After years of our Bardaid Initiative putting books into school libraries, we are finally getting our own (in conjunction with the wonderful charity, ‘Animal Antiks’. https://www.animalantiks.co.uk/
As of 8th November 2017, we will acquire an ex-telephone box in the rather lovely village of Long Marston, near Tring. HERTS.
As you can see, it’s a sad old thing and will need lots of love before we can start filling it with books and get our very own community library under way, but by our grand opening is on 3rd December and we shall have some very different photos to show.
See our Bardaid page on the Rrrants site for details of all the schools we have donated books to thus far. BARDAID on RRRANTS
Under the banner of The Bardaid Initiative, we have promoted nearly three hundred free poetry and short story events in London, Herts and Bucks; using the money we raised from whip-rounds to buy books from performing writers that we have then donated to school libraries. In 2011 we even started a library in a broom cupboard at Roman Fields School in Boxmoor, Herts, as they hadn’t previously had a library at all!
In the same year, we published our first poetry anthology through money raised and sent a thousand copies of ‘The Big BARDAID book’ to selected schools all around the country.
On the 3rd of December, we are opening our first library in this old telephone box that we will be naming, ‘The Big Bardaid Box’
. We are very fortunate to have the lovely Carole Matthews (https://www.carolematthews.com)
to cut the ribbon on our new venture and we will have some fantastic poets and writers with us on the day, performing their latest works and signing their books. As well as this, Animal Antiks, Paul’s favourite charity, will be bringing some of their gorgeous rescued animals and some of the young people they help.
Please come and join us, there will definitely be cake. Event details below:
Paul joins Animal Antiks once more, this time bottle feeding this season’s abandoned lambs. Meet Freckles, Roxy, Twinkle, Bugs and Fifty!
50 and Fifty!
Paul Eccentric turns 50 this year so fully intends to celebrate accordingly with a mini tour!
1) PERCH POETRY at Perch and Co, Watford Road, Croxley Green. WD3 3BZ
Wed 22nd of March ’17 from 8pm. Free entry!
An open mic’ poetry event featuring guest headliners:* SPOZ* Fay Roberts* SP and * Shadwell Smith
with your hosts: Paul Eccentric & Poeterry.
Sign up to perform from 7.30pm or text 07921764712 to reserve your spot.
2) THE ODDS return for a special one-off performance at The Horns, Watford on the 30th of March 2017. Featuring special guest drummer Spike Webb, back behind the kit for the first time 1985!
3) Paul Eccentric and Russell Brand at The Watford Colosseum on 6th April from 7.15pm.
4) POLKABILLY CIRCUS at The Horns, Watford from 9pm on 10th of April. Free Entry.
5) THE ANTIPOET cd Launch, the 6th collection, ‘We Play For Food’. The album will be performed in its entirety plus the best of the rest. 12th April. From 8pm at The Cock, Stony Stratford. Free entry and cake!
6) TEA SHOP TALES Special, ‘The Simons and Me’. Comedic short stories with Mezza! Perch and Co 13th April from 8pm. £5 on entry.
7) Rounding off his 50th Birthday tour (and then on to the festival season) The Antipoet open for ADAM ANT at Watford Colosseum on 24th May.
And a Christmas message from Paul. Have a good one people!
DOES IT COME IN PUCE?
Adverts, adverts, adverts,
but for nothing I want to buy:
all arthouse wank and cryptic;
fuckin’ Christmas must be nigh…
‘We’ve spent the equivalent of a high scoring Scrabble-named country that you couldn’t point to on a map’s annual GDP on a television ad’ campaign designed to ensure that you know exactly which high performance car to stuff into your loved one’s stocking this Christmas and which minuscule application of coloured water in a collectible bottle/box combo (that cost more to manufacture than the pissy liquid inside it did) to douse him/her with in order to ensure that they smell like the toxic runoff from a reservoir polluting multinational chemical plant and not like a human being.’
Adverts, fuckin’ adverts:
yes please, I’ll have four. Does it come in puce and smell of piss?
Merry fuckin’ Christmas x
After a 50 date national tour promoting The Antipoet’s ‘Bards of Bugger All’ album throughout the summer, Paul (together with Ian) is now putting the finishing touches to album number 6, ‘We Play For Food’ with an expected release date of March 2017.
‘The jewel in Larmer’s crown, The Antipoet, this festival’s heroes the beatrapping duo. It’s unexpectedly delightful things like this that make Larmer Tree what it is.’
– Bournemouth Echo July 2016
‘We want Antipoet next year, otherwise I’m sure there’ll be a riot from the audience.’
– Anna Harriot, Arts Programmer Larmer Tree Festival July 2016
The Lyrical Cabaret will re emerge on 30th October and 18th December at Coco (Perch & Co), Watford Road, Croxley Green, Herts WD3 3BZ, both with excellent line ups to make up for us buggering off for the summer.
Tea Shop Tales kicked off a new season with a new venue; the rather lovely ‘Queens Wood Cafe,’ Muswell Hill Road, N103JP on 8th September, and continues on the Second Thursday of every month from here on.
A great festival season thus far: Fronting The Odds at Rickmansworth Festival, taking The Antipoet to Glastonbury’s muddiest festival for many a year, the deliciousness of playing alongside peacocks at Larmer Tree Festival, performing spoken work together with fronting Polkabilly Circus at Wisley Arts Festival and there’s still another eleven dates before the end of the festival season!
Larmer Tree Festival Photo by Sebastian Scholfield. Rickmansworth Festival by Elliott O’Brart.
Some gorgeous festivals lined up for 2016. In addition to, ‘The Antipoet’ listings above, Paul will also be reading at Wisley Festival on 17th July as well as being joined there by Polkabilly Circus for a musical interlude to a summer of spoken word. More music sees Paul fronting, ‘The Odds’ at The Aston Clinton Beer Festival on 30th July. For details see events diary and have a fantastic summer!
After a couple of weeks of running around the country, as the gobby half of The Antipoet, Paul would like to thank Hammer and Tongue for having them at all of their wonderful events as part of, ‘The Bards of Bugger All’ tour 2016. Watch this space for some exciting festival news, should be an excellent summer!
The Antipoet have been busy and their latest album ‘Bards of Bugger All!’ is now available for your listening and downloading pleasure.
Visit the album shop here and grab your very own physical copy or digital download (or even send it as a gift)