Midlands Poetry What’s On – April 2011

Thursday 31st March “Ghouls Aloud” Patrick Kavanagh Cafe Woodbridge Road, Moseley,Birmingham 8pm:£6, Prepare to be grabbed by the ghoulies…. From “Don’t Go Into the Cellar” Theatre Company

 

Thursday 31st March “Wedensbury Poetry” The Royal Oak, Meeting St, Wednesbury,7.30pm  Open mic, free in

Thursday 31st March- Sun 3rd April:The 1st Cheltenham Poetry Festival kicks off on Thursday 31st March, with a host of bardic delights taking part. Sara-Jane Arbury  will be appearing in FLASH, a multi-media performance/prose show with Glenn Carmichael, Lucy English and Anna Freeman on Friday 1st April, Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA, 7.30pm, £8/£6 concs. Visit http://flashpoetry.co.uk/ for more information about the show. Detectives amongst you may be interested to know that she will be staging Poetic Licence  To Kill! in the atmospheric chapel at Francis Close Hall, Swindon Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4AZ on Saturday 2nd April, 6-8pm, £6. To book tickets, telephone  0844 576 2210  or visit http://www.cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk/.

 

Saturday 2nd April  “Smoke & Mirrors”  Malvern Youth Centre Malvern, 8pm: £4 Open mic and performance.

 

Monday 4th April, “Bring & Share- Mothers day, Library Theatre,Birmingahm Centarl Library, 7.30pm, free in: Hosted, and performances by Birmingham Poet laureate, Roy MacFarlane

 

Tuesday 5th April , Night Blue Fruit, Coal Vaults, Canal Basin St Nicholas Street, Radford, Coventry,8pm: Free in, Open Mic

 

Thursday 7th April: “Parole Parlate: Spoken Word”, Little venice 1-3 St Nicholas St, Worcester,7.30pm,£3: Open mic plus headliner Roy Macfarlane.

Sat 9th April  “Talking Cities” Birmingham Library Theatre, 6.30pm: Free in.Hosted by, and featuring, Birmingham’s Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane plus a host of special guests, this evening of performance poetry looks at cities – our own and those we visit. Supported by Birmingham Libraries.Partly inspired by Poet Laureate Roy’s recent visit to Amsterdam, this event encourages other poets to think about the places that mean something to them – home and away.

Lively, touching and not without laughs, this showcase has been devised specially for The Spring Thing. Julie boden, Bohdan Piesecki, “Kurly”, Dave Reeves, Keisha Thompson, Kokumo and Roz Goddard perform.

Monday 11th April: “Pure and Good and Right”Sozzled Sausage, 141 Regent St, Leamington Spa, 7.30pm, £3: Open mic and headlinerTheo.

 

Tuesday 12 April “City Voices”, City Bar, King st Wolverhampton7.30pm :Bob Hale Headlines.

 

Friday 15 th April *NEW*Old Moseley Arms, on Tindal St, Balsall Heath, Birmingham. 8.30pm : Free, open mic, first night! Organised by Marcus Taylor, for more details:marcus1parcus@googlemail.com

 

Sat 16th April, Lit FuseBirmingam Mac, 7.30pm:£7. How far can you push the boundaries of performance? See what happens when some of the most exciting spoken… word poets around leave their comfort zones.Lit Fuse, developed jointly by mac Birmingham and Apples & Snakes, is the first in a series of events showcasing brand new work devised by emerging UK poets in collaboration with top directors and producers.

 Features, Fatima Al Matar, Jodi Ann Bickley and Matt Windle. Directed by Amanda Wilde from Red Earth theatre who writes:

“ I have been working with 3 dynamic, committed, talented and tireless performance poets on the Lit Fuse project, initiated by Apples and Snakes and Mac Birmingham, exploring how far the boundaries of performance can be pushed for spoken word artists. For Red Earth this is a project working outside our comfort zone and that’s a good thing; it energises and gives us new perspectives. Collaboration is at the heart of Red Earth’s work and I have learnt so much already from working with Fatima Al Matar, Jodi Ann Bickley and Matt Windle. Performance poets are really brave. They bear their souls in performance. Unlike actors, they don’t have the luxury of hiding behind a character. Now, the poets will develop work with Bohdan Piasecki from Apples and Snakes to develop their ideas and write a new poem for performance at the Lit Fuse event .”

 

Friday 22nd April, “Spoken Worlds”, *New venue*: The Old Cottage Tavern, 3b Byrkley St, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2BG, free entry, 7.30pm, open mic, poetry, monologues and drama, and thereafter May 20, June 17, July 22 and August 19.

 

Sat 23rd April “The Curse of Shakespeare’s Revenge has Risen from the Grave A.D. 1913” Shakespeare Memorial Room, Central Library, Birmingham. 6.30pm & 8pm: £7, a hammer house of horror style reimagining of the most ghastly of the Bard’s tales .From “Don’t Go Into the Cellar” Theatre Company.

Tuesday 26th April “Gothicana” Shakespeare Memorial Room, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham 7.30pm: £6, Gaslight Horror from the Masters of Menace! From “Don’t Go Into the Cellar” Theatre Company

 

Thursday 28th April “Ghouls Aloud” Patrick Kavanagh Cafe Woodbridge Road, Moseley,Birmingham 8pm:£6, Prepare to be grabbed by the ghoulies…. From “Don’t Go Into the Cellar” Theatre Company

 

Thursday 28th April “Wedensbury Poetry” The Royal Oak, Meeting St, Wednesbury,7.30pm  Open mic, free in

Thursday 28th April, Bilston Voices, Metro Cafe,Church St Bilston. 7.30pm: £2 Set Bill, not open mic, headliners include Janet Smith

 

Thursday 28th April, “Hit the Ode” Victoria Pub, 48 John Bright St Birmingham:7.30pm, £5:

“Hit the Ode”: electrifying spoken word poetry by the best performers from around the corner – and around the world.

Featuring:  Polarbear, Hollie McNish, Sebastian 23 & Lars Ruppel

Hit the Ode is an evening of poetry, but not the dried up poetry you dissect and analyse to death. No, this is living, breathing verse; these poems will slap you, hug you, go home with you and refuse to leave. Plus here, if you want know “what the authors meant by that”, you can find them at the bar ask them. And it’s not just any old poets, either! So roll up, one and all, and enjoy the storytelling styles of the best know Brummie spoken word artist, Polarbear; the rhythmic and melodic verse from Hollie McNish; and the words of German slam superstars Sebastian 23 and Lars Ruppel.

As always, DJ Soesmix will provide musical counterpoints to the spoken word.

And if you write and perform poetry yourself – there will be a (very) few open mic slots available, so get there early on the day to sign up!

For more information, contact Bohdan Piasecki (bohdan@applesandsnakes.org).

Praise for Previous Editions of Hit the Ode:

More like watching a rock star than a poet.”

The atmosphere was what every performer dreams of.”

It was magical, minus the Disney.”

Best poetry reading I’ve ever been to.

“Hit the Ode = utterly effin’ fantastic.”

Line-up:  

Birmingham: Polarbear

Polarbear is a writer from Birmingham who fell into spoken word in 2005. Since then he has been lucky enough to speak his work on stages all over the world from Glastonbury to Kuala Lumpur via Ljubljana and California. A love of Hip-Hop and a ‘less is more’ philosophy permeates his work.

Find out more: http://www.homeofpolar.com/

Watch Polarbear in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K2jdmcuvSc  Cambridge: Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish is a published UK poet and spoken word artist who has been taking the scene by storm since her first reading in 2009. She has released two poetry albums, “Touch” and “Push Kick”, both to critical acclaim, with the latter prized for contributions to maternal research by the University of London. She has appeared in venues as diverse as Glastonbury festival, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Bar, London’s Southbank Centre and Cambridge University. She has been featured on Radio 4’s Poetry Diaries, Women’s Hour and BBC 2, and recently opened the WOW Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre, London

Find out more: www.holliemcnish.bandcamp.com

Watch Hollie in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5kxtz9J2hw

Germany: Sebastian 23 & Lars Ruppel

Lars Ruppel was born in 1985 and is the youngest professional Slam Poet on the German-language scene. Since the tender age of 16 he has been travelling across Europe and captivating ears and eyes with his impassioned performance poetry – and the largest glasses since Buddy Holly. He has won tons of important slams in Europe, the national team-competition and the German TV Poetry Slam. In 2009, Lars Ruppel published his oeuvre in three books of poetry.

As for Sebastian 23, he is a poet from the unknown industrial town of Bochum. Born in 1979, the son of a coalminer, he somehow grew up to become a poet. Today he is one of the most successful slam poets in Germany, having won several National Slam Competitions, touring throughout Europe, Africa and America, and appearing as Special Guest at the US National Poetry Slam 2009..

Find out more: http://www.sebastian23.com/ and http://larsruppel.de/

Watch Sebastian & Lars in action: germanpoetstour.blogspot.com/

odic verse of Hollie McNish; and the wise words of German slam superstars Sebastian 23 and Lars Ruppel.

As always, DJ Soesmix will provide musical counterpoints to the spoken word.

And if you write and perform poetry yourself – there will be a (very) few open mic slots available, so get there (very) early to sign up!odic verse of Hollie McNish; and the wise words of German slam superstars Sebastian 23 and Lars Ruppel.

As always, DJ Soesmix will provide musical counterpoints to the spoken word.

And if you write and perform poetry yourself – there will be a (very) few open mic slots available, so get there (very) early to sign up!

 

 

Friday 29th April  “Spoken Word” The Hollybush, Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath, 8.30pm, Free in, open mic

 

Friday 29th April- 1st May, Much Wenlock Poetry Festival:A warm welcome to the second Wenlock Poetry Festival.  We have a great festival for you, including poetry readings, performance poetry, poetry choir, poetry take-away, knitted poetry, poetry in art, poetry workshops, poetry party (for Friends) poetry for kids, street poetry and even a poetry café! 

We are confident that we have lived up to our aim of providing the very best of contemporary poetry in exciting and varied ways.  Our streets will be buzzing and humming all weekend.  We’ll nod to the Royal Wedding with all of our High Street shops displaying their favourite love poems, and there may well be a sense of love in the air in this spring-time festival, but more than anything, there will be love of poetry in all its forms and guises.

The 2011 festival will include The Ian McMillan Orchestra, Spoz and Dreadlockalien, Andrew Motion, John Hegley, Jo Shapcott, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Mario Petrucci, Paul Evans, Simon Armitage and many, many more. 

Contact us if you would like to become a Friend of WPF 2011 or to join our mailing list. You can even follow us on twitter @WenlockPoetry. But best of all – do come and join us.   Anna Dreda, Artistic Director, WPF”

http://www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org/

 

 

 

Future dates for your diary

 Tues 17th May, Fizz 7, Polesworth Poets ,Poleworth Abbey, Polesworth,7.30.: free in ,open Mic/ Polesworth Poetry Trail poems.

 

Fri May 20th, Spoken Worlds”, *New venue*: The Old Cottage Tavern, 3b Byrkley St, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2BG, free entry, 7.30pm, open mic, poetry, monologues and drama,

Fri June 17th, Spoken Worlds”, *New venue*: The Old Cottage Tavern, 3b Byrkley St, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2BG, free entry, 7.30pm, open mic, poetry, monologues and drama,

Fri 1st -10th July Ledbury Poetry Festival: The Uk’s leading and most prestigious poetry festival, for full details:http://www.poetry-festival.com/

Tues 19th July -Fizz 8, Matt Merritt  Polesworth Abbey Refectory,  Refectory  ,Polesworth:7.30pm.Donations.Headliner plus open mic

 Fri July 22th Spoken Worlds”, *New venue*: The Old Cottage Tavern, 3b Byrkley St, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2BG, free entry, 7.30pm, open mic, poetry, monologues and drama,

Fri August 19th Spoken Worlds”, *New venue*: The Old Cottage Tavern, 3b Byrkley St, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2BG, free entry, 7.30pm, open mic, poetry, monologues and drama,

Tues 20th Sept -Fizz 9, Tony Owen  Polesworth Abbey Refectory,  Refectory  ,Polesworth:7.30pm.Donations.Headliner plus open mic

Tues 22nd Nov  -Fizz 10, Polesworth International Film Festival.  Polesworth Abbey Refectory,  Refectory  ,Polesworth:7.30pm.Donations.Headliner plus open mic

 

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