July 27, 2012

It’s ‘summer’, at least in theory, so what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than feasting over freshly prepared BBQ food on the Hoxton rooftop of The Macbeth + drinks, good music & beautiful people. Afternoon indulgence will be followed by a serene selection of live music and poetry talent on the main stage of the venue. See below for the full scoop. Our soiree shares the same date with the Olympics Closing Ceremony, but fret not, we’ll be done 2 hours prior to that, leaving plenty of time to Usain Bolt to the nearest TV.

Limited early bird tickets available here: : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/175313 or on the door, via individual artist guest lists.


This month’s show will be Headlined by Jay Norton, who you may have seen giving a spine-tingling rendition of Aloe Blacc’s ‘I Need A dollar’ on BBC 1’s top talent show The Voice. Liverpudlian Jay has also been seen on SBTV.co.uk, racking up tens and thousands of video views for his Acoustic 64 sessions, covers and original material across YouTube.http://www.youtube.com/JAYNORTON13

Coined as the ‘future queen’ of UK Soul/Jazz, Kersha Bailey is hailed as ‘a major new talent’ by the specialist music press and ‘one to watch in 2012’. She has been featured in Time Out, RWD Magazine, Radio 1, 1Xtra, NME online, and was shortlisted as one of top 7 UK artists who should be shortlisted for MTV Brand New for 2012. Kersha Bailey’s aim is to hone her art, to have international success and for her music to reach a wide audience – to touch those who fans of REAL MUSIC. She is also playing Hackney Weekend. http://youtube.com/kershabailey

Indie-hip hop pair Misphits are an exciting new addition to our line up! Quintessentially London, the dynamic duo have been famed for their enthralling live performances on the Underground, Central Line. Having just completed a sold out event at Ronnie Scott’s, their Writer’s Block performance comes ahead of their highly anticipated debut single. http://twitter.com/Misphits

English-Eritrean singer songwriter born in Bangkok, Desta has travelled through, lived in, studied or worked in over 50 countries. As backing vocalist for artists like Joe Bataan, Finley Quaye, Baloji, Zap Mama, and Michael Bublé and as lead singer with her own multicultural soul & funk band “The Elements”, she has collaborated with a colourful spectrum of people. http://destahaile.com/

Limited £6 Advanced Tickets:: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/175313


Writer’s Block BBQ Show
12th August 2012
The Macbeth
70 Hoxton Street
London N1 6LP

Food from 3pm.

► BBQ will include::: Jerk Chicken (Halal), Beef Burgers, Vegetarian Burgers, Corn on the Cob, an extensive selection of salads (Coleslaw, green and potato), plus homemade cupcakes and deserts.



May 9, 2012
As always, details below. This is a truly momentous occasion, so bring loved ones and let’s break bread.
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• • • Feature Acts • • •

Poet, performer, playwright, graphic artist and designer. Inua Ellams started performing in cafes in 2003 and has since worked in venues which include Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tate Britain, Theatre Royal Stratford and Glastonbury Festival. He has also undertaken several commissions, including those for Tate Modern, Soho Theatre and for the BBC’s Politics Show. His first book was the best-selling poetry pamphlet, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales (2005), and in 2009 his debut play, The 14th Tale (2009), a partly autobiographical coming of age tale, won a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival, toured, and ran at the National Theatre in 2010.
His second play, Untitled (2010), toured in Autumn 2010.
Just recently, Inua brought his latest stage adaptation- Black T-Shirt Collection, to a pretty much consecutively
sold out audience.

Having shared the same stage as US megastars Musiq Soulchild, Donell Jones, Avant, Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond, it is evident that Rachel Kerr is a loaded hurricane about to strike the UK’s music industry. The last year has seen the rising R&B popstar and songwriter being accosted by the media wherever she goes, including the US number one urban TV station BET. Rachel Kerr is the sensational new talent; certified to be Britain’s own national treasure. Rachel is proof that first-class performers are not solely limited to the United States. Her music is epic, honest, infectious and she comfortably strides the tightrope-fine line between the R&B and pop genres. Bold kick drums, fat snares and soaring synths teamed with Rachel’s breathtaking effortless vocals are proving to be a recipe for success for the rising star.
Femi is a flash fiction writer and performer. She has told her tiny tales at many fantastic places including Literary Death Match, UpRise Festival, The Charles Dickens Museum, and The Southbank. Using humour and sensitivity along with a fearless honesty, Femi’s stories explore the gamut of the human condition. She is the Dickens 2012 Young Writer in Residence.

Born in East London, with roots firmly set in the UKG and hip hop cultures, Chockz’ s lyrical trickery comprises of clever wordplay, mesmerising metaphors and impeccable diction laid out upon the smoothest of flows. Not content with just mastering lyrics, Chockz is also a poet, producer and song writers for contemporary artists, making his “I’m more than a rapper” moto more than apt.

Lounge lyricist. Failed poet. The bastard offspring of ODB and Tim Key. None of these things, and less, have been said about Raphael Attar. With South London roots and a newly acquired Northern twang, Raph combines deft wordplay with an eye for an absurd to talk about the things that really matter. Politics. Dinosaurs. Gary Barlow.

Nigerian-born, alternative pop artist Azekel is characterised By experimental beats laced with soulful tones. With numerous achievements under his belt such as featuring on the Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape, performing on the Roundhouse Rising Festival 2012 stage and opening for a number of UK acts, the singer-songwriter producer is about ready for take off..
P L U S:

► Short Film Screening from Yemi Bamiro

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.:: £5 before 8.30pm, £7 thereafter. Artists have individual guest lists, or pay on the door::.

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:: 26.02.12::

February 18, 2012


SUNDAY 26th February 2012

First show of the year! A fresh crop of almost entirely new talent for your listening pleasure. You’re welcome. x 

• • • Feature Acts • • •


Deanna Rodger::
One of the most enthralling poets on the scene, Deanna makes a much welcomed return to Writer’s Block this month. A UK poetry slam champion, poetry workshop student turned facilitator and powerhouse performer, Deanna is a weighted force. Comprehensively put: “Her poems take listeners on a journey, much of the time, they don’t realise that they are on; meaning is disguised through specific words used, semantic fields and imagery- so listen carefully. She speaks HER truth no one else’s”.

Ellie Lawson:: 
Ellie first pricked our ears on SBTV.co.uk ‘s A64 series with her gorgeous acoustic rendition of quick-witted tune, ‘Why?’. An independent Folk-Pop Singer Songwriter, Ellie released her debut album exclusively with Barnes and Noble bookshops in the USA after an appearance and stamp of approval on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Ellie’s recent projects include a Dance album and a new acoustic EP ‘Lost Without You’. 
Mr Disfit::
In the history of popular music, the most successful twosomes have been those who have said what the people were feeling and said it in the loudest voice. Wanting to add themselves to the list of outspoken greats is Mr.DisFit. Mixing gospel-tinged vocals, chunky guitars and an introspective lyrical content this twosome have concocted a definitive debut effort that promises to leave listeners rocking to the rhythms of their recklessness.
With their forthcoming release ‘The Line’ set for a mid-2012 release, Mr.DisFit intend to cement their position amongst the leaders of a new generation of self-sufficient artists, writing, producing and composing their own material, and doing so at their own pace.


► Ego-Ella May::
19-year-old singer and self taught guitarist Ego-Ella May, has already been tipped by Soul legend Omar as one to watch and we can see why. Her distinct vocals and atmospheric production caused much excitement when her songs landed in our inbox. Citing neo-soul and jazz as musical influences, Ego-Ella boasts a rich, mature sound coupled with playful experimentalism.


► Paul Raj ::
An exciting new musician hailing from South East London, Brit School Alumni Paul has a keen ear for music and velvety vocals likely to leave you transfixed. Unabashedly conveying vulnerability, with classic melodies paying homage to the great soul singers of times past, Paul offers a smooth, tender touch to the Writer’s Block show.


► Favour::
Favour was initiated into music artistry as one-half of the formidable grime duo, Surrender. Since going it alone, this North Londoner is often heralded for his hard-hitting delivery and conscious rhymes. Priding himself on his lyrical integrity, Favour was a standout performer when we recently witnessed his live show. We like, and hope you will too.


P L U S:

► Short Film screening from Filmmaker Yemi Bamiro and poetry video screening from Dean Atta.

► Food available!

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.:: £5 before 8.30pm, £7 thereafter. Artists have individual guest lists, or pay on the door::.

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:: 17.11.10::

November 4, 2010

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The last Writer’s Block show of 2010. The first year of this decade (aptly dubbed by some as ‘The Year of The Poet’), has been an exciting one for us, including our Jessie Boykins show at Cargo,The introduction of the Writer’s Block Presents: Spoken Unplugged Series and our first BBQ event. Let’s celebrate firsts, and set the tone for next year and beyond.

*Pictures linked to artists’ websites.*

• • • Feature Acts • • •

Ed Sheeran::::
Having caused quite an industry stir with his unique brand of folk- meets- hip hop- meets- tongue twisting- melodic metaphor, Ed will be performing at Writer’s Block for the first time on Nov 17th. His music has seen him rack up kudos from Singer/ Actor Jamie Foxx, score over 200,00 YouTube views from his SBTV Acoustic 64 performance and appear on BBC youth culture show ‘No Hats No Trainers’ to name a few. This’ll be monumental.


Natalie Fiawoo:::
Natalie is an undeniably gifted spoken word performer with has an emotionally arresting, candid style that gets a fair few nods and uh huhs in approval. Since recently beginning to incorporate singing to her accentuate her words, Natalie has developed a voice that’s beautifully relatable. Whether strongly assured or admittedly defeated, her poems resonate.


Alex Gwyther:::
Certainly one of the most popular poets we’ve had at Writer’s Block, Alex is back to give is more of what we loved the first time around- effortless brilliance. As Poetry veteran Polarbear declared, “”When someone has raw skill and a self awareness that makes it natural you can’t really touch them. Alex has two big bags of both. Ace.” We couldn’t agree more.


Paula Varjack::
Berlin dweller Paula is a true Spoken Word ambassador. Organising her own events such as as ‘The anti-Slam’ and a catalogue of worldwide performances under her belt, Paula is a fantastic addition to the line up injecting a much needed dose of punchy, hyperreal rhymes.


The Pencil Stringhorn Project::
The Pencil Stringhorn Project is an acoustic, mellowed out group, featuring loud mouth/lyrical G Joshua Idehen as the frontman with Tom on Sax. For this show, there’ll be a special appearance from Musa Okwongo (who can be spotted in the new Jacob’s Creek wine ads being all debonair) and Jon, as they join forces to create a Benin City/ Pencil Stringhorn Project magical medley of sorts.


P L U S:

► Short Film Screening+ Screening of  ‘What It Means’ by G.R.E.Ed.S

► Hot food available at Juno Bar

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.:: £5 all night::.

• • • W E B A G E • • •



::W.B BBQ Show::A Portrait.

September 19, 2010



A week ago today was the first ever Writer’s Block BBQ show. With home made dishes and grilled carcasses the order of the day, we were lucky enough to experience a sunny Sunday on the roof terrace of The Macbeth. Proceeding our feastings were live performances from the electrifying Kaana Ellie and Remedies Band, plus the smooth musings of G.R.E.E.D.S who gave us a taster of his sampler 4 E.P, before a breathtaking feature performance from Szjerdene (who I must confess I’ve been trying to book for the past 2.5 years well worth the wait). Judging by the mammoth queue for the food and the feedback following the performers a good time was had by most- I do hope. Thank you all for coming out. Special thanks to all the acts once again and everybody that assisted logistically as well as the  three open mic performers- Chockz, Greg and Realite. Audience portrait pictures above courtesy of Shan Phearon. Head to our facebook page for a few more portraits from the night.


March 16, 2010

Writer’s Block presents: Jesse Boykins III (real name, no gimmicks).

Performing for the first time in the UK, and hailing from Brooklyn New York, Jesse (accompanied by a full live band) will have the crowd swooning with tunes from his two delicious albums;


The Beauty Created

No one has more swoon-worthy finesse than Jesse Boykins III. With his breathy intonations, boyish hustle and collaborations with artists like Melo-X and Theophilus London; he’s making noise in a soul music scene aching for something classic and new. In an age where vocals course through vocoders and double-clicks rule the DJ booth, Boykin’s New School-bred production and arrangement skills are both novel and necessary. His second album The Beauty Created is awash in richly textured instrumentation and driven by Jesse’s lyrical adoration of a woman’s quirks.

April 14th marks Writer’s Block’s 2nd Birthday celebrations and a rare chance to witness Jesse, plus a host of talented acts from the world of music and poetry Live at Cargo, Shoreditch. After the show, it’s the after party, led by mighty Hip Hop connoisseur DJ Snips (Doctor’s Orders).


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• • •Supa dupa Support Acts• • •

Inua Ellams of P.I.P (Poetry Inbetween People)

Impassioned. There’s no better way to describe Inua. So whether he’s spitting ticklish tales of childhood misdemeanors or offering rhyming couplets about love lost over Converse all-stars, know that he will deliver…passionately. Spoken Wordist, Writer, Graphic Designer & Nomadic journeyer. Inua is fresh off his sell out story-telling stage show ‘The 14th Tale’ performed at the National Theatre.

Deanna Roger

UK poetry slam champion, seasoned spoken word performer, poetry workshop student turned facilitator, original, delectable Deanna.
“Her poems take listeners on a journey, much of the time, they don’t realise that they are on; meaning is disguised through specific words used, semantic fields and imagery- so listen carefully. She speaks HER truth no one elses”

Kersha Bailey

Soul sensation, Kersha Bailey has developed a three octave vocal range with a soulful, colourful style. Her influences are diverse and include Coldplay, George Benson, Outkast, Foo Fighters,. Kersha’s sweet voice and notable song writing talents have taken her to performances such as the legendary London Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts, Rise Festival, The Royal Albert Hall and for MPs in Covent Garden. She had the whole audience mesmerized at her last Writer’s Block Performance, captivating!

The Illersapiens

A 7 piece hip hop collective including live instrumentalists, rapper, and vocalist. Pure infectious vibes.
Growing up in South London, the Illersapiens style has evolved from a colourful hybrid of music from Reggae to Broken beat, drawing inspiration from Hip Hop acts such as A Tribe called quest, MF Doom, Wu Tang Clan, The Roots, J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Madlib. British artists such as Roots Manuva, Jehst, London Posse, Klashnekoff and Steel Pulse are also heavily influential.


The atmospheric and candid PoetiCat band will be gracing the Writer’s Block. The sound they bring, nick-named ‘folk n word’, will in no doubt bring extra spice to the night. PoetiCat’s are famed for their honest, thought-provoking, and comic take on urban life in London.


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