What became of the Last Barman Poet

So, its about four weeks since I put out that call for submissions (see previous post).

As of this morning, I am the proud owner of about 90 versions of The Last Barman Poet. That’s wonderfully ridiculous. A big thank you to everyone that took time out of their day to write a remix / hip hop pastiche / highbrow literary interpretation / etc / etc. The quality was amazing.

The project also got a big push in both The Independent and The Guardian. Thanks!

Here’s a few of the video entries:




Of course, those versions are merely a soupcon of the awesome cocktail of nonsense we’ve created. I’ve set up a blog in order to catalogue them all, which you can read here.

The live event was last night, held at our regular Homework event at Bethnal Green Workingmen’s Club. We compiled and wrote the show in about three days, in order to include as much material as possible. Big thanks to our special guests Mark Grist, Luke Kennard, Salena Godden and Lizzy Dening for amazing performances.

I’ll be posting up some of the video footage over the next week or so. In particular, the terrifying climax of the show, during which everyone in the room put on a Tom Cruise mask and recited the poem together. Shudder.

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The project is continuing- please keep sending versions to RossGSutherland@Yahoo.com

We’d really like to arrange a few dates around the country, with different line-ups each time. Maybe we could make a Christmas book? That is, if Tom Cruise doesn’t come through his stargate and strangle us in the night.

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