May 26 music: ace guitarist Peter Black; poetry Brian Docherty & Alice Denny; voices from the floor, at Bar 48, £6 £5

PETER BLACK has studied Flamenco in Andalucía and Latin guitar with working musicians from Rio de Janeiro. Peter is equally at home in other styles of music and has a long history of performing in Rock bands and ensembles of various descriptions. A virtuoso guitarist, he combines the technical qualities and emotion of classical performance to the feeling, groove and accessibility of popular styles. He was a televised finalist of Sky TVs guitar star in 2015.

BRIAN DOCHERTY : Glasgow-Irish post-Beat poet for the new millennium, lived in north  London for many years, is now part of a growing community of writers, artists & musicians on the Sussex coast. He will read from his new book,  In my Dreams Again (Penniless Press, 2017).


ALICE DENNY is a performance poet from Hastings, having recently moved back from Brighton where she became a familiar figure in the spoken word scene, performing for New Writing South, supporting Polari, Brighton Women’s Voices. Transpride, Brighton Pride, and many other events. Alice’s poems reflect her perspective on the joys of womanhood, love, loss, sexuality, marginalisation and  injustice. Alice despises bullying in all it’s forms , especially in herself.

From 8pm at Bar 48, 48 Brixton Road, Oval, SW9 6BT – Oval tube, buses 59, 185, 3 and lots more.

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April 28th at Bar 48, 8pm: music from singer songwriter Liz Simcock; poetry from John Harvey & Debris Stevenson; £6/£5 & check John on Wikipaedia

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Fourth Friday March 24th, 8pm: we celebrate and commemorate the life of Alice Wheeldon, pacifist and suffragette 1866-1919, with Chloe Mason and poets Alan Brownjohn & Anna Robinson; music Reunion Blues + voices from the floor including Paris Lit Up. £6/£5

 alicew Alice Wheeldon: this month her descendants campaign to clear her of a fictitious plot to assassinate Lloyd George, for which she was sentenced and imprisoned in 1917. Chloe Mason, Alice’s great-grand-daughter, will be with us; poetry on the topic of peace and war from Alan Brownjohn and Anna Robinson; great guitar, mouth harp & vocals from Reunion Blues.Among voices from the floor we include Paris Lit Up readers on tour from France. Expect an extended and interesting evening!                                                                                       Fourth Friday is at Bar 48 – 48 Brixton Road, SW9 6BT – close to Oval Station & buses 3, 6, 185, 59 and more.

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Next Fourth Friday is February 24th: music Bob Wood; poetry Wendy Klein & Fokkina McDonnell; + voices from the floor. From 8pm at Bar48. £6, £5

Bob Wood is a fine folk singer songwriter guitarist; we love Wendy‘s poetry and we look forward to hearing Fokkina for the first time. Our usual venue, the Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden, is still being refurbished and redesigned so Fourth Friday continues to be held at Bar48, 48 Brixton Road SW9 6BT – a few minutes walk from Oval tube, buses 36, 185, 3, and many more: – a welcoming and intimate venue serving delicious Eritrean food and fine wines and beers.



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Next Fourth Friday is January 27, 8pm at Bar 48. Rosemary Norman, Matthew Barton + music from bluesman Steve Morrison

rosemarynormanphotomatthew_bartonBar 48, 48 Brixton Road SW9 6BT – Oval Underground & lots of buses.   Entry £6/£5 according to pocket

Rosemary and Matthew are two fine poets with recent collections from Shoestring Press.  Dave & Boo play, sing, and write wonderful songs. Owing to illness Dave & Boo will be replaced by ace bluesman Steve Morrison


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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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