Introducing the last (but certainly not least) of our Autumn 2015 releases – Geoff Allnutt’s The Twat in the Flat!

Warning: Not for the faint hearted.

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Geoff (known also as The Speech Painter) is a long-standing spoken word poet, being involved in various projects and collectives including Atomic Lip with Steve Tasane, Patience Agbabi and Joelle Taylor. Surprisingly, this is his first book of poetry – check out his website for music and audio recordings of more poems.

We caught up with Geoff this week to ask him about the release of The Twat in the Flat:

So, Geoff you’ve been on the spoken word scene for a long time, how do you think it has developed over the years? Has the internet been a large factor do you think?

The scene has certainly got larger and more varied since i first started, when even london only had as couple of proper performance poetry gigs, there were no slams, and the only other places to play were open mic music nights and comedy clubs.
The internet has given poetry a great boost because now a gig can be filmed or you can make a film poem and be seen by thousands or hundreds of thousands, but it still doesn’t beat the live experience for me, i would always prefer to watch a gig because they are never the same twice.

The Twat in the Flat is a parody of the children’s book The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess, what made you want to do a parody?

The Twat in the Flat, came about by accident, I’d written a new piece and was trying it out on my partner ursula, and she said it sounded Dr Suess and that was the light bulb moment. The first piece i wrote was about a circus performer and then i had the idea of parodying The cat the Hat. It was one of my favourite childrens books and i also used to read it to my kids a lot. I love it, it’s a work of genius.

How challenging was it to write?

It was quite a challenge to write, Dr Suess took a year to write the original, he was given a list of 348 words that every six year old should know, the finished book used 223 original words plus 13 not on the list.
The meter is anapaestic tetrameter , and I followed him syllable for syllable, there is only one three syllable word in the whole thing, which makes it quite a challenge as a book for adults !


Aside from the book launch, will you be taking the book on any more readings or tours?

Yes I will be gigging as much as i can throughout 2016 a few dates already booked and more coming soon. I’m programming Haselemere Fringe Festival poetry, and that will be with 4 other Burning Eye poets which will be brilliant , i should have a complete show of adult bedtime stories up and running so i will gig anywhere somebody wants me.

Advice for young poets starting out?

I would advise any poets starting out, to gig a lot, never leave before the end, see as many poets as you can. Find your own voice write about what interests you, hook up with people who love what you do, and savagely critique each other, it’s a great life.

Thanks Geoff!

You can get a copy of The Twat in the Flat now from our webstore and if you’re in the area, the book launch party is Sunday 29th November at the Duke of Cumberland pub in Henley. Click here for details.

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