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PLU Open Mic featuring Janice Windle

PLU Open Mic featuring Janice Windle

On Thursday May 28th we were proud to host the lovely Janice Windle, who is not just a great poet but also a very talented painter!

photos by Kate Reeves-Edwards, hosted by ERK



Round 1

What better way to initiate a virgin than by forcing them to perform first! Luckily, the plucky L’Insaississable is familiar with being onstage, and breezed through his slam piece. Next up, René, with a mindfuddling story that left us wondering if anything was real. We’re probably dead already. Thomas brought Pan to Paris, and Ethan had a lie-in while his studious girlfriend revised.

Dina got our stopwatches out, taking us through 3 days in less than 3 minutes using only nouns (impressive!) Polly played her first PLU, and fellow virgin Theresa was, simply, magnificent. The definition of joviality Donall Dempsey was next onstage, bringing his bells, knees and gladioli… David Blair took us through a series of imaginary coincidences, and then it was time for Janice to shine, with selections of her artwork projected onto the Culture Rapide wall!

Round 2

We were far from running out of readers in round two! Steve got bit and scratched by dogs in the Abyss, Yann read from his Algorithm (being launched next weekend at the SLAM festival and on June 3 at Favela Chic!) Handsome English gentleman Nick chose some Carol Ann Duffy for our pleasure, and Jovan had us in stitches (and falling in love just a little) over his childhood journal. Nicholas brought some sort of machine that recorded music while he played (technology these days!) and Moe read his story from Bob Davis‘ recently published book, Radical Lines from a Lit City. Janice finished our round two with “a few silly ones” and some wanderlust!

Round 3

Yes, a round three! Amruta started us off into the night with a beautiful love poem, Lev read from Le Clezio, the ALARASHTWO team had us toe tapping to their ukulele magic, and DRNB switched genres to show his techno talents.

Next week is the NATIONAL POETRY SLAM -so NO REGULAR PLU! But it’ll be a lot of fun, so come along anyway!


PLU Open Mic takes a visual turn this week with artist and poet Janice Windle!

Signups from 8pm, open mic starts at 8.30pm. Culture Rapide, Belleville, Paris.

Janice Windle is an independent artist and poet. Trained at the Central School of Art in London back in the 1960’s, she has never stopped loving paint, colour and the feeling of brush on canvas. Her notes, diary entries and poems often feature in her work, including her Loving the Light, compiled from the small sketchbooks from her visits to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Pompeii in southern Italy. These little paintings are individual and original, colourful and full of life and love – of the sun, and the clear light that bathes the flower-lined roads, the mountains and the beaches along this coast. This is not a tourist guide, but one artist’s experience of summers spent in a region that’s next to Paradise. Alongside the pictures are short poems and haiku, for like so many artists and writers before her, the author has been inspired to celebrate the clear light, the fun-loving people, the incredibly blue sea and the historical sites of Italy, in images and words.


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