If you’ve come here wanting to know about the Vine Collective, good – you’re very welcome.

Here’s what the Vine Collective is, and is doing…

The Vine Collective is me, Darren Smith, and the marvellous Kirsteen McNish. I work in wine and organise events where I sell good natural, organic and biodynamic wine. Kirsteen comes from the wacky world of arts consultancy and has done loads of good work organising arts festivals, including the Richmond Literature festival.

We collaborated for an successful wine/food/performance event at L’Entrepot in Hackney Downs late last year, called Hackney with a Twist.  That event involved lots of wine drinking, John Keats, stuffed pumpkins, the dark and wonderful Shelly Love, the gutter romanticist Michael Smith and loads of other stuff too verbal to mention.

We enjoyed that and since then we’ve been wanting to find a special venue in E17 where artists to perform. Blackhorse Workshop was the obvious choice.

So, on Friday June 12 from 8pm-11.30pm, we’re inviting you to join us at Blackhorse Workshop, E17, for a special curated event of poetry, book-readings, live music sessions and DJ sets, all lubricated by a selection of natural, organic and biodynamic wines, and locally brewed ales. Oh and some good British cheeses. 

Our launch night takes place in the home of practising artists and craftspeople within the striking industrial architecture of Blackhorse Workshop (now a whole year old!). Our aim is to plant roots in this flowering space and create a regular performance event – always with interesting wines available.

We’re doing this as part of the annual E17 Art Trail, whose theme for 2015 is storytelling. So we will be telling stories through a variety of artists and musicians, encouraging you to share your Friday night with us and toast all that’s wonderful about East London’s places and people.

We are proud to announce our first ever line-up at Blackhorse Studios. Drumroll, please:

– Poet and comedian Rob Auton (here’s Rob’s film about yellow)

– Psychogeographical author Gareth Rees (unofficialbritain.com)

– Writer and broadcaster Michael Smith (Giro Playboy/Unreal City/Culture Show; here’s a trailer for Michael’s film, Unreal City)

– Faber New Poet Will Burns

The Cat’s Knickers with a rare live set

All this and a special DJ Set from Leo Smee (Chrome Hoof). This is a line-up we are sure will keep you entertained over the course of the night.

The theme of Art Trail this year is storytelling, and just as all our performers have weird and wonderful stories tell, so do our wines. I’ve carefully selects a range of great wines all made according to the same ‘natural’ ethos – ie, small-scale producers farming organically or biodynamically, practicing minimal-intervention viniculture (wild yeast fermentations, minimal sulphur, no fining or filtering), to produce wines that are as natural as possible and full of life and goodness.

We’ll also have some locally brewed ale and lovely British cheeses from the East London Cheeseboard.

Come and join us for the merrymaking and storytelling, on a night that we hope will whet your appetite for more at this new creative destination. You can book a ticket here.

When? Friday June 12, 8pm-11.30pm

Where? Blackhorse Workshop: www.blackhorseworkshop.co.uk – 1-2 Sutherland Road Path, Walthamstow, E17 6BX

Why? Because you want to.

Nearest Tube: Blackhorse Road, a 10 minute walk or 158 Bus to Waltham Forest College stop (see Blackhorse Workshop sign to Sutherland Path). Limited parking.

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