After a very long break from four years on the stand-up circuit, I’ll be kicking off again on March 24th. The wonderful Danielle Ward presents Sideways Smile at The Vauxhall Tavern, with Hattie Hayridge, Celia Pacquola,Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Zoe Gardner, The Balconettes and myself.
Here is the website for tickets; http://www.rvt.org.uk/event/sideways-smile-0
The Nave | 7.30pm | £9 adv/£11 doors
Mining the Dewey Decimal classification system, Emmy The Great and poet Jack Underwood waltz through ten sections of their 000-999. Inspired and shaped by categories found in British libraries. From True-Life Tragedy, through Mind, Body & Spirit, Sociology, Large Print, and Teen Fiction, Emmy and Jack use song, poetry, multimedia to present a light-hearted lament for the library. Featuring guest contributions from Elizabeth Sankey – one half of indie duo Summer Camp – comedian and visual artist Miriam Elia and novelist and poet Joe Dunthorne.
A London Word Festival Commission. Supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.
follow the festival
This year’s Festival
Episode 1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00txj0n
1 day left to listen
Last broadcast on Wednesday, 23:15 on BBC Radio 4.
Following a successful run on Radio 7, Miriam Elia’s fantastical sketch series transfers to Radio 4 for a brand new series, with new characters and a few familiar faces.
Written by Miriam Elia & Ezra Elia
Featuring the voices of:
Script edited by Jon Hunter
Produced by Victoria Lloyd.
Thursday 7 October, 7.30pm until 9.00pm, Belfast Exposed, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast, Antrim BT1 2FF Satellite Events 2010
Venue: Belfast Exposed, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast, Antrim BT1 2FF
In 1989, a thousand Muslim protesters paraded through Bradford with a copy of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, before ceremonially burning the book, an act calculated to shock, offend and to dramatise Muslim anger and offence. A generation later, with controversies like those over Behzti or the Mohammed cartoons, and bans in Europe on the wearing of the burqa, questions raised by the Rushdie Affair still provoke controversy. Does equality mean respect for difference or the right to be treated the same despite our differences? Does the right to free expression become problematic when criticism of religious and cultural traditions appears to support, even perpetuate negative stereotypes in society at large? Is individual freedom a specifically Western concept, not applicable to a multicultural society, in which case can we even speak of universal rights and freedoms? If not, on what terms can we defend free speech at home and abroad?
The Belfast Salon hosts a conversation around censorship, self censorship and the limits of tolerance and freedom.
visual artist; comedian; writer; broadcaster
senior lecturer, sociology, University of the West of Scotland; reviews editor, Ethnopolitics
news editor, Index on Censorship; regular contributor, Guardian‘s Comment is Free
director, Belfast Exposed, gallery of contemporary photography and photography resource; convenor, Belfast Salon