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Upcoming events

Saturday 13 December, from 7–8pm
William S Burroughs Fest
Michael Horovitz and Vanessa Vie will be on the panel for this event.
Bookings @ £6 can be accessed here.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY

Saturday 14 December, from 2–3.30pm
William S Burroughs Fest
Michael Horovitz will be on the panel for this event.
Bookings @ £8 can be accessed here.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY

Wednesday 17 December, from 7.30pm till late
The Word Is Your Oyster with Vanessa Vie & Michael Horovitz

The next TWIYO is going to be a real delight. We’re Celebrating Solstice & Yule with words, song, music and life!

Michael Horovitz, Lorraine Jordan, Vanessa Vie, Annie Whitehead, Jennifer Maidman, Ruby Thompson, our resident band LUND, and of course the build up to …… the word of the night collective collaboration finale using your poetic offerings folks. WOW! Put the date in your diary quick and let nothing stand in its way!

This is a rare chance to experience Michael Horovitz, the song-poet and anglosaxophonist in action. Pioneer of jazz poetry, New Departures editor and Poetry Olympics torchbearer. Michael has been dubbed a “Popular, experienced, experimental, New Jerusalem, Jazz Generation, Sensitive Bard” by Allen Ginsberg. Characterised by Martin Amis as “A dreamer, a maverick … transmedial crusader”, by Margaret Drabble as “An original poet, with an original voice”, and by Vogue as “The worst-dressed poet in Britain”. Michael recently recorded with Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller for Gearbox Records.

This time not only will Michael have the musical company of TWIYO regulars and fellow William Blake Klezmatrix band members the fabulous & transcendent Jennifer Maidman (guitar/bass) & Annie Whitehead (trombone). He is also delighting us by bringing his singer-songsmith, guitarist, harmonica player, lyricist-poet, & visual artist partner Vanessa Vie. This is a truly magical in all ways!

Lorraine Jordan is an acclaimed singer songwriter who takes the influences of her Irish roots and love of traditional ballads and combines them with her contemporary musical influences to create an intoxicating and thought provoking set of original songs. She’s released 4 CDs to date and has shared stages with Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, the Waterboys and The Chieftains to name but a few.

Ruby Thompson will be giving us a story, LUND will be playing their new song ‘Lightning tree’ and we may be joined by a tap dancing poet!

Doors 7.30pm First set 8pm
Tickets £7/£5 (cons) on the door
Solstice cocktails and house beers will be on special

The Russet Art Café, Hackney Downs studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT

9-17 July, 11–6pm daily
Notting Hill Visual Arts Festival 2014
This year’s exhibition will include works by Vanessa Vie & Michael Horovitz.
Portobello Photography Gallery, 253 Portobello Road, London W11

Sat 12 July, 11–10pm
Bloomsbury Summer Festival
Vanessa Vie & Michael Horovitz will be performing as part of this year’s Bloomsbury Summer Festival, which runs on both Friday 11th & Saturday 12th. They are scheduled to present a short spot around 3pm and a longer one from roughly 4-4.30pm.
Bloomsbury Square, near Holborn tube stn. Admission free

Wednesday  12 August, 7.30–10.30pm
The Word is your Oyster
Michael Horovitz will be participating both solo, & with Annie Whitehead & Jennifer Maidman, as part of that evening’s ‘The Word is your Oyster’ session on Hackney Downs. You can get a good meal in the café for £5 before 8pm. They also offer a buy one get one half price deal on cocktails and house beers before 9pm. See Facebook page for venue details, plus The Russets website for info about getting there.
Russet Art Café, 17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT. Admission £5 on the door

Sat 6 September, 10–5pm
Free Verse 2014 Book Fair
The New Departures/Poetry Olympics/Horovitz table will be overseen by Vanessa Vie + Adam Horovitz & Michael Horovitz. Unconfirmed performance spot in a side-room of the Hall at some point before 4.30pm.
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, nr Holborn tube. Admission free

Thurs 25 September, 8pm
A Slad Century
Featuring Adam & Michael Horovitz.
Stroud Museum in the Park, admission £8.

Friday 3 October, 7.30pm
Poetry Olympics’s National Poetry Week Jazz Poetry SuperJam
Artists booked so far including Pete Brown, Martin Davison, John Hegley, Adam Horovitz, Peter Lemer, Sarah Moule, Simon Wallace & Michael Horovitz. More personnel & other details including how to book ahead to be announced soon, on both the Poetry Olympics & the 100 Club’s websites.
The 100 Club, 100 Oxford St, London W1

2013 releases
Gearbox Records releases All Star Jazz Poetry SuperJams
Three recordings titled ‘Jazz Poetry SuperJam’:
#1: Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead
#2: Ballade Of The Nocturnal Commune / Extra Time Meltdown
#3: Bankbusted Nuclear Detergent Blues

Appeal
Poetry Olympics needs storage space!
Torchbearer Michael Horovitz is urgently seeking affordably rented storage/studio space in/within a few miles of Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater and Ladbroke Grove areas. Even poetry, art and music productions are on offer as part payment. If you know of available space, please send details from the Contact page.

January 2011
Inge Elsa Laird: obituary
By Michael Horovitz

Picture-Poems and other Artworks 1963-2008 by Michael Horovitz
Art@42, 42 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3HN

Past events

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