Stand Up and Spit at the Poetry Library

Ranting verse sprang from punk and reggae in the early 1980s.
This grassroots poetry was angry, political, sweary, boozy and funny – a predecessor of the vibrant spoken word of today.

Original ranters Tim Wells and Janine Booth as revisit their early rants and serve up new work, while young poet Emily Harrison is performing her own contemporary, sardonic working-class verse. Tim Wells will also be doing a short introduction to ranting poetry and an exhibition of ranting material will be on show. As well as some drunk ranters.

The evening is inspired by the Stand Up and Spit blog, which has been collating ‘zines, reviews and interviews from the heyday of Ranting Verse, helping modern audiences to rediscover this pre-internet phenomenon.

In association with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions. Stand Up and Spit is funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Saison Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall.

Please note, this free event requires a ticket. Please book your ticket by emailing

2 September 2015, 20:00pm – 21:30pm



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