4 February - Derbyshire, the Muse @ Whitworth Centre Ballroom Matlock
"Mind-altering poetry with an almost music hall edge"
Saturday 4 February 8.00pm Tickets £10
John is Mark Gwynne Jones's guest along with Lou Ashley and Alice Ashley.
Whitworth Centre Ballroom Darley Dale Matlock DE4 2EQ
01629 733678 Web www.markgwynnejones.com
9 February - Specs and Dogs and Figgy Rolls @ The National Portrait Gallery
Songs stories and poems, old and newer, with spectacles, centre stage and peripheral
Thursday 9 February 7.00pm Tickets £8 / £7
This joyous outing into Hegleyland takes place alongside a display of works by the Belgian artist Luc Tuymans which features sitters wearing glasses, please see here.
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place London WC2H 0HE
Phone 020 7306 0055 Web www.npg.org.uk
10 February - John + Diego Brown + The Good Fairy @ The Thunderbolt Bristol
An eclectic mix of music, real ales, food and the arts
Friday 10 February 7.30pm Tickets £8 + booking fee
Diego Brown and the Good Fairy have been compared to
the Carpenters on a lost weekend in Twin Peaks. John's dog is a carrot. They could be twins. Or maybe triplets.
The Thunderbolt 124 Bath Road Totterdown Bristol BS4 3ED
Phone 0117 9299008 Web www.thethunderbolt.net
12 February - John + Otiz Cannelloni Musical Melodies @ Lauderdale House
A Lauderdale Transformed Festival Event
Sunday 12 February 11.30am Tickets £8.50 and £6.50
John and Otiz Cannelloni, Master of Minimalist Magic and Madness, are joined by the Musical Marvels for a family fun-packed hour of marvellous music, songs, poems, magic, mayhem and loads of joining in.
Lauderdale House Waterlow Park Highgate Hill London N6 5HG
020 8348 8716 Web www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk
18 February - Family Wordship @ East Riding Theatre Beverley
"We may be a small venue but our ambition is huge"
Saturday 18 February 12.00pm Tickets £8 - £12
Family fun with the possibility of some drawing and singing
East Riding Theatre 10 Lord Roberts Road Beverley HU17 9BE
Phone 01482 874050 Web www.ukpatronbase.com
22 February - Out-Spoken Live @ The Forge Camden
One of London's premier nights for poetry and live music
Wednesday 22 February 7.00 - 11.00pm Tickets from £5
An always special, monthly night of spoken word and poetry with guest poets and musicians
hosted by Joelle Taylor, Karim Kamar, Sam "Junior" Bromfield and Assumpta Ozua.
John will be on in the second half just before the main band, probably around 8.30/8.45pm.
The Forge 3-7 Delancey Street Camden London NW1 7NL
Phone 020 7383 7808 Web www.forgevenue.org
27 February - Last Mondays @ the Betsey Trotwood
Last Monday of the month and last Monday of the Winter?
Monday 27 February 8.30pm Last known ticket price £8 / £5 concessions
Diego Brown and The Good Fairy are the steersmen with a motley crew coming aboard
The Betsey Trotwood 56 Farringdon Road Clerkenwell London EC1R 3BL
Phone 020 7253 4285 Web www.betsey.pub