Category Archives: Events

18th April – Poetry Slam – The Watershed Cafe, Newquay

ImageAs part of the Newquay Art8 Arts festival, this seaside-surf-fest of a town will be holding its first ever Poetry Slam, hosted by the comic poet and singer Rob Barratt. Apparently there’s even be a spot of cash promised for the winner!

So get on down to The Watershed Cafe, 3-5 Bank Street  Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1EP on Wednesday April 18th @ 7.30pm and let’s slam.

For more info, contact Alan Robinson on 07947 341845 / al.harp@hotmail.co.uk

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23rd February – Falmouth – Massive Dragon Solace (III)

The next installment of the Massive Dragon Solace collective presents enough music and poetry to fill a bag for life.
Every little helps. Please bring your ears.

Massive Dragon Solace 3 @ The Jacob's Ladder InnFeaturing:

SARAH R-K – soulful vocal melodies and ethereal finger-picking style

MICHAEL MILNER – who brings the surreal into the everyday and reads poetry like wine runs down a glass

ELLIOTT SUTCLIFFE – you’ve heard him with his wolves, but now hear him alone, baring his sensitive side over 12 string folk/rock/blues/country

NICK JARVIS – that’s me! Performing some poems and being your congenial host for the evening.

9th February – Falmouth – Valentines Cabaret Dinner

Valentines Dinner Cabaret posterFollowing the success of the first Caravanserai and Courtyard Deli Art’s Cafe collaboration, we are pleased to invite you to another evening of entertainment and fine feasting. This time our festive excuse will be that of St. Valentine, bringing you the delicate delights of Asian-inspired cuisine and alternative takes on the theme of love.
Following great public demand, we will have the heartfelt and inspiring words of Danielle Allen joining us this time. Mac Dunlop will host the evening, introducing Rob Barratt, Seamus Carey, and myself, and together we will be looking at the funny, the touching, and the cynical sides of lurrrrve.

At only £20 a head, it’s kind of like a fancy meal out with the entertainment thrown in for free, which is a pretty good bargin really. So come treat your lovers, friends, family, or just your wonderful self!

Tickets are available IN ADVANCE ONLY by dropping in to The Courtyard Deli, or by phoning 01326 319526.

For more info, including full menu, click here, or visit the Facebook Event here.

And here’s Danielle performing live at one of the fantastic Neutral Norway events…

29th December – Falmouth – Jacob’s Ladder Inn

The refrigerator-inspired-collective is back! Bringing you an inappropriately warm and intimate evening of words and song, midway between Christmas and New Year.

This time Elliott Sutcliffe and I are joined by the fantastic and always entertaining poet, Mac Dunlop, and the only man who can make the alphabet simultaneously funny and romantic Kieran Haynes and his owl Windom.

It’s Mac’s birthday the day before, so come along and let’s help him celebrate by seeing how much Guinness he can drink before he falls down.

Jacob’s Ladder Inn, 29th December, 9pm.

Here is a video of Kieran:

15th December – Falmouth – Finn McCouls

This is going to be the first in a series of ‘gigs with musicians’ at which I will be performing poetry to unsuspecting pub audiences. When I say unsuspecting, we are of course advertising the events, but still I can guarantee that there will be people who are very surprised to have somebody talking at them instead of playing them sweet soulful music. I only hope they like it… and if they don’t, that they either keep their disappointment to themselves or express it with nice soft things like rotten tomatoes,  rather than hard things, like root vegetables!

We’ve given our new collective a name that manages to evoke some kind of generic inbreeding having occurred between the cult of Twee and Death Metal. We are, of course, neither very twee nor very metal but are employing the name in an ironic way, yikr! Also, it was written in magnetic words on my fridge and we thought it sounded epic.*

Nick Jarvis with Massive Dragon Solace at Finn McCouls Falmouth, Poster

So, come to Finn McCouls on Thursday and witness the first evening hosted by Massive Dragon Solace, featuring: Elliott Sutcliffe – playing his newer material which brings out a much softer and  more wistful side in his songwriting; Will Rothwell – with his beautiful finger-picking guitar style; and myself, performing amongst other things, a new poem called The 12 (Urban Dictionary) Days of Christmas, in which I find 12 different ways of mentioning teabagging.

Incidentally,  I’m going to post this poem onto my facebook page a verse at a time over the 12 days of crimbo, so head over there now to ‘like‘ it if you want to receive these updates.

*can you tell I’ve been reading the urban dictionary of late?!

8th December – Falmouth – Yuletide Cabaret Dinner

Yuletide Caberet Dinner, 8th DecemberFear not, this is no ordinary Christmas dinner; the early yuletide treats in the offering here will whet your appetite for the feasts to come. Rather than overload you with turkey and little piggies in blankets, the Courtyard Deli is presenting a fine fare of alternative, but still traditional, seasonal delights. To include: Ham Hock Terrine, Baked Cornish Organic Brie, Roast Baby Pumpkin with Melted Gruyere Filling and Roast Cornish Vegetables, and Boozy Christmas Tarts with their own Quince Mincemeat and Clotted Cream. I cannot wait!

Placed tastefully on the side of that amazing feast will be entertainment led by your most congenial host by Mac Dunlop, who will bring to the stage in ‘a bit of this then a bit of that’ cheeseboard kind of fashion,  the fantastic songwriter and composer Seamas Carey, famous for being half of the revolutionary “Underdog”, selling out his Silent Movie nights at the Poly, while still finding time to release his first EP, “Dean Quarry”; the renowned Bard of Bodmin, Rob Barratt; and myself, performing some poetry that might make you think that I’m really a private investigator following The Case of Christmas, or it might not.

Come along, eat some fabulous food, drink some booze, be entertained. What more could you want really? All this can be yours for just £20 a head. Contact the Courtyard Deli for tickets on 01326 319526 or info@courtyarddeli.co

29th November – Falmouth – Telltales Parabola II Launch Night

For the last few months, the Telltales team have been working hard on putting together their second publication, ‘Parabola II: Quickening‘. Using a Wefund Campaign, they have managed to raise a whopping £2120 to go towards the budget raised from Parabola I, which will now enable them to include 11 extra writers in the anthology (making it 20 in total), print more copies, get stockists onboard from further a field, and to generally raise Parabola’s profile that crucial bit more.

I feel that projects like this are extremely valuable as they contribute to the buzz that surrounds any writing scene, and my hopes are that this publication, featuring nationally recognised writers such as Molly Naylor along side local talent, will really start to turn some heads in Falmouth’s direction and increase our status as a place that has a rich, varied, excellent and abundant collection of wordsmiths.

Neutral Norway Audience at 5 Degrees BelowThe other thing that I love about the writing scene in Falmouth at the moment is the audience, gathering at events such as Telltales, the fantastic Neutral Norway and, judging by the interest on their Facebook page, the newly launched Jam. At any of these events there are writers sitting in the audience getting excited about other writers, sometimes musicians waiting in the wings to take to the stage when the writers break for drinks, and even people in the audience who aren’t poets or writers or musicians but actually come along because they like hearing words live and alive. I know, who would’ve thought!

So, on the 29th November 2011 at 7.30pm, come down to The Rum Bar above Nancy’s in Falmouth to witness another milestone in this small town’s growing world of words. There will be readings/performances from some of the writers featured in Parabola II alongside other local talent, confirmed names so far are Chelsey Flood, Chris Brown, and myself.