Subject: The Future GCSE Poetry Syllabus Returns

Venue: the Pavilion, Ormeau Rd, Belfast.
Date:Tuesday the 11th March 2008
Time: Doors open at 8pm.
Entrance: Through the space left by the doors opening.
Bring: £2.50 to pay at the door and money to buy Gerard a drink.
Featuring guest poet: Nick Toczek
Line up: Gerard McKeown, Brian Bailey, Stephen Garboui, Colin McKeown.

About the Poets:

NICK TOCZEK has been a professional writer and performer for forty years. He's published three dozen books and pamphlets, released a few dozen rock tracks, and has gigged worldwide (Cairo and Madrid next month). He's sold more than half a million books of poetry.

In 2007 he released a retrospective rock CD, Totally InTOCZEKated; wrote the script and lyrics of Show Trial, an opera set for a 2009 London theatre premier; co-wrote a lyric on the Babyshambles album, Shotter's Nation; completed his first full-length novel, Angels of Derangement (about a gang of time-travelling, serial-killing pensioners); and drank a few beers.

This year he's so far done a lot of gigs and beers, and begun recording a new album.

“The most exciting and visual performer we have this side of Benjamin Zephaniah” – NME.

“See him if you can. He’s brilliant.” – The Stage.

“Toczek is bitter, disturbing and political. His language gets harder and more effective with each publication.” – The Guardian.

“A more interesting writer than most" – The Big Issue.

COLIN MCKEOWN has performed regularly at Queen's University and the Crescent Arts Centre.
He was runner-up in the 2007 Belfast Poetry Cup. Colin and Gerard McKeown (No relation) represented Ulster in the recent BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam.
Colin is a film and tv producer of over thirty short films including early work by Pearse Elliott, Brian Kirk, Enda Hughes, Sean Mc Guire, Lab Ky Mo, and Adrian Dunbar. He has produced four feature films including Karl Golden's romcom THE HONEYMOONERS and Isabelle Coixet's THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS.
In 2001 he and Vincent O'Connell won a Bafta for their BBC drama BEYOND THE BOUNDARY. Most recently he has collaborated with Peter Johnston on the innovative 15 Second Film Festival. He also has a cycling proficiency badge.

STEPHEN GHARBAOUI has been reading poetry around Belfast for the last ten years. He is 42 and works part time in mental health and believes poetry is good for his mental health. he has had one pamphlet of short poems, hotel kyriad, published in 2005. Last year he completed an arts and disability forum funded project on the twin themes of cross-cultural identity and mental well-being centred around a trip to Morocco.

BRIAN BAILEY is a well known figure on the Belfast performance poetry scene, having been organiser and co-organiser of a number of events including the New Belfast Performance Poetry Cup as well as long running open mic nights in The Arcadia and Bookfinders Cafes.

GERARD MCKEOWN was the 2007 winner of the New Belfast Performance Poetry Cup and together with Colin McKeown represented Ulster at the 2007 All_ireland Performance Poetry Slam where he finished second and Ulster was the top scoring provence.

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