JAZZMAN JOHN CLARKE 1948 - 2018
PERFORMING IN A PARADISE NEAR YOU
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.
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