Less than 500 days after we launched our first book here is Burning Eye Book number 17. A kick ass compendium. An anthology that trumps all anthologies. A catalogue of some of the very best spoken word artists & performance poets money can buy, shaken down and freshly pressed on the page for your entertainment. Yes dammit I said entertainment. Put the fine wine aside, tell the professor to feck off. This is a book to take to the pub to introduce to your least respectable friends. This is the poetry book for people who don’t like poetry… or books. Calm down literati, this is poetry not ponce.

It’s not pornography… but it is still pretty good (and there is a Jo Bell poem about the faces men pull when they… well you now what I mean!)

This is the year of spoken word. Rob Auton is the funniest man in Britain. Kate Tempest won the Ted Hughes prize. Hollie McNish went viral and clocked over 2million YouTube views of her poems. They are all in this book. So is Jon Hegley, so is Murray Lachlan Young, Ian McMillan, Luke Wright, Matt Harvey, Nia Barge, Jo Bell, Tim Clare, Inua Ellams, Salena Godden, Peter Hayhoe, Elvis McGonagall, Ian McMillan, Adrian Mealing, Molly Naylor, John Osborne, Dave Viney and  Byron Vincent. Not forgetting Bang Said The Gun architects Dan Cockrill and Martin Galton.


“We have dragged poetry kicking and screaming into the 21st Century” says Dan Cockrill

“The night is a rollercoaster of emotion. It’s loud and raucous, as political as it’s trivial as serious as it’s funny,” says Martin Galton, “it’s like a rabid poetry mongrel and we have captured the best of that and put it in the book.”

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 “Bang Said The Gun is a vortex of energy and enthusiasm”

Andrew Motion

“Like all the best things in life, Bang Said The Gun is done with commitment, belief and passion, and Mud Wrestling With Words is written proof.”

Phil Jupitus

“The death of poetry.”

Oxford University

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