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Stop All The Clocks

Stop All The Clocks BrightonIn the early 2000s a group of us set up the spoken word organisation Stop All The Clocks and applied for a small pot of funding from the Arts Council. We got ourselves a logo and for two years we used this money to run live literature events under its auspices, including two Brighton Festival Fringe Literature programmes and the mightily successful yet brutal Poet Idol. We also invented strip poetry with an event called ‘All Mouth, No Trousers’, where performers bought stage time by removing clothing. Eventually our lives took us in different directions, but the memories (and for those who witnessed All Mouth, No Trousers, the mental scars) endure.

Posted December 29th, 2013.

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Howling At The Moon

howlingSometime between 2002 and 2004, I ran a night called ‘Howling At The Moon’, at the Full Moon pub in Boyces Street, Brighton. It was one of many Open Mic nights I’ve run over the years: an eclectic mix of spoken word, music and comedy, and random members of the audience getting up to play the spoons, perform the haka, demonstrate levitation, or anything else that took their fancy. A lot of fine performers tried out new work there: Simon Indelicate (before the Indelicates), Jo Neary (before the Perrier Award), Jonny Fluffypunk (before the moustache), Justin Coe (before the kids), Romany Diva of Magic (before the Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year Award), the late lamented punk magician Great Shiraz (before an untimely death from methadone), MC Hines (before the beard), Ros Barber (before The Marlowe Papers), and Mark Chadwick (after The Levellers). Pre-dating social media, it hasn’t any kind of web presence, barring the occasional nostalgic mention, so I thought I’d mention it here, as the training ground of some very fine talent. It was also, incidentally, the birthplace of the now legendary annual MCs vs Poets Slam.

Posted October 16th, 2013.

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