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Mixing it up at Loose Muse

Lucky Dip

With over thirty-five (and counting) London Undercurrents poems to choose from, we couldn’t decide which ones to read during our feature spot at Wednesday’s Loose Muse. So we thought we’d let fate determine our set list.

Several themes have revealed themselves, subconsciously and consciously, whilst our poems have come into being. These themes have made it clear to us that women’s lives have been affected by fundamentally the same issues throughout the centuries, both north of the river and south of the river, and are still being affected by them today.

So we jotted these themes down (in cryptic form) on postcards and put them into a London themed bag (authentic tourist swag purchased from a shop near Piccadilly Circus) and bob’s your uncle – a London Undercurrents lucky dip for the audience to choose from.

It worked a treat and was great fun. The audience got to feel more involved by picking what we read and it kept us on our performance toes. The twenty minutes flew past and we managed to get through only four themes (pictured – can you guess what the poems would be about?) …and sadly nobody picked Sex and the City, but that can wait for next time.

As always Loose Muse, hosted by the wonderful Agnes Meadows, was filled with strong readings from women writers from the floor, who treated us to poetry, short stories and excerpts from books and plays. Sharing our feature spot was the talented singer Lillith who captivated and invigorated us with her guitar playing and unique voice. She even gave away a free tote bag – hmmm…maybe we can use that for our next lucky dip? Us girls have a great habit of helping each other. And long may that theme continue.


January’s hotting up


We’ve been quiet for too long. That pesky old business of earning a living. But fear not – we’re back with not one but TWO readings in January, to brighten up the dreariest month.


Tuesday 5th January we’ll be performing a 15 minute set at Beyond Words at the Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill SE19 1QH. The event starts at 7:30 pm. Just a minute from Gipsy Hill Station, this is a warm and welcoming poetry night, with lots of open mic spots.

Wednesday 13th January we have a 20 minute feature spot at Loose Muse, London’s premiere women’s writers’ night, at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX, starting 8:00 pm. This is always a lively and varied event. Men are welcome in the audience, but only women are invited to read.

Hope to see you at one or other – or both! – of these events. Our feisty north and south London women’s voices are clamouring to be heard.