We are BACK! Get a little bit festive with For Books’ Sake this winter! We’re back online for another big party with all our friends on 10th December 2021. After the raucous success of our tenth birthday party last summer and our Queer Heartbreakers Ball earlier this year, we returning for another digital extravaganza.
We’ll celebrating the festive season, bidding farewell to 2021 and sharing a few other things we’ve had up our sleeves for a while, bundled together into the perfect Christmas present from us to you: an incredible evening of poetry and performance.
You’re all invited to come along and experience sets from spoken word superstars AJ McKenna, Fay Roberts and other special guests. Missed sharing your work from our stages? We have some open mic slots available for you to show off your skillz: express your interest by filling out this form.
You’ll be hosted by our double act dream team of Bridget Hart and Paul Forster, bringing you their signature pop-culture silliness between performances plus other special guests and surprises.
Break out the Santa hats, Christmas stockings, mince pies and mulled wine; the weather outside might be frightful but this amazing line-up is truly delightful, and guaranteed to warm even the frostiest of hearts and souls.
As with our previous online events in 2020/21, we’ll also be using the event as an opportunity to raise raise some much-needed funds to see us through the next few months. But whether or not you’re in a position to donate, we’d love to have you attend.
Real talk time: our live events are the only part of For Books’ Sake that make any money. With our workshops and retreats, we cover our costs and pay our facilitators, but next-to-nothing goes back into the kitty. Maybe not the best of business plans, but we got into this to build and support a community, not become millionaires.
Our monthly live events in London, Manchester and Bristol have always functioned as fundraisers that make the rest of what we do possible. We don’t get any external funding from anywhere else. So going over eighteen months without those live events has had a massive impact, and we’re struggling.
If you want to show us some love this festive season, there’s an option to make an additional donation when you buy your ticket. Everything penny you donate will go towards ensuring our survival, and you’ll get our eternal love and gratitude too.
We also know the unprecedented surrealness of the ongoing pandemic has hit some of you hard, so we’ve set aside a number of free tickets for those of you who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. If you want one of these, please just email us.
AJ McKenna has performed poems while stripping, handcuffing herself to a microphone stand and having dry rice thrown at her in an attempt to understand the true meaning of love, though not, as yet, all at the same time. She is the author of A Lady of a Certain Rage, names and songs of women, Incidents of Trespass and, most recently, England is the Enemy. In her spare time she worries.
Fay Roberts is a performance poet, a musician, an events host, an accidental voice actor, Artistic Director for Spoken Word at PBH’s Free Fringe, and an enormous geek. During weekdays, ze persuades people to make lists and say no to shiny things. For every role, there is a spreadsheet.
Brown Girl in the Ring
Brown Girl in the Ring is a writer and spoken word artist based in Birmingham. Influenced by her experience as a Malawian Indian Muslim woman born and raised in the UK, her community began migrating to the African subcontinent in the 1890s and eventually settling in the UK in the early 70s. Her love for writing and playful wordplay includes themes of survival, healing, identity, spirituality, sensuality, rediscovering pleasure, nature and music. A spirit-tugging creative healer – she uses poetry to articulate when her lips don’t know where to start.
Paul Forster has been been co-director and events manger for FBS since 2015. Curating and hosting London’s chapter of That’s What We Said, as well organising for larger events at Edinburgh Fringe and the Royal Albert Hall. Paul is now working on other projects including his first full novel and a supporting consultant for the new chapter of For Books’ Sake.
Bridget Hart (they/them) is a writer, publisher and creative producer based in the South West.
Bridget has published two collections of poetry, Better Watch Your Mouth, and the latest Chewing Gum – a queer reimagining of Grease.
Bridget is a freelance editor for performance poets and the editor of Burning Eye Books, the largest indie publisher of spoken word / performance /slam poetry. Bridget has appeared on panels and facilitated workshops on modern publishing and is a regular judge for UniSlam.
Bridget is the ordinator of For Books’ Sake’s non-binary writer’s group They//Us.