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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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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June 23rd 8pm at Bar 48: music Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke; poetry Peter Phillips & Richard Earls & voices from the floor £6/£5

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Fran and Mike, well known on the acoustic music scene, play the blues, their own songs and more with skill, style and panache.

Peter’s pamphlet collection, Frayed at the Edges, was published by Hearing Eye in 1997. His first full collection, Looking for You, was published in 2001, followed by Wide Skies, Salt and Best Better in 2005 (both also from Hearing Eye). In 2011 No School Tie was published by Ward Wood Publishing, followed by Oscar and I, also from Ward Wood Publishing, in April 2013. In September 2016 Four Poems From Saying It With Flowers was published by Hearing Eye, with linocuts by the print maker, Emily Johns. Look for him on

Richard Earls writes and performs poetry and songs on the UK and Paris spoken word circuit from his Older Wiser Harder collection on subjects as diverse as love, war, family, death and desperation on the dance floor. A musician and songwriter for four decades, he was involved in the mid-80s UK jazz/pop scene (CBS compilation LP, Get Wise and Virgin/Paladin release Pull Me UP). And you can follow him here:

23rd June will be Fourth Friday’s last event at the wonderful and welcoming Bar48:   (Oval tube, buses 3/59/185/36 and more)

July 28th we’ll be back at the refurbished Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden for our summer party with City Ramblers Revival, Abe Gibson, voices from the floor, bubbly and nibbles…

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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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