July 2015

LILY’s TEA HOUSE, 2 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey Mills

Merantun Way, SW19 2RD

£5 & 4 – just £4 for open mic readers and other concessions.

Bookings: 01303  243868  or 07769  777022

0782 5564557 (Tea House); Colliers Wood Tube;200 bus

dodo modern poets letting fly with words

August 12th and 19th

Enjoyed doing a few poems in Mackens, Newcastle, County Down, Ireland – worth checking out their music session every Wednesday Night, with Gail, Dennis and a great bunch of musicians. Some video footage here..

SELAR Speakeasy: October 10th  South East London Art Rooms. 7.30pm

“One Love” Fundraiser for Refugee Action, also featuring Fireflies Franck and Nina and lots of local talent

SELAR Speakeasy: November 21st South East London Arts Rooms 7.30pm

“The Fear” Fundraiser for The Passage Charity. Presents a night of spoken word, music, songs and pictures dedicated to FEAR. Join us in the shadows…..Poets will be performing to ……”A nighmarish musical soundscape provided by the wonderful Nina Walsh and Franck Alba otherwise known as the Fireflies” Facebook event link here

Selection of archived event highlights, pre 2015 :

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