Theatre and book reviews by Janice Dempsey
Last week we had the pleasure of not one but two brilliant poetry nights in the most poetic city south of London - I'm talking about Paris, of course. Both cost us almost nothing on the night (just the Eurostar ticket and the Aparthotel booking!) and both were entirely enjoyable. I've spoken in a previous post about Au Chat Noir, and the other venue is Paris Lit Up, at the bar called Culture Rapide, hosted on Thursdays by Jason Francis Mc Gimsey, Kate Noakes and Emily Ruck Keene.
The very redness of the place is enough to warm the poetic cockles of your heart and we felt totally welcomed. We had spent most of the day admiring and photographing the acres of street art (some of it simple graffiti, a lot of it unarguably true art) and the thickly collaged walls of Le Culture Rapide seemed like more of the same, but with sound. As when we visited in September last year, we met a lot of very friendly poets and writers and felt very much at home by the time we came to read.
Paris Lit Up do a lot of other things as well as running open mic nights in English. Here's a link to their site where you can read more about them (http://parislitup.com/open-mic-poetry).