TLE Meets…Bang Said The Gun

How did the collective come together?

Bang Said The Gun was born 19 years ago in the Wheatsheaf Pub, Soho, by Martin Galton and Dan Cockrill, as the antidote to the boring, navel gazing poetry nights that existed back then.

What can people expect from your show?

Bang Said the Gun is a loud, raucous, energised night, more like a party than a poetry gig. It’s a rabid poetry mongrel that’s funny one minute and heartbreaking the next. It’s political, banal, thoughtful and filthy, a true roller coaster of emotions.

Do you have a favourite place to go to when in London?

The Roebuck pub in The Borough. It’s the best pub in London and was Bang’s home for 10 years.

What’s your tip for aspiring poets?

Read the poem by Charles Bukowski called So You Want To Be A Writer. It’s all the advice you’ll need.

Describe Bang Said The Gun in 5 words.

Poetry for people who don’t like poetry. (Sorry, that’s 7)

Bang Said The Gun will be performing at the Underbelly Festival on the South Bank on the 25th July. For more information and tickets please visit

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