Sunday 9th February
Show Times: Doors Open 6.30pm, Show from 7.30pm
Tickets: £8.00. (Available on the Door Only)
Hollie Mcnish (@Holliepoetry)
Hollie McNish is a published UK poet based between London, Cambridge and Glasgow. She has two poetry collections – Cherry Pie and Papers – and the poetry album, Versus, which made her the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios, London. She won the UK poetry slam in 2009, and came third behind Canada and the USA in the World Poetry Slam finals. Several of her poems have gone viral on youtube. Her most popular YouTube videos have garnered over three million views and have been tweeted about by celebrities as diverse as Davina McCall and Pink.
Hollie’s poems cover a diverse range of issues; her experience as a mother, immigration, education, politics and more. Her latest book is ‘Nobody Told Me - Poetry & Parenthood’
'I can’t take my ears of her.” Benjamin Zephaniah
‘Hollie writes with honesty, conviction, humour & love’ Kate Tempest
Jacob Sam-La Rose (@jsamlarose)
Jacob Sam-La Rose’s poetry has been characterised as vivid, masterly and carefully structured. He is widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets, and as an advocate for the positive impact of new technology on literary and artistic practice and collaboration. He lives in London, England.
Widely published, Sam-La Rose has been featured in a range of journals and anthologies, including Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets (2012); Identity State: New British and Irish Poets (2010); Penguin’s Poems for Love (2009); and Michael Rosen’s A-Z: The Best Children’s Poetry from Agard to Zephaniah (2009). His debut pamphlet, Communion (2006), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and his collection Breaking Silence (2012) has been shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize (the Felix Dennis Award).
He has led workshops in schools, youth groups and other institutions and has developed creative writing and performance programmes for all ages, from first experiences with poetry or work with reluctant writers through to professional and artistic development projects for more established poets, writers and other educators internationally. He’s well known as a leading figure within the UK’s youth slam poetry movement, serving as the Artistic Director for such initiatives as the London Teenage Poetry SLAM, Apples & Snakes Word Cup and Shake the Dust— the UK’s largest national youth slam— as well as supporting the development of Slammarït— the first youth slam programme in Finland.
‘a one-man literary industry’ Patrick Neate
Keith Jarrett (@keithjlondon)
Commonly mistaken for a jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett balances between performance poet, short fiction writer, aspiring novelist and educator, among other things...Keith Jarrett lives and works in London, where he is still growing up. Performance poet and fiction writer, he is working on his first novel - partly in verse - which seems to be about a boy with a God complex on the run from the influence of a Pentecostal church.
Keith studied Spanish at UCL, worked briefly in publishing and then took an MA in Creative Writing in 2007, at Birkbeck, London. Since graduation he has written for various publications, including The Mechanics’ Institute Review 5, Tell Tales Vol. IV, Pulp Net and, most recently, Boys and Girls.
He has written poetry in both English and Spanish - a language he became fluent in whilst living in the Caribbean - and is a former London and UK Poetry Slam! Champion.
Performances of both short stories and poetry have included: Soho Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, Warsaw's Spoke'n'Word Festival, the World Cup Poetry Slam, the Rio International Poetry Slam, Bilbao's International 3,2,1 Festival... and local pubs, theatres and schools :)
Keith has set up poetry workshops for schools and taught Spanish at Primary level (KS2). He was one of six initial Spoken Word Educator trainees teaching at a secondary school in East London while researching Creative Education for an MA at Goldsmiths; the project is the first of its kind in Europe. Now he is starting at PhD at Birkbeck/SOAS universities.
His debut poetry pamphlet was released in last July.
“…rejects the jingoism of popular politics and the idea of being optimist, pessimist or realist, and instead embraces just being…” Sabotage
RA Villanueva (@caesura)
R.A.Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. He is also the winner of the inaugural Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry.
A finalist for the Beatrice Hawley and Kinereth Gensler Awards and a semi-finalist for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Prize, additional honors include fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review, and scholarships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Recent poems have been nominated for The Pushchart Prize and anthologized in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. He holds graduate degrees from Rutgers University and New York University.
He formerly served as the Poetry Editor of Washington Square and co-curator of Experiments & Disorders, a performance series at Dixon Place devoted to new poetic forms. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he lives in Brooklyn and London.
Ones to Watch
Each year, the Jazz Verse Jukebox in conjunction with Jacob Sam-La Rose showcases young poets that we believe are the poets to watch in the future. For our last edition at Ronnie Scott’s we have:
Laurie is a poet and playwright from Merseyside who won the Outspoken Prize for Performance Poetry 2015. After glowing review for 'STAIRCASES', Laurie is writing her next play 'TWIX'. 'Spare The Poets/Barbican Young Poets/BBC Radio 1Extra & Roundhouse:Words First, Spit The Atom.
Theresa Lola is a Nigerian British poet and based in London. She is a part of the Barbican Young Poets and also part of the Spit The Atom collective formed from the Roundhouse and BBC 1Xtra programme, Words First. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Outspoken Poetry Prize.
Belinda Zhawi is a 24 year old writer and educator born in Zimbabwe; resident in London. Her work focuses on her memories of living in rural and urban Zimbabwe whilst exploring the role this has played in shaping the narrative of her life thus far. She’s performed across the UK in numerous venues, festivals and events including Africa Writes, Bestival and Barbican. Some of her work has been published in the anthologies Liminal Animals and Casagrande: Rain Of Poems. In May 2013 she featured as one of Channel 4’s Random Acts. She co-founded and hosts the monthly poetry night, BORN::FREE and is currently on of five 2015/16 London Laureates.
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Roman Harris (@musicofrome)
Roman Harris was born and raised in Brixton, South London and also spent part of his upbringing in Guyana, South America. From a young age he displayed a talent for writing poetry and over time this progressed to songwriting. He also learnt how to play guitar which helped expand is songwriting ability and influenced him to play live. Roman performs regularly in the London Open Mic circuit and you can catch him around town at various venues, he is working towards releasing his debut EP in 2016.