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TESTT (Durham): April 12th

The New Adelphi (Hull): April 15th

Workshop Theatre (Leeds): April 17th

Hydra Bookshop (Bristol): April 18th

Derby Theatre: April 20th

Harrogate Theatre: April 24-25th

Ovalhouse (London): April 26-28th


London Book Launch at Ovalhouse, April 26th

York Book Launch at All Saints Church, April 29th

Small Fry DIY, Warrington, 2nd May

Spoken Weird, Halifax: 3rd May

Born Lippy, Newcastle 9th May

Shaken In Sheep Town, Skipton: 10th May

Find The Right Words, Leicester : 16th May

Queenie’s Coffee Nights, Huddersfield: 21st May

Gong Fu Poets, Coxhoe: 31st May

Verse Matters, Sheffield: 7th June

Slam Dunk, Hastings: 28th June

Word Club, Leeds: 29th June

Poetry Jam, Durham: 4th October

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Day 1 of The Letter From The Man (from the boy)

So me and Tom Bellerby, old friend and artistic director of TakeOver Festival, hazily entered the rehearsal room on this dull and wet Monday morning.  We started by shifting through about a dozen or so of my poems, finding poems that fitted the context of the performance, poems about growing up or striving.

Once we had a look at what we had on offer we picked out 20 minutes worth of poetry, but clearly there needs to be an extra few poems written specifically for the piece.  Plenty for me to get on with, not to mention re-visit old poems I don't know off by heart.  Seems I need to explore the negative side of growing up, with invariably exists.  What is scary about growing up?  Answers on a postcard...

Surreal tranpsirings occurred outside with the next workshop stacked full of panto costumes, a strange oxymoron to my very language-based performance and writings.

Went to Sticks & Stones poetry night in Leeds, an excellent performance by Joshua Idehan and I did This Ain't A Scene It's a Goddamn Warzone, a totally new piece which went OK but I can always improve on fiction and speed and pace, but with Tom Bellerby's help we'll crack this out. 

The Letter To The Man (from the boy) is on March Wednesday 23th, keep eyes peeled.

Friday, 11 February 2011


I've made a Soundcloud account (http://soundcloud.com/henryrabypoetry) and spent this morning recording and uploading a handful of tracks to get started, nothing massively new but hopefully something to listen to for possible promotors.  Better quality than the vids at least.

The plan is to start applying to festivals and poetry stages and events, so this should be fairly useful.

Been thinking about Letter To The Man (from the boy).  Rattling round my skull a little bit, rehearsals starting soon.

Writing bits and pieces, a few ideas floating round, we'll see what 2011 holds