Electric Arc Furnace


Electric Arc Furnace #1, with Linus Slug: Insect Librarian & Vicky Sparrow.

A new poetry reading series, in the centre of Sheffield, between the seven hills. Innovative poetries from the South Yorks hinterlands & further-flung.

Linus Slug (aka Mendoza) is a Northumbrian poet and researcher investigating identity through poetic practice. Work references Northumbrian history, North-Eastern dialect as well as insect folklore and mythology. Poems have been published in the anthology Dear World and Everyone In It, as well as Angel Exhaust and Viersome #0. The chapbook ‘Type Specimen: An Observant Guide to Linus Slug’ is currently available via Contraband Press.

Vicky Sparrow is working on a PhD about Anna Mendelssohn at Birkbeck College, University of London. Vicky’s poems can be found in datableed, Litmus and Kakania, and she’s currently finalising a chapbook to be published by Zarf Editions this Winter.

Readings take place at La Biblioteka, a ‘nimble, nomadic’ book & zine store founded in 2015, in Sheffield City Centre. BYOB. Doors 7pm. £4 waged / £3 unwaged / pay what you can.

SAPling Innovation

SAPling Innovation: Multi-dimensional paper interfaces, (in)edible poetry & live plant readings from Singing Apple Press – with guest performances from Steven Hitchins and Linus Slug (aka Tommy Peeps).
5-5.45pm on Sat 17th October @ The Peckham Pelican as part of the fantabulous Literary Kitchen Festival, co-hosted by Tom Jeffreys and his formidable army of Learned Pigs.

More here.


Stinky Bear Press return to Mascara Bar for an evening of poetry inspired by the knavish Mark E. Smith and his legendary band The Fall.

Readers include: Becky Cremin, Marcus Slease, Richard Barrett, Juha Virtanen, Mike Weller, Jeff Hilson, Chris McCabe, Pat Phaggs, Sarah Crewe, Pascal O’Loughlin, Amy Key, Andrew Taylor.

Others to be confirmed.

Friday, 1 March 2013. Mascara Bar 72 Stamford Hill, London, N16 6XS. More here.


FEELINGS film / poetry / sad disco

VOGUE FABRICS, 66 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 (Overground: Dalston Kingsland / Dalston Junction)
14th June 2012 7:00pm to Midnight £3
POETRY Samuel Solomon (US) Linus Slug (UK) Frances Kruk (Canada) Sophie Robinson (UK) Luke Roberts (UK)
FILM Abigail Child (USA) Andrew Kerton (UK)
SAD DISCO DJ Dr. Kemp (10pm onwards)

The Openned Book Table

Openned is setting up a book table in conjunction with Café 1001 in London’s East End.

Openned will have a presence at Café 1001 on the first Saturday of every month. The first event is on Saturday 5th June and runs from 12 – 6 pm.

Attendance is free as long as you bring one book to donate to Café 1001’s Book Orphanage. The book orphanage is a large bookshelf in the main bar space where anyone can wander in and read a book, for free, and then put it back on the shelf for the next person to read.

Alongside the selling of books on the Openned Table (which is in fact two tables, and more if we need it) there will also be some very short three-minute Openned Readings throughout the day.

More here.