Joelle Taylor, Bad Betty Poets + Open Mic Poetry Night
March 24 @ 19:00 - 21:00£5
A night of poetry with readings from Joelle Taylor (Outspoken Press) and three poets published by Bad Betty Press followed by open mic slots for female identifying poets.
The first half of the night will showcase Joelle Taylor, Antonia Jade King, Charlotte Geater and Gita Ralleigh reading from their latest collections.
The second half of the night will be over to you! We will have open mic slots of a maximum of five minutes per person for you to read and perform your own poems.
If you would like to register to read, please book a ticket and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the title of your poem. Please note, there are limited slots and this is on a first come first served basis.
Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor who has recently completed touring Europe, Australia, Brazil and South East Asia with her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She is widely anthologised, the author of 3 full poetry collections and 3 plays and is currently completing her debut book of short stories The Night Alphabet. She has featured on radio and television, and founded SLAMbassadors in 2001 - the UK’s national youth slam championships remaining its Artistic Director until 2018. Her work is taught as part of the English GCSE syllabus, and she has received a Change Maker Award and a Fellowship of the RSA, as well as being longlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships. She is the host and co-curator of Out-Spoken, the UK’s Centre’s premier poetry and music club, currently resident at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room.
Antonia Jade King’s debut pamphlet, She Too Is a Sailor is full of protest and melody. Invoking a choir of inspirational women from Beyoncé and Maya Angelou to the poet’s mother, King deconstructs what it means to be woman, to be other, to be an outsider in your own family. On love, the speaker simultaneously bites and holds back, accepting that cynicism does not render her immune and that ‘my name is not protection from men or their fists’. Intertwining pop culture with the political, this book is a reminder of art’s capacity to reclaim narratives.
Charlotte Geater’s poems for my FBI agent takes us down a Lynchian rabbit hole, a sad and shadowy agent following the poet’s every move. This book’s true surrealism lies in the fidelity with which it depicts how we now live—in a world where we are each the warm applause at the end of our own nightly show, and the rabid dogs ever-ready to devour one of our own. These poems are propelled forward by a pulsing investigative energy.
A Terrible Thing, by poet and doctor Gita Ralleigh, is a pamphlet about goddesses, their elemental power, their vulnerability. Its poems are as delicate and formidable as their protagonists, which include Draupadi and Bollywood’s Nargis, Erzulie and Oshun, Kali and Anagolay. Gita Ralleigh was born in London to Indian immigrant parents. She is a writer of poetry, short fiction and children's/YA literature. She was longlisted in the 2018 National Poetry Competition.
Bad Betty Press are an independent publisher of new poetry, run by Amy Acre and Jake Wild Hall. They print full collections, anthologies, pamphlets and a limited edition mini-pamphlet series called Bad Betty Shots. They believe strongly in art’s capacity to challenge its own definition, to curve away from the norm, making space for more and varied voices. They are firmly rooted in live poetry, and usually work with authors who know their way around a mic.