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Bob Cobbing was the major exponent of concrete, visual and sound poetry in Britain. Long after its international heyday in the 1960s, he continued to produce visual texts that were also scores for performance, many of them published as booklets by his Writers' Forum press, and launched at its associated workshop. The photos below were taken in Liverpool by Dave Kilburn, we think around the same time as Bob read his work at the Blackie.   The…

 

Created : Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 16:47
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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The Last Poets (Jalal Mansur  Nuriddin and Suliaman El-Hadi) made their second visit to the Blackie during the 20th Birthday Celebrations when, as part of Stephen Knox's & Jimmy Tagoe's Party,  they performed in concert backed by local musicians, Stuart Kershaw(drums) and Lloyd Massett (guitar).(Above photo of the Last Poets performing )  To read about their first visit which took place in December 1985 click here The concert took place in…

 

Created : Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 15:01
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Of all the lines included in this collection - a collection which spans almost 20 years, from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s - the one that for me most tellingly sums up The Last Poets comes from the chorus to Suliaman El Hadi's Blessed Are Those Who Struggle: 'Bet­ter to die for a noble cause than to live and die a slave'.  A recurring theme in the Poets' work is expressed in the celebrat­ory Ho Chi Minh, where the frail guerrilla leader…

 

Created : Friday, January 13, 2017 - 16:46
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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This was the first of two visits by the iconic group The Last Poets to the Blackie - the 2nd being in 1988 as part of the Blackie's 20th Birthday Celebrations. The Last Poets since their inception in 1968 have had various line-ups. Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin and Suliman El-Hadi  have worked and recorded together under the name The Last Poets since the early 70s. A review of their work by Chris May can be accessed by clicking here. They also…

 

Created : Friday, January 13, 2017 - 14:44
Updated : Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 22:50

 

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Created : Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:36
Updated : Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:36

 

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THE IDEA:  for this outdoor event emerged from a conversation with artist and arts administrator Peter Stark in which Peter said that he had sometimes thought about "setting up a stall in a local marker to sell poetry by weight".  We decided to do this for real. Left Starkies Stall being erected THE PROCESS : led by Wendy Harpe and often operating until the early hours of the morning, was both joyful and a marathon.  The location was the…

 

Created : Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 16:45
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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The following events were  based round a specific poet/poets, often with other activities such as music.  For some poets we built a specific environment.  But by and large we know very little about these events since often all we have is the original leaflet and our ever fading memories.  We do not for instance have the dates when these readings took place, we do know that it was late 60s and early 70s;  therefore they are currently listed…

 

Created : Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 12:14
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 07:01

 

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