London Liming at the Tabernacle

As part of the London Is The Place For Me 2014 festival of Caribbean arts, Tilt presented a special LONDON LIMING featuring readings and performances from: Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Kei Miller, Anthony Joseph, Monique Roffey, Tobago Crusoe, Abdul Malik, Malika Booker, Alexander D Great, Women of Steel: Debra Romain, Delphina James and Carlene Etienne, Jamie Renton, James Ingham, Sureshot and host Melanie Abrahams.


We presented five London Liming events at Rich Mix featuring the talents of Soweto Kinch, Mark Gwynne Jones, Patience Agbabi, Kevin Le Gendre,and many more, hosted by John Agard and Melanie Abrahams and with DJs DJ Cliffy and Jamie Renton.


In 2012 our highlights included a tour with poet and cultural activist AMIRI BARAKA to four venues in England, a creative salon with the musician and writer PETE BROWN (ex-Cream), novelist DIANA McCAULAY, singers FLOetic LARA and KAY REMEDY, poets CAROLINE BIRD, JOELLE TAYLOR, PHILIP WELLS, DEAN ATTA, HANNAH LOWE, DEANNA RODGERS and many more.

3 NOV: John Agard: Sun Stops Play

A Spoken Word Talk on the language of poetry and cricket

Photo of John Agard

John Agard presents at the 24th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in November, bringing his own spin to the language of poetry and cricket in a new Spoken Word Talk and 'mock lecture_', Sun Stops Play_'. Agard explores poetry and cricket with references to Lord Byron, W G Grace, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Grace Nichols and more. The talk is followed by a book signing. Suitable for those who like their words to swing.

Venue: Britten Studio, Aldeburgh Festival
Time: 9:30pm – 10:30pm Price: £10

John Agard is a champion of poetry through tours, books and his poems which have been taught on the GCSE syllabus since 2002. He is a former Writer-In-Residence at the Southbank Centre and the National Maritime Museum,

What they say....'Agard has a philosophy: life consists of balance, opposites, temptations, curiosity, excitements, pleasures' World Literature Today

19 OCT: Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago at 50

Part of Jamdown Meets Liming at the V&A

Photograph by Maria Nunes

A carnival-style mash-up of the best artists from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, based in the UK. Join us for the sounds, tastes and feeling of the islands - dancing optional!


Music, literature readings and performance by internationally renowned dub poet LINTON KWESI JOHNSON, UK Calypso Monarch Winner 2010 & 2011 ALEXANDER D GREAT and a special presentation of Lovers Rock Monologues by JANET KAY, VICTOR ROMERO EVANS and CARROLL THOMPSON


Where spoken word and music meets carnival

Photo of Simon Mole

Photo of Simon Mole

LONDON LIMING offers words, music, socialising & dancing under one roof. Unwind, take part and experience the best spoken word performers around.

This show explored and asserted the theme of INDEPENDENCE! in a year in which many countries commemorate 50 years of independence (Jamaica, Trinidad, Algeria, Rwanda etc) through a blend of poetry, spoken word, song, and live music. Featuring JOHN HEGLEY, HANNAH LOWE, JOHN AGARD, ROGER ROBINSON, SIMON MOLE, and music by JAMES INGHAM. Co-hosted by Liming patron JOHN AGARD and MELANIE ABRAHAMS. Plus soca, Brazilian, reggae and dance tunes by DJ CLIFFY

What does Liming feel and look like?  Well, many things - here's a short video of audiences at a recent lime at Rich Mix click HERE

Click HERE to watch a taster video of London Liming (Inua Ellams performs 'Leather Comets')

Read more about the origins of liming HERE

FEB 2012: TILT'S LONDON LIMING meets Come Rhyme With Me

Where spoken word and music meets carnival

On 9 Feb we presented a LONDON LIMING meets COME RHYME WITH ME special offering words, music, socialising & dancing under one roof. It featured performances, music and poetry by guests FLOetic Lara, Inua Ellams, Jasmine Cooray, James Massiah, Maria Ferguson and Dougie Hastings, and co-hosting by Dean Atta, Deanna Rodger and Melanie Abrahams

Read more about the origins of liming HERE


TILT's London Liming: Modern Love Special, 8 Dec 2011

Photo of Charlie Dark

Photo of Charlie Dark

Our show in December 2011 explored the theme of Modern Love and featured performances by Charlie Dark, Francesca Beard, Michael Horovitz, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Sureshot (Michael Brome), Melanie Abrahams and James Ingham. It also included a special tribute to the poet Skorpio The Nemesis who tragically passed away in 2011.

19 November: Tilt’s Leicester Liming at Embrace Arts

A platform for top spoken word artists in the East Midlands

Our collaboration with Embrace Arts in November 2011 brought together performances from LYDIA TOWSEY, SURESHOT (MICHAEL BROME) and DEBORAH STEVENSON, and music by DJ PSYKHOMANTUS plus a special performance by poetry and music legend MICHAEL HOROVITZ (Poetry Olympics).

What they said..

"In the poetry world it can be hard to find organisations that are both organised and creatively and artistically excellent but Tilt achieve this. Leicester Liming, and in fact, every liming I have been to, has had diversity and quality in both acts and audience. As a result I always feel both honoured and educated when I perform at Tilt's Limings' Deborah Stevenson, Poet

Tilt presents: Gary Younge on Tour 20 - 25 Oct

Spoken Word Talks series

Gary Younge’s recent book 'Who Are We - and Should It Matter in the 21st Century?' offered a timely overview of identity and affiliation in changing times. This tour presented Gary Younge in a lively spoken word format that included readings from the book, a searing presentation, a Q & A with the audience, and a book signing.

Visit Gary Younge's website

About Gary Younge

'An acute analyst of disturbing trends and their problematical developments’ The Times

Gary Younge is a Guardian columnist and feature writer based in the US. His books include Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives with his family in Chicago.

His latest book, Who Are We: And Should It Matter in the 21st Century, will be available at the tour events (Viking, £9.99).

Visit Gary Younge's website

20 October: Birmingham

7.30pm - 9pm

The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU Tickets £5/£3 concs.

21 October: Nottingham

7.30pm - 9pm

New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE Tickets £7/£5 concs.

22 October: London

6pm - 7.30pm

Rich Mix (Venue 2), 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Tickets £5

23 October: Oxford University

6pm - 7.30pm

Blue Boar Theatre Oxford University Christ Church College St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP £6 adults £4 students In association with PPE Society and supported by Clarissa Pabi

24 October: Sheffield

7.30pm - 8.45pm

The Fusion, University of Sheffield Student’s Union, Western Bank S10 2HW

25 October: Bristol

7pm - 8.30pm

Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL ]


Tilt presents 'Is It Something I Said?'

a shebeen of scurrilous, edgy words**

Photo of Susan Murray

Photo of Susan Murray

31 March at Kings Place

Comedians explore straight talking

Outstanding comedians DAN ANTOPOLSKI (Dave Award Winner, Triple Perrier Award Nominee), SUSAN MURRAY (The Now Show, Jongleurs Competition), ROBIN INCE (Time Out Award & Chortle Award Winner) and poet and performer FRANCESCA BEARD explored saying the unsayable and presented new work in an intimate environment.

A part tribute to the searing honesty and political conviction of Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks and a part spoken word meets comedy experiment, the event was curated by producer Melanie Abrahams.

Tickets £9.50 in advance, £11.50 on the door


A Wandsworth Festival 2011 Event

Photo of Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Photo of Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Tilt's London Liming returned on 15 May offering an early Sunday evening event with a uproarious line-up of multi-award winners including JEAN 'BINTA' BREEZE (Wandsworth Arts Festival's Resident Poet), JO BELL (co-star of 'Fourpenny Circus'), ADISA, plus the UK's Calypso Monarch 2010 ALEXANDER D GREAT and the BAC BEATBOX ACADEMY, hosting by MELANIE ABRAHAMS and music by DJ CLIFFY.  The sociable and convivial setting is shaped to encourage audiences to get involved, to enjoy the best in performance and to go with the flow!

Event funded by Wandsworth Arts Festival and supported by BAC.


'Laughed, cried, sang along. London Liming at BAC was touching, thought-provoking, heart-warming and lots of fun! My favourite bits were the BAC Beatboxing Academy, the amazing Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and singing along to calypso. I left feeling like I’d joined a new family. Can’t recommend it highly enough.'
Tabitha Timothy, All Change

Great lime and fantastic festival residency with Jean - thank you!" Justine Kenyon, Wandsworth Arts Team, Co-Producer of the 2011 Festival

“Once you enter into the space you’re hit with the the amazing sounds provided by DJ Cliffy, a heady mix of Calypso, Dub, Dancehall and Roots and more. There is excitement in the air and the music is turned down as a group of young people climb on to the stage and blow our minds with amazing beatbox. Adisa the Verbaliser, book in hand presents a fast paced lyrical flow that leaves us wide eyed and speechless. Before we know it we are joining in with Alexander De Great, the Calypso King, who takes us on a journey that makes us want it to be carnival right now.

The co-star of fourpenny circus Jo Bell takes the stage, full of fun and tales of Yorkshire and has us in the palm of her hand as she shares a piece of work with audience participation, a theme of the night, of Liming. And finally, we are lost in the brilliance of Jean 'Binta' Breeze and amazed by her wordplay and rudeness that makes us giggle like naughty children. An amazing evening, a heady mix. We make plans to see each other at the next Liming and leave with a smile that we carry for days to come.” Robert Stephenson, coach and practitioner

Susan Murray on taboo themes and saying the unsayable

Is anything un-sayable these days?

"Is anything un-sayable these days? In the land of Frankie Boyle and Tramadol Nights, it would seem not so. I have to say I actually really like Frankie, professionally and personally but I do think his humour is the equivalent to a wee boy chasing you with shit on the end of a stick. I can see where he’s coming from, us comics are a complicated breed. Neurotic, paranoid, warped insomniacs who drink too much in the main part."

to read the full piece click here

Robin Ince video

on 'Mills and Boon'