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The following are events based round a specific poet, but often with music, and/or additonal readers.  For some poets we built a specific environment. 

But by and large we know very little about these events since often all we have is the original leaflet and our ever fading memories.

Many of the links below are to Wikipedia but the Poetry Archive is also a brilliant resource for their works.

1. Bob Cobbings  (Fri 25th February) - presented an international selection  of concrete poetry, there was a lightshow and environment plus work by Peter Finch. Bob died in 2002, to read his obituary click here

2. Tom Raworth with music by Smoke. (Friday 7th July).  Thomas Moore "Tom" Raworth was an English-Irish poet, publisher, editor, and teacher who published over 40 books of poetry and prose during his life. His work has been translated and published in many countries. Raworth was a key figure in the British Poetry Revival.  Tom Raworth died in February 2017.

3.  Pete Brown and    Pete Brown & Piblokto, with local poet  Ed George (deceased), and Mal Knight. Pete Brown  is a poet who has a long history of working with musciians, from being a lyricist for Cream to performing poetry to jazz.. Pete Brown & Piblokto were a progressive rock band and part of that history.




Libby Houston and Jim Burns4. Libby Houston, Bristol based, performed from a lotus shaped chair createdf specially for her.

Libby Houston is an English poet, botanist, and rock climber. The native of North London has published several collections of poetry. Houston, a research associate at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, has discovered several new species of whitebeam, one of which has been given her name

Libby Houston with her chair

                                     Above Libby Houston with her chair

5.The poster for Jeff Nuttall and  Rose McGuire.   Jeff Nuttall and Rose McGuire  (Friday 28th January).  The event was called JACK  and 'according to the leaflet'  was a piece to pull performers and audience even closer... involving music. lightshow, environment, inflated structures, movement, voices...

Jeff Nuttall was known for his work with the People Show.  He played trumpet and piano in his own Jazz band  for 5 years; did a comic strip for I.T.; and produced the underground magazine "My Own Mag" for 3 years.  His books include "Bomb Culture" and "Pig". He died January 2004 click here for his obituary

Jeff and Rose read  from their own works in an environment made from hanging pastel painted bones. .

6. Pete Brown and Mike Horovitch Mike Horovitz  read at the Blackie on several occassions  both as a solo performer and with others including Pete Brown and Dave Calder. 

Michael Horovitz founded the literary periodical New Departures in 1959, and in the following decades organized many "Live New Departures" events featuring poetry and jazz performances.

Most notably he was part of the International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall on 11 June 1965, alongside Allen Ginsberg and Alexander Trocchi.

In 1969 Penguin Books published Horovitz's Children of Albion anthology. Introducing him to New York City in 1970, Ginsberg characterized him as a "Popular, experienced, experimental, New Jerusalem, Jazz Generation, Sensitive Bard".[6]

In 1971 Horovitz published The Wolverhampton Wanderer, an epic of Britannia, inMike Horovitz and Dave Calder twelve books, with a resurrection & a life for poetry united, with an original dustjacket by Peter Blake.

Dave Calder during the early days of the Blackie was based in Liverpool. He not only read his own poetry but also was part of the organisation of the poetry readings.

He also was part of the team which created Kong, Cube, etc. And he took part in numerous Blackie events from Going Away Games to Easter Casino .

With Dave Ward he set up The  Windows Project - a poetry organisation - which worked with young people in youth clubs, on playschemes, and in schools. They also took part in Backie events with young people such as The Food Events.  

7.  Tom Pickard  In impoverished northeastern England,  Newcastle on Tyne     Tom Pickard co-founded Tom Pickard & Barry Macsweeneyand for several years managed Morden Tower, a poetry center situated on a medieval city wall. He was an important initiator of the movement known as the British Poetry Revival.  He moveed to London in 1973 and became a documentary film maker.


Barry MacSweeney  was also from Newcastle upon Tyne. He worked as a professional journalist throughout most of his life. He met poet Basil Bunting when they were both working at the Newcastle Evening Chronicle in the mid-1960s, and formed part of a local group of poets including Tom Pickard, Jon Silkin and Jeremy Prynne. He taught journalism and tutored in creative writing in the 1970s and worked as voluntary tutor in adult literacy in Newcastle in the late 1980s. Alcoholism, which he struggled with "from the age of sixteen and related ill health led to his death in May 2000.