Friday 29 September 2017 – what are you doing?
Loitering South London?
Scuffing your boots just south of the Bankside… Near Southwark tube, or the beautiful Blackfriars train station?
Well… here’s something exciting to do:
See you soon!
Who know’s where I’m going with this? Is there a need to poeticise now, so far between grand decisions? Who know’s? Anyhoo… The first Friday of September 2017 will see the return of Beck’ Beat Poetry to the excellent Beckenham. We’ll be skulking about in the local church hall – one of the rooms upstairs – and are on for just a short hour… Yet it’s still the finest open-mic poetry event in Beckenham!
Take a look down Albermarle Road on Friday 1 September and listen out for the ranting and romanticising of South East London’s wordsmith populace. We can’t sell you any beer/wine here, but recommend you take some before and during your performance. 5 min mic time for one English pound.poetry
Check out http://www.facebook.com/beckbeatpoetry for pics, verse and other.
Dear poets and Southbankers! The excellent world of Blackfriars Settlement poetry will once again be cuddling your ears and strumming your heart strings on Friday 25 August 2017. We start at 7pm and you’ll get 5 minutes at the mike.
It’s open to all performers and styles, and you are welcome to simply enjoy the event from the safety of ‘audience’. Take a look at some of our previous performers, as well as a selection of their work, on our Facebook page. Alternatively; turn up and check it out yourself.
David Pape is a regular poet at our Blackfriars Vocal events in Southwark. He’s an awesome orator, and as you can see from this – a talented writer.
I hope you enjoy Squirrel on Cocaine, any comments / feedback will get back to him.
Squirrel on Cocaine
This is the story of a squirrel who failed,
not so bright or bushy-tailed.
A regular rogue with hardened eyes –
a squirrel who cheats and drinks and lies.
Beat up a hare and mugged a rabbit,
all because he’d got the habit.
Lost his friends, became a stealer;
his only mate’s a cocaine dealer.
The crime rate’s up around the park;
he only comes out after dark.
“Are you looking at me? Are you a voyeur?”
he shouts in induced paranoia.
“It’s these ‘greys’ – they’re all the same;
send ’em back to whence they came!
They’ve got no morals, they’re aggrevating –
they’ll steal your nuts while you’re hibernating.”
He ‘round those half-empty lager cans,
making deals and dodgy plans.
Asking for trouble if he don’t mend his ways –
a fox’ll get him one of these days!
“Fell out of a tree, or so I’ve heard;
had a fight with some big old bird.”
A crook, a thief, a scoundrel, a rotter –
it’s not at all like Beatrix Potter!
© davidpape 2005
Here is the late news of our next open-mic poetry session.
Friday 30 June 2017 – doors 6.30, Mic on at 7pm and dependent on numbers, through till 9pm.
An intimate and warm group of poetry lovers awaits you, the brave! The Cariad Cafe is open throughout. Share your own work, something you’re working on or your favourite verses from another. You get 5 minutes after your name is pulled from the hat.
This time we are sneaking two into June though!
Come join in the celebration of words in the soul of Southwark on Friday 2 June. Doors 6.30 – mic goes live at 7pm! The next one will be Friday 30 June, same times!
You are welcome to read your own, share your favourites or simply let the poems lift you with their unique take on our lives.
Find out more at facebook.
You who are strolling the sleepy streets of Pocock and Rushworth on Friday 28 April. You who’ve a need to spout lyrical. You who flourish in the breath of the dreams of poets and imaginists.
Free open-mic poetry is back at The Blackfriars Settlement. Doors 6.30pm. Mic on at 7pm. Names in the hat for 5 minutes. All voices welcome. Cafe refreshments on site. See you there!