On Saturday I tried out 10 minutes of material from a show I’m developing at Battersea Arts Centre‘s excellent Freshly Scratched evening. Avocado Economics is about: 1) the difficult economic situation for Millennials, and especially the housing crisis 2) our retreat into 90s childhood nostalgia and 3) smashed avocado on toast. Through a PowerPoint presentation and comedic lecture, I presented: a brief history of avocado marketing; a mash-up of the Pokemon theme tune and Tony Blair’s 1997 victory speech; gave everyone a bit of smashed avo on toast; and read an angry, sad poem. Here are my lessons learnt from audience feedback – including these delightful cartoons of avocados the audience drew, completely unprompted!
Do you know about The Poetry Takeaway? You should, because it’s awesome! It’s an old burger van converted into a mobile poetry emporium that goes around the UK (and a little further!), loaded up with chefs who cook up poems for the public. Give the poet a few words, or a subject, or a question, or who you’d like the poem for, and 20-odd minutes later, you have a brand new poem made just for you – and hopefully just the way you like it (even if you didn’t know you liked poetry in the first place!).
I write a daily haiku and publish them on my Instagram and Twitter accounts! Here are some haiku from June, including one for the new Tate Modern opening, a couple for Edinburgh Fringe (I’m bringing a show – if you back it on Kickstarter you can get an awesome Reward), and of course Europe: both the Euros and Brexit.
I’ve set myself the challenge of writing a haiku every day. My personal highlights from May are using Naomi Woddis‘ photos as inspiration (more of those next month!) and the super-tricky limerick-haiku. Check out my Instagram and Twitter for more – and for a daily dose of haiku! Want a haiku yourself? Suggest a topic to me!
Sometimes I’m asked by people new to spoken word about events in London – how can I find good gigs, and where can I perform in a slam or at an open-mic? So here’s a little list of recommendations and links. Run a spoken word gig in London? Drop me an email to be included! Continue reading
Drinking and poetry go together like an easy simile. Lord Byron, Charles Bukowski, Dorothy Parker, and many many more – all liked a little more than a tipple. The idea of a craft beer festival appealed to this poet very much, so on Sunday I headed to Battersea Arts Centre for their Love Beer event – and to write haiku about some of the beers I tasted. Beerku? Beerku.