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Thursday 30 March 2017 @ 08:00pm :  -
Blue Suede Sporran Club

The Blue Suede Sporran Club swings back into action for another evening of poetry and booze, so there's only one thing to do and that's to head to the finest pub in the world for some top quality entertainment. - Entry: £7 on the door - get there early!

Previous Blue Suede Sporran Club Nights hosted by the tartan Elvis McGonagall have featured the likes of: John Hegley, Martin Newell, John Osborne, Annie Freud, Murray Lachlan Young, Chris Redmond, Martin Figura, Luke Wright, AF Harold, Byron Vincent, The Very Grimm Brothers, Jonny Fluffypunk, Rob Auton, John Osborne, Molly Naylor and Luke Wright.


Your host for the evening : Elvis McGonagall


Elvis McGonagall’s first public performance took place on Saturday, 11th October, 2003 at the UK Allcomers’ Slam in Cheltenham where he somehow finished runner-up. In June 2006 Elvis won the World Slam championship at the Poetry International festival in Rotterdam after previously winning the 2006 Spokefest UK Slam Championship at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in London, the 2004 UK Allcomers’ Slam championship at the Cheltenham Literary Festival and the 2003 Farrago UK Slam.

Elvis appeared on the first ever edition of BBC Radio 4's Sony Gold Award winning "Saturday Live" in 2006 and has featured on the programme regularly since then. Other appearances on BBC Radio 4 include "Today", "Arthur Smith's Balham Bash", "A Good Read", "Material World", "Last Word", "Off The Page", "Recycled Radio", "Pick of the Week" and "The Wondermentalist Cabaret". He has appeared on BBC1's "The One Show", BBC2's "The Culture Show" and their coverage of the "World Snooker Championship Final" and on Channel 4's "Random Acts". Other radio credits include writing and presenting the BBC Radio 4 documentaries "A Doggerel Bard" and "Beacons and Blue Remembered Hills" and regular appearances on BBC Radio Scotland's "MacAulay and Co" as well as BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show and "It's Grimm Up North", BBC Radio 4 Extra's "Saturday Stand-Up" and "What's So Funny", BBC Radio 7's "Poetry Stand-Up" and BBC World Service's "Weekend" and "Click".

Elvis performs live at literary and music festivals, comedy clubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad, from The Square and Compass in Worth Matravers to The Glamour Bar in Shanghai, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glastonbury, Latitude and The Big Chill, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Leicester, Glasgow and Reading Comedy Festivals, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Aldeburgh, Ledbury and Stanza Poetry Festivals as well as The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh and Glasgow, The Colony Club Room in London (R.I.P), The Bonnie Prince Charlie Karaoke Klub in Kirkcaldy and Mr Bing’s Cantonese Cocktail Lounge in Cowdenbeath.

Elvis is the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and regularly MC's events here, there and everywhere.



"A Fringe debut that is everything it should be: funny, angry and tightly written....McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke" ~ ****The Scotsman review of "One Man And His Doggerel" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Gilded Balloon, August 2009

"......verses shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power....this hour is a bracing throwback to the days when comedy made room for militant eccentrics with a knack for scansion and a bolshie hankering to change the world" ~ ****The Guardian review of "One Man And His Doggerel" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Gilded Balloon, August 2009

“….if poetry is the new rock ‘n roll then Elvis….is Elvis” ~ Steve Larkin, Hammer & Tongue

“….very brilliant….political ….but side-splittingly funny” ~ The Reading Rant

“….comic poetry with a stand-up charge coupled with intelligent leaps of the poetic imagination” ~ Shortfuse

"....a tour de force....punchy, intelligent often hysterical poems....a must see" ~ The Latest

"Elvis McGonagall does not wear specs or a monagall, but he looks good and stands up well on stage" ~ John Hegley

"In London, nowadays, the pulses of high-born women quicken and they fasten their hands on their hearts at the very mention of him, so I hear" ~ Martin Newell

"....a poet of panache and zip and steely politic and unadulterated tartan....a supreme concoction which bubbles over and scalds the status quo" ~ UK Touring

“flamboyant….razor-sharp text….intense energy….reminds me of Adrian Mitchell, John Cooper Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson….all the right people” ~ Simon Vinkenoog

Salena Godden

altphoto: Justin Westover

Salena Godden writes and performs poetry, fiction, memoir, radio drama and lyrics. Her most recent book of poems, Under the Pier, was published by Nasty Little Press in 2011. She’s also known as The General of The Book Club Boutique, London's louchest literary salon, and as lead singer and lyricist of SaltPeter, alongside composer Peter Coyte.

She's appeared on radio as a guest on Woman’s Hour, The Verb, Bespoken Word and resident poet on R4's Saturday Live. She wrote and presented a documentary, Stir it Up! - 50 Years of Writing Jamaica for BBC Radio 4 in 2012 with award-winning producer Rebecca Maxted. That programme included excerpts from her literary memoir 'Springfield Road' published by Unbound, (



"Salena is a legend on the UK spoken word scene." ~ Luke Wright

"The doyenne of the spoken word scene." ~ Ian McMillan ‘The Verb’ BBC Radio 3

"Salena Godden has squared the circle, found the holy grail, done the impossible, she's put on a book reading evening that is fun." ~ Sceptre Books

"The Book Club Boutique is the bomb: It's not as much as on the grapevine as the entire vineyard." ~ Lemn Sissay

"The Book Club Boutique is single handedly bringing the literary salon back to its gloriously pissed-up Soho-basement roots." ~ Dazed Magazine

"Salena Godden — The Mae West madam of the salon" ~ The Sunday Times

"Salena is redolent of a young Chet Baker, and that’s not as easy as she makes it seem." ~ John Cooper Clarke

"Catch her as she tumbles breathlessly from one dark thought to the next." ~ The Times

"Salena Godden is a tour de force...Rather than perfecting a style, Salena is style. Like most artists of note - there is no one like her." ~ Lemn Sissay

"She is everything the Daily Mail is terrified of." ~ Kerrang Magazine