Fourth Friday September 23rd

Poetry from Nick Blair and Racker Donnelly.  Music from The Crispy Hot Club.

Nick Blair was born in Wolverhampton, which is credited with being the best place in the UK to overcome writer’s block. He went to Oxford and Edinburgh universities, then moved to London to teach E.F.L. After giving up the staffroom to go freelance and concentrate on living and writing, his poems started to appear in mainstream magazines. Last summer, his first collection, Witness Statement, was published by Hearing Eye.

Racker Donnelly is an Irish folk poet who has given over a thousand performances in Ireland, England, America and Australia.  UK Slam Champion Poet in 2005, he has featured at many arts, music, comedy and sports clubs and festivals, and at Liberty Hall Dublin, Celtic Club Melbourne, London’s City Hall, Bloomsbury Theatre with Dara O’Briain, and on Radio 4’s Saturday Live. His musical plays include A Woman’s Wartime and Wokkadoodledandy or Woking? You Must Be Joking!  The Sunday Tribune described Racker as “clever, humorous, articulate, marvellous”. Irish World described his CD as “fabulous”.  According to Ardal O’Hanlon,“This guy blew me away”.

Come and try a mouth watering portion of steamingly succulent Crispy Hot Club. Violinist Bernard Greenwood with guitarists Simon Goodwin and Andy Ruiz-Palma have been playing Gypsy Jazz and Swing since 2004, evoking the heady days of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and The Quintet of the Hot Club of France.  Thrill to the inexorable swing rhythm and sway your body to the soaring and swooning of jazz standards cooked up with Crispy know how. Or just sit and listen quietly.  You can listen to the band at

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