Canon Fodder, A Poetry and Music Night at St Nicholas Church

Local poet to lead the event dressed as a human cannonball

St Nicholas Church, Chiswick
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The next Friends of St Nicholas Church event is a poetry and music night, ‘Canon Fodder’ (Feed the Canon! Feed the Soul!).

Two or three guest poets will be invited to read their own work, plus the work of a poet they feel is underrepresented or underappreciated by 'the canon' (however they want to interpret that).

A guest (acoustic) musician will also perform a set of their own music, plus a cover (along the same lines as above, for the poets).

There will be a short open mic section if time allows.

Local poet Lily Blacksell will host proceedings, dressed as a human cannonball, warming up the audience, introducing the artists, etc. The tone is celebratory and high-energy: it is suitable for poetry fans as well as those who need convincing! The poets invited so far are the Chiswick resident John Clegg <> and Will Harris <>, the 2020 Forward Prize winner.

Lily Blacksell is a poet living in London. Her pamphlet, There's No Such Thing, was published by ignitionpress in February 2018. She has an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, where she was also a teaching fellow. Her poems, reviews and interviews have been published by The Poetry Review, Boston Review, BOMB magazine, Rough Trade Books and elsewhere. She has performed her work around the US and UK, from Bowery Poetry Club to Battersea Arts Centre. In 2015, she was a finalist in the Roundhouse Poetry Slam. She currently works at Southbank Centre and teaches for the Poetry School.

The event takes place at St Nicholas Church (W4 2PJ) at 7pm on Wednesday 9 February. Tickets on the door cost £12, £10 for concessions and £5 for the under 25s.

The Church has been severely impacted financially by Covid-19 and any donations would be gratefully accepted. You can contribute towards the appeal to repair St Nicholas’ stonework by clicking here.


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January 25, 2022

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