Due to this weekend’s weather forecast, The Big Albany Poetry Picnic will be taking place inside at Deptford Lounge.

Find out more here about our safety procedures to keep you safe in our spaces.

Come together. Write Now!

A brand new event, the POETRY PICNIC! A snack heavy celebration of music and poetry, with poet Simon Mole, musician Gecko and special guest performer and writer Rachel Cleverly. We’ll play fun (and quite silly) games to get to know each other and build your confidence and skill with words, then help you pen a poem with the power to send your picnic blanket skywards. And we’ll play some Beatles meets the Beastie Boys style bangers of our own.

Please note, this event is Bring Your Own Biscuits and will be in the Albany garden so please bring appropriate protection from the sun (or the elements!) as there is no guaranteed shade or rain cover.

About Rachel Cleverly

Rachel Cleverly is a professional worrier and part-time writer. A University of East Anglia graduate (MA Creative Writing Poetry), she’s been published by SPAM, ACHE Magazine, The Feminist Library, Ink, Sweat & Tears and Anthropocene among others, and has had work shortlisted by Bad Betty Press, Spread the Word and The Butcher’s Dog. Rachel has completed residencies with Rich Mix and BBC Radio, and is an alumnus of Apples and Snakes’s ‘The Writing Room’ and BBC Words First.

Find out more about Rachel Cleverly here.
You can follow Rachel Cleverly on Instagram and Twitter


Creative Team Created & Performed by Simon Mole, Gecko & Peader Kirk
Activity Pack Design & Illustration by Anna Bruder
Publicity & PR by Alison Duguid
Graphic Design by Nick Thompson
Produced by Rua Arts Funded by Arts Council England
Supported by the Albany, and Apples and Snakes