2017 Tour: Tickets now up for Durham, Bristol, Norwich, Portmeiron, Iona….

From June to November 2017 I’ll be on tour across the UK, reading from my new book, plus a little from my other books, supported by some brilliants poets. I really hope you can make one of the dates, I’d love to see you and your friends there xxx
 
Many dates to be confirmed, but get your tickets now for:
 
support Vanessa Kisuule
 
JULY 1 IONA
 
JULY 5 NORWICH
NORWICH ARTS CENTRE
 
 
JULY 27TH PORT ELIOT
PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL
 
SEPT 1 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
ELECTRIC FIELDS FESTIVAL
 
SEPT 7 PORTMEIRON
NO.6 FESTIVAL

Mother’s Day Offer!

To celebrate this Mother’s Day (and because I’ve been told this book makes a good gift), I have 50 copies of Nobody Told Me that I will sign and write a message on for yourself (a present to yourself is allowed ey!) / your mother / the mother of your children (pretending it’s from your children) etc! / a helpful grandma / grandad / a carer / your child’s childminder you really like etc!
 
I’ll be selling these signed and messaged copies via my band camp page. The book is £10 plus postage, I can write whatever message you like, just let me know (and don’t forget to tell me the person’s name!).
 
For each book sold there, I’ll donate all profits (everything over £5) to homestart: https://www.home-start.org.uk. So that’s £5 for each £10 book. If you pay more, I’ll donate that too.
 
Happy Mother’s Day in advance x
 

Open for Tour Bookings

I’m currently open for a few more weeks to take tour bookings from theatres, festivals, record shops, book shops, gin bars, sweetie factories, castle dungeons or any other venue / event / organisation that might want me to come and read some poems from my new collection and has capacity / capability to run the event and get a bookseller in.
 
I like venues with a roof best and the ability for people to buy alcohol. The tour is appropriate for 16+ or younger if from liberal families that don’t mind their children hearing the words vagina / sex / plum. Accessibility is very important, as is being okay with parents bringing small babies attached to bottles or arms or boobs who are too little to leave at home.
 
The new collection is called Plum and it comes out on the 15th June with Picador. I’ll be touring it from June – end October and am taking bookings for another few weeks now x
 
Places already covered on the tour (and that I therefore can’t do and am very very excited about) are:
 
London (all of it)
Oxford
Birmingham
Nottingham
Manchester
Cheltenham
Iona
Durham
Hull
Wells
Liverpool
Edinburgh
York
Chester
 
and then some lovely festivals in rural fields I’m not allowed to announce yet.
 
Any enquiries about the book / tour and to find out fees / capacity / rider (one pint of tap water and maybe a glass of wine please) etc, please get in touch with Oli@pagetoperformance.org.
 
Thanks so so much xxx
 
Here’s a tiny bit about it in the Guardian (but with the wrong title!): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/07/books-in-2017-a-literary-calendar
 
(photo of my face, copyright Amy Gwatkin)
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Tour Bookings Open x

Now taking tour bookings…
(excluding London cos that’s where the launch will be)

My next book ‘Plum’ comes out in June and I will be touring it from then until November 2017, two days a week. Tour bookings are being taken from now until mid of April but filling up pretty quick.

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The publisher of the book is Picador and they are arranging the tour, with lots of dates already booked in. But I wanted to open it up to not just literature and book festivals etc because I know there are a lot of great theatres and poetry nights across the UK too who have supported me no end and might fancy a reading.

So…if you run a poetry night / run a venue / manage a theatre and would like to enquire about booking me to come and read / perform / do ‘Plum’, please get in touch with Oli@pagetoperformance.org and we can pass the request onto the right person! The tech set up is one microphone on a stand and a light x

If you’re interested at all, here are what we would need from a venue / night / organiser….

1.Set fee: to be agreed with Picador
Basically I mean I don’t do free events or events for peanut butter so please don’t ask me to and force me to feel bad about it all when I know there’s rent to pay and food to buy and so do you. I do a set number of free youth and charity things each year but this is my full time job.

2. The set / reading is 45mins to one hour long. At least thirty minutes reading from the new book. So if you’re wanting me to read mainly from another book, I can’t for this tour. Sorry! If you want me to do a q and a or something else, that’s totally cool.

3. I don’t need any ‘rider’. Or bottled water. Just a pint of tap water is brill x

4. We need to be able to get the bookseller in for a selling / signing after the gig somewhere in your venue.

5. It’s nice to have a support poet on the line up. I have three brilliant poets I would normally use and love to use. But…if you run a night and normally have other poets on / local poets on / an open mic first etc that is also cool. Or just me is fine, but lonely!

6. The venue needs to be licensed because poetry audiences who can’t get a drink don’t tend to enjoy the poems as much (in my experience). And comfy enough chairs (for the same reason). Red velvet is always a winner!

7. Lots of people who come to my gigs have very young babies who they can’t leave at home. I have done a lot of gigs where mums feed babies / parents bring babies to the shows. If you can let me know if this is ok in your venue, great. I’m not talking toddlers / older kids (it’s an adult reading) just those babies hanging off nipples or arms like the ones allowed in over 18 cinema baby friendly screenings. There has never been a problem with this and if the babies start screaming, I guarantee the parent will not just sit there and do nothing! I know some venues legally cannot have babies in them, which is totally understandable.

ps. you don’t have to have baby facilities, just let me know if a few (and it’s hardly ever more) mums with new babies are not refused entry if they bring the nipper

8. Let us know about access to your venue please

9. That’s it! Please don’t message me here about this: email: Oli@pagetoperformance.org.

Thanks!

Pass it on if you fancy xxx

Terrible Twos

I know it can be hard. Sometimes very hard hard to raise a kid. But I always liked to remind myself sometimes, this is not a #baby #toddler #child, despite the developmental labels us ‘adults’ love to use, it is just a younger and smaller #humanbeing learning what the fuck is going on here x

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