Babble Gum – the 18th one.

Tuesday 20th March 2018



Babble Gum’s back and we have a new home!

This month we will be at The Cumberland Arms in Byker – a tried and tested poetry and music staple venue, and we’re looking forward to filling it with you lovely lot.
And coupling an exciting move with a very exciting line-up, we have, for your entertainment:

Poetry from LEYLA JOSEPHINE:Leyla is a drama teacher, theatre maker and poet based in Glasgow. In 2014, She won The UK National Poetry Slam at The Royal Albert Hall and Rally & Broad’s Cultural Commonwealth Slam. After taking two years away from the poetry scene and she came back last year to win ‘The Golden Gun’ at Bang Said The Gun in London, Loud Poets’ Grand Slam and was a finalist for The Roundhouse Slam. She recently performed at Prague Fringe and has been lucky enough to have performed all over Scotland, England, Wales and as far as New York Victoria and Vancouver.

She has been published in Gutter Magazine and The High Flight. She’s currently touring her 5 star Edinburgh Fringe show Hopeless which was also nominated for The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Hopeless will be at The Brighton Fringe, The Prague Fringe, Alphabetti Theatre Newcastle, with more to be announced.

Poetry from JULIA WEBB:

Julia Webb has a first class honours degree in Creative Writing from Norwich University College of the Arts and an MA in poetry from the University of East Anglia. She lives in Norwich where she teaches creative writing, works for Gatehouse Press and is a poetry editor for Lighthouse Literary Journal. In 2011 she won the Poetry Society’s Stanza Competition and in 2014 she was shortlisted for the Poetry School/Pighog pamphlet prize. Her poem “Sister” was highly commended in the Forward Prize 2017. Her first collection ‘Bird Sisters’ was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016. Her second collection ‘Threat’ is due for publication in spring 2019.



Comedy from JIM McMASTER:

Jim is a 40 year old who can’t help but moan about the minutae of daily life. Pet hates include beards, feet and overly positive people. All of whom feature in his act.
“Jim touches on the obvious without the audience realising the punchline. Confident, cleverly worked jokes that the audience understands with great ease, resulting in long spells of laughter. ” – Shoecake comedy


Colin Bramwell is a poet, performer and pianist from the Black Isle. He leads Teuchter Company, an international collective of performance artists; our first show, Tiger, was twice award-nominated at Prague Fringe (2016-2017). He co-translates the Taiwanese poet Yang Mu—his translations are forthcoming from University of Columbia Press. He is also a member of Scotland’s finest improv theatre troupe, Men with Coconuts, and performs both improvised piano and poetry around the country.

You can see both Colin and Leyla’s Shows – Tiger and Hopeless – at Alphabetti Theatre, courtesy of CaroleW Productions, 10th-13th April.

Names-in-the-hat open mic as ever!

Hosted by Matt Miller

Tech by Luke Bevan

£3 on the door

Come pack it out and give us a good merry housewarming!