Friday, 10 December 2010

Freedom, mince pies and John Hegley

Amnesty are opening  their doors in the festive spirit for a night of entertainment, music, mulled wine, mince pies, card making workshops, amnesty books, and ethical shopping stalls. Entertainment by Hackney Songworks, Anima and others with headliner popular London musician John Hegley who will be doing a set of his own poems and songs. 

Here's a stanza from his poem Love Cuts, which seems strangely a propos.
Love cuts
love shuts up shop

and shuts it on your finger
love cuts
what isn't very nice is
love leaves you in slices...

tonight , Friday December 10th at  Amnesty HQ , 6pm - 9pm

Amnesty International UK
The Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard
London EC2A 3EA 

Listen to John reading  In the Beginning here

Drawings by audience members from a JH recitals
So, don't just wear your favorite slippers and never wear them out... 

Poems full of vim and vinegar, John was ably assisted by his acting buddy, Allan Bailey, who donned a black latex love glove on his head and played a host of kitchen utensils to accompany John Hegley's innovative poetry / song combinations. This might have been the first time in living memory a man played a salad grater with a plaster spoon, or something like that. Great night, lot of cakes, great books on sale and great  a cappella singing by local bands including Anima and the Balham Buskers. 

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