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Contraband Live events are hosted by David Ashford, editor of Contraband Books London and Matt Martin, poet and event organiser.

CONTRABAND LIVE - March 13th 2017

Having escaped the City of London the Black Market in Contraband Books returns, poorer but wiser (?), to Farringdon, to set up shop in the Apollo Theatre – above the Crown Tavern on Clerkenwell Green. 

Featuring films and performances by poets Rod Mengham, Marc Atkins, Iris Colomb, Ana Sefer, poet-musicians Plague Dogs and any random strangers who turn up to read at our Open Mic slot – this is a chance to experience the spirit of an area long associated with writing and political dissent.

Entry is free. Food is available. Contraband Books and publications by other publishers will be on sale at our book stall. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday 7-11pm | The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG

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CONTRABAND LIVE - February 22nd 2017

This February the black market in Contraband Books is moving right into the rotten heart of the City of London – for a night of poetry and protest! 

The event will feature new work by Ana Sefer, Nicolas Spicer and Jessica Pujol, and will see the launch of the first new Contraband Book since the press returned to London: Verity Spott’s collection Click Away Close Door Say. 

Bring your own poetry to read at our Open Mic, and join us in the basement of the Williamson’s Tavern (official residence of the Lord Mayors for over a century after the Great Fire) on Wednesday 22nd February – from seven o’clock.

Food will be available. Oh – and the place is haunted. Can’t wait to see you there!

Wednesday 22nd – 7pm onwards!

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CONTRABAND LIVE - January 12th 2017

NEW VENUE! Due to Charterhouse Bar closing down at short notice – this event will now be taking place at Rising Sun pub. Address is:

38 Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JQ (It is literally a stone’s throw from Smithfield Market)

Contraband Live is back for a 3rd night of poetry, music and dancing to celebrate the start of 2017!

In collaboration with Richard Parker’s Crater press, the evening will feature performances from: Edmund Hardy, Andrea Brady (her new Crater book launch!), cris cheek – and you! 

As before there will be an Open Mic slot, so please bring along anything you might be working on now and would like to read out.

The event takes place at Charterhouse Bar between Barbican and Farringdon, next to Smithfield Market. There will be excellent food available at a reasonable price (the pizzas are particulary good!), a Contraband book-stall, and late-night dancing and music from 11.00 on!

We very much look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday 12th: 7pm onwards!

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CONTRABAND LIVE - December 12th 2016

Contraband Live is back for a night of poetry, music and dancing right before the Christmas break!

Poets performing at the event will include: Jennie Cole, Ghazal Mosadeq, Juha Virtanen (book launch!), Ollie Evans – and you! 

As before there will be an Open Mic slot, so please bring along anything you might be working on now and would like to read out.

The event takes place at Charterhouse Bar between Barbican and Farringdon, next to Smithfield Market. There will be excellent food available at a reasonable price (the pizzas are particulary good!), a Contraband book-stall, and late-night dancing and music from 11.00 on! We very much look forward to seeing you there!

Monday at 7:30 PM – 11.00 PM | Charterhouse bar | London | EC1M

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CONTRABAND LIVE - October 13th 2016

Contraband Live! The first in a new series of poetry events, brought to you by poetry publisher Contraband + the Charterhouse Bar. 

Featuring poetry by Linus Slug and Andrew Spragg, the launch of Stephen Mooney’s trilogy of poetry books and a performance by Special Guest Stars montenegrofisher! 

Bring a poem with you to read in our Open Mic slot! 

Readings to be followed by music + dancing into Friday morning!

Let us know you’re coming by visiting out Facebook Page!

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