Air From Another Life...

Air From Another Life...

20.01.2014
I can never sleep on Sunday nights. I've tried it all - within reason. Dimmed lights. Extinguished screens. Abandoning 'real' coffee...
Abolish Your Meat Habit in 2014

Abolish Your Meat Habit in 2014

20.01.2014
Oprah Winfrey once said that the start of a new year offers "another chance for us to get it right". One way that we can "get it right"...
Liam Williams: The Philip Larkin of British Comedy

Liam Williams: The Philip Larkin of British Comedy

16.01.2014
Liam Williams is the most soulful, daring, intellectually unabashed young comedian in the country. His Foster's-nominated debut hour, which...
The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Five: Someone Else's Words to Shout or Sing

The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Five: Someone Else's Words to Shout or Sing

13.01.2014
The Bible can function in the same way as your favourite novel, poem, movie script or soundbite-friendly pop scientist. You don't have...

An Open Letter to Mark Grist

13.01.2014
A friend of mine recently sent me the video for Mark Grist's spoken word poem "Girls Who Read". I know that it's been around for a while...

Brand New Ancients - 4 Stars - The Young Vic‏

7.01.2014
Tempest shuffles onto the stage with a kind of affable apprehension and informally introduces us all to the show, keen to emphasise that...

The Arrival of Poetry

19.12.2013
The arrival of poetry is catastrophic. You are seized by indescribable wonder and an equally incomprehensible terror. You face a blank...

Pussy Riot Will Soon Be Free... Speech in Russia Will Not

19.12.2013
Whilst the amnesty granted to the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina - is to be welcomed,...

'Miley Cyrus' and the Female Body: Who's to Blame?

23.11.2013
The controversial positing of the female body within the sphere of pop music is hardly a new phenomenon; each and every generation of women...
Bullet Point

Bullet Point

20.11.2013
I used to braid my great granny's Jamaican head of hair. That's when my daddy noticed I was queer. That's the time my big brother started...

Human Face and Cost of Violence

6.11.2013
War and violence become abstracted the further we are away from them. All of our exposure boils down to news reports and research updates...

Have We Grown Too Impatient for Poetry and Spoken Word?

6.11.2013
Why do I get the sense that spoken word remains a niche cultural avenue? I'm not here to pose the tired question, 'Is poetry dead?' but...
Online-publishing Teenagers Create a Whole New Meaning for Poetry

Online-publishing Teenagers Create a Whole New Meaning for Poetry

1.11.2013
Even when we lose all hope in our seemingly hopeless race of humanity, there is still a flickering and poignantly strong light at the end...

Simon Mole : Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair - 4 1/2 Stars

17.10.2013
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of spoken word as a medium is its lack of definition and therefore its incredible versatility. Whereas...