Next Fourth Friday 25th November 8pm at Bar 48: poetry Jeremy Kingston & Ros Kane; music Little Beach

Jeremy Kingston: accomplished, humourous, serious, political – published Hearing Eye, ex-Times theatre critic

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Ros Kane: open, clear & honest poetry with a touch of Chekhov – she sings as well…



Little beach are 3 excellent, jazzy, folky, bluesy musicians and singer songwriters.

As always we welcome voices from the floor

Entry on the door – £6/£5

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Next Fourth Friday 28th October, 8pm: music – Peter Black; poetry – Jenny Lewis, Adnan al-Sayegh, Stephen Watts

Fourth Friday continues at Bar 48, 48, Brixton Road (3 minutes from Oval Underground) after a wonderful first event there on September 23rd.

On 28th October we look forward to another great evening in this friendly Eritrean bar with excellent beers, wines and wonderful food.    and three fine poets, Stephen, Jenny & Adnan, plus virtuoso guitarist Peter Black.

Jenny Lewis, poet, playwright & chidren’s author  teaches poetry at Oxford University, pub’d Carcanet. Her recent collection, Taking Mesopotamia, concerns itself with her father’s role in WW1 and this century’s Iraqi conflicts as well as referring to the Epic of Gigamesh.  https://

Adnan al-Sayegh Iraqi exile, distinguished poet (look him up on Wikipaedia) whose work has recently been translated into English by Stephen Watts, poet, editor and translator with cultural roots in the Italian Alps, Scotland and London’sWhitechapel, which much of his poetry celebrates… Peter Black is a highly-talented classically-trained professional guitarist who performs in many styles

Voices from the floor welcomed and valued.peterblack2

Stephen WattsJenny Lewis by Ben Prestney (2)adnan



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Next Fourth Friday September 23rd is at Bar 48 near Oval Tube: music Leon Rosselson, poetry Joolz Sparkes, Hilaire, Abe Gibson

The Poetry Cafe will be closed for renovation work from September 1st for several months. Fourth Friday will be held at Bar48, 48, Brixton Road, SW9, 6BT until the Cafe reopens. Bar 48 is an intimate, friendly space with a range of drinks and great Eritrean food a short walk frbar481om Oval Tube. On 23rd September from 8pm we feature famous singer songwriter Leon Rosselsonleon rosselson as well as fabulous and varied poetry fromphoto (3) (1) Joolz Sparkes & Hilaire,  amazing and heart-warming Abe Gibson AbeG



& voices from the floor

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July 22: summer party – Hylda Sims, Joan Byrne, Eddy Bonte, Rattle on the Stovepipe

Friday, July 22nd, from 8pm at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, is our annual party with poetry from Peckham’s Joan Byrne, Belgium’s Eddy Bonte and a few lines from me (Hylda Sims) as well as voices from the floor. Music, mostly Appalachian, from Rattle on the Stovepipe.rattleonthestovepipe

There’ll be a glass of bubbly and nibbles.  £8/£6


Rattle on the Stovepipe explore the interwoven worlds of traditional British and Appalachian songs, ballads, and tunes: Morris dances & their Appalachian counterparts; Minstrel songs brought to Britain in the 19th Century sung by Cotswold rural labourers; English jigs and Scottish pipe tunes evolve into fiddle and banjo reels; 18th century British ballads become ‘hollers’ of Kentucky, Georgia and N.Carolina…

Joan Byrne is a Rye Poet, one of a triangle of poets who live near Peckham Rye, which is one explanation for the name; the other is that the poetry is often wry. Joan is also a photographer – she gives not only a voice, but a face to Peckham life.

Eddy Bonte runs an online radio programme and is an Anglophile music-lover. He says: ‘Most poems are ‘originals’, i.e. they were written directly in English though my mother-tongue is Dutch (Flemish). In fact, I’ve used the English language as a poetic vehicle from the very beginning…’

Hylda Sims writes poems, songs and novels:

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Fourth Friday June 24 – poetry: Harry Eyres, Ruth O’Callaghan; music: Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke

At the Poetry Cafe from 8pm, £8/£6

Words from poet & presenter Ruth O’Callaghan; blues and original songs from Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke; words from poet & journalist in the slow lane, Harry Eyres. Ruth O'C


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Next Fourth Friday May 27: poetry from Valerie Laws, Owen Gallagher; music from Balabustah!

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Valerie Laws, , is Infamous for painting poetry on live sheep to celebrate quantum theory. 13 books published – unlucky for some!

Originally from Gorbals, Glasgow, Owen Gallagher lives in London. Widely published in the UK and abroad, his poems have been displayed on London buses, in public places in Ireland and on the Listening Wall at the Southbank Centre, London. Collections : Sat Guru Snowman (Peterloo Poets, 2001), Tea with the Taliban (Smokestack Books, 2012) A Good Enough Love (Salmon, 2015).

Balabustah! are a wonderful accordion & Fiddle duo  playing everything from Klezmer to Brahms to original material.


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Next Fourth Friday is April 22 – poetry: John Harvey, Danielle Hope; music: Liz Simcock

Ace thriller writer (remember Resnick?) and poet John Harvey; accomplished poet (4 books with Rockingham Press) and editor Danielle Hope; fine singer songwriter Liz Simcock (one of our favourites) and  Voices from the floor.   danielle

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John Harvey



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