news for February

Happy New Year!  Hope 2011 has got off to a good start for you.  I’ve just got back from a trip to Nigeria with the British Council.  I had a brilliant time, really inspiring and interesting place.  Here’s a few things I’m up to at the moment, be great to see you if you’re able to make it along.

Apples & Snakes in Soho

Blake Morrison is perhaps best known as the author of the family memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? But he’s also one of the UK’s best-respected poets, his early collections Dark Glasses and The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper having established a voice that celebrates everyday human experience whilst acknowledging the darkness just below its surface: a theme that also echoes through his plays, libretti and non-fiction writing. Tonight he delves into his impressive back-catalogue.

The evening also features sets from incisive Irish poet Aoife Mannix, and majestic chansonnier Philip Jeays.  Join us for an indisputably poetic experience.

When: Wednesday 9 February, 8pm
Where: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, London W1D 3NE
Booking: 020 7478 0100 /
Tickets: £8 / £6conc / £6 under 26

Poet in Residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Inspired by Shakespeare’s As You Like It, part of the current RSC Roundhouse season, Adelaide Road is a new interactive project linking the RSC’s work at the Roundhouse with its season of three world premieres at nearby Hampstead Theatre from April this year.  A web-based map and iPhone application will give access to audiences around the world to the project, as well as enabling a location specific interaction on Adelaide Road itself.

Poet in residence Aoife Mannix will be asking Camden residents to respond creatively to the history and people of Adelaide Road. Through a series of themed creative writing workshops and storytelling activities, she will use Shakespeare’s play as an inspiration for modern tales of love, betrayal and exile. If you are interested in taking part in the workshops, please email  Workshops are free but booking is essential.

Upcoming workshops:

February 9th 10:30am – 12:30pm – Kentish Town Library

February 28th 7pm to 9pm – Chalk Farm Library

March 9th 10:30am – 12:30pm – Kentish Town Library

March 14th 7pm to 9pm – Chalk Farm Library

Lead Writer in Residence with South Kilburn Speaks –

South Kilburn Speaks is a text based art project run by the Poetry School for South Kilburn Partnership.  Three writers (Aoife Mannix, Niall O’Sullivan and Simon Mole) are working with local people to create and document stories to capture a shared sense of place that will be translated into public art.  This includes temporary installations on hoarding boards as well as permanent ones on railings, paving slabs and sculptural bollards to be created by artist Andy Edwards.

Poet in Residence with BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live

About aoife

have a listen at Aoife Mannix is an Irish writer and poet based in London. Her first novel Heritage of Secrets was published by Lubin & Kleyner in 2008. She is the author of four collections of poetry; The Trick of Foreign Words (2002), The Elephant in the Corner (2005), Growing Up An Alien (2007) and the recent Turn The Clocks Upside Down – all with Tall Lighthouse. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, London Live, Resonance FM, and the BBC World Service. Her short stories are included in the anthologies Tell Tales Volume 3 (2006), Small Voices, Big Confessions (2006) and Westside Stories (2003).
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