A Child of the Jago Night

What a great night.

There was a range of fantastic readings on Thursday. Michael Keenaghan kicked it off by reading from one of his short stories. He is known for his straight up style, writing hard man stories, the likes of which seem made for the screen.

Then Joseph Ridgwell came up and read some poems from his Child of the Jago collection that sold out on the night. A fantastic poetry collection that tells the real stories of the East End throughout his experiences. Written with a real sense of nostalgia, whilst still getting to the nitty gritty.

There was also poet Tim Wells reading a range of poems, most of which had a brilliant sense of humour but also an undeniable truth. A poet well worth having a look at. He like your funny, fat uncle only with a sharper tongue and a much better vocabulary.

We also can’t forget the ‘adult cabaret’. I really didn’t expect her to get it all out!

The best part about the night though was meeting some fantastic people, they’re who I have spoken to over emails but only just met in the flesh for the first time. Just feel bad for them as a lot of them are cockney’s, poor good people. With a strange lust for jellied eels.

Good stuff all round, I hope everyone liked their Hand Job’s!

NO GODS, NO MASTERS

A Child of the Jago

 

If anyone’s about London next Thursday there’s an event not to be missed. Joseph Ridgwell who was in issue 4 is reading from his new poetry book, A Child of the Jago, and Joe England who runs the fantastic litzine Push will also be reading, just to name a few. There will also be art, music, vaudeville films as well as your chance for us to give you a Hand Job.

Check it out http://monkey-picks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/east-london-renaissance-present-child.html

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Day 234: 365 Day Writing Challenge

I write a poem a day

So that I can say

Whay I want to say

On this day

 

I just bang it out

Because I want to shout

About nothing in particular

 

No time to proof read

You’ve just go to be luckey

People only look for the flow

Mine is so so

Fantastic

 

No great inspiration

Detrimentation

Words words words

Oh yeah, I said it

 

So please give my poem a like

I’m an artist alright

Because I talk about love

And heartbreak above

Above…

Eternity…

The White Issue

The White Issue

Issue 4 ‘The White Issue’ is now out!

Featuring the best writing and artistic talents that our country has to offer. Bigger, bulkier and even better than the last issues, it really is an accomplishment to get to put all of this great work together. I’m sure everyone will enjoy.

Friends and contributors, your issues went out in the post today, thank you for everything.

To get your hands on a copy just click on the link or the picture and dip your hand in your pockets you tight bastards.

http://handjobzine.bigcartel.com/products

ANARCHY & FREEDOM

Issue 4 and Push

Issue 4 and Push

Issue 4 will be available by the end of the month (at the latest) with another top notch line-up! The new issue will have stories by:
Joe Ridgewell
Raif Mansell
ian cusack
JEG
Poetry by:
Ben Williams
Michael Curran
Tom Osborne
Artwork by:
Sophie Pitchford
Cate White
Daisy Bennet
Naomi Gilby
With a fantastic comic strip by Matt Williams and even a quiz page for a tea time teaser!

For back issues go to https://www.handjobzine.bigcartel.com

Also, the fantastic literary zine, sold on the street at West Ham games, PUSH is launching it’s huge one year anniversary issue. It promises to be well worth a read. To find out more go to http://pushmagazine.co.uk/index.html

Not bad for southerners.

ANARCHY & FREEDOM

Poem published way back in Issue 2

The Last

In the future I will write

How we were the last of a certain kind.

We were the last working class to have the choice

Of if we want to go to uni.

We were the last to remember a time

That was not filled with technology.

The last who could escape from things by running to the hills

And not be worried about losing signal.

The last to really care about politics

And not to be fooled by the distractions.

To have patience and to enjoy the quiet.

To not buy things we can’t afford

And not expect too much from social housing.

The last to ride our bike without helmets, knee pads and gum shields.

To walk ourselves to primary school and to enjoy it.

To love getting dirty and hate getting clean.

To fire BB-guns without being picked up by the police.

And it’s all happened so fast,

In my short lifetime I have seen it.

What is next to come, I dread,

I know I won’t believe it.

Yet it all passes by so quickly,

So quickly you can’t just ignore it.

Until it gets too much,

Too much to just abhor it.

What can we do?

Learnt to just get by?

But that’s not living,

That’s just surviving.

Is that we want from this chance at life?

We must adapt

And learn to live with all that is out there

Or run off to the hills

And start our own form of social housing.

A farm, some land, some peace of mind

To grow your own vegetables.

I’m sounding old, it know,

But it might be our last chance to!

I saw on the news now they’ve made a burger

Completely in a lab.

Let’s get away

Get out of here

While we still have the chance.

‘No don’t be so naïve my boy

There’s nowhere you can go to.’

J.E.G

Issue 4

Got the line-up ready for issue 4 now!

A great range of writers and artists have sent in their work, we’ve had the most submission to date for this issue and it’s filled up quick! Just got to put it all together now.

Stay tuned for more details and remember that you can still get issues 1 to 3 at handjobzine.bigcartel.com

Any submissions submitted now will go into issue 5, so still feel free to submit if you are a UK writer or artist/illustrator.

Show your support and fight the good fight.

ANARCHY & FREEDOM