Live Dates

Anna is booked to do the Bookworm Literary Festival in China, 13-22 March 2015. Details to come.

TEDxEAST END 24th January 2015. Anna Chen on Migration and Diversity: a banker, a worker and an immigrant are sitting at a table …

More or Less Asian? debate at Asia House, Wednesday 12th November 2014. With Daniel York, chaired by Bidisha.

Anna is doing half an hour at ‘Dislocating Asia’ as part of the Camden Migration Festival 2014. An evening of talks, performance, comedy, poetry and music inspired or shaped by migrations from East Asia with Diana Yeh, Daniel York, Jennifer Lim, Anna Chen, Liz Chi Yen Liew, Dennis Kwong Thye Lee and Lucky Cat (Zoe Baxter)…Thursday 2 October 2014, 7pm at Forge Music and Arts Venue, London.
Find out more information here.

Anna will be giving a talk & reading poetry in Liverpool on Wednesday 18th June 2014 for their China Day. Details to come.

Looking forward to performing poetry at the Campaign against Climate Change cabaret 6-11pm, Sat 31 May at the old Amnesty HQ, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA. £10

Wednesday 21st May 4pm, another China Diaspora in Britain talk for USC students in Bloomsbury.

Saturday 26 April 2014. Anna reads poetry at the YW8 Club launch at The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Rd, N1 5ET Show starts 8.30pm. Free entry.

In January 2014, Anna wins the Farrago Poetry Slam Zoo Award for Best London performance.

Anna Chen Farrago Poetry Slam Zoo Award Best London Performance

From Tuesday 15th October 2013 (5-30-6.30pm) she presents, Madam Miaow Says, a new season of radio programmes for Resonance 104.4FM. It launches with “Oh Other, where art thou?” looking at yellowface, black face and whether ethnic minority representation in UK culture is going backwards.

Anna gave her Poetry Agaanst the Cuts class at the Orwell prize Wigan Pier Workshops 9th October.

5th October 2013, 4.30-6.30pm. Anna reads poetry for the British East Asian Artists pre-show event at the Oval House Theatre prior to The Fu Manchu Complex by Daniel York.

Madam Miaow’s Culture Lounge returns to the St Ives Arts Club for the St Ives Arts Festival, 7pm Saturday 14th September 2013. With Charles Shaar Murray and Marc Jefferies.

Anna teaches her “Poetry Against the Cuts” class at the Wigan Pier Workshops held by The Orwell Prize. October 9th 2013.

Anna plays the Farrago Poetry Summer Solstice Slam on Friday 21 June at the RADA Cafe in Malet Street, London WC1E 7H. Hosted by John Paul O’Neill.

Anna performs her poetry at the Stoke Newington Lit Festival on Sunday 9th June in the Budvar Marquee. Around 5pm (exact time TBC)

Anna read at the May Day celebrations in The Good Ship in Kilburn, London NW6. Also appearing were Sean Taylor and a storming Attila the Stockbroker.


Performing as a feature poet at the Farrago Poetry Slam Zoo Awards on Friday 22nds February 2013 at the RADA Café in Malet Street, London WC1E 7H, 7pm. £6

Friday 15th February 2013. Anna reads poetry at the Save Friern Barnet Library occupation accompanied by Charles Shaar Murray. Details of the venue to come as they’ve been ordered out by February 1st.

Saturday 15th December 2012. Anna read poetry at the Save Friern Barnet Library occupation accompanied by Charles Shaar Murray on guitar.

Anna is a featured poet at the FARRAGO POETRY SLAM 9th November. 7.30pm RADA Café, Malet St WC1E 7H. £6 (£5 con)

Reading from Reaching for my Gnu at Café La Brioche, 238 West End Lane NW6 with Charles Shaar Murray. 7.30pm Monday 29th October. Free entry

Played The Steampunk Opium Wars to a packed St Ives Arts Club at the St Ives Arts Festival on Tuesday 18th September 2012. With Charles Shaar Murray, Buffalo Bill Smith, Louise Whittle, Paul Anderson, and Bob Devereux. Followed by a Madam Miaow’s Culture Lounge cabaret of poets and musicians where I read from my collection of poetry, Reaching for my Gnu.

Invited to read poetry and participate in the Oxford Radical Forum — a weekend of debates, discussions, work shops, film screenings, music and poetry — with Terry Eagleton and others. March 2-4 2012.
4.30pm, Saturday 3rd March, Turl Street Kitchen, Oxford.

Nominated in the Farrago Poetry Zoo Awards, 27th January 2012.

Anna will be curating and presenting the new Poetry and Literary strand of events at the annual Rhythm Festival, August 24-26 2012, as MADAM MIAOW’S CULTURE LOUNGE.

STEAMPUNK OPIUM WARS AT THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM. Anna Chen hosts an evening of poetry, performance and ‘tongue-in-cheek Chinoiserie’ in an evening of satirical events themed around the Opium Wars -part of the ‘Traders Unpacked’ series of events celebrating the launch of the National Maritime Museum’s ‘Traders: The East India Company and Asia’ gallery. 6.30-10pm Thursday 16th February 2011 More information here. And on Facebook.

St Ives and Me, BBC Radio 4
11:30am, Thursday 1st December 2011
Anna has been visiting the Cornish seaside town since she was a child. In St Ives and Me, she explains the attraction of the artists’ colony and why it is like catnip to anyone with a creative bone in their body.

PHOTOS of Anna May Wong Must Die! at the New Diorama Theatre, 10th & 12th November 2011, here

Written and performed by Anna Chen
Live music accompaniment from Charles Shaar Murray and Marc Jefferies
New Diorama Theatre, London NW1 3BF
Thursday 10th November 19:30
Saturday 12th November 20:30
There will be a Q&A after the Saturday performance
Presented by True Heart Theatre as part of their In The Mirror season

Anna performs at the lunchtime Norway Square sessions at the St Ives Arts Festival 10 – 25 September 2011. Anna May Wong Must Die! as a work-in-progress at the New Diorama Theatre near Euston in London as part of the week-long In The Mirror event: Thursday 10th and Saturday 12th November 2011. Plus two more radio commissions for BBC Radio 4.

Tuesday 5th April 2011
Utter ‘Pointlessness’ Poetry
Hosted by Richard Tyrone Jones

Thursday 31st March 2011
7.30 pm
Featured poet
Farrago Poetry Slam
Malet Street WC1E 7H

Apples & Snakes, Jawdance
Ten minute feature spot
Wednesday 19th January 2011.
Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E1 6LA
020 7613 7498

16th December 2010
Malet Street WC1E 7H
Ten-minute feature spot.

Launch performance, 28th October 2010. Mary Ogilvy Theatre, St Anne’s. More here

One Response to Live Dates

  1. Irene says:

    Yes, I did hear them say that. And it is true that the way poetry is prnteesed makes all the difference in the world. The class I teach at COM came out of a class in the novel that I’d been teaching for a few years. Typical Marin County group: really well-read, sophisticated adults, some of whom could teach the class. I began to get used to what I thought of as the confession which was always at my desk after class and always, because they knew I was a poet, would go something like this: I read an enormous amount of fiction, and New Yorker from cover to cover. Everything but the poems. I just don’t get the poems. The poetry class started for people like this and always draws large numbers, including people like me who’ve been reading poetry their whole lives. I think there is a real hunger for poetry and a sense of feeling stupid when confronting much of what’s out there.This is probably because of bad teaching as Matt and Brenda mentioned, but not all. That’s why I argue that the Modernist move (which probably followed the revolution of Darwin, Einstein, and Freud) started moving poetry into directions that were simply less accessible to the average reader (just as relativity and quarks continue to be). Would I turn the clock back—hell, no! It’s 20th century poetry that most speaks to me and I love the crazy leaps and jumps of writers like Eliot and Williams and Stevens. I think, so far as painting and sculpture are concerned, there are probably still people—maybe a majority—who continue to prefer representational art. Maybe it’s only a small group of people in any time, who value the contemporary.I think I write fairly accessible poetry because that’s the way it comes out. On the other hand, I’m crazy about Ashbery, less so Graham, and when the poetry becomes completely language-y , I’m simply bored by it. On a desert island? Shakespeare, the Psalms, Rumi, Yeats, Dickinson, Whitman, Eliot, Stevens. That would keep me pretty busy for a while.And I think your poem is terrific! What I like about Ashbery is the amazing language, the rhythms, the humor, the non-sequiturs. I’m always interested in the poem. I think you’ve got some of that here.

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