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Spoken words and all that jazz at Rich Mix

PUBLISHED: 13:42 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:00 05 October 2010

THERE S a celebration of the spoken word with a line up of award winning young poets performing their work to a soundtrack of improvised jazz. Rich Mix in Bethnal Green Road is hosting the fast and furious Tongue Fu event tonight which is compered by st

THERE'S a celebration of the spoken word with a line up of award winning young poets performing their work to a soundtrack of improvised jazz.

Rich Mix in Bethnal Green Road is hosting the fast and furious Tongue Fu event tonight which is compered by storyteller Chris 'Ventriloquist' Redmond.

He's fresh from the festival circuit this summer and is a favourite of Radio 1's Colin Murray.

Music is provided by the Tongue Fu Band and the event which starts at 8pm features rapper, poet and singer Dizraeli who has just released his debut album Engurland.

He recently won an award at the Edinburgh Festival for his hip hop piece Rebel Cell and he's the winner of the Radio 4 Poetry slam contest.

Fellow performer Caroline Bird started publishing her poetry when she was just 15 and was recently shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the youngest writer on the list at 22. She is renowned for her humour.

Inua Ellams is another star of Edinburgh where he won a Fringe First award.

At 14 Malik Marland aka Manik is the youngest performer set to wow the audience with his work. He's just embarking on his GCSEs but has already opened for poet Benjamin Zephaniah and performed at the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall.

There will also be special guest slots from the Camdem Roundhouse Poetry Slam contest.

Tickets cost £5 from the box office on 020 7613 7498.

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