Performance poetry: show Ardagh ardour

Thursday, 17th February

Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh

A SERIES of top poets, including award winning writer Philip Ardagh, will be performing at the Candid Arts Centre in Islington on Tuesday.

The event, part of a monthly series organised by the Poetry Shack, aims to showcase London’s best performance poets.

Ardagh is a master of absurd humour. He has written more than 100 books for adults and children and collaborated with other writers including Sir Paul McCartney. He has also written for Radio 4 and his book High in the Clouds – about a radical squirrel – has been filmed by Netflix. More recently he has written several books about the Moomins – the famous children’s characters, created by Tove Jannson.

Also featured at the Poetry Shack will be the world’s first Pam Ayres tribute act. Pam Dares will use the distinctive accent and style of humour that have made Ayres so famous.

Terry Sheldon, the bard of Didsbury, and Nancy Charley, poet and short story writer, will also be performing. And the Poetry Shack will be holding its popular open mic slot – to seek out the best new talent in town.

Organiser Jack Shamash explained: “We’ve only been going since July, but we’ve built up a regular following. Writers including Michael Rosen and Will Self have agreed to perform over the next few months. We’re trying to make poetry that is lively, popular and accessible.”

The Poetry Shack – featuring Philip Ardagh – starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday February 22. Admission is £6. The Candid Arts Centre is at 3 Torrens Street, EC1V 1NQ. Details and booking – or 020 7837 4237

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