Diary dates
Monday, July 25, 2005, 01:51 PM


I am completely useless at updating this - apologies. Please do not take the lack of activity on here as any indication of anything, especially not as a sign that I don't want to see you at a gig, because I really, really do....

Other things I am crap at updating: twitter @FrancescaBeard, @stryvrs
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/francesca.beard.3

and for Storyverse: Storyverse facebook page

5th Feb 2011 - Happy Chinese New Year! -

Animal Olympics at the National Portrait Gallery
Shows: 1330 & 1500


Apologies for the hiatus: leaves on the track.

5th July

Workshops at 1600 and 1815
International Youth Arts Centre,
Rose Theatre, Culture Cafe, Kingston.

7th, 8th, 16th, 19th July

CREATE London Workshops for Roam

please see Roam website for times, places and further details.


24th July

London Tales @ Midnight Run, in association with Spread the Word.

Time:1900 - 0700
Place: Various; central London

Please see the website for meeting place.

Midnight Run with STW

Dates for May/June 2010

Barbican, Plymouth

When: Thursday May 20 @ 8pm
Where: B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Tickets: £5
Info: 01752 242021 / http://www.b-bar.co.uk

Each month, feathery jazz-floozy Mama Tokus draws back the red drapes and shines the chandelier on an evening of lyrical revelry. Poets to make you laugh, poets to make you think, poets to make you hold your head in your hands and moan softly to yourself: yes, all poetic life is here - in the Barbican's burlesquemost bar, complete with its mouthwatering menu of Thai food.


Francesca Beard - "Spine-tingling... Witty and narcotic." The Independent
"...witty and whimsical... a quality-guarantee." The Evening Standard
"Sensuous and funny" Time Out "The Queen of British performance poetry."
London Metro http://www.francescabeard.com/

John Osbourne "The poet that makes you go “aaahh…” – in a good way. John Osborne has been melting the hearts of festival-goers and barflies across the country for four years now, with poems that steer a skilful course between the mundane, the sentimental and the extraordinary." Norwich Poetry Club http://johnosbornepoet.blogspot.com/

Sabrina Mahfouz - ‘Sabrina freeze frames the banality and eccentricities of everyday life and replays it, in hyperbole multi-coloured glory’ Writer’s Block ‘Energetic and smart’ The Economist, Intelligent Life ‘Oozes talent and charisma’ Ctrl.Alt.Shift Magazine http://www.myspace.com/sabrinamahfouz

Callum Mitchell - Cornwall-born writer, actor and poet http://callummitchell.co.uk/

To take advantage of the great range of Thai food at the B-Bar, please arrive by 7.30pm. Meal deals available - advance booking only.

SPIN at Theatre Royal Bath, the egg

Tuesday 1st June 2010

with Jan Blake, Rosie Harris and Francesca Beard

presented by Apples and Snakes


Box Office: 01225 823409 / 448844

Recommended for ages: 3 – adults

Performance Times:
Tuesday 11.30am – ages 3-5 years
Tuesday 3pm – ages 4-7 years
wednesday 11.30am – ages 4-7 years
Wednesday 3pm – ages 8 – adults

Tickets: Adults £7 / Children & Students £5

Petersham Festival

Friday 18th June 2010

3-5pm in The New Inn, Ham Common

A wonderful opportunity to hear Francesca Beard, a London-based Malaysian poet who grew up in the Malaysian island paradise Penang, performing spoken word in the intimate and cosy setting of The New Inn.

Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine or beer or cup of tea kindly provided by The New Inn.

Please call or email:
tel: 0844 586 7644 - message may be left at any time
email: boxoffice@petershamfestival.org

Dates for March/April 2010

Thursday 25 March, 8.30pm
Studio, Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street,
Kingston KT1 1

Tickets: £6, concessions £5
On the door or online

Saturday, March 27 at 7:00pm
Jacqueline Du Pre, Cowley Place, off The Plain, OXFORD

£12 (£2.40 per poet)/£10 concs.
Tickets available on the door OR in advance from www.wegottickets.com
TEL: 08708033475

Thursday 29 April, 8.00PM
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
Tickets: £12.00
with special guest FRANCESCA BEARD

Dates for Jan & Feb 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Book Slam @ The Tabernacle
Powis Square, London, W11 2AY
Doors open at 6pm, stuff starts at 8pm
£6 advance/ £8 door

Put aside your resolutions and your indifference and come retox at the first Book Slam of the new decade. Please note, we've gone mid-month on account of all sorts of forthcoming shenanigans. Our guests include: -
JON MCGREGOR - Booker-listed for both 'If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things' and 'So Many Ways To Begin', he'll be reading from his forthcoming novel, 'Even The Dogs'. Jon's one of the best contempary writers I've read and one of the worst footballers I've ever seen ...
JOSEPHINE ONIYAMA - just the most tender and entrancing singer-songwriter ('an old soul singer in a beautiful young girl' - Guy Garvey [Elbow]).
DAN ANTOPOLSKI - the smartest Antopolski on Brixton Hill and winner of the funniest joke at the Edinburgh Festival.
Hosted by the incomparable FRANCESCA BEARD - poet, raconteur and every child's favourite grown-up.

All-Star Poetry Olympics SuperJam
Part of Voices of Freedom
Fri 22 Jan / 7.30pm / Bar / £12 / £10 concs
Michael Horovitz presents a galaxy of scintillating superbards: Francesca Beard, Charlie Dark, Salena Godden, Daljit Nagra, Molly Parkin and Tim Wells with Pete Lemer’s piano, Annie Whitehead’s trombone, vocals & spoken-word settings, the William Blake Klezmatrix Band, plus special guests.
Click to book tickets online or call our Box Office on 020 7613 7498

Purcell Room
Michael Horovitz: 50 Years of New Departures
Thursday 4 February 2010
Poetry Olympics torchbearer and New Departures Editor, Michael Horovitz, presents an evening of poetry, song and popular music to celebrate 50 years of New Departures and 30 of Poetry Olympics festivals.

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Michael Rosen's A-Z of Poetry
Thursday 11 February 2010
Launching Imagine are three of the brightest names in children's writing who read from their latest books and talk about their brilliant characters and stories. With Michael Rosen, John Hegley and Francesca Beard.

Francesca Beard presents:Animal Olympics
Running Time: 55 minutes
Showing: Sun 14th Feb
Full: £6.00 full price
Concession:£4.50 concessions
Language: English
Ages: 5+
Animal Olympics, a special storytelling show for children and families, presented by Francesca Beard, storyteller extraordinaire.

Watermans 40 High Street Brentford TW8 0DS
020 8232 1010

Apples&Snakes at Soho Theatre
Wednesday, 24/02/2010 at Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE
£8/ £6
supporting Ian McMillan.

Thursday, 08/10/2009 at Guy's Hospital
Atrium 2, Guy's hospital, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT

Join poets Jean 'Binta Breeze, Francesca Beard and Simon Mole to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Bookings: 020 718 81215


Saturday, 10/10/2009 at Chelsea Theatre - Corus Fresh Flower,
The Chelsea Theatre, Kings Road, London

Suitable for ages 7+

Join Apples & Snakes word wizards in this exciting and interactive show, as they cook up new ways to play with words and show just what you can do with them.

Each show includes top-class rappers, poets and storytellers bringing their own distinctive style and have your kids fired up by poetry.

Featuring : Charlie Dark, Francesca Beard & Sally Pomme Clayton

Tour of Namibia with The British Council,
12th - 21st October 2009
Public Performance
Saturday 17th October, 7.30pm
Paul's Place,


1300 Saturday 4th July 2009

Market Place, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5BD
Telephone : 01635 582666
Fax : 01635 582223

1100 SAT 23rd & MON 25th MAY
The Parlure
Brighton Fringe Festival


Sundown in Southend : May 17th

Norwich Arts Centre : May 18th

Speakeasy in Peterborough : May 19th

Wax Lyrical - Colchester Arts Centre : May 20th.


arts depot
5 Nether St
Tally Ho Corner
North Finchley,
N12 0GA.

Sunday 8th February 2009 12.00PM
Sunday 8th February 2009 3.00PM


The Albany : Douglas Way : Deptford : London SE8
Box Office 020 8692 444

Sunday 8th March 3pm


New Wolsey Studio,
St Georges Street,
Box office 01473 295 900

Saturday 14th March at 11am & 2pm


Jacksons Lane Theatre,
269A Archway Road,
London, N6 5AA
Telephone: 020 8341 4421

Sunday March 15th 2pm


Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Altwood Road
Phone: 01628 788997

Saturday 28th March 11am & 3pm


South Street
21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
Tel: 0118 9606060

Sunday 29 March 2009 11.30 & 2.00


more dates to follow...

Speechless Tour dates
Thursday 9 October 2008 @ 8pm
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG
Monday 13 October @ 8pm
Chapter and Verse Literature Festival,
the Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
Wednesday 22 October @7.30pm
The Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL
Thursday 23 October @ 8pm
Litfest, The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW
Thursday 30 October @ 7.45pm
Poetry International, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX


25th October 1pm and 3pm
Barnsley Diversity Festival
Cooper Gallery
01226 242 905

1st November 1030
Polka Theatre's World of Stories and Music
Call 020 8543 4888 from the Monday before each event for your FREE tickets.

15th November 3pm
Maltings Arts Theatre
St Albans
01727 844222

16th November 3pm
Stratford Circus Children's Festival

5th July 2008
Ledbury Poetry Festival,
(with Jackie Kay and Michael Rosen)

8th July 2008
Holloway Arts Festival
North Library

12th July 2008
Come for pub lunch - we'll do the show at 2pm!
Only London Preview before Animal Olympics goes up to Edinburgh!
at the fabulous Grey Goose Pub
100 Clapham Park Road

19th July 2008
Latitude Festival
Poetry Tent
"Animal Olympics"

31.07.08 - 26.08.08
Assembly @Gerorge Street
Drawing Room
"Animal Olympics"

2pm -6pm
15th June 2008
Celebrating Sanctuary
BookSlam Acoustic Tent
Coin Street Gardens,

1pm - 6pm
11th June 2008
EAST Showcase
Soho Theatre



1996 - Hard Edge Club (first ever paid gig, a ten minute set booked by Tim Wells. John Cooper Clarke was head-lining. On his request, I got him a tequila from the bar. Spent the next week thinking if I die now, at least I’ll have done something worthwhile.

1997 - Bunjies Folk Cellar on Street(where Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, blah blah also played, now a pizza restaurant.

1998 - Big Word, Islington, run by Jem Rolls

1998 - Express Excess at the Enterprise with Paul Lyalls

1998 - Apples and Snakes, BAC

1998 - Slam Olympics, Boston, Mass

1998 - Roskilde Festival, Denmark (performed every afternoon, with MC Jabber, Paul Lyalls, Jem Rolls, JC001, and Lucy English in a stage just opposite the dance tent; no one could hear us. We were housed in a shed.)

1997, 2000 - Glastonbury, the mud years.

1998 - NuYorican Café, NY, NY

2000 - Cithea, Paris, with Piers Faccini, as Charley Marlowe

2001 - Night Town, Rotterdam with Roger Robinson and Saul Williams.

2002, 2003 - Café Teatret, Copenhagen

2002, 2003 - Gadesjakket, Odense, Denmark

2002 - Tour of Bulgaria for the British Council with Roger Robinson, Lemn Sissay, Malika Booker and Piers Faccini – Hannah Henderson at the Live Literature Department

2002 - Prague, through Renaissance One, for the British Council

2003 - The Spinning Wheel; Babble. Melbourne, Australia

2003 - Medellin, Colombia, with the British Council

2003 - Baku, Azerbaijan, with the British Council

2004 - Moscow, Russia with the British Council

2001 - London Open House Festival of Architecture, commisioned to do a poem for the Imagination Building on Store Street.

2002 - Biennale Internationale, Torino, Winner of the International Slam but only because the clear crowd favourite dropped 5 points in time penalties.

2002 - Romapoesia, loser of the International Slam.

2002 - Crossing Border, Amsterdam

2003 - Aldeburgh Literature Festival

2003 - Bath International Performance Poetry Conference

2003 - International Poetry Festival, Medellin, Colombia, with the British Council. Performed in an amphitheatre at midnight by torch-light to 3,000 people. Also, in a men’s prison.

2003 - Podring, Switzerland – Saw some great African bands, swam in a lake and ate the sweetest tomato I’ve ever tasted – the Rose of Bern.

Animal Olympics Dates

31st July – 25th August (not 11th)
Animal Olympics
Drawing Room/Assembly Theatre
George Street.

6th September
Animal Olympics
Ealing Literary Festival

28th September
Animal Olympics
Watermans Theatre

25th October
Animal Olympics
Barnsley Diversity Festival.

1st November
Animal Olympics (story-telling slot)
Polka Theatre

15th November
Animal Olympics
St Albans

16th November
Animal Olympics
Stratford Festival

8th February 2009
Animal Olympics
Arts Depot

28th March 2009
Animal Olympics
Nordern Farm Arts

29th March 2009
Animal Olympics
Reading South Street

4th April University of Warwick
NATE Conference 2008
Performance: 20.15 - 21.15

9th - 12th April 2008
'Chinese Whispers' in Portugal with the British Council.
(venues and times to follow)

Express Excess Birthday Party
23rd Jan 2008

'Animal Olympics',
South Bank Imagine Children's Festival
in the Purcell Rooms on the 20th Feb 2008 at 11.30am.

Some Public Performances in 2007.

14th &15th JULY
Latitude Festival, Southwold, the Poetry Tent.
(also BBC Tent 15th July).

4th and/or 5th AUGUST
Brockwell Park Lido.

11th &12th AUGUST
Poetry Party, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Meadows.

Romapoesia, Rome, Italy.

16th - 25th SEPTEMBER
British Council Vietnam. Venues tbc

British Council, Manila, The Philippines. Venues tbc

Watford Festival
Box office number 01923 225 671.

Some Public Performances in 2006

Poetry Tent at Latitude Festival 14th - 16th July 06

(I've also got a short play on in the Theatre Tent at Latitude, as the Royal Court is presenting 'Angry Now', a showcase of new British writing. In which I am.)

2nd August, Roddy Lumsden's BroadCast night in London.

Edinburgh Book Fair in a British Council showcase on the 19th August.

Pleasance Dome,
Pentabus Theatre's 'White Open Spaces'.

Chinese Whispers at Cheltenham Literary Festival, October 2006

20 &21 April 2006 Chinese Whispers, Salisbury Playhouse

1 - 3 April 06 Bangkok International Book Fair with the British Council

26/3/06 Family Workshops at the Natural History Museum

25/3/06 Chinese Whispers at Leicester Phoenix

22/3/06 Chinese Whispers at Birmingham Rep

17/3/06 Huddersfield Literature Festival, with Patrick Neate's Book Slam

3/3/06 Get London Reading Event at Castlenau Library, Hammersmith

2/3/06 Chinese Whispers at Theatre Royal, Stratford East

26/2/06 Family Workshops at the Natural History Museum

25/2/06 Chinese Whispers at the Croydon Clocktower

24/2/06 Children's Poetry Bookshelf Gala at the Unicorn, with Daisy Goodwin, Aidrain Mitchell, Mandy Coe and Ian McMillan

22/2/06 Express Excess 10th Birthday Bash, with Paul Lyalls, Mark Gwynne Jones and Roger Robinson

20/2/06 Poetry Cafe with John Hegley and Friends

14/2/06 Local Government Conference on Sustainable Communities at the ICC Birmingham with Arts Council East

12/2/06 Family and Identity at the British Library with BBC Roots.

29/1/06 Family Workshops at the Natural History Museum, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

13/1/06 Island Queen Pub, Angel.

18/12/05 - Open Workshops at the Natural History Museum.

17/12/05 Performance for 'Vibes in the Libes' at Luton Libraries.

5/12/05 - Workshops with John Hegleyat Lumb Bank, for the Arvon Foundation.

3/11/05 Performance of 'Chinese Whispers' at the Brewery iin Kendall, Lake District

9/11/05 Poetry Performance, Manilla, Phillipines

21/11/05 - White Open Spaces, The Hurst Arvon Foundation

27/11/05 - Open Workshops in the Creepy Crawlies Gallery at the Natural History Museum


1998 - Gargoyle (Black Spring Press)

1998, 2003 - Cheap Date, The Idler, Ape, Rising, PIL, Saltpetre…

2001 - Oral (Hodder & Stoughton)

2001 - Dazed and Confused Annual

2001, 2002 - Guardian Guide Column: Francesca Beard’s Weekend

2002 - Chris Ofili’s Freedom One Day (Victoria Miro Gallery)

2002 - Short Fuse (The Global Anthology of New Poetry) (Rattapallax Press)

2003 - Westside Storeys (The Xpress)

2003 - Kin (Serpent’s Tail)

2003 - Velocity (The Best of Apples and Snakes, Black Spring Press)

2004 - The Poetry Store (compiled by Paul Cookson)


2002 - Charley Marlowe - This Could Be You EP