Thursday Feb 28th, 2019

Pighog, Brighton

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





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,
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 see 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

Library With Tamsin

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




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


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


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