Bad Betty Live: The 5th Birthday

Bad Betty Live: The 5th Birthday

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St John the Baptist Church, Hoxton

Pitfield Street


N1 6NP

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Bad Betty Live is a new quarterly night of live poetry and music. Bringing you the very best in both.

About this event

Join us to celebrate the 5th birthday of independent publisher, Bad Betty Press. Featuring poetry from Molly Naylor, Shareen Murayama and Gboyega Odubanjo, and music from Joshua Idehen.

With poems from Tim Wells, Eve Esfandiari-Denney, Troy Cabida and Kate B Hall.

Doors: 7pm

Hosted by Amy Acre and Jake Wild Hall

Tune selector: Gboyega Odubanjo

The venue is wheelchair accessible.


About the Acts


Joshua Idehen is a British-born Nigerian based in Sweden. A gifted spoken word artist and musician, he has contributed poems to Mercury-nominated albums ‘Channel The Spirits’ by The Comet Is Coming, ‘Your Queen Is A Reptile’ and the Mobo winning "Black Is The Future", both by Sons of Kemet. More recently, he formed Calabashed with Alabaster DePlume, a spiritual jazz crew who were recently named a 2021 one-to-watch by NME, and worked with LA electronic maestro Daedelus on the critically acclaimed mini LP, "Holy Water Over Sons". In 2022, he begins his journey as a solo musical artist, collaborating with producer Ludvig Parment (Saturday, Monday


Molly Naylor is a poet, scriptwriter, performer and director. Her stories and plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and she has performed at festivals and events all over the world. Her third poetry collection, Whatever You've Got, was published by Bad Betty in April 2022. She is the co-creator and writer of Sky One comedy After Hours. She wrote and performed the acclaimed solo spoken-word shows Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You and My Robot Heart. Her first graphic novel was published in September 2021.

‘Naylor writes with a poet’s ear for rhythm and delivers with a stand-up’s comic timing’ -Irish Times

‘Brave, funny, tough and beautiful writing’ - The Guardian


Shareen K. Murayama is the author of the poetry chapbook Hey Girl, Are You in the Experimental Group? (Small Harbor Publishing, 2022). She is a Japanese American, Okinawan American poet and educator. She’s a 2021 Best Microfiction winner, a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal, and Assistant CNF Editor for JMWW. Her works have been published or forthcoming in The McNeese Review, The Willowherb Review, National Flash Fiction, The Margins, Bamboo Ridge Press, and elsewhere. Her debut collection, Housebreak, will be published by Bad Betty Press in July 2022. She lives in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. You can find her on IG and Twitter @ambusypoeming.


Gboyega was born and raised in east London and is an editor of bath magg. He is the author of two poetry pamphlets, While I Yet Live (Bad Betty Press, 2019) and Aunty Uncle Poems (Smith|Doorstop, 2021). He won the Poetry Business New Poets Prize in 2020, and the Michael Marks Pamphlet Prize in 2021.

About Bad Betty

Bad Betty Press is an independent publisher of new poetry, born in 2017. We love writing that is bad (meaning good) 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.

Our books include Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choices, Poetry School Books of the Year, a Telegraph Poetry Book of the Month, Laurel Prize longlistees and BAMB Readers Award shortlistees. We’ve been thrice shortlisted for the Michael Marks Publishers Award, named The Book Hive’s Indie Publisher of the Month, and described by The Big Issue as ‘the epitome of bold independence’.

Our books can be found at our events, our online shop and a growing number of fantastic booksellers, or ordered in to just about anywhere.

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