Velvet Tongue is quite possibly the best regular erotic literary night in London. Held every three months in Bar Kick, Shoreditch, it showcases new and established poets, authors and spoken word performers to an open-minded, intelligent audience with a passion for words and well, sex.
Last Monday’s Spring 2013 edition kicked off in style with the gorgeous and brilliantly funny Amy Neilson Smith. Booming with confidence and cheek as she recited her cleverly written, often comical poetry including one all about the ‘chocolate starfish’.
She was followed by something unexpectedly touching. Author, Shaun Levin read a passage from his book, Seven Sweet Things after sharing a preface with us on his reasoning to write the novel. Witty and charming in places, intriguing and sad in others, the short chapter shared encompassed the feelings of greed, of loss and of self-reconciliation. Beautifully written and wonderfully read.
Then there was Season Butler. Performing in character, under the title ‘Some Thoughts on Princesses and Privilege’ she tongue tied her way through positively preposterous pronunciations and prose, punishing her few mistakes by bursting an inflated condom and rewarding the audience on her correctness by batting them into the crowd.
Australian author and publisher, Van Roberts, who I was fortunate enough to meet a few hours before the show – thanks to an introduction by Velvet Tongue host, Ernesto – then took to the stage. Reading a passage from Little Rave One, she opened the second half of the show with a FemDom male sub threesome with each of her spirited characters really coming to life.
The night also brought a touch of boylesque, performance poetry, fantasies and non-fiction, hosted by the ever fabulous Ernesto Sarezale.
The next edition is on Monday 2nd September and will feature our very own Annie Player among many other talented writers. If you’d also like to perform, you can contact Ernesto via his Afterglow portfolio or direct on firstname.lastname@example.org for an open mic slot.