The Albion Beatnik Bookstore website (or how a bookshop can change a light bulb)

The web and blog page of the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford: muses and misspills on books, jazz, poetry, stuff like false flags and smoke screen: is randomly decrepid and is neo-bankrupt: is so analogue it's anal.

Shop Events

This page will be updated regularly to show events in the bookstore. The shop hosts many events, reading groups, film evenings and live music, especially jazz, usually in term time.

Read here for details of the poetry evenings in January.

4th January, Monday, 6:30pm OXFORD INDEPENDENT AUTHORS’ GROUP
12th January, Tuesday, 7:00pm TALK
by Simon Image Blake In Lambeth No.13 Hercules Buildings (since demolished), Lambeth, was the residence of William Blake and his wife Catherine during the most creative and productive period of his life… [£2 entry]
12th January, Tuesday, 8:00pm POETRY Steve Micalef reading Blake inspired poetry [£1 entry]
14th January, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets
15th January, Friday, 8:00pm POETRY Olivia Byard, Martyn Crucefix, Annette Volfing [£3 entry]
17th January, Sunday, 6:00pm OXFORD IMPROVISERS karaoke workshop
19th January, Tuesday, 7:30pm TALK Oxford Writers’ Circle with novelist Clare Mackintosh
20th January, Wednesday, 5:30pm ENGLISH GAMES CAFE 
21st January, Thursday, 6:00pm TALK/BOOK LAUNCH Malcolm Parlett’s new book Future Sense 
23rd January, Saturday, 7:30pm POETRY Owen Lewis, Geraldine Clarkson, Alan Buckley [£2 entry]
24th January, Sunday, 6:00pm BOOK LAUNCH Olivia Stewart Liberty & Dan Holloway
24th January, Sunday 8:00pm OPEN MIC Phaser magazine
25th January, Monday, 7:30pm STORYTELLING with Sharkspark [£2 entry]
26th January, Tuesday, 6:30pm BEATNIK BOOK GROUP discusses Beside the Ocean of Time by George MacKay Brown
27th January, Wednesday, 5:30pm ENGLISH GAMES CAFE 
28th January, Thursday 7:00pm POETRY Nancy Campbell [£2 entry]
28th January, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets
1st February, Monday, 7:30pm STORYTELLING REPUBLIC A Human Love Story with Matthew Hopwood [£8 entry]
3rd February, Wednesday, 7:00pm ENGLISH GAMES CAFE
4th February, Thursday, 7:30pm TALK Oxford Writers’ Circle with novelist Catriona Ward
5th February, Friday, 8:00pm MAGAZINE LAUNCH new edition of student poetry magazine Ash [published by the AB Press]
9th February, Tuesday, 7:30pm CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION authors and bloggers [£3 entry, members CWA only]
10th February, Wednesday, 7:00pm RETRO GAMES CAFE Oxford Arts Group [£4 entry]
11th February, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets
19th February, Friday, 6:00pm TALK Hazel Townesend on her book on the history of conscription, I Will Not Kill
19th February, Friday, 8:00pm BEBOP SPOKEN HERE jazz chatter, spinning records and a talking about a favourite artist: Jeremy Renals on the Modern Jazz Quartet [£2 entry]
20th February, Saturday, 6:00pm MAGAZINE LAUNCH new issue of Structo magazine
23rd February, Tuesday, 6:30pm BEATNIK BOOK GROUP discusses Half Of A Yellow Sun by Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie
23rd February, Tuesday, 7:30pm POETRY ON THE SPOT with Bob Hill & Paul Cannon [£6 entry]
25th February, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets
26th February, Friday, 5:30pm PERIPATETIC POETRY Peter McDonald book launch, Homeric Hymns (Carcanet) at Blue Boar Lecture Theatre at Christ Church
27th February, Saturday, 7:30pm POETRY
Rosane Carneiro & Virna Teixeira, Carnaval Press from Brazil [£2 entry]
29th February, Monday, 7:00pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Free Range Poets [in basement]
29th February, Monday, 7:30pm STORYTELLING with Sharkspark [£2 entry]
2nd March, Wednesday, 7:30pm CONVERSE POETRY Oxford Arts MeetUp discussion group
3rd March, Thursday, 7:30pm TALK Oxford Writers’ Circle with James Hannah
5th March, Saturday, 6:30pm OXFORD INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FESTIVAL [with Oxford Univ Poetry Society + Oxford Women for Women Int] poetry open mic [£2 entry]
6th March, Sunday, 9:00pm LATE NIGHT STORYTELLING Isis Magazine [£2 entry]
7th March, Monday, 8.00pm STORYTELLING REPUBLIC tba [£8/£6 entry]
8th March, Tuesday
9th March, Wednesday, 6:30pm OXFORD INDEPENDENT AUTHORS’ GROUP [in basement]
9th March, Wednesday, 7:00pm RETRO GAMES CAFE Oxford Arts MeetUp [£4 entry]
10th March, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets
14th March, Monday, 7:00pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Free Range Poets
15th March, Tuesday, 7:30pm TALK Nicholas Kollerstrom discusses his new book The Life and Death of Paul McCartney [£2 entry]
16th March, Wednesday 7:30pm READING Sudeep Sen, Rebecca Abrams, Alice Jolly & Clare Morgan [£2 entry]
17th March, Thursday 7:00pm TALK Oxford Writers’ Circle with Alex Christofi (author of Glass)
21st March, Monday, 7:30pm POETRY Leah Umansky & Penny Boxall [£2 entry]
22nd March, Tuesday, 7:30pm POETRY ON THE SPOT with Bob Hill & Paul Cannon [£6 entry]
23rd March, Wednesday, 7:45pm JAZZ Nic Meier & Pete Oxley guitar duo [£10 entry]
24th March, Thursday, 7:30pm MAGAZINE LAUNCH Paris Lit Up Journal
24th March, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets [in basement]
25th March, Friday, 7:30pm BEBOP SPOKEN HERE jazz & relaxed chatter, with introductory illustrated talk on a favourite artist: Dennis Harrison on Miles Davis [£3 entry]
28th March, Monday, 7:30pm STORYTELLING with Sharkspark [£2 entry]
29th March, Tuesday, 6:30pm BEATNIK BOOK GROUP discusses American Meteor by Norman Lock
30th March, Wednesday, 6:00pm ENGLISH GAMES CAFE for foreign students learning English
30th March, Wednesday, 8:00pm POETRY launch of issue 61 of Interpreters House magazine [£2 entry]
31st March, Thursday, 6:30pm BOOK LAUNCH James Macdonald Lockhart’s Raptor with music from Ben Avison
1st April, Friday, 7:45pm NOT THE OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL Christian Garrick (violin) and David Gordon (keyboards) with jazz and poetry [£10 entry]
2nd April, Saturday, 7:30pm NOT THE OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL John Hegley & George Chopping [£8 entry]
4th April, Monday, 7:30pm NOT THE OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL Manifesto melée with Ceri Lloyd & Dan Holloway [£2 entry]
5th April, Tuesday, 6:00pm NOT THE OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL Simon Image talk: Three Angles on Greece (Barry Unsworth, Francis King, Kostas Taktsí
s) [£2 entry]
5th April, Tuesday, 8:00pm NOT THE OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL Punk poetry with Steven Micalef, editor of Sniffin Glue but who sold out to become poet in residence for Sky TV, with an open mic [£5 entry]
6th April, Wednesday, 7:00pm NOT THE OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL Oxford Writers’ Circle with Tasha Kavanagh, author of Things We Have in Common: Sue Townsend meets Zoe Heller [£3 entry]
7th April, Thursday, 7:00pm NOT THE OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL
Dark Fiction with Dan Holloway, plus film screening [£2 entry]
9th April, Saturday, 7:45pm NOT THE OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL Giles Lewin (violin) & Peter Watson (accordion) East European folk music with Romanian poetry [£8 entry]
10th April, Sunday, 7:00pm NOT THE OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL Dada celebration [£2 entry]
11th April, Monday, 8:00pm STORYTELLING REPUBLIC tba [£8/£6 entry]
14th April, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets
19th April, Tuesday, 7:30pm POETRY ON THE SPOT with Bob Hill & Paul Cannon [£6 entry]
20th April, Wednesday, 7:00pm TALK Oxford Writers’ Circle with novelist Antonia Honeywell
22nd April, Friday, 7:45pm MUSIC
Faith I Branko a UK/Serbian-Roma duo, CD launch tour of Gypsy Lover [£8 entry]
23rd April, Saturday, 7:30pm BOOK LAUNCH Bette Adriaanse’s novel Rus Like Everyone Else
25th April, Monday, 7:30pm STORYTELLING with Sharkspark [£2 entry]
26th April, Tuesday, 6:30pm BEATNIK BOOK GROUP tba
28th April, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets
2nd May, Monday, 8:00pm STORYTELLING REPUBLIC tba [£8/£6 entry]
3rd May, Tuesday, 7:30pm PHILOSOPHY BOOK CLUB
4th May, Wednesday, 7:00pm TALK
Oxford Writers’ Circle with Alexia Casale, author of The Bone Dragon and House of Windows
7th May, Saturday, 5:00m PERIPATETIC BOOK LAUNCH Barbara Hudson, Green Templeton College
12th May, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP
with the Back Room Poets
24th May, Tuesday, 7:30pm POETRY ON THE SPOT with Bob Hill & Paul Cannon [£6 entry]
26th May, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets
30th May, Monday, 7:30pm STORYTELLING with Sharkspark [£2 entry]
31st May, Tuesday, 6:30pm BEATNIK BOOK GROUP discusses Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
6th June, Monday, 8:00pm STORYTELLING REPUBLIC tba [£8/£6 entry]
9th June, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets
23rd June, Thursday, 7:30pm POETRY WORKSHOP with the Back Room Poets

27th June, Monday, 7:30pm  STORYTELLING with Sharkspark [£2 entry]
28th June, Tuesday, 6:30pm BEATNIK BOOK GROUP
 tba
28th June, Tuesday, 7:30pm POETRY ON THE SPOT with Bob Hill & Paul Cannon [£6 entry]
1st July, Friday, 6:00pm UNIVERSITY SUMMER SCHOOL Anglican Jazz
4th July, Monday, 8:00pm STORYTELLING REPUBLIC
tba [£8/£6entry]

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