Ginger John – Nowt

From New Youth, number 4, 1984. You’re the engaged tone in my mind The blank cassette that won’t rewind The high pitched whine on the telly at night A census form in a derelict house A holiday for two in the Afghan hills A sales rep for Argentinian beef A union shop steward in Polish […]

Ginger John – England, My England

England, my England You’re dreaming my dear You’re struggling to survive In an age with no cares Your grand parade and pompous ways Were fine in yesteryear But now you’ve lost the ruling class Your heart’s not in it dear Your mighty fleets are financially sunk The scrap dealer’s took ’em by the score Your […]

Apples And Snakes

From NME, 31 March, 1984. The poetry promoters launch their first book. Poets of a certain age, and stage of inebriation, sometimes flick through the book and ponder ‘where are hey now?’. There’re some decent poets in the book: Attila the Stockbroker, Benjamin Zephaniah, Mark Steel, Little Dave, Nick Toczek, John Hegley, Claire Dowie, Ginger […]

Emily Harrison

Emily Harrison is a young poet who has read at many Stand Up and Spit gigs. She wasn’t even born when us ranters were gigging but her work and reading style makes her a most welcome addition to the bill. Emily writes about class, and in particular about mental health. She does this with honesty […]

500th Post!

I asked Nathan Penlington to mark our 500th post and look back at the blog to date. There’re plenty more to come and we’re working on more gigs for the summer. I met Tim Wells twenty years ago. He was standing in the doorway of an upstairs room of a pub just off Carnaby Street. […]

Really Sayin’ Somethin’

Janine Booth interviewed by Ashna Sarkar in June 2015 Teething Wells interviewed by Chimene Suleyman in June 2015 Chip Grim interviewed by Laurie Bolger in June 2015. Ginger John the Doomsday Commando interviewed by Sarah Fletcher, June 2015 prior to The Big One. Joolz interviewed by Laurie Bolger, June 2015