Monday, July 04, 2005

What's going on at Clerkenwell?

Monday 11 July
Walk :: Approaches to Doom
5pm start
Assemble Farringdon Station
Takes you through Clerkenwell’s East side, reversing the route taken by thousands who went to their deaths. Performing London offer fresh explorations into neglected parts of London, providing humour, music, ideas and fun.
Tickets £6 buy on arrival

Taste it Yourself :: CLF Bloody Mary Competition
6.30pm – 8.30pm
The Three Kings/Three Things, 7 Clerkenwell Close, EC1
0207 253 0483
Phil Dirtbox hosts this competition which is a matter of pride for local barristas. Comedian and novelist Mark Watson (Bullet Points), author and journalist Sophie Parkin, and punk poet Richie Scurvey in performance while local bars compete to win the Best Bloody Mary Award.
Bloody Marys all round.

Poetry Lunchtimes
The Long Walk, St James’s Church, Clerkenwell Close, EC1
Each weekday of the Festival, Poetry Lunchtimes offer the chance to see open-air performances free of charge in a beautiful 18thC setting. Programmed by poet, author and playwright Clare Pollard. Reactions edited by Clare Pollard, and other poetry magazines, periodicals and self-published booklets for sale and on display.
Eat while you watch and have your food brought to you with the Special Festival Meal Deal and waiter service at the Three Kings Pub between 12-3pm
Free G&T’s for audience seated in the Long Walk

Monday 11
Poetry Lunchtime: Innua Ellams aka Phaze and Abe Gibson

Tuesday 12
Poetry Lunchtime: Julia Bird and Roddy Lumsden

Wednesday 13
Poetry Lunchtime: Meryl Pugh and Salina Saliva

Thursday 14
Poetry Lunchtime: Lara Frankena and Clare Pollard

Friday 15
Poetry Lunchtime: Esther Morgan and Neil Rollinson

Wednesday 13
The Three Kings Pub
6pm – 7.30pm
Enjoy literary classics, Jackanory style, on a DIY tip. Lisa-Maria Carter and Keisha Watson from Weekend Arts College, and the Clerkenwell Literary Blogger Nadia Al-Yafai read from Clarissa Pincola Estes’ A Crescent Moon Bear, John Seymour’s Complete Self-Sufficiency and Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum.

Friday 15 July
Cooks and Their Books
The Zetter Restaurant & Rooms, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RJ
Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm
Discuss life in the kitchen - and hear a few tips for doing it yourself over a three course meal cooked by Megan Jones from The Zetter. Compèred by Simon Wright, former editor of the AA restaurant guide, columnist and author of Tough Cookies: Tales of Obsession, Toil and Tenacity from Britain's Kitchen Heavyweights, and featuring Rowley Leigh from Kensington Place, Samuel Clark from Moro and Fergus Henderson from St John.

Tickets £45.00 excluding beverage
Bookings – Please phone The Zetter restaurant on 020 7324 4455 and quote “Cooks and Books”.
A credit card number will be required to hold the booking. A 24hour cancellation policy will apply.
Limited to 45 covers.

Saturday Daytime Kids Programme at Finsbury Library

All at 245 St John’s Street, EC1

Are We Nearly There Yet?
11am – 12 midday
A quick fire mix of brilliant stand-up comedy storytelling, mind popping poetry, all against a wacky slide show backdrop. A show about growing up (a bit) & the whole audience gets to change the world and take it home in their own little book.
“Extremely good but smiles too much”
John Hegley
“I like very much Paul Lyalls”
Will Self
Put your name on the list at Finsbury Library or email to reserve a space.
Kids must be accompanied by an adult
Ages 7-77 (or older)

BYO Kids Picnic
12 midday – 1pm
For those kids who are hanging around for the next event, bring your own creative lunchbox to munch in-between shows today at the Library.

Preposterous Jellybean Feast with Joanna Walsh and Amos
1pm – 2pm
For kids aged 4-10, must be accompanied by an adult
Hear author and illustrator Joanna Walsh read her fantastic picture book, ‘Amos Jellybean Gets It Right’. Make your own preposterous paper picnic and feast on real Jellybeans. Buy a copy of Amos and author Joanna will draw you a picture and sign it for you!

Saturday Evening

The Idler presents
Back to the Land :: A debate on the pleasures and pitfalls of rural living
6.30 – 8.30pm

The Westminster Room, Old Sessions House, Clerkenwell Green
Starring Richard Benson, author of The Farm, Chris Yates, record-breaking angler and author of The Secret Carp, Sophie Pokliewski-Koziell, editor at Resurgence magazine and co-author of Gathering Force: DIY Culture - Radical Action For Those Tired of Waiting, and Tom Hodgkinson, author of How To Be Idle and editor of the Idler magazine. Hosted by Ekow Eshun, author of Black Gold of the Sun and head of the ICA.

Tickets: £7.50
Available from or call 020 7691 0320

Am I Hot Or Not?
10pm – 11pm
Clerkenwell Green
Clerkenwell locals and Festival-goers ask the important question as part of an open-air installation on the Green.
£3 for your score cards.


Walk :: London’s Lower Depths & Hockley i’ th’ Hole
Assemble Farringdon Station
11am start
Walk through the western boundaries through notorious dens of vice and sin, naked women wrestlers, animal fights…Don’t stray! Performing London offer fresh explorations into neglected parts of London, providing humour, music, ideas and fun.
Tickets £7 buy on arrival

Vanity Fair :: Self-Publishing and Limited Edition Art and Street Party
12pm – 10pm

Self-publishing and art showcase and sale; including periodicals, books, clothes, badges, honesty box, multiples, interactive village fetery, posters, poetry, performance, cakes, dvds, cds, white elephants, ‘zines and crafted book stalls, outside on Vine Street Bridge, on the first floor of The Green pub and Upstairs at the Gallery.
Curated by the CLF and the Upstairs Gallery.

Whole suckling pig spit roast, literary snacks including Enid Blyton chips, DJ’s, dancing, cheap beer.
Free/donations to Festival costs

Why DIY :: From the 70’s to now
1pm – 2pm
The Green Pub, Clerkenwell Green, EC1
Good For Nothing Neil Boorman, Andy Ching from Donut Press, Micalef from seminal punk Zine Sniffin’ Glue and Tim Wells, publisher of Rising magazine, take part in a why, who, when and what of self-publishing, from the 70’s to today. Chaired by Kit Hammond and Emily Pethick, curators of Publish and Be Damned. Audience Q&A.
Followed by Iain Sinclair in conversation with Brian Catling, whom he published in the 70’s in his own Albion Press.
Reserve your ticket by emailing with names, then pay on the door - £5


Anonymous Anonymous said...

with a week to go it's a rollicking line up! we were buzzing last year - gonna be better this one! - jemima

6:34 pm  

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