Belle Stars singer Jennie Matthias tops bill for punk poetry night in Cliftonville

Belle Star Jennie Matthias

The latest ‘punk poetry with attitude’ night will feature a host of homegrown, Thanet talent as well as wordsmiths from further afield.

The monthly Stretched Lips event, held at The Wasteland bar at The Albion Rooms, will take place this Sunday (March 1) from 8pm.

Topping the bill is Ramsgate’s Jennie Matthias,lead singer of band The Belle Stars, most famous for 1983 single  Sign of the Times.

Jennie is a writer for Music Maker and has written her story in book Surviving the Storm.

The event, MC’d by Dean Stalham and the Neanderthal Bard, will also feature Thanet resident Megabite, a rapper who started DJing at 11-years-old. He later headed up his own originals urban rock band called “Province”, that were together for four years before decided to focus on a solo music career. He now runs his own home studio for the local up and coming talent in Thanet,

Also on the night visitors can see performance poet Megan Garrett-Jones, a champion of ‘burlesque poetry’ and a regular at Ramsgate’s Screaming Alley cabaret.

Haley King,a South African living in the UK, also performs, The dementia carer moved from London to Kent and practices oil painting and writing poetry.

Poet Dean McKee, Mat Lloyd. Ramsgate’s Stephen Page and Sophie Cameron are also on the bill.

Stretched Lips 4, this Sunday, opens at the Albion Rooms in  Eastern Esplanade at 8pm. Entry is free