Bad Betty Press – live poetry on tour
Bad Betty Press – independent publishers of strange, raw and risk-taking poetry – are stopping in Norwich as part of their UK tour! Join us at Dragon Hall for an evening of live poetry from their roster, a local support act and open mic. The event will be hosted by Book Hive poet in residence, Cai Draper.
Gboyega Odubanjo is a British-Nigerian poet born and raised in East London. He completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of East Anglia in 2018. His debut pamphlet, While I Yet Live, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2019 and his second Auntie Uncle Poems by Poetry Business 2020. Gboyega is a 2019/20 Roundhouse Resident Artist.
Joshua Judson is an alumnus of the Mouthy Poets program and is a member of the Barbican Young Poets family. His work has appeared in publications such as The North, Magma, Brittle Star, The White Review, The Rialto, and The Anthropocene among others. His debut pamphlet Gongoozler came out with Bad Betty Press in March 2021.
Nicola Bray lives in London where she graduated from Royal Holloway’s creative writing MA. Her poems were highly commended in the 2015 Faber New Poets scheme and in 2017 she was selected for the inaugural Poetry London mentoring scheme. Boi is her debut pamphlet.
Iona May is a poet and performer based in Norwich. Clowning forms the basis of a lot of her work and she has trained in it for the past five years. She has been published by Gatehouse Press, The Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Demsey & Windle, Salo Press and Eggbox. She has performed in various venues around Norwich including The Garage Theatre. Her poems dwell on the beauty of human foibles, taking the trivial seriously and finding the ordinariness in catastrophe. Twitter @IonaMayPoet
Doors open 6.30pm, starts 7pm. Open mic slots will be a strict three minutes each. Sign up to on the night to take part.
As part of our COVID health and safety guidelines, we have reduced the capacity of this event. We kindly ask that audience members wear masks around the building until they are seated (unless medically exempt).
About Bad Betty Press
We’re an independent publisher of new poetry, run by Amy Acre and Jake Wild Hall. We love writing that is bad (in the Foxy Brown sense) and beautiful (‘a Betty’ in 90s slang). We love the strange, raw and risk-taking. We believe strongly in art’s capacity to challenge its own definition, to curve away from the norm, making space for more and varied voices. Website
‘The epitome of bold independence, Bad Betty Press publish poetry books of a rare breed.’ – The Big Issue