The all-autistic theatre company performed this show in Brighton in June 2019. Janine and fellow performers offer insights into autistic experience through poetry and personal testimonies.
Janine has performed at hundreds of gigs around the UK, and internationally in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Toronto, New York City, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle NSW.
She regularly performs at music gigs as well as spoken word events; at festivals including Edinburgh, Tolpuddle, South Downs, Glastonwick, Something Else and Shambala; at trade union, Labour Party, political and campaign events; as part of the NeurodiVERSE crew; and in solidarity with strikers alongside fellow Poets on the Picket Line; and with (other) Loud Women.
Funny, biting and original.
Brilliant. Her poem 'Night Tube' is Auden-esque.
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Janine Booth is an incredible performer - like a mature Kate Tempest her words simultanously entertain and cut deeply into the heart of social justice, human frailty and what it means to be an ethical person in this world, while never skipping a beat.
Magdalena Ball, Compulsive Reader (New South Wales)
Janine Booth is a 1980s poet who just happens to be a 2010s poet too: her vitriol and stage-presence are, if anything, more finely-honed than they were back then (she's put the years in, after all) and it's great to see her winning over new audiences every time she performs. And even better, she's not simply resurrecting past glories but continues to produce new material all the time. Highly recommended!
Russell Thompson, Apples and Snakes
A one-woman riot.
Janine Booth brings humour to her politics. Her poetry is passionate and on point, and audiences are won over by her down to earth manner and wry witticisms. Don't let the bastards grind you dour.
Janine Booth will have you belly-laughing at her witty observations on life, then takes you to a place where you truly see through the eyes of those we often don't, but need to see if we are to be better people. All done with the intensity and connection that only a fine and passionate poet can do.
Michael Reynolds, Passionate Tongues, Melbourne
As ever, Janine’s poetry charmed, wowed and inspired a packed venue. I’m always amazed how she gains and holds the attention of an audience who’ve come to watch loud music, and immediately turns them into fans. Love her to bits.
Cassandra Fox, Loud Women
Janine Booth came to Sunday Slips and blew our mind. Her words are full of honesty and power, she welcomes communication and growth! Janine shook our souls and moved the dialogue of the night to a deeper meaning. She always has a home in Berlin at Sunday Slips. Thank You Janine Booth, from the family at FREUDIAN slip club.
Janine is absolutely brilliant - witty, sharp, radical, passionate, intense, one of the best performance poets around.
Attila the Stockbroker
Side splitting and hard hitting.
Oliver New, Ealing Trades Union Council
Janine Booth is one of the best spoken-word artists around and her characteristic humour, laced with biting truths and social commentary, never fails to move hearts and minds.
Bob Oram, Morning Star
Finally getting round to posting this video from four years ago. It is one of my favourite of my poems!
Saturday 26 sees the latest in a series of all-day, three-supermarket Lewes Food Banks collections. This time, the theme is 'the people's harvest vs food poverty'.
Between 6 and 7pm, Janine will be poeting along with other local poets in support of the collection at Waitrose. There will also be collections at Lewes Aldi and Tesco.
Janine Booth performing at the online Punk for the Homeless gig on 6 April 2020. Poems:
Disaffected Middle-aged Women - The Girl from Clapham - Why Can't You Just Be Normal? - Thoughts and Prayers - This Place - Stonewall Was a Riot - Night Tube - Night Tube (Covid-19 remix) - Dispensible Other - Wherefore Art Thou, Capitalism? - Clap For Carers - Unskilled - Unpublished Author - Stay the Fuck Home - Mostly Hating Tories
Janine's poetic turn at the 2020 online celebration ofthe 1911 Llanelli railway strike.
Janine's video contribution to We Shall Overcome's Isolation Festival, held online on 11 April 2020, featuring the poems:
- Disaffected Middle-Aged Women
- Clap for Carers
- Wherefore Art Thou, Capitalism?
- Thoughts and Prayers
In April 2015, the awesome Lunar Poetry Podcast interviewed Janine.
Listen to the podcast here (and listen to Lunar's many other most excellent poetry interviews and discussions)
Here's the transcript:
Host: David Turner – DT; Guest: Janine Booth – JB