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 

This coming week sees the latest renewal of the Oxford Literary Festival, where anyone can pay through the nose to hear mainstream has-beens and wannabes (Martin Amis for a tenner anyone?) recite the same old. OR they can come to a FREE event and hear some of the very best Year Zero has to offer, as well as free music from an internationally acclaimed artist. AND free wine. Oh yes, and one of those super cool Year Zero Live lanyard programmes complete with poems. Free.

Festival time doesn’t have to be boring. But on a serious note. There’s a festival, and there’s a fringe, and neitehr approached the Albion Beatnik as a venue. The best bookstore for miles around. Seriously, guys!

Oh, and to prove I CAN be a sellout, I will be going to one of the Lit Fest events to see Patti Smith.

And I’d like to give a really big shout out to The Beat UK for giving us a big whacking space for this event. Anyone who loves anything Beat, go and check out their fantastic site.

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.

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.

~ by yearzerowriters on March 20, 2010.

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

  1. This is going to be so great. Wish I could be there in person, but I will be there in words.

  2. I agree with Daisy.

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  4. Good luck for tonight! xxx It’ll be a Beat Extravaganza 🙂

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