Fourth Friday 25th February

Poetry from Stephen Watts and Chris Gutkind.  Music from Balabustah.

Stephen Watts is a poet, translator, editor and bibliographer. He has Italian and Scottish roots and has lived in London’s East End for over 30 years. He’s been a poet in schools and hospitals and given exhilarating readings of his own work and others in the UK and elsewhere, most recently Syria and Slovenia. His books include The Blue Bag from Aark Arts, Gramsci and Caruso from Periplum, Voices of Conscience (as an editor) from Iron Press. Forthcoming are translations in a tri-lingual book of the poetry of Iranian Ziba Karbassi, coming out in Italy, and a book of his own poems from Enitharmon in the UK.

Chris Gutkind moved to London from Montreal many years ago and works as a librarian at the University of London. He’s given many readings over the years and this will be his second at Fourth Friday. He’s had two books of poetry published, Inside to Outside from Shearsman Books, and Options (with drawings by Trevor Simmons) from Knives Forks and Spoons Press. He also writes children’s tales.

Balabustah are Chris Taylor (accordion) and Bernard Greenwood (violin) They play Klezmer, Traditional Eastern European, Gypsy, Jazz and original compositions.  Chris has played the accordion since the age of seven, having been taught by the renowned player Martin Lukins. She has performed in bands since she was fourteen and for fourteen years  toured with a ceilidh band in Britain, North America, Bulgaria and Hungary.  She also performs with The Walking Wounded, a Balkan gypsy rock band, and is a freelance music education consultant.  Bernard has played the violin since he was ten. He was a founder member of Stroller in the Air mime theatre for which he composed, devised and performed music as well as performing as part of the company in various venues including The Roundhouse, The South Bank, Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Bristol’s Arnolfini.   He also performs with The Crispy Hot Club, a gypsy jazz swing trio.

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