Wednesday 2nd December
The last Writer’s Block of 2009 marks a chance to celebrate a creatively charged year, while giving back by donating 100% of proceeds and raising awareness for the Boyhood to Manhood Foundation. Kick start the festive season with a line up of poetry pioneers, and music maestros. Plus, for the first time this year, we open the mic to YOU. Come down, sign up and perform, or kick back and enjoy the show, knowing your entry fee has gone away towards helping someone. Plus, in true pre-festive spirit, we’ll be in full celebration mode. Seriously, come.
• • • IN B R E I F • • •
If you haven’t sampled Writer’s Block before think: vibrant spoken word, emotive, intimate live music and engaging short films. It’s a space to be unrestricted, to laugh, to get angry or get sexy. It’s your space, so come and own it; open up your live show experience.
• • • Boombastic Feature Acts • • •
It’s a pleasure to be able to announce the performance of Polarbear for the first time at Writer’s Block. A firm favourite at festivals up and down the country, Polar Bear’s relatable, rapid-fire wordplay makes him an enthralling act to witness.
Founder of the former-now legendary- V.O.I.C.Express show in Brixton, shortMAN could easily be cited as a much regarded UK spoken word scene pioneer. His visions paved the way for many any artists such as Michaela Birth of a poet and more. His colourful lyrical style and fearless resolve to tackling heart felt issues are what set shortMAN apart and certify him as one of the most exciting spoken wordists for miles. word.
_ Ade Omotayo:::
Perhaps known best for his current role as backing singer of Amy Winehouse, Ade Omatayo is an absolutely stellar vocalist in his own right. Ade’s silky vocals blessed the Writer’s Block stage mid 2008 and remains one of our most talked about performers since. Prepare to be wowed.
P L U S:
********** Open Mic Section.**********
Contact us to confirm your open mic slot. We’ll leave an additional 3 spaces available on the night for people to come and sign up on a first come first served basis. You can perform poetry, song, a monologue or a narrative piece. Bear in mind that any instruments or props you require must be provided by you, as we can’t guarantee we’ll have what you need. Confirmed open micers won’t pay an entry fee, but will need to make a mandatory donation to charity, as little or as much (preferably the latter) as you’d like. 🙂
_ Short Film Screening:
_ Brand New DJ Set from DJ STROLLER http://myspace.com/djstroller
_ An extensive menu of Hot Food available
• • • E N T R Y • • •
.:: £5 ALL Night!::.
! Arrive early to avoid tears and aching feet !
• • • About the charity• • •
Boyhood to Manhood Foundation
Project aims: FBMF is an independent school having received Ofsted independent school status in September 2004. Its was founded in 1997, in response to requests from parents and the community to provide support for boys of African and Afro-Caribbean descent who were in danger of or were already educationally and socially excluded. FBMF provides a service for black boys aged 12 – 17 years and Young men 17-21 in its “Lifestyle Management Programmes”.
Lead organisation(s): From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation.
Client group: The client age group is typically 11-17years, with the peer mentor scheme targeting 17-21 year olds. Around 150 young people pass through the school each year.
Programme delivery: The FBMF Lifestyle Management programme provides basic education in Maths, English and Science, as well as anger and lifestyle management, community service and extra curricular activities. Students are referred by schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU’s), Youth Offending Team’s (YOT), Social Services, Criminal Justice System, parents and self-referrals.