Extra Second London is a themed monthly poetry/discussion night where we take an extra second to reflect on the ideas touched on by our featured poets. We give you, the lovely audience, a chance to make your voices heard - because poetry shouldn't be a spectator sport. This month's theme is Gender Roles - we'll be discussing how they're imposed on us and how they shape the way we view ourselves and others.
Once again we will have three brilliant featured performers as well as an open mic followed by the main event: a round-table audience discussion. Everyone is welcome to have their say!
Doors open at 7.30, entry is £5 and the open mic sign up is first come first served at the door.
This month's features:
By day, DESREE devotes her time to theatre, arts marketing and community arts but after 6pm (7pm because of traffic), Desree is a talented poet. Desree has featured at events such as Empoword, SpeakEasy, Heaux Noire - for Women of Colour by Women of Colour and Greenbelt Festival alongside World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker.
CAROLINE TEAGUE is a London born and bred poet writing pieces on loss, identity and how she comes to terms with some harrowing realities of being human and being alive, in a style she calls 'tragic optimism' in hopes that the honesty through her writing could translate into something positive for someone else. Member of 'poetrip' poetry London based collective, Caroline is a co runner of the Hammer & Tongue Waterloo poetry night, and creator of the musical project 'Caroline Smiling' which blends music, spoken word and other forms of communication to cross platforms for mental health through creative means. A self proclaimed soft touch poet with some sharp edges.
Touted in The Independent as ‘a name to watch’, GEMMA WEEKES is author of critically-acclaimed novel Love Me (Chatto & Windus); an established performance/spoken word artist who has shared stages with the likes of Kate Tempestt and Inua Ellams; a musicmaker/sound artist who has scored dance and text-based based theatre and film; and a singer/songwriter who has appeared with Cody Chesnut (opening for Black-Eyed Peas), collaborated with Nitin Sawhney, and most recently with international recording artist Pete Philly. She has devised pieces and performed at venues including The Royal Festival Hall, the Jazz Café, The Drum, MC Theatre (Netherlands), New Jersey Performing Arts Centre (US) and at Bestival and with BBC Radio 3. An Inscribe contracted writer, she is currently working on several projects including a stage/performance art piece with accompanying chapbook, a feature film script, her second novel, and raising her witty and wise 9-year old son.