7.30 – 9.30PM

Velvet Coalmine Opening Party

Featuring Tongue Fu and Africa Writes poets Belinda Zhawi, Rachel Long, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, and Blackwood’s very own clare e. potter. Tongue Fu is one of the UK’s leading spoken word shows, a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. Poets perform with jaw-dropping improvised soundtracks and films from the genre hopping Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman) and East London design studio CR&D. Tickets £5

Blackwood Little Theatre 

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About Tongue Fu

“Impossible not to get caught up in the magic… the most remarkable spoken word event going.” ★★★★★ Informed Edinburgh

“An event, nay experience, that has taken the literary scene by storm… Tongue Fu has to be experienced to be believed.” London Word

“It’s poetry, but not as you know it…amazing!” Guardian

“The leading spoken word show” Metro
“A strange kind of alchemy”
★★★★ Scotsman


Tongue Fu celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017 with a reputation as the UK’s leading spoken word and music show. Writer, musician, founder and host, Chris Redmond, invites extraordinary poets, comedians, storytellers and rappers to take risks; re-working material live, with jaw-dropping improvised soundtracks from a crack team of quick witted, genrehopping musicians. No two shows are the same and this irreverent blend of well crafted words, improv and music have earned them critical acclaim at music, poetry and literature festivals across the UK and around the world. Tongue Fu is a high energy, big hearted show.

Part gig, part experiment, all fire. Tongue Fu has been staged at London’s Southbank, Royal Albert Hall, Roundhouse, Bristol Old Vic, Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Latitude, Lingo Festival – Dublin, Cuirt Literature Festival – Galway, FLUPP Literature – Brazil, Edinburgh International Book Festival and has toured South Africa with the British Council. In 2016 Tongue Fu featured on BBC Radio 2’s Arts Show with Jonathan Ross. Previous guests include Kate Tempest, Irvine Welsh, Akala, Robin Ince, Lemn Sissay, Hollie McNish and Beardyman.