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***Christmas fundraising gig alert***

Listen Softly London is teaming up with our friends at She Grrrowls to host a Christmas fundraising gig!

This event will be action packed as a range of lovely artists have volunteered to raise money for the Nia Project.

Tickets are £5, but do give as much as you like as all proceeds this month will be going to The Nia Project, as well as to the lovely venue, The Hive, which relies on donations to keep running.
xmas gig

The Hive
260-264 Kingsland Road E8 4DG
(Nearest Station: Haggerston, Overground Line)

Doors open 7pm
Starts 7.30pm

Hosted by Carmina Masoliver (SG) and Dominic Stevenson (LSL)

Alice Furse
Sue John
Tom McColl
Cecilia Knapp
Laura Rae
Julia Watson
Ella Chappell
Emily Chruchill Zaraa

Listen Softly London and She Grrrowls have selected four artists each to perform for you on what will be an amazing event. There is an open mic, but this is now vetted, so please email to express your interest and send some work. Open mic spots are 5 minutes long. We’ll only have three spots this month as we have lots of featured artists on.



Alice Furse studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Kent, and was published in two anthologies for the best student work before completing an MA in The Contemporary Novel. Her first novel, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, was published in October 2014 and her short stories have appeared in Litro magazine and Squawkback. She now lives in London with a flatmate called Norbert. She is also the fiction Editor for indie press Burning Eye Books.

Alice Furse Writer


Sue Johns originates from Cornwall where she started performing as a Punk Poet. Now a veteran of the London poetry circuit, she has performed at venues around the country, including the Edinburgh Festival. Sue also writes and performs theatrical monologues and works with art/word collaborations. She has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her latest collection Hush was published by Morgan’s Eye Press in 2011.


Token man of the evening, Thomas has had his short stories published in magazines such as Geeked, the Alarmist, Belleville Park Pages, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Open Pen and Bare Fiction, while appearances in anthologies include Stories for Homes (in aid of the housing charity Shelter) and From the Slopes of Olympus to the Banks of the Lea, the first book by Smoke: A London Peculiar.

Thomas lives in London, works at the House of Commons, and regularly performs his writing around the UK.


Cecilia Knapp is a writer, performer, poet and facilitator. She was mentored by acclaimed writer Polarbear for a year as part of the Roundhouse’s prolific poetry scheme and is now a Roundhouse Resident Artist, where she recently debuted her spoken word show ‘Finding Home’. Her words have been played on BBC radio 1 and 1Xtra, XFM and Roundhouse Radio and she has been published in several anthologies. More recently, she was commissioned by the BBC to write a piece for the ‘Women who Spit’ series. Cecilia also regularly works with young people with poetry and also works closely with the charity C.A.L.M (The Campaign Against Living Miserably). This charity aims to reduce the silent stigma surrounding suicide and depression, the biggest killer of young men in the UK today.


Laura Rae is a writer and performer who has worked as a freelance creative educationalist at the Hull Truck Theatre, and the Ministry of Stories in London. She is a proud Northerner who has lived, worked, and performed in London for the past few years.


New team member for She Grrrowls, Julia has spent 10 months on the open mic circuit telling (self-deprecating) tales about the ups and downs of her life…so far!

“Self-aware, off-kilter semi-observational comedy delivered with cynical charm.”


Ella Chappell studied both the BA and MA degrees in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her poetry has been published in various online and print magazines including Elbow Room, The Lighthouse, Ink, Sweat & Tears and Belleville Park Pages. Her film poem, Rolling Frames, made in collaboration with a choreographer and filmmaker, won the Southbank Poetry Film Competition, Shot Through The Heart, and has since been screened at many film festivals internationally, winning multiple awards.



Heartfelt acoustic songs and spoken word telling stories from Damascus, Birmingham and Bethnal Green. Emily is part of the Arabic fusion Raast collective.

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