Oliver Cable

Writer. Poet. Jazz & Spoken Word Nights.


Nowhere Nights: Jazz & Spoken Word

Having outgrown the upstairs wine-bar that served as our home for six editions, I’m moving the
jazz and spoken word vibes to The Siding at Flat Iron Square.

Expect nooks for talking, cubby-holes for quiet contemplation and all-round nourishment for the soul. Lose oneself, momentarily, to a world of live music and spoken word, and emerge four hours later, somehow enriched, cleansed, mind-opened.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

7PM - 10PM
Tap & Bottle, Flat Iron Square

Opener: MexFS
Poet: The Repeat Beat Poet
Band: Terry Leach Trio

Exhibition by: Underway Studio


Saturday, 9 March 2019

7PM - 10PM
Tap & Bottle, Flat Iron Square

Opener: Yvonne McDonnell & Maria Kroon
Poet: Cecilia Knapp
Band: Daisy George Trio ft. Quinn Oulton & Jay Davis
Special Guest Poet: Samya Fraser

Live painting: Dora the Drawer


Saturday, 27 April 2019

7PM - 10PM
The Siding, Flat Iron Square

Opener: Bity Booker
Headline poet: Dean Atta
Band: Vellichor (jazz quartet)


Friday, 31 May 2019

7PM - 10PM
The Siding, Flat Iron Square

Opener: TBC
Headline poet: TBC
Band: The Latin Bridge (Cuban jazz)

Shorthand Awards 2018

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Courageous Newcomer Award

Written in collaboration with Nishkam SWAT, a Sikh charity who provide a soup run on the Strand, and Mark Green, photographer.

Mark and I spent time shadowing Nishkam SWAT, then spoke to those coming to receive food. What we found was a service that went so much deeper than hot food.

Read the story by clicking here.

See the full list of winners here.


Fresh Air and Empty Streets


Oliver Cable's debut novel – available now

Fifteen years after Alexander left his wife and young child to pursue the life of an artist in Paris, his son Felix is on his doorstep, looking for answers. On a journey through smoky jazz bars, artists’ studios and along the banks of the Seine, Felix meets the father he never knew, and in doing so, comes to question some lifelong assumptions.

Support your local bookshop.
Just ask, and they'll get Fresh Air and Empty Streets for you, next-day.
You'll chat about books, they might offer you tea. You'll leave feeling happier.

Fresh Air and Empty Streets is not just a piece of literature; it really is a work of art.
— Review on Compulsive Reader