On Thursday night the Veg Box Café in Canterbury held the first of the Zone series of readings featuring Kelvin Corcoran (vox) and Sam Bailey (piano). There was a good crowd for this event. The venue worked well and there was a clublike sense of camaraderie (we all felt proud to have located the secret fire-escape entrance). Sam Bailey started things off in style with some Messiaen-like piano improvisations, then Kelvin read from recent work, notably Words Through a Hole Where Once There Was a Chimpanzee’s Face. The acoustics were fine in the café interior with only the odd howl from alcoholically challenged East Kent youth coming up from the lane below. It’s a good thing that poetry needn’t always necessitate a trip to London.