After experiencing catastrophic production delays which wreaked havoc around Europe, we finally have our Disarm Hate x Poetry vinyl! Firstly, we’d just like to apologise profusely to the customers who’ve pre-ordered these and have been waiting patiently for them to arrive.
The records were pressed at Deepgrooves in the Netherlands, which is the greenest pressing plant in the world. But when we sent them our masters back in spring 2021, not even they could have predicted how long it would take for the job to actually be finished. It turns out that COVID + Brexit = quite the combo.
But the important thing is that they’re here now, in all their glory. And as pre-orders are shipped around the UK, out to Europe, and over to the US, the remaining copies are available to purchase here for £20 plus P+P.
You can read more about the Disarm Hate x Poetry project here. And it’s important to note that all profits from these vinyl sales will be split between LGBTQ charities. Apologies again for the delay. And fingers crossed you’ll all love this album as much as we do…!
our ‘Tubthumping’ night returns for 2023 in a brand-new venue! we were all gutted to see The Constitutional close its doors for the final time, but the Old Woollen is one of the most exciting venues with an LS postcode and we’re buzzing to have been given the opportunity to programme there.
up first – pulling no punches – Steven ‘Polarbear’ Camden and Jasmine Gardosi! tickets are available here for £11 plus booking fee.
our second installment of ‘Chelping’ for 2023 stars Kayo Chingonyi alongside Kathryn ‘Millie’ Millington! what an absolute belter. there are open mic slots available as usual, although these are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
we’ve decided to trial a new semi-regular series of intimate live poetry events at the snug in Hyde Park Book Club. this will feature extended sets by our headline act, followed by a relaxed interview and q+a. our very first headliner is Stephen James Smith!
the event will be hosted by Matt Abbott, who will also be Stephen’s support act. tickets are available here for £8/6.
Chelping returns for 2023 with its 20th installment, starring Clare Shaw and Nafeesa Hamid on Thursday 16 March! join us in the breathtaking 255-year-old The Leeds Library for one of the city’s leading poetry nights.
unfortunately, at the time of typing, all of the open mic slots have gone. apologies for any disappointment caused.
this year’s Black History Month special saw Salena Godden and Matt Abbott welcome Rick Dove and Tice Cin into the Soho Radio studio. originally broadcast on Saturday 22 October, it’s now available in full as a podcast.
if you can’t find it in the usual places, it’s on the Roaring 20s Radio Anchor page here!
our final event of 2022 sees us team up with Bad Betty Press on the Leeds leg of their UK! we’ll be returning to Hyde Park Book Club on Thursday 24 November with an outstanding line-up of poets for your hearts and minds.
tickets cost £6 (£4 concessions) and are available here.
our final Chelping event of 2022 takes place at The Leeds Library on Thursday 17 November, and our feature poets are Cecilia Knapp and Rommi Smith! there’ll also be open mic hosted by Matt Abbott, with slots available on a first-come, first-served basis.