A new literature performance night called In Yer Ear begins next week in one of Fitzrovia’s best-known pubs. Expect to hear a series of literary stand-ups with each performer giving anything from a couple of minutes to a 15 minute monologue — contemporary poetry, prose, travelogue, criticism, and giving somebody a piece of their mind.
In Yer Ear is the creation of father and daughter Dave McGowan and Sam McGowan, with Julia Bell (senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck) Ryan Addison Fletcher (Morning Star and Vice Magazine).
Dave McGowan told Fitzrovia News “We intend to bring together a real mix of writers from all sorts of backgrounds, people with stories to tell. There will be poets but not the shouty ones and we’ll end each evening with a bit of live music. At each event, readers will get up to a 15 minute slot and you can expect to hear both up and coming as well as established writing talent.”
McGowan who is a writer has for the last three years been the host at Poltroon: “A literary saloon held at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon Road, which I co-founded with a mate of mine,” he says.
“In Yer Ear is my new project and as I live in Covent Garden and drink in the French I was looking for somewhere with an upstairs room a little closer to home. A mate suggested the King & Queen. I went up for a look and liked what I saw — a Victorian free-house with five hand pumps, a good top shelf, friendly bar staff and the Bob Dylan thing meant that I needed to look no further,” says McGowan.
The first night will be free (the pub asks for a £1 donation to the Macmillan Trust for use of the room) and then £3 entry thereafter.
In Yer Ear will be held on the last Tuesday of every month from 7.45 to 10.45pm at the King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL. First night: Tuesday 28 January 2014. Full details on the In Yer Ear Facebook Event Page and on Twitter.