Tongue Fu

Tongue Fu

Tongue Fu – where the UK’s finest performance poets flex their best lyrical moves to an improvised soundtrack of mercurial jazz and blistering beats. Come along to witness risk-taking performance at its most entertaining, music at its most spontaneous and poetry alive with breath, magic, sex and thunder.

Line up for Thurs 18 June:

Anthony Joseph
A leader of the Black Avant Garde in Britain, Anthony Joseph is a musical, surrealist poet of the highest calibre currently celebrating the publication of his third poetry collection Bird Head Son (Salt). He has toured extensively throughout the UK, US, Europe and Africa both solo and with his red-hot Afro-funk fuelled Spasm Band.

“…afro-blue to astro-black and what glimmers in between” The Times

Polar Bear
One of the UK’s finest performance poets; fusing humour, humility, dazzling wordplay and hip-hop delivery to stunning effect. His one-man show sold out at The South Bank last year.

“His minimal style and unsettlingly straightforward and blunt lyricism make him shine out of the dross of a lot of spoken word” Dazed & Confused

Tim Clare
Writer, stand-up poet, musician and Aisle 16 member, Tim Clare’s first book ‘We Can’t All Be Astronauts’ is out this year (Ebury). He’s written for the Guardian and the Times, and has performed his work on Radio 1 and 2. In 2005 he presented the Channel 4 series ‘How To Get A Book Deal’. Charming, shambolic poetry and songs with effortless delivery.

“A fantastic writer-his prose contains both the bumbling charm of Jon Ronson and the splenetic bile of Charlie Brooker.” The Bookseller

Last Mango In Paris
Poetic polemicist in residence, Shane ‘Last Mango In Paris’ Solanki will be cooking up a poem especially written for the night. Mango’s brilliant debut single ‘Manbag’ is out now on Soundseasy.

“…at times fresh and funny, and at other times cutting and edgy; a very rare combination.” Songlines

Hosted by Ventriloquist

“A wordsmith wizard, whose sublime art of storytelling in verse is impossible to ignore.” Poetry Book Society
“One of THE names to drop when spoken word is on the agenda.” Apples & Snakes

For tickets please call the Rich Mix Box Office on 020 7613 7498 or visit

Region: All
Start Date: 18/06/2009
End Date: 18/06/2009
Start Time: 8.00pm
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Name: Susan Simmonds
Phone: 020 7613 7490