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JasBulletin October

Hello everyone,


So the Autumn is in full swing. I am personally a big fan, so not really lamenting the passing of summer. It is scarf time, people. Embrace the wool as if it confessed its fleecy love to you. Anyway, busy busy, here is the latest news from Jasmine Ann Cooray.



Poetry Gigs and News…


The HotHouse

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

7:30pm – 11:00pm

The Cross Kings, 126 York Way N1, London


Come and join us for the spectacular hothouse launch featuring London’s best female performers including Dzifa Benson, Malika Booker, Jasmine Cooray, Elaine Crinnion, Zena Edwards, Patricia Foster, Sara-Mae Tuson, Aoife Mannix, Karen McCarthy, Agnes Meadows, Esther Poyer, Janett Plummer, Esther Poyer, Jaqueline Saphra, Heather Taylor, Annette Walker and Naomi Woddis.

It’s going to be wonderful night AND it’s a fundraiser for Inspired Word, a voluntary organisation for women providing writing and personal development skills in a safe and supportive environment particularly women who have experienced domestic violence abuse or mental distress. http://inspiredwordarts.com/



Dodo Modern Poets

Sun Oct 5, 7.30pm

New Wimbledon Studio,

The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1QG £10.

, UK

Geo: 51.419251, -0.201116

With Dylan Thomas’s daughter Aeron Thomas, plus Patric Cunnane, Jasmine Ann Cooray, PR Murry and Ardella Jones.


Floetics is Back!

Floetics: Wednesday 8th October 

Redroaster Coffee House

St James St


8pm, £3.

After the Redroaster Coffee House refurbishment, Floetics is back for the Autumn! Floetics is a performance night I started in my final year at Sussex (Brighton) and is now managed by Visual Culture Missionary and general Genius Luska Mengham, who is also a poet AS WELL. Time for the first instalment of the new academic year- the usual mix of seasoned and new performers, plus a consistently full and surprising open mic! Can’t wait to get Floetics up and running for the new term, and always a good excuse to keep track on all the joy going on by the coast…..


Express Excess


October 15th

The Enterprise,

Near Chalk Farm Station,

Hosted by Paul Lyalls, Express Excess always has a diverse and spicy range of performers, veteran, new blood and all inbetween. Come down to Chalk Farm and hang out.





WRITELondon Autumn workshops are still running, and there is still space if you want to pop along to one. There is also now a bring-a-mate for half price deal- I want to share the workshops with as many new enthusiasts as possible. Check out the new home online at www.writelondon.wordpress.com. The new range of workshops includes deep exploration of Characters and Senses, as well as changing from the usual day workshops to more concise evening workshops. If you’re interested in coming along, or would like to know more, just email me with any queries!


Poetry workshops  with Jacob Sam-La Rose at Morpeth School are moving along nicely. I’ll be getting to know the students more in coming sessions, ready to lead the lessons by myself in Jacob’s absence- though getting the practise in at…


Lilian Baylis School, for example. Myself, Nick Makoha, Inua Ellams and Kat Francois each had a whole class for a day to work on poetry around identity. The class were lovely but bright, and all produced some honest work by the end of the day.


Later in the month I’ll be assisting at the Sedgewick Museum in Cambridge, continuing the work around Darwin with some students there, and performing with some other poets at the end of the intensive three days.


And in other news…


The interview for Kids City has come and gone, and good news, they seem to like me, and after my training induction I’ll be working at after school clubs for 4-11 year olds at least one afternoon a week. I am so excited I could somersault into a bathtub of silly putty. If my little nephews went to school in Lambeth, they could come too, but alas, they are trapped in East London…



More to come next month. If you want an excuse to keep clicking, look at my myspace at www.myspace.com/jasmineanncooray

Until then, wrap up warm, cook some stew, stoke some fires.


Big Love,


Jasmine Ann Cooray




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