An Obscurity of Poets

Thursday 5th March 2020 – 7.30pm -10.30pm

An Obscurity of Poets is monthly night of poetry and poetic things at the lovely Mascara Bar on the first Thursday of the month. Each Obscurity will feature a fantastic poetry quiz (with even better prizes), some lovely feature acts and YOU, on the open mic.

Sign up from 7 on the night.

Come along, watch some poets, have a chat, have a pint, have a delicious cheese roll, and just generally get out of the house. It’ll be lovely to see you.

On 6th Feb we’ll have two fantastic feature acts:

James McKay

James McKay is a Generation X poet, with family connections to the North Sea coast of the British Isles, and the north of England in particular.

In 2000, before “spoken word” was even a thing and Poetry Slam was only just beginning to be one, he started a grass-roots cabaret called Home Cooking in a living-room in Newcastle; he wrote his first poetry set for the opening night of the show, which played in various venues for many years afterwards.

In the 20 years since, he has produced one commercially released poetry-and-prog-rock album (Bob Harris played it on Radio 2!) and two collections of poems, the second of which, Very Friendly Weapon, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2018.

Following a stint of living in the capital, he has come to settle in the small and ancient riverport of Gravesend in Kent. He is Poet In Residence at No.84 Tearoom & Eatery in Gravesend, where he runs Reverb Chamber, North Kent’s premier spoken word night.James is also Development Officer at local charity Gravesham Arts, which runs a community arts centre in a magnificent Victorian former church.

Liberty Hodes

Expect the unexpected, but expect it to be good, because it will be.

Free entry.
Great prizes.
Great poets.
Great venue.
An excuse to leave the house.

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