19:00, Monday, 18th March. The Parrot Pub, St Radigunds, Canterbury

DATABLEEDER FOUR will take place on Monday, March 18th, at The Parrot (St Radigunds, CT1 2AG), starting at 7pm.

Featuring POETRY from:



Sascha Aurora Akhtar, is a trans-race, multi-dimensional, sub rosa poeto/story-bot. She was patented in Pakistan. Had upgrades in pre- 9/11 U.S.A. Was released onto shelves in the U.K. Her roboto-poetics have been widely anthologised and translated into Armenian, Portuguese, Galician, Russian, Dutch and Polish. Anthologies include Cathecism: Poems for Pussy Riot (2012) and the second Out of Everywhere (Reality Street, 2015). She has also been part of other poetry protests – Against Rape (Peony Moon, 2014), Solidarity Park Poetry – Poems for the Turkish Resistance, of which she was the Editor and Founder (Ed. 2013). Her second poetry collection, 199 Japanese Names for Japanese Trees (Shearsman, 2016), follows on from The Grimoire of Grimalkin (SALT, 2007), which was called a “Contemporary masterpiece”. Her fiction has appeared in BlazeVox, Tears In The Fence & Storgy. Women:Poetry:Migration, an anthology (Theenk Books: Edited by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa) was published in 2018 with poems from A Year In Clouds. Sascha has performed internationally at festivals such as the Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam, Avantgarde Festival, Hamburg and Southbank Centre’s MELTDOWN festival, London curated by Yoko Ono. Recently, she published Only Dying Sparkles, an art/object book of poems with drawings. She has a book of translations of pioneering feminist fiction writer Hijjab Imtiaz coming out later this year on Oxford University Press, and is awaiting news of a pamphlet to be published possibly this year too. She also works as a freelance editor and Healer/ Wellness Facilitator using therapeutic meditation practices. In March 2019, she will be teaching a workshop on poetry & magic at the Poetry School entitled “Technicians of The Sacred: The Poem as a Magical Event.”

Ben Hickman’s poetry books include Later Britain (Oystercatcher, 2014) and If Bird, Then Tree (Crater Press, 2017). His critical works include John Ashbery and English Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and Crisis and the US Avant-Garde (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). He works at the University of Kent.

Katy Lewis Hood is a poet and PhD student originally from the Midlands and living in London. She co-edits amberflora and CUMULUS, and her work has recently appeared in DATABLEED, Blackbox Manifold, and Gilded Dirt.

Jane Hartshorn is a Practice as Research PhD student at the University of Kent. Her poetic practice explores female embodiment in relation to cultural and social discourses of illness and wellbeing. She has had poems published in amberflora, Front Horse, Raum, and her pamphlet Tract was published in 2017 by Litmus Publishing.

And the following SPECIAL GUEST readers:


Jay Waters is a writer and poet who is interested in doing new and worrying things with words. Their work focuses on extracting the weird from the familiar, and the familiar from the weird, though they do still sometimes just like to write poems about meat.


Holly May is currently studying an MA in The Contemporary and is starting her PhD in September, looking into Transnationalism in Graphic Novels. She writes mostly visual, political poetry and enjoys playing with form and language. Her first book of poetry is titled Poems in the Key of Feminism and is based on a combination of feminist critical theory and music. She is currently working on a new series of eco poetry based on animals in graphic novels.


All this is all free, and all are most definitely welcome. Again: that’s a 7pm start, at The Parrot, on Monday, March 18th. Get your Week 22 to a great start with us!

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See you there!