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.
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!
it feels like we’ve barely blinked, but in a matter of weeks, Tubthumping is set to return with its fifth installment after a short summer break. join us at The Constitutional in Farsley on Thursday 29 September for feature slots from Kevin P. Gilday and Sophie Sparham!
In his latest monthly spoken word column for The State of the Arts, Matt Abbott argues that poetry from Gaza would be far more beneficial in the classroom than poetry from 2018. You can read the column here.
This month’s spoken word column for The State of The Arts reflects on nearly a year of weekly Insta sessions, and how they’ve been one of the few things keeping Matt Abbott afloat during the pandemic. You can read it here.
As we approach the one-year anniversary that absolutely nobody wanted, Matt’s latest column for The State of the Arts looks at how well poetry is placed to flourish in a post-COVID world. You can read it here.
It’s one of the most enjoyable days of the year, because poetry is almost everywhere and we get to shout about it as much as we like without anybody being able to tell us to stop. Here’s Matt’s latest column for The State of the Arts, on National Poetry Day 2020.