Velvet Tongue is back in 2020 as VIRTUAL TONGUE, one-off "new normal" edition on Zoom:
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
What is Velvet Tongue?
Besides a slang term for a delectable oral sex practice, Velvet Tongue was the name of London's Erotic Literary Soiree between 2011-2015, the subject of many enthusiastic reviews.
Presented by Erotic Award winning poet Ernesto Sarezale, Velvet Tongue was dedicated to erotic writing and performance, with poetry, fiction, spoken word, plays, stand-up, comic strips, cabaret, monologues,…
It featured some of the country's most exciting writers and performers of erotica together with plenty of sexy open mic slots for anyone who wanted to join in!
Velvet Tongue kicked off on Sunday 6 February 2011 at Ten Gales gallery in Bethnal Green and then moved to Bar Kick in Shoreditch for its May edition, where it ran until 2014. In the summer 2014 we moved again, this time to The Book Club, also in Shoreditch, until March 2015.
For a while, Velvet Tongue even had an exciting branch in the Antipodes: Velvet Tongue Australia (in Melbourne).
Sunday, 29 October 2017
VELVET TONGUES in the Midlands
19:30 at ROUGH TRADE, 5 Broad Street, Nottingham
Hosted by Dan Webber and Ernesto Sarezale
Queer Spoken Word -- Open Mic
Celebrating LGBTIQ+ voices in the Midlands
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/126453084693993/
5 minute open mic slots - open to everyone
To participate, sign up between 7:30-8pm
£3 donation on the door
Doors open 7:30 - Show starts at 8pm
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
29 October 2015: VELVET KINK, a kinky open mic event in South London.
you VELVET KINK, a kinky one-off spin-off of Velvet Tongue, at an arty dungeon in South London: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN. Thursday 29 October 2015, 7pm. Click to RSVP on Facebook.
VELVET KINK focuses on the darker side of erotica: the kinky, the fetishistic, the submissive, the dominant, the sadistic, the masochistic, the sadomasochistic, the paraphiliac, the deviant, the bizarre, the perverted, the perverse, the pleasure in pain. We welcome pieces on: bondage, corporal punishment, flogging/spanking/caning, genital torture, electricity play, medical fetishes, voyeurism/exhibitionism, infatilism role play, water sports, scat, necrophilia, foot worship... and any other paraphilias and sexual taboos you may want to explore.
NO more pre-booked slots available!
For a chance to participate: give your name at the door on October 29th, 7pm onwards.
Confirmed contributors are:
Contributors get a 5 or 10 minute slot to do poetry, fiction, performance, spoken word, comedy,...
Dress code suggestions: fetish, kinky, sexy, rubber/latex/leather,...
This is a FREE non-profit event.
Needless to say: 18+
Thursday, 11 June 2015
12th July 2015: QUEER TONGUE: A one-off spin-off of Velvet Tongue
Together with an OPEN MIC session where everyone is welcome to participate. Sign up at the door on the night.
On Sunday 12 July 2015 at Tipsy, Dalston. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm. Free entry but a hat will be passed around for voluntary contributions (to support the performers).
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438875236432355/
Fiction: JONATHAN KEMP is the well known author of the highlyacclaimed novel “The London Triptych”, a literary sensation. He is also a DJ and teaches creative writing, literature and queer theory. Jonathan will read from his celebrated new novel “Ghosting”, which will be available for sale at the event.
Drama: PAT CASH is a playwright, a spoken word artist, a freelance journalist and the host of hugely successful events such as “Spoken Word London”, “Let’s Talk about Gay Sex and Drugs” and more recently “NSFW”. Pat will perform a monologue from his 5-star Edinburgh Fringe play “The Fag Ash Monologues”.
Poetry: RICHARD SCOTT is an award-winning poet, radio broadcaster and opera connoisseur. His poems have been published in outlets as varied as “Poetry Review”, “BUTT magazine”, “The Poetry of Sex” (Penguin Anthology) and “Best British Poetry 2014” (Salt Anthology). Richard will read some of his sexier poems for us.
Performance Art: RENÉ L’AMOUR is a multidisciplinary performer and entrepreneur who combines spoken word with music, drag, rap, body art - and whatever comes his way - in his memorable, hugely inventive performances. René will preview parts of his forthcoming Edinburgh Fringe show “Me, me, me”.
Host: ERNESTO SAREZALE, Erotic Award Winning Poet and former promoter of Erotic Literary Soiree “Velvet Tongue”, will read from his book “In The Name of The Flesh”, which will be available for sale at the event.
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Velvet Tongue - Winter 2015: LA LENGUA DE TERCIOPELO (Hispanic special)
Keith Jarrett (bilingual poetry slam winner)
Diana Junyent (pornoterrorist poet and performer)
Gabriel Moreno (bohemian poet and singer songwriter)
Ernesto Sarezale (erotic award winning poet and host of the event)
...special contributions from: Ascen Arriazu, Isabel del Rio, Mabel Encinas, Angel Samuel and more poetry & prose.
With the all-important OPEN MIC slots.
NOTE that the pre-booked open-mic quota for March's Velvet Tongue has already been met, which means that anyone requesting a spot after 5th December 2014 will be added to a "RESERVE LIST". There are always drop-outs on the night, so most people on the reserve list will most likely have the chance to read/perform anyway (and will get in for free). At the last few events EVERYONE who turned up got to read...
What people are saying about Velvet Tongue:
Velvet Tongue celebrates the hot, the sweet, the viscous, the carnal, the sexy, the racy, the provocative, the lustful, the voluptuous, the libidinous, the playful, the flirtatious, the teasing, the suggestive, the explicit, the romantic, the cheeky, the bold, the brash, the brassy, the flashy, the risque, the pervy, the licentious, the queer, the depraved and the downright kinky. And flesh exposure is always encouraged on and off the stage... As bare as you dare.
pre-Velvet Tongue Eroticism
- Poet in the City's 'Eros: The Poetry of Sex', a celebration of the relationship between poetry and sex, on Monday 9th February, 7pm, at Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/836666106391632)
- Nairobi Thompson's 'The Art of LOVE!', where she she performs her seductive poetry on Saturday 14 February, 9pm, at Charlie Wrights, 45 Pitfield Street, N1 (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1537892093139899)