Words and Jazz
11 Gillett Square
Nicki Heinen programmes a special EFG London Jazz Festival night of her monthly event showing the close creative proximity between the imagination of writers, such as poets, and jazz. Readers followed by jazz. It has become an indispensable part of the poetry scene over the past two years.
Nicki Heinen is a London-based writer. She studied English at Girton College Cambridge, where she won the Barbra Wrigley Prize for Poetry.
She has been published in a variety of publications including Magma, Rising, the 10th Anniversary of the May Anthologies edited by Andrew Motion, the Oxford Magazine, Holdfast Magazine and Anthology, Shooter Literary Magazine, Blue of Noon Magazine and Anomalie Magazine.
She has also written for the Birmingham Post, Fire Magazine, Goldfish Magazine and Fashion Insider Magazine.
Her play Spin was commissioned and performed by theatre company Write by Numbers at the Ovid Reworked festival in Brixton. Her play A Technicolor Death won the Goldsmiths Playwriting Competition.
She has collaborated with composer Bruno Heinen on My Moon Blue, which was performed at Rich Mix London and is due to be recorded by renowned Palestinian singer Reem Kelani. She has also collaborated with composer Edward Lawes on He Said Speak, which was performed at the Adrian Boult Hall Birmingham in 2011. In 2012 she was invited to contribute to the Royal Philharmonic Society project 'Did I Hear That', producing the poem The Fury inspired by a piece of music by Birtwhistle:
Can you see/hear parallels between the music and the writing?
Recent readings have included the Girton Poetry Festival at Cambridge University, Speakeasy in Peterborough, the Poetry Café, London, the Betsey Trotwood All-dayer and Poetry at the Room. She founded and hosts Words & Jazz, a spoken word and music night, at the Vortex Jazz Café, London. Readers have included Roddy Lumsden, Bobby Parker, Mark Waldron, Fran Lock, Matthew Caley, Crispin Best, Todd Swift, Simon Barraclough, Richard Scott, Mark Grist, Melissa Lee Houghton, and Vahni Capildeo.
She was short-listed for the Pat Kavanagh Prize, judged by United Agents, and for the Fish Publications Short Memoir Prize and Fish Publications Poetry Prize. She is also a judge for Ink and Insights, a U.S Literary Competition.
She completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, achieving a distinction. Her debut pamphlet, 'Itch', is published by Eyewear Press