Dizraeli, Anthony Joseph and Open Mic Slam at Hammer & Tongue, The Victoria. Feb 7th

Hammer and Tongue, The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, E8 3AS 8-11pm (doors, DJ and slam sign up from 7pm). £5/4 Twice the winner of UK National Slams, with the BBC and with Farrago, Dizraeli is MC, freestlyer, frontman with The Small Gods and a spoken word artist who has shown the rest of us how to do performance, An amazing honesty, an upbeat clarity; his work is uplifting, full of love for humanity and composed with an unparralled gift for the verbal craft. He promises not to repeat anything he did in December (unless we really ask him nicely) – so look out for some new stuff!Check his verse on the latest single by Brighton hiphop The Menagarie. It’s sick! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HgexOeGnEI&feature=youtu.be With him in Hackney will be Anthony Joseph One of the fifty Arts Council “Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature” he was University of California’s first poet-in-residence currently lectures in creative writing at Birkbeck College and is a master-craftsman of the form. He draws on his own experiences in Trinidad and the UK and on the influences of beat and surrealist writers to “show the diaspora in a fresh light” ( Dr. Lauri Ramey). His writing is experimental and challenging while also told with humour and a musicality that transfixes and enchants.Here’s a video of him with his band The Spasm Band who will be touring Italy France Germany and Reunion Island throughout the spring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TAZLG6E9Zw http://www.facebook.com/events/346278122068911/
Plus as usual the open mic slam where the first 8 people who sign up on the door have the chance to get up on the same stage as these two poetical legends and perform their own work to a captive (and generally friendly!) audience. Winners will go through to the Hackney Slam Final later in the year.”