Londonist Presents: Poetry And London Books

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 85 months ago
Londonist Presents: Poetry And London Books

Londonist is hosting two events as part of the Lewisham Literary Festival this Thursday.

M@ Brown is taking over Lewisham Library to chat to the authors of three great Londony books that have come out in the last few months: Iphgenia Baal, who wrote the brilliantly inventive The Hardy Tree; Mark Mason, who walked the tube network above ground; and Paul Talling - AKA Derelict London - whose book about London's lost rivers is packed with hidden gems.

A few minutes walk down the road, Lindsey Clarke introduces seven electric performance poets:

  • You might know Ross Sutherland (pictured) from Homework, with Joe Dunthorne, Tim Clare and Luke Wright, and appearances at the London Word Festival
  • Nikesh Shukla got Costa shortlisted for his novel Coconut Unlimited and is a rapper and now sitcom writer as well as a poet
  • Janett Plummer performs with Apples and Snakes and has wiped the floor at various poetry SLAMs
  • Nii Ayikwei Parkes is an awesome poet and novelist, writer for radio and social commentator
  • Jacob Sam-La Rose is responsible for a ton of performance poetry programmes at places like the Barbican, Tate Britain and the Roundhouse
  • Ronnie McGrath is a poet, creative writing lecturer - and he opened the 1994 Commonwealth Games
  • Liz Bentley is a poet-slash-musician-slash-comedian and fantastic to watch

We'd love to see you down there (and head off to the pub afterwards) - let us know you're coming on Facebook (poetry and Londony books).

For more Londony stuff, the Festival is also holding an illustrated talk about the history of the docklands tonight from 8pm (£4).

Both events take place on Thursday 15th September. M@ will be at Lewisham Library, 199-210 Lewisham High Street, from 8pm - doors at 7.45pm - and it's free. Space is limited so get there early. Lindsey and the poets will be at St Swithun's church hall, St Swithun's Road off Hither Green Lane, from 7.30pm - doors at 7pm - tickets cost £4 and can be bought in advance. See the Lewisham Literary Festival website for more information.

Photo of Ross Sutherland by Rosie Reed Gold

Last Updated 13 September 2011