Wednesday, 22 April 2015

7th May - Chill Pill ELECTION SHOW (A Ticket To Chill Pill Is A Vote For Poetry)

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We have got such a nuts line up this month.

Outspoken boys Anthony Anaxagorou and Karim Kamar will be performing poetry and classical piano. Meaty. Beautiful. Rare. 

The rowdy godmother of spoken word, Salena Godden, will be bringing her distinct brand of unpredictability, hilarity and pin-point poignance to the big room. 

The incredible Gentle Mystics are lending us their DJ's to play us out into the wee hours with their balkan gypsy punk rap joyousness.

And Chill Pill's own Adam Kammerling is dragging his partner in hip hop crime up from Brighton to kick off their pre album launch tour!

Plus secret special guests, Chill Pill regulars, general poetry happiness and a generous dose of spring time giggles. 

See you there.

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Street Photography In Montego Bay, Jamaica

It's not easy taking photos on the local streets of Jamaica without attracting attention, but I worked out a system for stealth. Equipped with a beach towel and my Canon wrapped around my neck to keep it concealed, my motion motto was - see-shoot-conceal. Here is a quick selection taken in Montego Bay with a 400d and a 50mm.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Hackney Youth Poetry Showcase Wednesday 11th March at Cardinal Pole

Cardinal Pole Catholic Secondary BOOK LAUNCH + SPOKEN WORD SHOWCASEon the Wednesday March 11th at the School.

The evening will feature:

- the Book Launch of 'A Complicated Answer'
, an anthology of Cardinal Pole students’ creative writing comprising poetry, prose and short fiction pieces written by students at the school aged 11-19.
The book has already been praised by the UK top poets and educators: 

      ‘This book will spin in the world, like a stick in a candy floss machine, gathering good things as it spins.’ Michael Rosen

      ‘This anthology [...], offers us the world in ways we may never have seen it before.’ Jacob Sam-La Rose
       'An incredible, magical, transformative book. My breath is stolen.’ Joelle Taylor

- Performances from young poets and their educators as well as readings from the book.

This event is brought to you by Spoken Word Education Programme. In its third year, the programme embeds spoken word artists
in schools to work with classes throughout the academic year. It partners with Goldsmiths University, Waltham Forest Arts Education Network,
Arvon Foundation, Spread the Word, Apples & Snakes, Eastside Educational Trust and Slambassadors.

Its aims are to raise children’s confidence, encourage self-expression, team-building and leadership skills through poetry and performance.
Cardinal Pole is one of eight schools, who are part of the programme.

When:  Wednesday March 11th 2015, 5.30pm-6.30pm
205 Morning Lane, Hackney, E9 6LG, London
Entry Fee: £1 for students  / £3 for guests
A Complicated Answer will be on sale at the showcase, for £5 each.Contact Person: Katie Hayward (School Librarian) Email: or call 020 8985 5150

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Spoken Word Education MA

Graduating From Goldsmith University with an MA in Spoken Word Education
Keith Jarrett, Indigo Williams, Raymond Antrobus, Dean Atta, Pete The Temp, Cat Brogan

Two years ago I started the worlds first MA in Spoken Word Education at Goldsmith University. This Wednesday, I graduated with full honours. Never went to University before and left institutional education at 16, but this is testimony to what is possible when we commit to our passions. Proud of my fellow poets and the Goldsmith professors and Peter Kahn, who gave me the chance to prove myself academically. I got a distinction.

Poets Who Push The Art Of Performance

"To Have Great Poets, There Must Be Great Audiences" - Walt Whitman

"Spoken Word" a term marketed and skewed by the Guardian to mean "Urban wordsmith", i.e. someone (usually young and influenced by Hip-Hop) who performs poetry or dramatic monologues or raps without a beat. "Spoken Word" audiences (i.e. Guardian readers) are still new to the art so I thought I'd share these videos of poets who truly push the performance of poetry.

David J

Laura Lamb Brown

Salvar Soler

Danez Smith

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Chill Pill is BACK! 26th Febuary at Canda Water Cultural Space (Featuring New York's Jon Sands)

Chill Pill brings the international party to Canada Water for this very special, one-off event with the incredible Jon Sands.

Come join the whole Chill Pill team, Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Mister Gee, Simon Mole and Adam Kammerling, for the best spoken word and music party either side of the river, this time we’re amongst the bookshelves at the Canada Water Culture Space.

Jon Sands is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, published widely in various journals, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014.

Arrive early for open mic sign-up, show starts at 7.30pm…so arrive early!

£5 each

Box Office: 020 8692 4446

Saturday, 27 December 2014

2014 (Poetry, Education, Community And Other Summaries)

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This year I have spoken poetry to an estimated twelve thousand people from stages at Tedx, Glastonbury and LatitudeFestival to fruit sellers on Deptford Market to students and professors at Oxford University.
November 2014
I finished my Masters in Spoken Word Education at Goldsmith's University with a distinction and was promoted to Lead Educator on the MA Programme, co-ordinated by Jacob Sam La Rose, training and mentoring poets pursuing careers in education.

Faber are currently considering my new poetry manuscript.

I have delivered workshops on creativity and poetry to over two thousand young people, aged 10 – 25, nationally and internationally. I also ran workshops for adults as part of the Keats Festival in Hampstead.

I have written poems commissioned by The Arts Council, Freeword Centre and Southbank. 

Keats House Forum and Chill Pill remain two influential London based poetry and Spoken Word nights.
Chill Pill featured at Camp Bestival
This has been my third year teaching in schools and I will continue to campaign for student voice, education and the marginalised people of Hackney.
Cardinal Pole's Spoken Word poetry showcase in April 2014
In January an anthology of poetry and creative writing by many of the students I have taught in Hackney will be published and has already been recommended by The Poetry Society, Joelle Taylor and is also being reviewed by Michael Rosen.

In 2014 I experienced grief as well as accomplishment and fulfilment in (almost) equal measure. New connections have been established in terms of friendships and my family may be smaller but I feel we are closer. 

I’ve been less sociable this year, preferring to be alone, to read, to think and to hone a kind of solitude. I have shifted my ideas of success, who I am and who I want to be and I am improving the management of any anxiety and depression.

Here's to another year of learning, teaching, creating and inspiring. 

See you all in 2015.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Chill Pill Christmas Special; Luke Wright, United Vibrations, Aisling Fahey & Vanessa KIssuule at The Albany (December 18th)

Here are two powerful poems by two of our featured poets appearing at the Chill Pill Christmas Special at The Albany. I'd suggest watching these all the way through, and on your own. Then I'd remind you that the Chill Pill Christmas show will indeed be a BIG HAPPIER PARTY!

Luke Wright

“One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation.”  The Independent.

Luke was a poet in residency on BBC Radio 4’s saturday live, he’s the founder of the Latitude Poetry tent, and regularly tours with John Cooper Clarke.

For this Chill Pill event he is performing a special xmas collaboration with stand-up comedian and musician Vikki Stone, and her choir

United Vibrations

Vanessa Kisuule

She is the current Roundhouse Slam Champion AND the current Hammer & Tongue national slam champion, currently based in Bristol.