Well this is damned exciting: Homework is back! But rather than us being thrilled at the prospect of some after school swotting (oh god, the recurring anxiety dreams), this is a monthly night of spoken word from some of the best writers this country has to offer.
Collectively and jokily known as poetry boyband Aisle 16, the seven are Luke Wright (who we chatted to a few weeks back; lovely chap, sickeningly talented); Submarine and Wild Abandon author Joe Dunthorne; Chris Hicks, whose work you’ve probably read if you frequent McSweeneys; the man behind Radio Head and John Peel’s Shed, John Osborne; How To Write Badly Well blogger/author Joel Stickley; poet and We Can’t All be Astronauts writer Tim Clare; and one of our favourite literary performers Ross Sutherland. Individually they are clever and funny and imaginative: together they’re an overwhelming force of spoken word excellence.
Homework is their chance to try out new writing, a little bit like comedians doing previews, except each month there’s a theme. Everything starts again on Wednesday 26 June with a slight cheat because it’s extracts of new shows rather than work specifically written for the night, but since they include Wright’s Essex Lion, Clare’s Pub Stuntman and Sutherland’s hypnotic poetry over the top of looped Fresh Prince of Bel Air credits Stand-by for Tape Back-up, we’ll forgive them. Londonist readers may be interested to know that the October theme is transport. We know you guys. And you’ll also see some guests.
Homework takes place on the last Wednesday of each month up to November, and it’s only a fiver. You won’t regret it.
Homework starts again on 26 June, 8pm, at Bethnal Green Working Mens’ Club, 42-44 Pollard Row, E2. Tickets are £5 and only available on the door. For more information see the Homework website.