June 22 from 8pm: singer songwriters Dave Ellis & Boo Howard; poetry – Viv Fogel and Rye Poets; plus voices from the floor. £8/£6

Dave & Boo  details and photos to come

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May 25, 8pm music – classical, flamenco & more from Peter Black; poetry from Norbert Hirschhorn & Frances Spurrier £8/£6



Peter Black

Frances Spurrier

Frances Spurrier

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Norbert Hirschhorn

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Fourth Friday 27th April. music: Liz Simcock; poetry: Marianne Lewis & readings from Beata Duncan’s ‘Berlin Blues’ + voices from the floor. from 8pm, £8/£6

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Marianne Lewis has a fine art background and became interested in narrative storytelling after working with Israeli storyteller Ariella Eshed.  Scots born, she’s inspired by traditional gypsy stories, has been published in the Evening Standard and performs regularly in London and the Southeast.  The theme for this performance will be ‘transformation.’      Beata Duncan (1921 – 2015) left Berlin for England in 1934. Her family will be reading from her posthumously published book, Berlin Blues, a fascinating account in poetry of her childhood in Berlin. And we welcome back Liz Simcock, a wonderful singer songwriter who helped to found Fourth Friday and has performed for us many times.


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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  & hyldaq@googlemail.com

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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