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Apr
25
Thu
Hollie McNish-SOLD OUT
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

Hollie McNish: 2019 Tour

 

With Benjamin Zephaniah stating ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’ and fans ranging from Emma Watson, Robin Ince, Pink and Tim Minchen, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, has garnered over ten million YouTube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.

Her collection, Nobody Told Me, for which she won the Ted Hughes award and for which The Scotsman claimed ‘The world needs this book’, has been translated into French, Spanish and German.

Here, she will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly from her latest poetry collections.

Expect strong language as she talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics, death, breasts, transformers and more.

Books will be available to purchase at the event. There will be a book signing afterwards

 

Hollie McNish is a poet based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She loves writing poetry. She has published three poetry collections Papers, Cherry Pie and Plum, and one poetic memoir on politics and parenthood, Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested “The world needs this book” and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award. In 2017 Nobody Told Me was translated into German, French and Spanish and released in the USA.

In 2016 she co-wrote a play Offside with Sabrina Mahfouz, relating the two hundred year history of UK women’s football.

Hollie tours continuously all over the UK and Europe and beyond and is a big fan of online readings – her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide.

 Reviews

‘She writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love. She points out the absurdities we’ve grown too used to and lets us see the world with fresh eyes’ Kate Tempest

‘Her rhymes have a driving quality, urgent words pinning down fleeting feelings’ Observer

‘Wonderful’ Davina McCall

‘Will make you laugh and cry with her’ Red Magazine

 

Photo credit Kat Gollock 

Apr
28
Sun
Luka Bloom
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm

With a poet’s heart and a rockster’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists, having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do. A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets. Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron Bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, or even Doolin.

‘ I did my first gig in Belfast in the dark old days of 1976. I was booked by Geoff Harden to sing in The Sunflower club. And since that time I have sung in Belfast for over 40 years now. Opening for Bert Jansch in the old McMordie Hall in Queens. Feile an Pobal; the Rotterdam; The Errigal, The Waterfront, to name but a few.
But in recent years I have only sung my songs in The Blackbox.
It is an intimate, welcoming venue, with a good sound, and great people there. We always have a good time. Even though I have a recent record REFUGE; I just trawl through the 20 records, and sing whatever the night needs. No opening act; just myself and my 3 guitars. A lot of songs, and the best audience in Ireland.’ – Luka Bloom

Jul
27
Sat
Iain Lee & Katherine Boyle
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm

Iain Lee (I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, BBC Radio 4, talkRADIO) and Katherine Boyle (BBC Radio 4, talkRADIO) return to Belfast for another 2 hours of silliness, stupidity and probably 1 or 2 Cher and Neil Diamond songs. The Rabbit Hole is a phone-in show recorded live in front of a baying audience who are welcome to join in at any time (if they want, no pressure here!). Which Beatle could you beat in a fight? Does anyone fancy an arm wrestle? And we will be giving away free animals (not actual animals, just the concept of animals). People can call in live on 0203 286 6370 or Skype HeyRabbitHoleShow.
This show is entirely unscripted, unplanned and unrehearsed. What happens will be very funny and partly guided by you. Are you coming down The Rabbit Hole with us?

This event is part of Comedy Lab annual Comedy Festival – full programme announced soon!

Aug
25
Sun
Cryptic presents Kathryn Joseph-From When I Wake
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm

An intimate and provocative live performance that “evolves into a hypnotic whirlwind of warring emotions,” (The Herald) Cryptic’s critically acclaimed, poignant staging of award-winning singer, Kathryn Joseph’s second album returns by popular demand.

Renowned for her spellbinding vocal style and strong lyrical aesthetic, which showcases both vulnerability and strength, Joseph moves and engages in equal measure. Complemented by Cryptic’s “intense, intimate, immaculately stylised presentation,” (The Scotsman) From When I Wake will ‘ravish the senses’ and reach right to the soul with a performance where “hearts are broken and stolen in equal measure.” (The List)

Commissioned and produced by Cryptic, and developed with support from Paisley Arts Centre & Tramway. Tour supported by PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders.

Age 18+Contains strong language

Oct
17
Thu
Fern Brady: Power and Chaos
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos
As seen on Live from the BBC, Live from the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour, and Live at the Apollo Fern is one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars. Known for being totally unique and completely fearless her new show will tackle sexuality, feminism, power, Brexit, Britishness, Scottishness and nationality all with her caustic wit, exceptional writing and electric stage craft. Fern is embarking on her biggest tour to date with the show debuting in Australia before heading out across the UK and Europe.

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos
As seen on Live from the BBC, Live from the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour, and Live at the Apollo Fern is one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars. Known for being totally unique and completely fearless her new show will tackle sexuality, feminism, power, Brexit, Britishness, Scottishness and nationality all with her caustic wit, exceptional writing and electric stage craft. Fern is embarking on her biggest tour to date with the show debuting in Australia before heading out across the UK and Europe.

Featured in Vogue as one of the Top 5 Female Comedians as well as the Telegraphs top 5 young comedians to watch, Fern’s career has gone stratospheric in the last 18months. She’s had viral success with her BBC Life Lessons, stormed the Australian comedy scene and supported Frankie Boyle and Katherine Ryan on Tour.

“An astounding hour” *****The List
“tough-talking and packed with don’t-give-a-shit honesty. It finds the right balance between sincerity and side-splitting anecdotes…. I was crying with laughter.”***** The Skinny
**** Fest Mag

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