Next Fourth Friday – September 27, 8pm, the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street Covent Garden, £7/£5 poetry: Janet Simon and Maggie Harris; music: LiTTLe MACHiNe

Maggie Harris‘ poetry has been described as ‘… powerful and moving … witty and tender, and always absorbing.’ (Abdulrazak Gurnah)  Originally from Guyana, she spent more than 30 years in Kent before moving to Wales. Winner of the Guyana Prize for Literature, she’s performed her work across the UK and the Caribbean, and represented Kent in Europe. She was Kent Arts & Libraries’ first Reader Development Worker, a Literature Festival Organiser, and International Teaching Fellow at Southampton University. She is the co-editor of Sixty Poems for Haiti, and her books include Limbolands, From Berbice to Broadstairs, After a Visit to a Botanical Garden, Kiskadee Girl (memoir) and Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning (short fiction.).   A new collection of poetry, Sixty Years of Loving, will be published by Cane Arrow Press in 2013.       Her poems ‘dart like hummingbirds: vivid, precise, lyrical, playful and singing with a chorus of voices.’ (Maggie Butt)

Janet Simon has published two poetry collections, Victoria Park and Asylum, both of which draw on her experience of living, working, singing and dreaming in Inner London. She has also been a runner-up in the National Poetry Competition. She has worked with deaf people, homeless people and asylum seekers among others. She has sung, both solo and in choirs, for many years. She continues to write and sing in London.

LiTTLe MACHine are three accomplished musicians and singers: Chris Hardy, Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell, who turn poetry from every age into ravishing, moving, foot-tapping music.  Learn more at  http://www.little-machine.com

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