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 The Best Book Launch in the World - Bristol







 Performance Event

  Venue: Waterstones
 Broadmead #11A, Bristol
    BS1 3XD
Thursday 30th November
£5 (+ 82p booking fee)

To celebrate the 5th year of leading poetry press Burning Eye Books, The Best Poetry Book in the World brings together all the anthems, the foot stompers, finger clickers, belly laughing crowd-pleasers under one cover.

For a special hometown launch, Burning Eye has teamed up with Watersones Bristol for a night of celebration, performance.
The night will be hosted by Jenn Hart and Clive Birnie who will read selected poems from the anthology and introduce sets by featured poets:

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag based in Bristol. She also goes under the moniker Shonda Rhymez when she does rap battles and Nina Nunchucks when she graces burlesque stages. She has won over ten slam titles including The Roundhouse Slam 2014, Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014 and the Nuoryican Poetry Slam. She has been featured on BBC iPlayer, Radio 1, and Radio 4's Woman's Hour, The Guardian, Blue Peter, Sky TV, Don't Flop and TEDx. She has performed up and down the country and internationally at Glastonbury, Vienna, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Germany, Bangladesh and New York. Her debut poetry collection 'Joyriding The Storm' was published in 2014. Her second collection A Recipe for Sorcery is out November 2017 with Burning Eye Books.

Malaika Kegode grew up the most (reluctantly) ‘exotic’ girl in a quiet Devon town where she cut her teeth as a poet and performer opening for bands in music venues such as Exeter Cavern and LeftBank, sometimes in trepidation but usually winning the audience’s attention with her beguiling delivery. Since those beginnings she has gone on to work closely with organisations such as Apples and Snakes, Roundhouse and BBC 1Xtra and is a member of the Raleigh Road Collective, formed as part of 1Xtra’s Words First initiative. Malaika has performed around the country at theatres, music venues, literary events and festivals such as WOMAD and Boomtown. Currently living in Bristol, she is creator and host of Milk Poetry, a regular thriving event in the city. Her debut collection Requite is now available from Burning Eye Books.

Jeremy Toombs is a real life, bourbon-laced Kentucky beat poet, who (luckily for us) is now based in Bristol. He has published two collections ‘Ten Thousand Things’ and ‘Who Knows’ with Burning Eye Books. Jeremy’s poetry interprets the 21st century world with the heart of a beat poet, the mind of a Romantic and the soul of the Harlem Renaissance, effortlessly combining traditional page poetry structures and techniques with a modernized performance style and crisp delivery to create a truly unique blend. His poetry is often delivered dryly yet sweetly and resonates in the mind of the listener as his streams of consciousness and sensuous imagery places the audience right in the heart of the narrative alongside him resulting in an authentic recreation of his experiences.


Burning Eye Books is small independent publisher in the South West predominately specialising in promoting spoken word artists. They aim to dispel the assumption that performance poetry does not transfer well to page as well as give emerging and established artist opportunities to be published where they might be rejected from other traditional poetry publishers. They look for the bold, the fearless and the strange, and pride themselves on providing a conscious portfolio of brilliant poets and writers.



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