The idea of spoken word nights can be a bit, well, pretentious and dreary, but if you're up for turning that misconception on its head, may we suggest starting off with wordPLAY? Friendly and informal, they've got a mix of poetry, performance and music on tomorrow night.
Vibe Machine produce laid-back grooves for their wordsmithing and a bit of social commentary ('Andy C' on their Myspace page is quite hacked off about the DNA database) while Joshua Idehen, member of performance poets Benin City and organiser and host of Poejazzi, is appearing in his own right.
Poetry comes from Christopher Horton, whose piece 'Ultrasonic Mouse Deterrent' recently won a Bridport Prize commendation; Kirsten Irving, Fuselit editor, whose poems 'The Sad Girl Waiting at the Mouth of the Pit' and 'On dressing up as Dracula to come out to your parents' made us respectively melancholy and laugh out loud; and Jon Stone, whose love of exploring pop culture led to a fabulous poetic Friends pastiche at McSweeneys (also have a look at 'Bedhair' and 'The Wind Outside').
Local boy Robert Hudson, author of The Kilburn Social Club, is reading a short story that, helpfully, does not contain anything about sexy mermaids, and Robert McCracken's acoustic soulfulness will provide a musical interlude. And it's all in a pub!