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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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



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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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