Events: The Big J (and the NHS) vs The Big C

Following the launch of The Big J vs The Big C: issues, experiences and poems in the battle against breast cancer, Janine takes to the road to talk about its contents, welcoming guest poets, campaign speakers, and comedian Kate Smurthwaite along for the ride. Details of each gig and its guests are listed in this section.

The Big J (and the NHS) vs The Big C

BJvBC tour leaflet

Poet, author and activist Janine Booth was part of the ranting poetry movement in the 1980s, performing as ‘The Big J’. In late 2016, she discovered a strange indentation in her right breast and was subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Her new book is a collection of candid and enthralling journal extracts, poetry, meticulous research and substantive politics, in which Janine details her journey from detection and diagnosis, through surgery, to ‘getting over it’.
Janine will be reading from the book at a series of events around the country, where she will be joined by comedian Kate Smurthwaite, local poets, and/or speakers from local campaigns in defence of the NHS.

Details of each event: www.janinebooth.com/events-BigJvsBigC

Thursday 12 September: Doncaster
Friday 20 September: Reading
Friday 4 October: Liverpool 
Thursday 10 October: Forest of Dean
Tuesday 15 October: Windsor
Thursday 17 October: Hackney, east London
Wednesday 23 October: Portsmouth
Thursday 14 November: Harrow
Thursday 21 November: Doncaster
Wednesday 18 December: Cardiff

More dates to follow!

Cardiff: The Big J vs The Big C

18/12/2019 - 14:00

@Company of Words presents The other side of Christmas with guest poets Janine Booth and Alix Edwards with Open Mic

@ fabulous new cafe:
CafeGo
28 Tudor St, Cardiff CF11 6AH

Tired of lists, Christmas shopping, stuffing the freezer and bierkeller vomit?

Come and enjoy some great performance poetry from Janine Booth, stories from Alix Edwards - and share some of your own Christmas gems!!

Windsor CLP: The NHS vs The Big C

15/10/2019 - 19:30

Janine reads extracts and poems from her book, The Big J vs The Big C: issue, experiences and poems in the battle against breast cancer.

Local trade unionists and campaigners will also speak.

Hosted by Windsor Constituency Labour Party.

Venue: Waterman’s Arms, Eton. SL4 6BW

Hackney: The NHS vs The Big C

17/10/2019 - 19:30

Hackney women activists present the case for defending our NHS, in a meeting to which everyone is welcome.

In a venue next to Homerton Hospital, where her breast cancer surgery took place, Janine Booth reads extracts and poems from her new book, 'The Big J vs The Big C'.

Kate Smurthwaite aims some feminist comedy at austerity and sexism.

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