Stirred: Adverts

Stirred: Adverts
Three Minute Theatre
Monday 30th November, 7.30pm
£1/2 donation

The last Stirred monthly event of this year is a celebration or not-so-celebration of adverts – those dark things that we can so easily tune out but somehow never avoid. Advertising has a long and murky history: the psychology of advertising; sexism and the male gaze in advertising; all underpinned by the ultimate capitalist aims of the form. Yet, can advertising be a surprising place to find poetry?

Our special guests for this event are:


Claire Askew’s poetry has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Feminist Wire, Mslexia, and PANK. Her work has been anthologised many times, most recently in Furies: an anthology of women warriors (For Books’ Sake, 2014) and Hallelujah for 50ft Women: poems about women’s relationship to their bodies (Bloodaxe, 2015). In 2011, she published her debut pamphlet collection The Mermaid and the Sailors (Red Squirrel Press), and poems from it won the Lewis Edwards Award for Poetry (2008), the Grierson Verse Prize (2008), and the Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize (2010), among others. Claire’s first full length collection, This changes things, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in February 2016. Poems from this collection have already won or been recognised by the International Salt Prize for Poetry (2012), the Charles Causley Poetry Prize (2014), the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition (2014), and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award (2014), among others. Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Women’s Poetry from the University of Edinburgh, and works around Scotland as a writer and groupwork facilitator for hire. Find out more at!


Jack Nicholls is a 23 year old boy from Cornwall. He’s had fiction published in Pank, Belleville Park Pages, Weijia Quarterly, Spork, theNewerYork and Chicago Quarterly Review, and poetry in The Unrorean, Eunoia Review and The Cadaverine. When he’s not being published in the past, he’s doing things in the present and future, co-running the monthly event Flim Nite and performing in the sketch group Beach Hunks. His plays have been performed at the Southwark Playhouse, Blue Elephant Theatre and some other places, too. The hosts at Stirred read these bios out loud usually, so I’m going to put some Hanson lyrics in. Mmmbop, ba duba dop. Ba du bop, ba duba dop. Ba du bop, ba duba dop. Ba du. Yeah!

We will also have a wide selection of open-micers for your ears. If you’d like to take part in our open mic, please do email Open mic slots are five minutes long or two poems, whichever runs the shortest. Make sure you read our performer guidelines and our safer spaces policy if you’re new to the event!

Our monthly workshop takes place prior to this event on 26th November at 6pm at Kim By The Sea.

Click HERE for the Facebook event for the main event, and HERE for more details on the workshop.

See you there!


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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