Niall O'Sullivan

high brow, low brow, none of that stuff in the middle


Last night a young man approached me after the list was closed and asked if he could read. He said he was embarrassed because he didn’t have any money to cover the admission and I said it was fine. I have experienced abject skintness too, times when all I ate all day was a couple […]

On poets that read poems in their profile pictures

My social media bubble is mainly populated by images of people speaking into microphones. Some of them exhibit very awkward postures. Sometimes their hand is blurred in the middle of some involuntary gesture. Sometimes you can almost make out the slight tremor registering on a sheet of paper clasped tightly. By contrast, a social media […]

Paterson, the examined life and the impotence of greatness

In the interest of disclosure, I recently hosted a Slam tied to a screening of Paterson at the Curzon Soho. While this is mentioned in the article below, I want to state clearly that if I hadn’t enjoyed the film I wouldn’t have written about it. I’ve been thinking about the new Jim Jarmusch film […]

Wizard of Skill, RIP

If you were a regular on the London Spoken Word scene, odds are you would have ended up in the presence of a young man who went by the moniker, The Wizard of Skill. Away from the mic he seemed a friendly, quiet and shy man. In front of the mic he would suddenly spring […]

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