Alarms & Excursions


"Clearly none of us had anticipated the degree and nature of the audience participation, but the combination of high art and mischief was quite brilliant. Truly joyful to be allowed/required to be disruptive...!"


Welcome to Alarms & Excursions.


First of all a little note about Data Protection, so that those lovely people at the ICO will be happy! See bottom of this page.


We kicked off the year with our annual Caribbean Burns Night shindig - Jah Burns (See our poetry page for some photos from this year's Jah Burns event). Irene has been back in Switzerland and Emma is adding a new member to the team this summer (put your feet up Em!) James has been hosting his own open studios in Barking. Sabina & Cassie have been touring, celebrating women composers and musicians with Illuminate Women's Music - catch them before it is too late! Robin and Isabel have been gigging with Beyond Words and Global Fusion Music and Arts, both in South East London, March brought workshops in Margate as part of the year round Margate Bookie festival programme and Isabel will be appearing in Margate in June and August, more details anon.


June 9th 2018  was the day when we finally defined poetry, thanks to Antiuniversity Now! For more details, see Antiuniversity Now! on our Provocations page.


Sophia Micheal, a student at Sydenham High School, won first prize in our inaugural poetry competition - Girls Allowed! last summer. We have just launched this year's competition in collaboration with Sydenham Arts entitled Heroes & Heroines. The closing date is end July so you have plenty of time to enter. (Visit the Sydenham Arts website for more information)


Over 200 people turned up to experience our Remembrance Air Raid Put That Light Out! on 11th November last year in the Crystal Palace Subway, the first cultural event to take place in this iconic London space for over 30 years. With poems, stories, reminiscence, songs and classical music there was something for everyone. You can see the full programme on our  Provocations page (more to come).


At least three new publications are scheduled to come on stream this year, the first of which, Souk was published at the end of May, with a launch reading at the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate.


Then follows the prospect of touring our existing work, appearances at festivals, competitions and loads more... 

Watch this space for more details or click on the images below to find out more about who we are, what we do, our partners and collaborators, and for information on how to get involved in our work. 


Our data and your privacy

Here is a simple summary to reassure you about any data we may hold on our supporters. We currently do not hold any personal data on any of our supporters beyond an email address, which we use to notify you of upcoming events. We have no plans at present to trade through our website or to use your data for any commercial tranasaction, including the sale of tickets. Our partners, venues etc. must have their own data policies in place to safeguard your personal data, and we will not pass anything on to them - not even your email address, without your permission. In future, we will ask you to opt in to receiving information from us, on the first communication, regardless of how we have acquired your data. We will tell you what data we hold and why we use it. We will not use it for any other purpose. We will not sell it on to anybody, ever.  Whenever you provide us with personal information we will treat your information in accordance with the law and our privacy policy. You can read our policy in full here.



Find out more about who we are, what we do, & why we do it. Also, take a look at some of our many collaborators.




Poetry is at the heart of all our projects. Take a look at our work in the world of poetry & spoken word, as well as some examples.




Our flagship projects & productions take place each year, and we're constantly adding new and exciting interventions. Here you can find out about all our projects.




Offering you a sneak peak of our published works, including poetry from founding member Isabel White.




Get a taste of our varied portfolio of work. Have a closer look at images, video & audio from our past and current projects.



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