Alarms & Excursions





We could not pass up the opportunity to pay tribute to one of the London poetry scene's greatest characters - Jazzman John Clarke who left the building at the end of July this year. There isn't an open mic in London whose stage you have not graced, a fledging poet whose potential you have not championed, a jazz combo that hasnt explored your unique blend of poetry and music. Words cannot do you justice. Peace and love from us all.


We are saying goodbye to John with a series of events, following his funeral at Honor Oak Crematorium, London, on 12th October - do come along if you can. The after service celebration of his life will be at the Birds Nest, New Cross, London, over the rest of the day


Welcome to 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...!"


What a busy year so far! 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 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 - hopefully touring again soon. Our good friend Steve Tasane has been published by Faber (We are not worthy!). Isabel has been headlining with Beyond Words and Global Fusion Music and Arts, both in South East London, March brought workshop commissions in Margate as part of the year round Margate Bookie festival programme, and Isabel also performed her long poem Souk at the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate in June.


Isabel has also been collaborating recently with percussionist Jonas Golland (Tiger Lillies), Jay Johnson (vocalist, musician) - watch this space!


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.


Racheal Joseph helped with the judging of this year's competition in collaboration with Sydenham Arts entitled Heroes & Heroines. Congratulations to Doreen Hinchliffe for a well deserved win. (Visit the Sydenham Arts website for more information)


At least three new publications are in the pipeline this year. First up is the illustrated Souk, with photography by the amazing Jules Steele, now available via the website. 


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

Lastly a little note about Data Protection, so that those lovely people at the ICO will be happy!


Here is a simple summary to reassure you about any data we may hold on our friends and 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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