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March Special Guest

Chris Parkinson

Chris Parkinson

Chris Parkinson

Wed 1-Mar-17 – Smoke and Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ
Thu 2-Mar-17 – Komedia, 44-47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN
Fri 3-Mar-17 – Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX
Tue 7-Mar-17 – The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH
Wed 8-Mar-17 – The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton S014 7DW
Tue 14-Mar-17 – The Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ
Chris Parkinson is a poet, writer and troublemaker from Brighton, UK. He’s been writing and performing poetry for about twelve years, and has done hundreds of gigs including eight appearances at Brighton’s legendary Poets vs MCs event and four Hammer and Tongue UK grand finals, as well as performances at festivals including Glastonbury, Playgroup and Shambala. He’s written four books of poetry – “City Boy in Blind Stop Trauma” came out in 2008, followed by “Fashion Tips for the Last Days” in 2012, “Hard Working Families” in 2014, and “Find and Replace” in 2016.

In 2007, he set up the world’s first Poetry Brothel, a site-specific open-house giving punters the opportunity to enjoy a one-on-one reading from a poet of their choice. It was the surprise smash hit of Brighton Fringe 2007, and won an Argus Angel Award and the Latest Festival Award for Best Literature (beating Gordon Brown into second place). Subsequently, Poetry Brothels have been set up as far afield as Barcelona, New York, Chicago and Leicester.

In 2013, he ended up accidentally making the news due to some internet hoaxes – reports of a vortex to another dimension opening up on a residential street featured in outlets as diverse as The Sunday Times, The Argus and Have I Got News for You. Meanwhile, an advert appealing for a lodger prepared to dress as a walrus inspired the Kevin Smith film Tusk, which he went out to the States to help produce. It was a pretty weird year.

In 2014, his full-length solo show “Moonshine” won the Best Literature award at Brighton Fringe. He also teamed up with computer programmer and writer James Burt to produce MechaPoet, the world’s first rhyming robotic poet, which generates poems from whatever text you feed in. She’s still a work in progress, and has been in one poetry slam but she came second-last.

He currently live in Brighton. Other than poetry, his interests include tapirs, the internet as performance art, political minutiae, and detective fiction.

“acerbic – and very funny” – Huffington Post

“whirlingly imaginative … sometimes baffling, sometimes transcendental” – FringeGuru

“bizarre sideburns’n’glasses schtick” – TheArtsDesk

“a madcap hoaxer with a deceptively meandering style of freeform verse” – Brighton Source

“Chris Parkinson is the best kind of situationist: someone whose poetic, comic oddity leaks unexpectedly into newspaper articles, anomalous photographs, classified ads and other areas of everyday life. He’s also a fine poet.”

April Special Guest

Kevin Cadwallender

Kevin Cadwallender

Kevin Cadwallender

Tue 4-Apr-17 – The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH
Wed 5-Apr-17 – Smoke and Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ
Thu 6-Apr-17 – Komedia, 44-47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN
Fri 7-Apr-17 – Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX
Wed 12-Apr-17 – The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton S014 7DW
Tue 11-Apr-17 – The Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ
Kevin Cadwallender is a poet, writer, film maker, radio producer, composer and promoter.

Poetry collections published include The Last Great Northern Whale (Rookbook), Baz Poems (Rebel Inc),Public (Iron Press), Baz Uber Alles (Dogeater Press), ‘Dances with Vowels’ New and Selected Poems (Smokestack Books), ‘Rewiring Houdini’ (Bee Press), Defragmenting Sappho (Red Squirrel Press), Sagrada Familia (Red Squirrel Press) Dog Latin (Calderwood Press) ‘Making Buildings out of Gods and Glue’ (RSP 2014),’ The World of…’ (Tenor Bull 2016) Scottish National Slam Champion 2012, Shortlisted for a Sony Award for BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Voyages’ and a ‘Raymond Williams Award’ for the book of the same name.

Writer Residencies have included; Durham City Libraries and Museums, The Sunderland Echo in the Year of the Artist,Imagine Dunfermline ‘Poet on the Bus’, The Great North Forest ,The Co-op in Cumbria and ‘Homes for Football’ Sunderland Museums and Libraries. Former Commissioning Editor for Red Squirrel Press. Organises 10RED (a night of spoken word at The Persevere on Easter Road, Edinburgh (first Wednesday of the month) and Producer for 10RED Out Loud a monthly poetry podcast. Has edited various magazines including the award winning SAND, HYBRID and DREY and many anthologies. Forthcoming poetry from Red Squirrel Press ‘Polishing Demons’ March 2017