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Bad Betty Press, HVTN, & Friends

  • Peckham Pelican 92 Peckham Road London, England, SE15 5PY United Kingdom (map)

Join us this summer for an evening of poems and good company at the Peckham Pelican with Bad Betty Press. Each poet will read for 10 minutes, with a 30 minute half-time for chatting, refreshments, and browsing books. The venue and its bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Doors at 7pm, readings 7.30. Free Entry. There will be a book table.


Tom Bland
L. Gibson
Antonia Jade King
Gboyega Odubanjo
Mischa Foster Poole
Joe Turrent

Tom Bland studied psychotherapy and dream analysis at the Society for Psychology and Healing, and recently completed an MA in Contemporary Performance Practices at the University of East London. He edited the online poetry magazine, Blue of Noon, which published risk-taking and provocative work. His pamphlet, The Death of a Clown (Bad Betty Press) was longlisted in the Poetry School Books of 2018.

L. Gibson is a poet and critic living in Maine, and the author of Misherit (HVTN Press).

Antonia Jade King is one of the hosts of Boomerang Club, and a previous Hammer & Tongue finalist. She was part of the Apples and Snakes Writing Room programme in 2018 and has performed at numerous events including Love Supreme festival and Rallying Cry at Battersea Arts Center. Antonia is studying for a master’s researching the historical significance of black women in popular culture. Her pamphlet, She Too Is a Sailor, is out with Bad Betty Press in June.

Gboyega Odubanjo is a British-Nigerian poet born and raised in East London. In 2018 he completed an MA in Poetry at the University of East Anglia. He is a member of the Barbican Young Poets, the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, and (In)Space. Gboyega was longlisted for the 2019 Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. His pamphlet, While I Yet Live, came out with Bad Betty Press in February 2019.

Mischa Foster Poole is interested in the politicopoetics of nonsense. His work has appeared in 3:AM, Hotel, HVTN, Perverse, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, SALADE, Stride, Tentacular, and X-Peri. His debut collection unboxing, teardown is published by Veer Books.

Joe Turrent lives in Bromley. He has poems at Hotel, 3:AM, and Ambit. He can be found in the Over the Line anthology of poetry comics. He lurks twitter as @turrentula, where he harvests language to be passed off as his own.