Fourth Friday 23rd March: music Bernard Hoskin, Poetry Mike Bartholomew-Biggs, Carole Coates. Voices from the floor. from 8pm, £8/£6 at the Poetry Cafe

Bernard Hoskin is a widely experienced singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – offering original songs, traditional folk and more. He plays 6-string and 12-string guitar and mandola. He lives in Cambridge.

Mike-Bartholomew- Biggs  has three full collections and four chapbooks. He is poetry editor of the on-line magazine London Grip and co-organises the North London reading series Poetry in the Crypt. The Man Who Wasn’t Ever Here, his latest pamphlet, is published by Wayleave Press.

Carole Coates has collections with Shoestring Press  & Wayleave Press. She has been widely published in the literary press and has also published critical writings. An experienced performer, offering a lively selection of her work, she is a member of the performance group Sixfold. Originally a Londoner, she now lives in Lancaster



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Next Fourth Friday is 23rd February music: Rattle on the Stovepipe; poetry Richard Earls, Chris Hardy, Chrys Salt, Matthew Paul. Plus voices from the floor


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January 26th is our next Fourth Friday: music Dave Ellis & Boo Howard; poetry PF with Peter Phillips, Wendy French, Jeremy Page, Maria Jastrzebka; voices from the floor; hosted by Anne Stewart

Hosted tonight by Anne Stewart on Hylda Sims’ behalf, music by the ever-popular Dave Ellis and Boo Howard,

and poetry from participants in poetry p f‘s various Romanian-connection projects… There’s an open mic too so bring a poem of your own to read.

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November 24, from 8pm: Music – Balabustah! Poetry – Ruth O’Callaghan, Angelina Demaria, Gillian Henchley & voices from the floor. £8/£6

At the refurbished Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BU. 020 7420 9888/7                                                              Info:  020 8299 2767  &

balabustahBalabustah! are violinist Bernard and accordionist Chris who play Klezmar, East European and classical music.

Ruth O’Callaghan has a number of poetry collections published by Shoestring Press. She runs Lumen Poetry.  Angelena Demaria & Gillian Henchley are Lumen readers. Gillian won Camden/Lumen competition in 2015, judged by George Szirtes. Her first collection, Grazes on the Skin, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2016

This is Fourth Friday’s final event of the year. Our next event will be 26th January 2018


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October 27: Music – Leon Rosselson; poetry – Steve Pottinger & John Wheeler; voices from the floor; 8pm. £8/£6. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden

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JohnWheeler John Wheeler

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22nd September at The Poetry Cafe: music from The National Interest; poetry from Wayleave Poets & voices from the floor

The National Interest are Dave (guitar), Ros (guitar & recorder) Les (fiddle).  ‘This is music for Socialism’ – Tony Benn MP. They play Sidney Carter Songs, Leon Rosselson Songs – Woodie Guthrie, Ewan MacColl & more…

Wayleave publishes poetry pamphlets.  It was founded by artist & poet, Mike Barlow, national & international poetry competition winner. He will be reading & introducing poets Ron Scowcroft, Pauline Keith & Mark Carson          

Plus voices from the floor

Event starts 8pm          entry £8/£6 

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Back at the Poetry Cafe, 28 July, 8pm: Fourth Friday Summer party – City Ramblers Revival, Abe Gibson, voices from the floor, nibbles and Cava

We’re back at a re-vamped 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, after a successful season at the welcoming Bar 48.

Blues, original songs, skiffle from City Ramblers Revival (Simon Prager, Doc Stenson, Hylda Sims). 

Poetry from the wonderful Abe Gibson,



Voices from the floor, + a few from Hylda Sims. Nibbles and a glass of Cava provided. £8/£6 according to pocket.

(Next FF after this will be September 22nd)

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