|Thursday 05 June 2014 @ 08:00pm : -
The Blue Suede Sporran Club
The Blue Suede Sporran Club swings back into action on Thursday 5th June for another evening of poetry and booze, so there''s only one thing to do and that''s to head to the finest pub in the world for some top quality entertainment. - Entry: £5 on the door - get there early!
Previous Blue Suede Sporran Club Nights hosted by the tartan Elvis McGonagall have featured the likes of: John Hegley, Martin Newell, John Osborne, Annie Freud, Murray Lachlan Young, Chris Redmond, Martin Figura and Luke Wright.
Featuring Elvis McGonagall
Elvis McGonagall’s first public performance took place on Saturday, 11th October, 2003 at the UK Allcomers’ Slam in Cheltenham where he somehow finished runner-up. In June 2006 Elvis won the World Slam championship at the Poetry International festival in Rotterdam after previously winning the 2006 Spokefest UK Slam Championship at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in London, the 2004 UK Allcomers’ Slam championship at the Cheltenham Literary Festival and the 2003 Farrago UK Slam.
Elvis appeared on the first ever edition of BBC Radio 4''s Sony Gold Award winning "Saturday Live" in 2006 and has featured on the programme regularly since then. Other appearances on BBC Radio 4 include "Today", "Arthur Smith''s Balham Bash", "A Good Read", "Material World", "Last Word", "Off The Page", "Recycled Radio", "Pick of the Week" and "The Wondermentalist Cabaret". He has appeared on BBC1''s "The One Show", BBC2''s "The Culture Show" and their coverage of the "World Snooker Championship Final" and on Channel 4''s "Random Acts". Other radio credits include writing and presenting the BBC Radio 4 documentaries "A Doggerel Bard" and "Beacons and Blue Remembered Hills" and regular appearances on BBC Radio Scotland''s "MacAulay and Co" as well as BBC Radio 2''s Breakfast Show and "It''s Grimm Up North", BBC Radio 4 Extra''s "Saturday Stand-Up" and "What''s So Funny", BBC Radio 7''s "Poetry Stand-Up" and BBC World Service''s "Weekend" and "Click".
Elvis performs live at literary and music festivals, comedy clubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad, from The Square and Compass in Worth Matravers to The Glamour Bar in Shanghai, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glastonbury, Latitude and The Big Chill, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Leicester, Glasgow and Reading Comedy Festivals, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Aldeburgh, Ledbury and Stanza Poetry Festivals as well as The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh and Glasgow, The Colony Club Room in London (R.I.P), The Bonnie Prince Charlie Karaoke Klub in Kirkcaldy and Mr Bing’s Cantonese Cocktail Lounge in Cowdenbeath.
Elvis is the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and regularly MC''s events here, there and everywhere.
"A Fringe debut that is everything it should be: funny, angry and tightly written....McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke" ~ ****The Scotsman review of "One Man And His Doggerel" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Gilded Balloon, August 2009
"......verses shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power....this hour is a bracing throwback to the days when comedy made room for militant eccentrics with a knack for scansion and a bolshie hankering to change the world" ~ ****The Guardian review of "One Man And His Doggerel" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Gilded Balloon, August 2009
“….if poetry is the new rock ‘n roll then Elvis….is Elvis” ~ Steve Larkin, Hammer & Tongue
“….very brilliant….political ….but side-splittingly funny” ~ The Reading Rant
“….comic poetry with a stand-up charge coupled with intelligent leaps of the poetic imagination” ~ Shortfuse
"....a tour de force....punchy, intelligent often hysterical poems....a must see" ~ The Latest
"Elvis McGonagall does not wear specs or a monagall, but he looks good and stands up well on stage" ~ John Hegley
"In London, nowadays, the pulses of high-born women quicken and they fasten their hands on their hearts at the very mention of him, so I hear" ~ Martin Newell
"....a poet of panache and zip and steely politic and unadulterated tartan....a supreme concoction which bubbles over and scalds the status quo" ~ UK Touring
“flamboyant….razor-sharp text….intense energy….reminds me of Adrian Mitchell, John Cooper Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson….all the right people” ~ Simon Vinkenoog
English poet. Inventor of Fizzlebert Stump for kids, Epitome Quirkstandard for adults, and poems for most others. Not necessarily child friendly. AF Harrold is a poet, performer, Radio 4 regular & novelist who writes for adults & children. His work is both comic & serious, he''s won an awful lot of poetry slam titles but also has several collections out & been published broadly in various literary magazines.
One of BBC poetry season’s New Talent Choices, Byron Vincent is a regular at the nation’s most prestigious literary and music festivals. He has performed several times on television and national radio, including Channel 4’s Random Acts, Radio 4’s Bespoken Word and BBC 3’s The Verb. He was poet in residence for the South West of England for Apples and Snake’s ground braking poetry project My Place or Yours. His first collection Barking Doggerel was released May 2010 by Nasty Little Press. He was co-founder, compere, producer and programmer for one of The UK’s most highly regarded Spoken Word nights at The Bristol Old Vic. Byron has worked as a writer and performer on several theater projects including The RSC’s Midsummer Night’s dreaming. He is also co-creator of bespoke story telling project Made Up, which in its first year won commissions from both MAYK’s Mayfest in Bristol and Escalator East in Norwich. Byron is a resident writer at Bristol’s Kill Your Darlings alongside Nathan Filer, Molly Naylor, Nikesh Shukla, Chelsey Flood and Tom Clutterbuck. He has recently written for The Guardian and Radio 4''s Four Thought.
"Always funny, often unsettling, Byron Vincent''s deft poetry captures the underbelly of Britain''s dead end towns with unerring accuracy." ~ Patrick Neate