Year Zero Not at the Oxford Literary Festival

Dropping the Beat: Year Zero Live at The Albion Beatnik, Walton Street, Oxford

24th March, 6pm, FREE

reading at the last Year Zero gig at The Albion Beatnik

Our very first gig was held at Oxford’s coolest shop, The Albion Beatnik, back last October. And we loved it there so much we’ve foisted ourselves upon poor Dennis once again.

The Albion Beatnik is everything an Independent bookstore should be – it serves coffee in mugs you can hand pick from the shelf (I always drink out of Sylvia Plath, and there’s not many can say that :p); it specialises in books on jazz and by and about the Beat Poets; it has an in-house artist; and it’s an incredible venue for reading and music.

his gig promises to be extra special because it’s slap bang in the middle of the Oxford Literary Festival, and Year Zero intend to show the literary establishment just what live literature SHOULD be, and put on a party that no one will forget. Oh, and there may just be a little announcement…

In keeping with the spirit of this fantastic venue, we will stuff the programme full of our work that’s been influenced by Beat culture:

Daisy Anne Gree – The Dead Beat

Dan Holloway – Songs from the Other Side of the Wall; A Life Drawn Freehand

Larry Harrison – Glimpses of a Floating World

Ali Cooper – The Girl on the Swing

STOP PRESS! Music and poetry will be provided by the amazing Christi Warner. Christi is a Namibian singer, songwriter, playwright & poet: “a wordsmith with a stylistic savvy and has a voice that can be gentle as an angel’s breath or on occasion, caustic as a lemon tart.” (Randall Parish, U.S based marketer & reviewer). Her music “isn’t fast-food R&B. It’s the underground nu-soul classic that your mother said you should put on repeat…” (Namibian Sun Newspaper).

You can hear Christi here.


5 Responses to “Year Zero Not at the Oxford Literary Festival”

  1. Another triumph in the wings – wish I could be there (bit of a theme with me). Good luck and hope you all have a great time!

    DJ

  2. [...] Ugliest Sunrise Ever [those of you who were at our gig on Wednesday will have heard me readnig a piece by Daisy from "The Dead Beat". This is what I read – and thank [...]

  3. [...] Warner is an incredible poet, singer, songrwiter and playwright. Anyone who was at our gig at The Albion Beatnik will have heard the extraordinary way she turns words into rhythms in both her poetry and her [...]

  4. [...] “Dropping the Beat“, our last event was themed, in honour of the venue – The Albion Beatnik Bookstore – and because we had a lot of writing that fitted the bill, around The Beat, and our next event, “Open-armed and Outcast” is themed aruond the idea of the outsider, or misfit. The theming is very loose, and as with Dropping the Beat is the result 99% of chance because it seemed a set of pieces was emerging that all dealt with the same subject matter. Already it seems, having spoken to the gallery, that this has made it easier for them to promote the night, but I think now’s the time to step back and ask readers & listeners what really works for them – what would make them go to a literary gig, and what they’d want when they got there. So I want to make some question/observations and throw things open. [...]

  5. [...] “Dropping the Beat“, our last event was themed, in honour of the venue – The Albion Beatnik Bookstore – and because we had a lot of writing that fitted the bill, around The Beat, and our next event, “Open-armed and Outcast” is themed aruond the idea of the outsider, or misfit. The theming is very loose, and as with Dropping the Beat is the result 99% of chance because it seemed a set of pieces was emerging that all dealt with the same subject matter. Already it seems, having spoken to the gallery, that this has made it easier for them to promote the night, but I think now’s the time to step back and ask readers & listeners what really works for them – what would make them go to a literary gig, and what they’d want when they got there. So I want to make some question/observations and throw things open. [...]

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