Gilli Bloodaxe at the Bar des Arts, 12th August
Tracey Marion at the Bar des Arts, 12th August
Gareth Toms at the Bar des Arts, 12th August
On 12th August we had three strong performers as features, and eight talented open mic readers, as well as an appreciative audience. This event was a week earlier than usual because Dónall can't host on 18th - he's reading at O'Bheal, in Cork. It was a very good night's entertainment.
Dónall began the evening with four new poems, all very strong and highly imaginative as Dónall's work always is. Running away with a new love's shadow so as to enjoy her smile at home, or stepping outside himself, these ideas are Dónall's stock-in-trade and they were greatly appreciated by his audience.
Brett Van Toen is one of the strongest performers we know, with a wonderful voice. He has been a poet, a performer and an educator for many years in London. He was an active member of Shadowork, and worked collaboratively with Martin Crucefix, Mario Petrucci and Sarah Van Gogh, on Diorama, a multi-media project. Brett is the most consistently good-humoured man we know, too! He read love poems like we'd never heard before! Original, dynamic, intelligent - a wonderful set.
We met Gilli Bloodaxe in Brighton, where he was making everyone smile at the Red Roaster. As a review of his show “Lowdown” at the Brighton Fringe last year put it, he's an “Ace manipulator of words and music, the indefinable Bloodaxe’s work is full of everyday absurdities and skewed observations” Gilli's quirky puns and surreal stories made us all smile,and his hat, ("the Horns of a Dilemma") outdid Dónalls, Dónall had to admit!
Andy V Frost has been a staunch supporter of our events at the Bar des Arts since we started in 2011. He's the Biker Poet and he roars down the A3 most months to read in the open mic or, as on this occasion, to give us a 20 minute set as a featured poet. Andy read an autobiographical set that he is working on, which was very moving in places, and full of energy and enthusiasm too, when he touched upon his adult life in biking.
Looking forward to 16th September!