Next Fourth Friday 24th May 8pm at the Poetry Cafe £6/£5 poetry Mark Gwynne Jones, Joolz Sparkes music: the Crispy Hot Club

 Mark GJMark Gwynne Jones 

Five times fringe-award winner, Mark Gwynne Jones is well known for mind altering poetry with an almost music-hall edge. He mixes humour and poignancy with great skill and through collaborations with film-makers and musicians he is pushing poetry in new and exciting directions. Mark’s work is contagious, gritty and sometimes startlingly sensitive.

‘Inspired… one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land…drawing the audience into a world where things are not quite what they seem’  The Guardian

‘I always stipulate that whoever’s on with me hasn’t got to be any good. This one got past me. I don’t know how, but heads will roll!’ John Cooper Clarke

joolzJoolz Sparkes is a north London poet and fiction writer based near the Arsenal football stadium. To date, none of her poems are about football.   Joolz reads at various spoken word nights and venues, including Upstairs At Ronnie Scott’s, The Poetry Café, and a random reading in Kuala Lumpur en route to Sydney. She has been published in Loose Muse Anthologies, South Bank Poetry and is working towards her first collection.  She was shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize 2010 and The Rialto RSPB Poetry Competition 2012. Joolz sings too and once fronted her own all-girl band.

bernardGipsy jazz and more from the Crispy Hot Club – this Django Reinhardt inspired quartet named after the famous Reinhardt/Grappelli Hot Club de France and the Vietnamese restaurant where they started out, play hot, sweet swing on fiddle, two guitars and bass

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