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Paris Lit Up at Bar 48 in Oval, London

Posted on 25 Mar 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Last night the tour began in earnest and we learned that our team has impeccable timing: literally as Emily was introducing the PLU project, with two absentees, Elia and Maysan arrived (see photo), bags on backs, “fresh” from the bus, to be thrown on stage and knock the good people of Oval’s socks off. Bar 48 welcomes Fourth Friday in a new setting due to renovations at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden.  An Eritrean restaurant – which Emily and Ed would go on to eat with their fingers – the room was lit up with fairy lights and words. Dominic Stevenson, having enjoyed his 45-minute hike from Brixton station to Oval, opened the show with his northern rhetoric and Richard Earls told us that it was not “do or die”.  Elia reminded us not to leave fires unattended...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Elspeth Graty

Posted on 18 Mar 2017 in Featured, PLU Comedy, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

This Thursday (April 6) Paris Lit Up welcomes comedian Elspeth Graty as our featured performer! Sign-up starts at 8, kick-off is around 8.45. Elspeth would describe herself as Desperate Housewives meets 50 Shades of Grey.  She started doing standup comedy so she could talk about herself uninterrupted for anything from 5 to 30 minutes at a time.  She wouldn’t call herself ambitious – never mind the Rolex,  if she finds two matching socks in the morning she’s...

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Paris Lit Up England Tour 2017!

Posted on 28 Feb 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Paris Lit Up is off once again* to visit her neighbour across La Manche, to read, write, sing and dance across England with a merry band of artists, and hopefully you too. London, Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon, Oxford and Guildford…we’re coming for you. If you’re near any of these venues, come join us, we’d love to see you!   MARCH 24: Fourth Friday ,  Bar 48, Brixon, London, 8pm. MARCH 26: Sun At Night London, St. Leonards Church. Shoreditch High St, London, 6pm. MARCH 26: Live at the Stage Door, 28-30 Webber St, Lambeth, London, 8pm. MARCH 27: 1000 Monkeys, The Keep Pub, Guildford, 8pm. MARCH 28: Presence Open Mic,  The Miners Arms, Mina Road, St. Werburghs, Bristol, 8pm. MARCH 29: Rhyme and Reason, The Bath Brew House, Bath, 7.30pm MARCH 30: Words and Ears, The Swan, Bradford on Avon, 7pm....

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rufo Quintavalle

Posted on 5 Dec 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

This Thursday (Dec 8) why don’t you join us onstage or by the bar to welcome back our featured performer Rufo Quintavalle, celebrating the launch of a brand spanking new book! Signup starts at 8, the Bell rings for round one at 8.30/45. Rufo Quintavalle was born in London, studied at Oxford and the University of Iowa and lives in Paris. He is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent of which, hhereenow, is available from corrupt press in Luxembourg. He was formerly the poetry editor for the online magazine, nthposition, and has served on the editorial board of Upstairs at Duroc, Paris’ longest running English language literary journal. From 2011 to 2013 he ran the reading series, Poets Live, and from 2013 to 2015 taught creative writing at NYU Paris. His work has been nominated for...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Richard Earls

Posted on 28 Nov 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Join us on December 1 as we toss away crappy Christmas toons and stamp some warmth into our feet at the Paris Lit Up Open Mic with featured performer Richard Earls! Signup for everyone starts at 8pm, grab a chair and a mulled wine for an 8.30/45pm start. Richard Earls writes and performs poetry and songs from his Older Wiser Harder collection on subjects as diverse as love, war, family, death and desperation on the dance floor. A musician and songwriter for four decades, having been involved in the mid-80s UK jazz/pop scene (CBS compilation LP, Get Wise and Virgin/Paladin release Pull Me UP). He wrote his first anti-war poems five years ago after an encounter with an ex-GI begging on Market Street in San Francisco. This unforgettable experience opened the flood-gates and he is now a regular on the...

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PLU Open Mic featuring 36:15 Live Body Painting

Posted on 25 Oct 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Naked people night! Emily kicks everything off by complaining about her Neighbours, Florant Frenches it, Jon loses his poetry virginity, the Ciat comes back with this burning ukulele, Daniel slams from SanFran, and Scott asks for a Kickstart. Then: Round 2 saw: Donald, Alison, Maysan, Pupple & P’tit Ben, Rebecca, Adrian, Ed and a rap battle at the end.   On Thursday, October 27th, PLU’s Open Mic expands into visual performance with the calligrapher and artist 36.15 with writer and actress Zoé. Accompanied by poetry and music, his live body painting of a nude model will push poetry into a new dimension. As always, sign up is free (starting at 8pm) and open to all, all night long. Sing, read, mime, dance or challenge the host to a rap battle: the stage is yours. 36.15 lives and works in Paris....

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rebecca Walker

Posted on 17 Oct 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Stamp those feet and clap those hands, this week on Thursday, October 20, Paris Lit Up is honored to host the award-winning, super talented Rebecca Walker (JUST LOOK AT HER MINI BIO BELOW)! Sign up for the open mic starts at 8pm, we hit the stage running at 8.30/45pm. REBECCA WALKER is an award-winning writer and lecturer, named by Time magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She is the author of the memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love, and the editor of the anthologies To Be Real, What Makes a Man, One Big Happy Family, and Black Cool. Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, Newsweek, Real Simple, Glamour, Interview, The Washington Post, Corrierra de la Sera, French Vogue, and Marie Claire Italia, among many other publications and literary collections. Her latest book,...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Helen Cusack O’Keeffe & Stephanie Papa, aka The Editors

Posted on 17 Aug 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Here come the girls! Come and meet some of the members of our team on Thursday August 18, as we welcome PLU Editors poet Stephanie Papa and creative chameleon/writer Helen Cusack O’Keeffe to the stage! Signup for the regular open mic starts at 8, we’ll hit the deck running with host Eddy B from 8.30/45…   Stephanie Papa is a poet and translator living Paris, France. She has an MFA degree in Poetry from the Pan European program. She is poetry co-editor of Paris Lit Up magazine. Her work has been published in World Literature Today (forthcoming), NOON, great weather for media, Four Chambers Press, Paris/Atlantic, Literary Bohemian, 5×5, Rumpus, Cleaver Magazine, Cerise Press, The Prose Poetry Project. She organizes anglophone writing workshops in Paris. Helen Cusack O’Keeffe has been on the PLU magazine editing team since issue #1. A fiction writer and translator...

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PLU Open Mic featuring The Other Black Girl Collective & Danez Smith

Posted on 20 Jul 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU’s open mic on July 21 rocked its socks off, thanks to our buzzing brilliant crowd and finger-clicking good featured performers The Other Black Girl Collective and Danez Smith! As tradition has recently had it, your host asked/demanded that PLU Secretary General Ed be the first sacrifice to the stage. Virgin Kemi was an absolute pro with her jazz-inspired poetry, James was the first of many a musician to our stage that night, followed by the smallest guitar your host has ever – no it wasn’t a ukulele – wielded by Hannaka. Helen, one of the editors of the PLU magazine, cooked up a storm in prison, and Katie from Australia sang us through sunset. Colin needs a light for his window, Alice introduced us to some Miss Marple poetry, and Shannon exposed her mark of Cain. Danez Smith came on as...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Dr. Monique Wells

Posted on 10 Jul 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

(ERK) It’s impossible not to think of Nice when it comes to doing the write up for July 14. While we watched Paris’ sky break into multi-colored lights, Nice la Belle was being driven into darkness. I wish English had a better word than “sorry”. If you have a language that says it better, let me know.    PLU Open Mic July 14 René aka “Smarty Author Jerkface” had a serious case of STN (sexually transmitted narcissism), Ed hit the waves of a quarter-life crisis, and virgin Sojourner responded to the shooting of Michael Brown. Pierre also got through his first experience on the PLU stage, and Maysan was relieved she hadn’t tried to kill herself…that day. Ryan is also experiencing an identity crisis – he can’t stand looking in the mirror (which is not a form of contraception btw) – and Ben...

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