At Anti-Slam, the worst poet wins! Not just bad poetry: so terrible and cringe-worthy, it transcends quality, becoming laugh-out-loud genius.
To celebrate the end of 2013 we’re joining forces for a one-off ridiculous showdown, with a bumper bill of the UK’s brightest and best poets, writers and spoken word fiends at our home venue Rich Mix. Tickets here
On July 10th we launched our very first album Tongue Fu Tapes Vol. 1.
It’s a scorching compilation of live highlights from an incredible, as yet unheard archive, recorded over four years at Tongue Fu’s home – East London’s Rich Mix.
The album features Chris Redmond, Soweto Kinch, Kate Tempest, Jonny Fluffypunk, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Femi Martin, Ross Sutherland, Indigo Williams, Zia Ahmed, Joe Dunthorne, Francesca Beard, Anna Freeman, Homecut, Toby Thompson and John Hegley, with pretty gobsmacking accompaniments from the Tongue Fu band.
Needless to say we are very pleased with ourselves! The music jumps from honky tonk, to dubstep, deep jazz, minimalist beats, tango, hip-hop and so much more. The CD is available from gigs and soon from this very website. It is also available on iTunes and Amazon.
Tongue Fu and live literature producers renaissance one have been commissioned by TheSpace.org – a new BBC/ACE arts website – to make some poetry films. We’ve called them Tongue Fu Flicks. You can watch a little trailer here
In June 2012 we held a recording event at the Albany, Deptford to record performances from Scroobius Pip, Kate Tempest, Salena Godden, Zena Edwards, Shane Solanki and Chris Redmond. We also recorded the band performing instrumental response pieces; poets performing solo and interviews with performers and audience.
David Cuesta – TF designer and CR&D head honcho had access to the BBC archive to source footage for six bespoke collage animations – one for each poem. CR&D also developed a media player that sits within our pages on The Space so you can choose how you want to watch, read or listen to the recordings. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them.
We’re really pleased with our very first anthology called Liminal Animals. It’s currently only available at gigs but we’re in the process of sorting out an online shop. Please bear with us while we get this set up. If you can’t wait till the shop’s up and running or the next gig, please email us. Thanks
Liminal Animals contains poems by:
Chris Redmond; Salena Godden; Lemn Sissay; Ross Sutherland; Sabrina Mahfouz; Inua Ellams; Luke Wright; Aiofe Mannix; Elvis Mcgonagall; Francesca Beard; Dizraeli; Shane Solanki; Jacob Sam-La Rose; Byron Vincent; Tim Clare; Simon Mole; Joshua Idehen; Bridget Minamore; Belinda Zhawi; Kat Francois; Tshaka Campbell; Zia Ahmed; Indigo Williams; Liv Torc; Maria Slováková; Ben Mellor; A F Harold; Anna Freeman and Musa Okwonga.
£1 from the sale of every copy goes to Mind – The Mental Health Charity