Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System

 Allen Ashley: Jazz Poet? Allen Ashley has recently teamed up with top London jazz band Special Edition, led by vocalist Angela Elliott and featuring legendary bass player Louis Cennamo (The Herd, Colosseum, etc). Allen explains: “Along with the poet Sarah Doyle, I have written a sequence of poems entitled ‘Dreaming Spheres — Poems of the Solar System’. Sarah and I have been giving readings from the collection at various venues around London and Hertfordshire. The opportunity came up to work with Angela and Louis’ band and we performed with them in November. The evening was so successful that we have been invited back again for a couple more gigs. Essentially, we are performing poems from ‘Dreaming Spheres’ accompanied by a jazz band. They are consummate musicians, playing jazz standards or music appropriate to our words. What’s not to like?” The next performances are:

Sunday 30 January 2011 at the Five Bells pub, East End Road, London N2

Friday 11 February 2011 at the Dugdale Theatre, Enfield

Saturday 5 March 2011 at Salisbury House Poets, Salisbury House, Bury Street West, Enfield N9

For further details or to book Allen and Sarah to read at your writing group, local library or other suitable venue, email Allen on dreamingspheres@hotmail.co.uk