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The unofficial Aisle16 fan club

by Nick Holloway

First Ross Sutherland, then Tim Clare, an appearance yesterday by founder member Luke Wright... this blog has rapidly become the online cheering section for poetry collective Aisle16. And why not? They're all bloody good writers, without whom Mercy's last seven years of events wouldn't have been half the fun.

Embarking as he is on an east England mini-tour, today it's the turn of Aisle16 member Chris Hicks to receive our enthusiastic endorsement. Here he is in action at Aisle16's Homework event in London last year:

...and as part of Services To Poetry, a show that makes the most unlikely of subjects, the motorway service station, a mine for poetry gold:

Convinced of his greatness? Good. The five date tour begins at Tiffins in Southend-on-Sea on Feb 22 (where Chris is joined, coincidentally, by one of my favourite musicians right now, folky weirdo Men Diamler). Have a look at New Writing Live's website for mo' tour info.