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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Live poetry events open across London

7th October 2011

Culture vultures staying in central London hotels may be interested in taking part in an array of activities offered up after yesterday's (October 6th) National Poetry Day.

Throughout October, poets will engage in a pilgrimage to the capital for events in celebration of the art form.

Bang Said The Gun will take place every Thursday until October 27th and promises to be "stand up poetry for people who don't like poetry".

Famed writer Ian McMillan commented "[Bang Said The Gun is] one of the best poetry nights in the country; the combination of excitement, enthusiasm and deep, deep concentration on the poems is a wonder to behold!"

He added: "Long may it continue!"

Headlining the event will be Dan Cockrill, Sjannekke Milligan, Rob Auton, Martin Galtin and more.

Furthermore, visitors can take the opportunity to read their own poetry in the open mic session.

Words & Music in the Woods is another regular open mic night for poetry and song held in the Queens Wood Cafe.

Performers get in the cafe for free, while the venue sets up a fully stocked bar with refreshments.

The local nature reserve is the remnants of the ancient Forest of Middlesex, which once covered much of of London, Hertfordshire and Essex, according to entries in the Domesday Book.

Situated between East Finchly, Highgate Village, Muswell Hill and Crouch End, the park, the wood is hosts to a wide variety of tree species, plants, birds and animals.

The recent National Poetry Day awards handed out cash prizes to a number of poets, including John Burnside for Best Collection, Rachael Boast for Best First Collection and the Best Single Poem winner was unveiled as the recently deceased R F Langley.


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