Category Archives: Guest Blogs

Voyeurism: The Art of the Peeping Tom

eye-through-keyhole-1024x576 The traditional art of the Peeping Tomhas often been regarded as a risqué act potentially plunging the offending individual into a rather deep reservoir of hot water.  In Ovid’s great myth, it was a cool and clean pool that Diana had been bathing in when Actaeon stumbled upon her and her nymphs in the forest, ...

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Guest Post – Rachel Modak Of The Unpublishables – Come All Ye Writers…

rsz_2013-12-19_164739 I’m a storyteller. Always have been and always will. When a story comes to mind and I write it down, I have to share my creation. That’s because I am a storyteller, and I know that even if I couldn’t read or write I’d still find some way to tell them. And that ‘some way’ ...

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Guest Blog – Harry Baker – The Poetry of the Primes

harrybaker_1308520691_79 I was good at science at school, and did all science-y maths-y A-levels so kind of got pressured into believing that I wanted to study Medicine at University. Seeing as it was going to be quite an intense course leading to quite an intense job, I took a year out between school and uni to ...

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Guest Blog – Eliza Shaddad – On Lyrics

Eliza_Shaddad_Press_Photo   I’ve always been a lyrics girl.  I get obsessed.  Some of my favourites, that aren’t so well known perhaps: Tori Amos : [Silent All These Years] Excuse me but can I be you for a while?  My dog won’t bite if you sit real still, I’ve got the anti-Christ in the kitchen yellin’ at ...

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Guest Blog – Mixy – The Middle Ground Of Acceptance

Mixypractitionersmall Yo! It’s your boy Mixy/Hi, my name’s Michael I’ve only really been involved in the UK spoken word scene since around 2009 but I’m very fond of it. As anything would over years the variety of performers has grown into quite a brilliant contrast of artists. I won’t list as it may sound insulting to ...

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Guest Blog – Chima Anya – The Emcee

335916845_640 Emceeing is my favourite aspect of hip hop culture. It possesses the technical wizardry of turntablism minus the alienating obsessional nerd like behaviour that often goes hand in hand. It is capable of moving both the physical and the mental, in a way that is not restricted by the mundane laws of the body as ...

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Guest Blog – Tshaka Campbell – A Conversation of Questions

20100909-dsc_3202 About 8 or so years ago, I was conducting a workshop in California on Slam Poetry. The 3 day event included a panel discussion about  poetry of which I sat on with Billy Collins, who at the time was the US poet Laureate. The evening was going swimmingly, with a short performance by Mr. Collins ...

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Guest Blog – Mesita – The Music of Video Games

b5six The year I was born, Mega Man 2 was released in Japan. I started playing it only a few years later, down in the basement, sitting in front of the television with that game on the screen… It’s one of the earliest memories I have. While Mega Man 2 itself is very enjoyable, the music ...

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Guest Blog – Mista Gee – The Path of a Poet

8287450893_da38dce766_z For quite a while Josh has been on at me to write a blog for PoeJazzi. In his own inimitable & charismatic style he’s been on at me to contribute something about Spoken Word & in my own elusive style I’ve been saying “Yeah, soon come” & then getting lost in another Chill Pill project. ...

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Guest Blog – Philip Levine – Headism, A Journey of Close Shaves

Philip-Levine-Headism-3 Headism started in 2006. I was going bald. Yes; that moment when the normal few loose strands of hair you noticed as a kid don’t seem so normal anymore when your whole pillow case looks like a cat’s been rubbing its body on it. Oh right, I was going bald. What did that mean, hmmm? ...

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Guest Blog – Titilope Sonuga – A Home in Writing

titi-0759-2012863535-O copy I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandmother’s hands. I’ve been thinking about the network of lines on her palms; the road map I have followed. These same hands carried her 8 children and all of their children. I’ve been thinking about how the body stores memory, about all the places my grandmother touched, all ...

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Guest Blog – Daniel Randall AKA The Ruby Kid – Art From The Gliding Chaos

rubystairs On Friday 5 October, I performed at “Gliding Chaos”, a night of film, theatre, and poetry at Sugarhouse Studios in Hackney Wick. We presented a range of art about East London – its past, its present, and its future, in its entire working-class, immigrant, kaleidoscopic, glory. It’s an event that appeals to a lot of ...

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Guest Blog – Anthony Anaxagorou – The Sadness Of Art

Twitter   For years I’ve been forced to wrestle with various inalienable dark feelings and moods that always seem to be born out of simple, average occurrences. During my younger years I presumed these bouts of sadness, of melancholia, were just a required part of growing into myself; the sure making of the invulnerable, confident adult that my father and other ...

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Guest Blog – Jono McCleery – Authenticity and John Coltrane

jonomc I really struggle with sharing my thoughts, and I guess that’s one of the reasons why I love playing music, in that you can express an infinite thing without relying on words, or simply resonate the sound of love and what it means to you, using instinct alone.  A topic that comes up frequently in ...

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Guest Blog – LAPKAT

301957_159975514090152_1881857611_n The spoken word is older than text. We were telling each other stories long before we were writing them down. This might seem obvious, but I’ve always found myself explaining this whenever mainstream media asks questions about this “new form” of spoken word I’ve been involved in. The media is always looking for something ‘new’ ...

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