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ReIncarnation Biographies #27: John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

The twenty seventh and final person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the iconic punk poet John Cooper Clarke.

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. His ongoing career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today’s pop culture. Aside from his trademark ‘look’ continuing to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his poetry included on national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music is huge.

His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. These collaborations mean that John has been involved in two global Number One albums in the last two years.

John has been a regular and dedicated contributor to New Departures and the Jazz Poetry SuperJam/Poetry Olympics bandwagons since 1980.

His latest show, touring across the UK and the USA this year, is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, honest-to-goodness gags, riffs and chat. Don’t miss this chance to witness a living legend at the very top of this game.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #26: Patience Agbabi

pic by Lyndon Douglas

pic by Lyndon Douglas

The twenty sixth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the poet Patience Agbabi.

Shortlisted for this year’s Ted Hughes Poetry Prize, Patience Agbabi is a sought-after poet who celebrates the written and spoken word. She read English at Oxford, has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex, and has lectured in Creative Writing in several UK universities. Her fourth collection, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014), is an exhilarating, multicultural remix of The Canterbury Tales.

Mining the Middle-English masterwork for its performance as well as its poetry and pilgrims, her boisterous and lyrical collection gives one of Britain’s most significant works of poetry thrilling new life.

“A pilgrimage of punks, badasses, broken hearts, beat poets, silver-tongued fixers, town criers, beauties, sinners.” – Jeanette Winterson, on Telling Tales

“Agbabi is a fine poet, and her linguistic wit carries satirical fire” – Daily Telegraph

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #25: Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff

The twenty fifth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the actor, director and poet Steven Berkoff.

Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, London. Among the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured are The Trial and Metamorphosis (Kafka), Agamemnon (after Aeschylus), and The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Poe). He has also directed and toured productions of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (also playing the title role), Richard II (for the New York Shakespeare Festival), Hamlet and Macbeth as well as Oscar Wilde’s Salomé.

“I’ve been writing poetry for years and I’m putting together my collected poetry in one huge volume, called Poetry for the Working Class. Slightly ironic title to distance it from poetry about brooks, trees and flowers. I’ve written some dramatic poems, one on the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943, called ‘Uprising’. One about the Blair Years, called ‘Albion’ and one about the horrific 9/11 tragedy called ‘Requiem for Ground Zero’, which I have also performed at the Edinburgh Festival. What I feel about my poetry is that it should be performed; I’m pleased to be able to read some of them for the current poetry festival.”

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #24: Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia Knapp

The twenty fourth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the poet Cecilia Knapp.

Cecilia Knapp is a writer, poet and performer. She has been performing her words for the last four years around London and the UK, at festivals including Secret Garden Party and Bestival. She’s taken three shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, been published in several anthologies and made work for the BBC. Her debut Spoken Word play Finding Home will premier at the Roundhouse in May before it embarks on a festival tour. The show explores her relationship with her hometown of Brighton, her family, her relationships and how she positions herself in the world as a twenty-something.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #23: Pete the Temp

Pete The Temp

Pete The Temp

The twenty third person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the poet, activist, and musician Pete the Temp.

Mr The Temp is the former Hammer & Tongue National Poetry Slam Champion. He has been featured on BBC Newsnight, Radio 4 and World Service as a poet, musician, educator and activist.  In 2014 he did a national tour of his one man stage show Pete (the Temp) vs Climate Change in which he single handedly defeats climate change using only his mouth. He is the 2015 Glastonbury Festival official website poet in residence.

Pete the Temp will be discussing Radical Poetics and whether words can ever really change the world with Pete Brown and Cecilia Knapp at the first afternoon ReIncarnation panel. To book tickets, click here.

ReIncarnation Biographies #19: Salena Godden

salena - window 5.4MB copyThe nineteenth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the irrepressible Salena Godden.

Salena Godden has been described as ‘The doyenne of the spoken word scene’ (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb);  ‘The Mae West madam of the salon’ (The Sunday Times) and as ‘everything the Daily Mail is terrified of’ (Kerrang! Magazine). Her pamphlet of poems, Under the Pier, was published by Nasty Little Press in 2011. An anthology of poetry Fishing In The Aftermath, Poems 1994  – 2014 was published in July 2014 with Burning Eye Books.  Her literary childhood memoir Springfield Road was successfully crowdfunded and published in October 2014 by Unbound Books.

She’s known as The General of The Book Club Boutique, London’s louchest literary salon. The Book Club Boutique currently resides at Vout O’Reenee’s in East London. Salena is the lead singer and lyricist of SaltPeter, alongside composer Peter Coyte.  She appears on BBC radio as a guest on various shows including Woman’s Hour, Click, From Fact To Fiction, The Verb, Saturday Live and Loose Ends. She recently featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ in the US.  Salena Godden works with award winning radio producer Rebecca Maxted, writing and presenting BBC radio documentaries. Try A Little Tenderness – The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks was made in Chicago and aired on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service throughout 2014. This followed the success of Stir it Up! – 50 Years of Writing Jamaica which was also for BBC Radio 4.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #18: Duke Garwood

Duke Garwood

Duke Garwood

The eighteenth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the musician Duke Garwood.

You should know Duke Garwood. Born in 1969, this London-based multi-instrumentalist has been around a fair while. He has contributed to records by The Orb and worked with Mark Lanegan, amongst many others. His soulful, stripped-bare sound has been under your nose this entire time. Until now, he’s been the mysterious figure in tales where Mexican gangs forced tequila down his throat, a ghost-like presence at gatherings of some the world’s biggest rock stars-turned-his closest friends, and an unassuming continent-hopper trying to find his way in the world. But the release of his new album Heavy Love earlier this year should change that.

Navigating from the mouth of the Medway to Thailand’s bar scene where he played harp alongside Georgie Fame’s son Tristan and Yngwie Malmsteen’s keyboard-player before focusing on the guitar, Garwood’s travels extend to the mean streets of Paris and back to Hackney’s squatlands in which he soothed “drunken misery” and grappling with newfound fatherhood by playing his own “mad kind of blues”.

At the International Poetry ReIncarnation, he will be blending his music with the poetry of Janaka Stucky and Chet Weise. This is not to be missed!

My brother Duke is the most soulacious soul man I know. He’s always cut his own groove and it’s been my honour to play with him so many times.” Seasick Steve

“As close to Heaven as you can get with a guitar.” Josh T. Pearson

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

Here’s the video for the title song from Duke’s latest album, Heavy Love

ReIncarnation Biographies #16: Peter Lemer

Peter Lemer

Peter Lemer

The sixteenth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the musician Peter Lemer.

Peter made his recording debut as a leader (Local Colour) in 1996, the band including Jon Hiseman, John Surman, George Khan and Tony Reeves. A year in New York followed, which included extensive jamming, gigging and study. Coaches included Jaki Byard, Paul Bley and Bass guru David Walters. He also studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music with Tommy Rajna and Sven Weber.

Since then has worked with his own Quintet/Trio/Duo ( with Billy Thompson), Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Annette Peacock, Harry Beckett, Gilgamesh, Baker Gurvitz Army, Seventh Wave, Harry Beckett’s Joy Unlimited, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Mike Oldfield, In Cahoots, Miller/Baker/Lemer and countless others. For many years he recorded and toured with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia. He has just completed a new album with Pepi Lemer, back2front, which is now on sale.

At the Roundhouse, Peter will be performing as part of the William Blake Klezmatrix band, a poetry & music collaborative formed to perform William Blake’s most lyrical texts, & also excerpts from his longer works.

As well as versions of Blake lyrics, the band – which at the Roundhouse will feature Annie Whitehead on trombone and vocals, Peter Lemer on piano, & Michael Horovitz on anglo-saxophone & other voicings – also performs diverse jazz poems, klezmer & other folk music and song, plus jazz, blues, calypso, settings of the poetry of Ginsberg, the Bible, et al, plus original compositions & improvisations.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #11: Daniel Cockrill

Daniel Cockrill

Daniel Cockrill

The eleventh person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is poet and promoter extraordinaire Daniel Cockrill.

Daniel Cockrill, who will be your genial host for the night of ReIncarnation, has been saying words out loud since 1996. He is co-founder of BANG SAID THE GUN, ‘the poetry event for people who don’t like poetry’ and PAGEMATCH, a show which smashes together the Razzamatazz of Wrestlemania with all your favourite spoken word artists.

He was an Executive Producer for 15 short poetry films for Channel 4 which included Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, Elvis McGonagall, Rob Auton, David J, Polarbear and Byron Vincent.

Daniel’s words have appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, on gallery walls, at major festivals, on stage, radio and television. He is also a regular contributor to the Poetry Takeaway, ‘the world’s first mobile poetry emporium’.

He has two full collections of work entitled Pie and Papier-Mâché and Sellotaping Rain To My Cheek and is co-editor of the Bang Said The Gun Anthology Mud Wrestling With Words published by Burning Eye Books.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

Here’s a film poem by Daniel Cockrill from Channel 4’s Random Acts.

CH4 Random Acts – Margate – 2013 from Paperback Films on Vimeo.

ReIncarnation Biographies #10: John Hegley

John Hegley (pic by Travis Elborough)

John Hegley (pic by Travis Elborough)

The tenth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the spectacular John Hegley.

John Hegley first performed at The Roundhouse in 1978, singing Elizabethan songs with Interaction colleagues, led by Phil Ryder, who was their Community Cameo Will Shakespeare.  These days, this contributor to the evening sings about love and potatoes and continues creative interaction with youngsters, frequently inspired by the poetry of Adrian Mitchell, who was one of the original Albert Hall communicants.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

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