Spoken Word and Beats and Toast (yes, actual toast.). This week’s DINA Digest

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Good day to you! DINA Digest is back with a round-up of what’s going on this week.

However, first we must have a look back to last weekend and give a huge thanks to everyone who came down to Barang on Saturday, the crew who make it happen and the fantastic DJs on the night, big up to headliner Samedia Shabeen who made it down all the way from Edinburgh! The Beast From The East was tamed by the fire on the dancefloor on yet another great night, we hope everyone got home all right afterwards! Barang! will be back in what we sincerely hope will be a much more welcoming climate on June 2.

So on to this week, and tonight (Thursday May 22), Wordlife returns with its night of spoken word and poetry, welcoming Bafta winning TV executive, writer and poet Henry Normal alongside Hull’s own Vicky Foster & an open mic.

Henry will be known to many for his television work and being one of the co-founders of Baby Cow Productions with long-term collaborator Steve Coogan. He co-wrote the multi-award winning Mrs Merton show, the first series of The Royle Family, Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan’s Run, all of Steve’s live tours and the film The Parole Officer. Since retiring in 2016 Henry has written and performed two BBC Radio 4 shows combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. In June 2017 he was honoured with a richly deserved special BAFTA for services to Television.

Vicky Foster is Co-Founder of the monthly spoken word event Women of Words in Hull. Her first collection, Changing Tides, was published by Kings England Press last year. She has performed numerous times on BBC Radio Humberside and on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.

Also on the bill is “A Party At The End Of The World,” Forest Sounds Theatre and The Church of Jim return to our place to present a short lecture on ‘partying’ in time for those planning on surviving the end of the world.

Wordlife is £6 entry with £4 concessions, and doors open at 1900. For more information go to the Facebook page for the event.

Now, last week saw The Beast From The East… but what about the Yeast From The East? Yep, on Friday from 10 til 3, Sourdough bring their night of beats and toast to DINA as a fundraiser for our venue and for The Cellar at DINA project (expect an update on how that is going soon!).

If you’ve never been to a Sourdough night before, expect A LOT of disco, plenty of African grooves, South African bubblegum, Nordic boogie, some Brazilian burners and maybe even a bit of acid house for good measure. Drinks deals: £2.50 red stripe, £3/4 single/double house spirit and FREE TOAST all night long. Where else do you get a night that does that? Visit their Facebook page for more details and how to get tickets (which we’ve just been told are selling out quickly, £3.50 but more on the door.).

So there’s that… oh and don’t forget the Cafe is open 10-4 from Wednesday until Saturday. The specials this week are the return of the Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese, which went down a storm a few weeks back, with optional vegan or dairy cheese. Also, to warm you up as spring isn’t really springing like it should, we have three onion soup with croutons.

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Joey Winson