Poetry Performances

Janine's poetic performances.

Funny, biting and original.
Francesca Martinez

Brilliant. Her poem 'Night Tube' is Auden-esque.
Jeremy Corbyn MP

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.
Joelle Taylor

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.
Tim Wells

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

Utterly magnificent.
Phill Jupitus

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.
Liliana Velásquez

Stormed my Glastonwick festival in 2015, will go down equally well at a union rally, a poetry festival, a punk gig, or anywhere where people appreciate intelligent, angry, funny words.
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

East London Night of Resistance

28/10/2015 - 20:00

King Edward V11, 47 Broadway,Stratford, E15 4BQ

A chance to meet, discuss, network and socialise and understand more about the housing crisis. This evening is organised by Focus E15 campaign and the East London Radical Assembly.

Entertainment will include:

'Stand Up And Spit' at the Poetry Library, South Bank Centre, London

02/09/2015 - 20:00

It's Tim Wells, it's Emily Harrison, it's me - and it's free!

At the Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London SE1

More here.

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Ranting verse sprang from punk and reggae in the early 1980s.

This grassroots poetry was angry, political, sweary, boozy and funny – a predecessor of the vibrant spoken word of today.

Manifesto from Behind the Mask

Janine performing 'Manifesto from Behind the Mask', a poem about being autistic and try to fit into society, and about how society might change to make it easier for autistic people to fit in.

This performance was recorded at the launch of the DIRT poetry pamphlet, at the Betsey Trotwood in London, in June 2015.

Feminist Solidarity Fest

06/09/2015 - 12:00

Janine will be

  • performing poetry 15:00-15:20
  • speaking about women in trade unions 17:00-17:20.

The event runs from 12:00 until 20:00 in Hackney Downs park, east London.

Others speaking and/or performing include:

Rabina Khan - writer, politician, former Cabinet Member for Housing and community worker in Tower Hamlets

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