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We had a great time last night, broadcasting the Chip Shop as part of a live edition of the Verb from the BBC Radio Theatre. Our dictionary lies in great need of repair after being put through its paces by the wonderful verb audience. Their favourite words are obviously almost part of the family. One lady asked what will happen to all the words that were not chosen.. I assure you madam that we will find good homes for them, we never put a good word down.

You can listen again to the show, or indeed for the first time, here

Ian McMillan suggested the word Kneppel; that rings a bell. Simon Armitage chose ‘Homunculus’, a big word to describe a small man. Richard Hawley chose ‘thigmotaxis’, a barman pointed out to him that this phenomenon applied to both insects and man; only lunatics and coppers sit in the middle of a deserted saloon bar. And our final guest selected the vowel-rich ‘pianola’.

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People who enjoyed the Chip Shop on the Verb may also enjoy:

errthumb The Erroneous Disposition of the People, an anthology of poetry and prose based around the contents pages of Sir Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica

negthumb The Neglected Interviews, a seminar held on the nuts and bolts of alternative arts practice.

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Here’s your chance to suggest words for our menu on the Verb. Either email us directly or add a comment below with up to two of your favourite words, and we will hand-pick the freshest entries to be printed for the show.

Members of the Verb audience and recipients of their newsletter now have until midnight Wednesday 5th May!


(note: if you’ve never commented on our blog before it will not appear immediately, but rest assured we will see it.)

You can also read about Ian McMillan’s previous work with us here

Friday 7th May, 9.15pm on The Verb

Following his performance of the Chip Shop Poem, a poem composed of the words generated by the Chip Shop at the London Word Festival 2010, Ian McMillan enjoyed the Chip Shop so much he asked us to come on his BBC Radio 3 ‘caberet of the word’ show, THE VERB. Chip Shop will be featuring in a special live edition of Radio 3 show. Beaming out from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, you’ll be able to hear the Henningham Family Press printing and selling chips to fellow guests; Simon Armitage and Richard Hawley, the 300 live studio audience, and of course, poet, raconteur and national treasure, Ian McMillan. Unfortunately there are no more tickets left for this event, but hopefully you’ll still join us, live on air! 91.3 FM, for those of you whom, like us, are still on the old-fashioned twiddly wireless. And there is one other way you can take part in the show… Suggest a word for our catch of the day! More details to follow.

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*The Chip Shop was commissioned by London Word Festival 2010

Ian McMillan’s ‘the Verb’ on BBC Radio 3 has accompanied my news blackout of the last few months. I quit listening to or reading about current affairs after I realised it was mostly bad news, not ‘bad’ in the gloomy sense but rather the ‘inaccurate’. So it was fun to realise while listening to the show that he was the man we would be workin with on the London Word Festival official poster for 2010. We’re very pleased with the result.


Here is a review of his work by Lauren Romano:

We all shuffle up and take a pew as the proceedings begin. First up, specially commissioned poet Ian McMillan takes to the stage to perform the festival’s official Chip Shop Poem. McMillan gets things off to a flying start as his thickly laden Yorkshire glottal stops spurt out from his mouth at break neck speed. By the time we actually get to the Chip Shop poem, The Epic Friday Night Travels of Norman McNorman I am in a mild state of hysterics and so unfortunately can’t recall the finer details, but it’s very funny, ingenious and has something to do with a man called Norman and a late night trip to the Chip Shop. Hats off to Ian who manages to get the words ‘pigeon’, ‘fusspot’, ‘crepuscular’, ‘incandescent’, ‘hopscotch’, and ‘jump’ along with other maverick mots into a well-rhymed jumble with a particularly good last line involving the word ‘spatula’.

Copies are on sale from the London Word Festival.

Le Cool Interview

March 23rd, 2010 | Posted by Ping Henningham in Chip Shop | Press Cuttings - (0 Comments)

An interview of us in Le Cool Magazine.

Thanks to all who came, it was totally sold out! We had a great time and hope you did too. It turned out to be a wonderful evening of printing mayhem!

Here are a few photos, more may follow later:

Last chance to see Chip Shop at the London Word Festival will be on Wednesday 31st March at ‘The Art of Storytelling‘ event, where we will be printing the official London Word Festival 2010 Poem, alongside Ian McMillan, the poet himself!

Just a quick note to encourage y’all to come early to Keep Printing and Carry on. Not only does the first set kick off at 7.20pm with Murray Macaulay introducing the art of Sister Corita, the fantastic Screenprinting Nun, but also we’ve just been told that the first 60 people through the door will be given a ration book, entitling them to a free cake from The Great Cake Escape! Not to mention the allotment (Dig for Printery with potato prints!) and the Universettee. As usual more details on the London Word Festival Blog.

Of course we would never stoop to bribing people with cake, but i’ve heard that these ones are going to be pretty spectacular. Doors 6pm.

You can read an article by Nancy Groves here about us in the independent about the Chip Shop project for the London Word Festival or see a scan of the print version through the thumbnail below:


Here’s some photos from Chip Shop’s second outing at the Red Art Cafe, in Dalston.

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That was the last day for word submissions for the official London Word Festival 2010 Poem, which will be unleashed by Ian McMillan at the Art of Storytelling Event on 31st March. (More about that later)

Next up is Keep Printing and Carry On, at Stoke Newington International Airport, Saturday 20th March. We will be there with the Chip Shop, doing 3 print collaborations with Darren Hayman, Jo Neary & Murray Macaulay (by courtesy of the Universettee). Where else on a Saturday night will you find live music, cutting edge comedy and also a lecture/demo of screen printing via a mobile workshop in the form of a chip counter? Not to mention the potato printing in the village allotment….

Here’s the flyer! Hope to see you there!

Guardian Books Blog 12.3.10

March 17th, 2010 | Posted by David in Chip Shop | Press Cuttings - (0 Comments)

The Guardian books blog has written a round-up of the London Word Festival, joining the words ‘Family’, ‘Press’ and ‘Henningham’ to the word ‘Fantastic’. You can read it here

A blog called the first pint has also written up a report of the Chip Shop at Dalston’s Red Art Cafe here