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Words and Jazz

Nicki Heinen programmes her monthly event showing the close creative proximity between the imagination of writers, such as poets, and jazz. Readers followed by jazz.

George Szirtes

George Szirtes is a poet and translator. Born in Hungary in 1948, he published his first book of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979. It won the Faber Prize. He has published many since then, winning the T S Eliot Prize in 2004, a prize for which he has been twice shortlisted since.

Chrissy Williams

Chrissy Williams is a poet and editor living in London. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, pamphlets and anthologies, including Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Rialto, Best British Poetry and in ANGELA, a pamphlet which fuses together the worlds of Twin Peaks and Murder She Wrote. She has worked as an editor for over a decade, and edited the UK’s first book on poetry comics: Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics (Sidekick Books). She is the organiser of the annual Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair. Her first full poetry collection BEAR is out now from Bloodaxe Books.

Tim Cumming

Tim Cumming’s first collection, The Miniature Estate, was published in 1991, and subsequent books include Apocalypso (1999), Contact Print (2002), The Rumour (2004), The Rapture (2011). Etruscan Miniatures (2012s) and in 2015, Rebel Angels in the Mind Shop from Australia’s Pitt St Poetry. Since 2007, he has made a number of acclaimed film poems that have been shown at festivals worldwide, and he made the acclaimed BBC documentary, Hawkwind Do Not Panic in 2006-2007. His work has appeared in The Forward Book of Poetry, its Best of the Decade anthology, and in Bloodaxe Books’ major 2010 anthology, Identity Parade.

Roxy Dunn

Roxy’s poetry has appeared in multiple journals, including: The Rialto, Orbis and Ofi Press. Her debut pamphlet Clowning (published by Eyewear and available for purchase at Foyles) was described by PN Review as ‘quick-fire, appealing, lit by humorous warmth.’ She was previously longlisted for the Young Poet Laureate for London and a collection of her poems are printed in the anthology Podium Poets 2 (published by Nasty Little Press). Actor Paterson Joseph recently selected one of her poems for his discussion on the Poetry Exchange podcast. www.thepoetryexchange.co.uk She is also an Actor and Writer for stage and television and is currently developing sitcom treatments with Hartswood Films (creators of BBC1’s Sherlock) and Merman (C4’s Catastrophe). She is the co-founder of Viscera Theatre whose five-star Edinburgh show recently transferred to SOHO Theatre and was described by The Times as ‘a breath of fresh air.’ twitter: @RoxanaDunn website: www.visceratheatre.com

Jonathan Catherall

Jonathan Catherall gives away money for a living. He has published poems in Datableed, 3AM and the Frogmore Papers, and has reviewed for The Literateur and The Wolf.

Sorana Santos

London-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer Sorana brings together elements of the Contemporary Music, Jazz, and Songwriting traditions to explore the relationship between music and language.

2015’s album/book Our Lady of Stars, featuring Joe Wright, Alex Bonney and James Maddren, toured with support from Arts Council England, and was BASCA-nominated for a British Composer Award for Contemporary Jazz Composition. Her portfolio includes commissions from the BBC, and The Rose Theatre, Southbank, and awards from the Millennium Commission and Global Game Jam. 2016 saw Sorana recreate the 4200-mile road trip that inspired Joni Mitchell’s Hejira, composing original songs en route and returning to also release re-imaginings of the original album.

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