Friday, August 12, 2005, 05:44 PM

1996 - Hard Edge Club (first ever paid gig, a ten minute set booked by Tim Wells. John Cooper Clarke was head-lining. On his request, I got him a tequila from the bar. Spent the next week thinking if I die now, at least I’ll have done something worthwhile.

1997 - Bunjies Folk Cellar on Street(where Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, blah blah also played, now a pizza restaurant.

1998 - Big Word, Islington, run by Jem Rolls

1998 - Express Excess at the Enterprise with Paul Lyalls

1998 - Apples and Snakes, BAC

1998 - Slam Olympics, Boston, Mass

1998 - Roskilde Festival, Denmark (performed every afternoon, with MC Jabber, Paul Lyalls, Jem Rolls, JC001, and Lucy English in a stage just opposite the dance tent; no one could hear us. We were housed in a shed.)

1997, 2000 - Glastonbury, the mud years.

1998 - NuYorican Café, NY, NY

2000 - Cithea, Paris, with Piers Faccini, as Charley Marlowe

2001 - Night Town, Rotterdam with Roger Robinson and Saul Williams.

2002, 2003 - Café Teatret, Copenhagen

2002, 2003 - Gadesjakket, Odense, Denmark

2002 - Tour of Bulgaria for the British Council with Roger Robinson, Lemn Sissay, Malika Booker and Piers Faccini – Hannah Henderson at the Live Literature Department

2002 - Prague, through Renaissance One, for the British Council

2003 - The Spinning Wheel; Babble. Melbourne, Australia

2003 - Medellin, Colombia, with the British Council

2003 - Baku, Azerbaijan, with the British Council

2004 - Moscow, Russia with the British Council

2001 - London Open House Festival of Architecture, commisioned to do a poem for the Imagination Building on Store Street.

2002 - Biennale Internationale, Torino, Winner of the International Slam but only because the clear crowd favourite dropped 5 points in time penalties.

2002 - Romapoesia, loser of the International Slam.

2002 - Crossing Border, Amsterdam

2003 - Aldeburgh Literature Festival

2003 - Bath International Performance Poetry Conference

2003 - International Poetry Festival, Medellin, Colombia, with the British Council. Performed in an amphitheatre at midnight by torch-light to 3,000 people. Also, in a men’s prison.

2003 - Podring, Switzerland – Saw some great African bands, swam in a lake and ate the sweetest tomato I’ve ever tasted – the Rose of Bern.

Animal Olympics Dates

31st July – 25th August (not 11th)
Animal Olympics
Drawing Room/Assembly Theatre
George Street.

6th September
Animal Olympics
Ealing Literary Festival

28th September
Animal Olympics
Watermans Theatre

25th October
Animal Olympics
Barnsley Diversity Festival.

1st November
Animal Olympics (story-telling slot)
Polka Theatre

15th November
Animal Olympics
St Albans

16th November
Animal Olympics
Stratford Festival

8th February 2009
Animal Olympics
Arts Depot

28th March 2009
Animal Olympics
Nordern Farm Arts

29th March 2009
Animal Olympics
Reading South Street

4th April University of Warwick
NATE Conference 2008
Performance: 20.15 - 21.15

9th - 12th April 2008
'Chinese Whispers' in Portugal with the British Council.
(venues and times to follow)

Express Excess Birthday Party
23rd Jan 2008

'Animal Olympics',
South Bank Imagine Children's Festival
in the Purcell Rooms on the 20th Feb 2008 at 11.30am.

Some Public Performances in 2007.

14th &15th JULY
Latitude Festival, Southwold, the Poetry Tent.
(also BBC Tent 15th July).

4th and/or 5th AUGUST
Brockwell Park Lido.

11th &12th AUGUST
Poetry Party, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Meadows.

Romapoesia, Rome, Italy.

16th - 25th SEPTEMBER
British Council Vietnam. Venues tbc

British Council, Manila, The Philippines. Venues tbc

Watford Festival
Box office number 01923 225 671.

Some Public Performances in 2006

Poetry Tent at Latitude Festival 14th - 16th July 06

(I've also got a short play on in the Theatre Tent at Latitude, as the Royal Court is presenting 'Angry Now', a showcase of new British writing. In which I am.)

2nd August, Roddy Lumsden's BroadCast night in London.

Edinburgh Book Fair in a British Council showcase on the 19th August.

Pleasance Dome,
Pentabus Theatre's 'White Open Spaces'.

Chinese Whispers at Cheltenham Literary Festival, October 2006

20 &21 April 2006 Chinese Whispers, Salisbury Playhouse

1 - 3 April 06 Bangkok International Book Fair with the British Council

26/3/06 Family Workshops at the Natural History Museum

25/3/06 Chinese Whispers at Leicester Phoenix

22/3/06 Chinese Whispers at Birmingham Rep

17/3/06 Huddersfield Literature Festival, with Patrick Neate's Book Slam

3/3/06 Get London Reading Event at Castlenau Library, Hammersmith

2/3/06 Chinese Whispers at Theatre Royal, Stratford East

26/2/06 Family Workshops at the Natural History Museum

25/2/06 Chinese Whispers at the Croydon Clocktower

24/2/06 Children's Poetry Bookshelf Gala at the Unicorn, with Daisy Goodwin, Aidrain Mitchell, Mandy Coe and Ian McMillan

22/2/06 Express Excess 10th Birthday Bash, with Paul Lyalls, Mark Gwynne Jones and Roger Robinson

20/2/06 Poetry Cafe with John Hegley and Friends

14/2/06 Local Government Conference on Sustainable Communities at the ICC Birmingham with Arts Council East

12/2/06 Family and Identity at the British Library with BBC Roots.

29/1/06 Family Workshops at the Natural History Museum, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

13/1/06 Island Queen Pub, Angel.

18/12/05 - Open Workshops at the Natural History Museum.

17/12/05 Performance for 'Vibes in the Libes' at Luton Libraries.

5/12/05 - Workshops with John Hegleyat Lumb Bank, for the Arvon Foundation.

3/11/05 Performance of 'Chinese Whispers' at the Brewery iin Kendall, Lake District

9/11/05 Poetry Performance, Manilla, Phillipines

21/11/05 - White Open Spaces, The Hurst Arvon Foundation

27/11/05 - Open Workshops in the Creepy Crawlies Gallery at the Natural History Museum


1998 - Gargoyle (Black Spring Press)

1998, 2003 - Cheap Date, The Idler, Ape, Rising, PIL, Saltpetre…

2001 - Oral (Hodder & Stoughton)

2001 - Dazed and Confused Annual

2001, 2002 - Guardian Guide Column: Francesca Beard’s Weekend

2002 - Chris Ofili’s Freedom One Day (Victoria Miro Gallery)

2002 - Short Fuse (The Global Anthology of New Poetry) (Rattapallax Press)

2003 - Westside Storeys (The Xpress)

2003 - Kin (Serpent’s Tail)

2003 - Velocity (The Best of Apples and Snakes, Black Spring Press)

2004 - The Poetry Store (compiled by Paul Cookson)


2002 - Charley Marlowe - This Could Be You EP