Wednesday, May 24, 2006

SENTINEL POETRY LIVE! #3 - June 3rd, 2006

You are invited to attend the third Sentinel Poetry Live! Reading on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at the usual venue: Waterloo Gallery, 14 Baylis Road, London SE1 7AA.

Details of readers & short bios to appear here.

If you'd like to read at a Sentinel Poetry Live! event, contact me.

Nnorom on 07812 755 751 or e-mail

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sentinel Poetry Live! #2

The second Sentinel Poetry Live! event was held at the Waterloo Gallery on Saturday, May 6th 2006 and featured Chinwe Azubuike, Naomi Woddis, John John-Lewis and Lola Shoneyin. The original schedule had announced Paul Lyalls and Lula M. Unfortunately Lyall's son was a a little poorly, which meant unfortunately he had to leave before the event began. Lula M, was a no-show. We hope that Paul Lyall shall be available at a later date.

The event kicked off at 7.20 pm after a 20-minute getting to know one another. Visitors had a chance to look at John John-Lewis' poetry plaques, and some painting from an on-going exhibition at the gallery.

Chinwe Azubuike went first and read some highly emotive, if somewhat painful, some might say, bitter poems about her experiences as an African in London. Always a touchy subject, in the post-mortem segment afterward, when audience members were able to ask her questions, the debate got a little hot.

Here are some pictures from the event courtesy of Molara Wood. All photos (C) 2006 Molara Wood.

Chinwe Azubuike - a voice against racism?

Naomi Woddis - close to nature.

Between Azubuike's somber rendering and the bubbly performance of John-Lewis, Woddis gave a calm but very stirring reading.

John John-Lewis - crowd pleaser.

Ladies asked for John to come back next month. well... we shall see. Fingers crossed. We shall see.

Lola Shoneyin - a powerful, witty performance.

Lola Shoneyin read from both of her collections; "So all the time I was sitting on an egg" and "Song of A Riverbird". Hearing and watching Shoneyin give life to her several poems that are not flattering to the men folk was extraordinary, until she spoilt the mood with a very graphic poem about abortion.

The evening was indeed a gig-organiser's dream. We now turn our focus to June 3, 2006 for the next event. If you'd like to read on that date, please contact me at

Nnorom or call 07812 755751

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Chinwe Azubuike @ Sentinel Poetry Live! #2

This is Chinwe Azubuike, one of the poets billed to read her work at the 2nd Sentinel Poetry Live! event on Saturday, May 6th 2006.

Doors open at 6.40pm the show will kick off in earnest at 7pm.

And to help pay for the venue £4 to enter, £2 for students and senior citizens & or a gig-friendly kid attending with an adult.

Come and enjoy the poetry of Chinwe Azubuike, Lula M, John John-Lewis, Paul Lyalls, Naomi Woddis and Lola Shoneyin.

Come and promote your poetry books, pamphlets, or magazines. If you'd like a spot on the Books Tables for your publication, please let us know. E-mail
or call Nnorom 0n 07812 755 751

Ah, yes, the venue:

Waterloo Gallery
14 Baylis Road

The Gallery is in the Waterloo Action Centre building, just 3 doors from the Books Warehouse and diagonally across the road from the Old Vic theatre.

Tubes: Waterloo, Southwark
Trains: Waterloo Main, Waterloo East
Buses: 1, 78, 171, 172, 176, 188