Midlands Regular Poetry / Storytelling Events

“42” Open Mic Night (Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy) Lunar Bar, New St Worcester, 7.30, Free in:Glen James hosts.last wed monthly E-mail: 42openmicnight@42genrearts.co.​uk

ARTournament’s Sunday Chill,The New Inn in the centre of Gloucester​ (opp M&S) City Centre. 16 Northgate Street, Gloucester​, Gloucester​shire, GL2. UK.First Sunday, £5in, 3pm-9pm. poetry, Comedy and Music.

Bad Language, The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE , last wednesday monthly,7.30. Set Bill, hosted by Daniel carpenter,If you wish to take part in the open mic section, please e-mail events@badlanguagemcr.co.u​k to book a FOUR MINUTE MAXIMUM SLOT.

Bang said the Gun ManchesterThe Old Nag’s Head Pub, Jacksons Row (off Deansgate) 7.30pm Thursdays weekly

If underpants, sex, gravy and Keith Moon giving the Queen Mother drumming lessons are more your thing, then this could be the verbal romp you’ve been waiting for…..

Bang Said The Gun in London is considered one of the best poetry nights in the country and has recently …been reaching over 4 million viewers on Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Rod Tame and Kieren King are repeating this winning formula with Manchester’s first weekly poetry night. The night will celebrate the best in local and national poets as well as offering audience members the chance to compete…… for the coveted Golden Gun prize in the Top Banana Open Mic.

Each week’s Golden Gun prize winner is offered a guest set at a future Bang Said The Gun: Manchester!

First come, first on open mic so get down early if you wanna be on. Or, just come join the crowd to listen and cheer. It’s a top notch night out

Bilston Voices Fourth Thursday 19:00 Cafe Metro 46 Church Street, Bilston WV14 0AH Only booked poets emmaasif@hotmail.com

Buzzwords, Leckhampton,Cheltenham First Sunday (ex August) 1900- 2200 Exmouth Arms in Leckhampton, Cheltenham, £5in. Worksop 7pm-9pm. Open Mic and guest poet after

January 8th – Jonathan Davidson

February 5th – Stephen Payne

March 4th – Elizabeth Cook

April 8th – Ross Cogan

May 6th – Katy Evans-Bush

June 3rd – Peter Wyton and Emma Pursehouse

July 1st – Nick Alexander and Miki Byrne

September 2nd – Michael Thomas

October 7th – Daniel Sluman

November 4th – Jo Bell

December 2nd – Kate North

Buzzwords meets regularly for a poetry reading, open mic and workshopping session. See our program for venues and dates.

“A warm, intelligent – and going on the evidence of the floor readings – a very talented group, Buzzwords was a great venue for reading and listening.” – George Szirtes

“Had a really exhilarating evening as guest poet at Buzzwords in Cheltenham last night.
It’s meticulously organised by Angela France, with everything running smoothly and to time, and with such a friendly, enthusiastic group of poet-participants. I was really impressed with the quality of the first draft poetry that was produced during the workshop and the standard of the open mic readings was also extremely high.” – Susan Richardson

“I had a fun night reading as guest poet at poet Angela France’s Buzzwords series, in Cheltenham last night – it’s a tight-knit group of serious, local poets, who gather for workshops, open mics, and guest readings, every month, back of a pub. The sound system is professional, and the listening mostly very attentive. The poets presented a strong field during the open mic. They also buy books, a good sign.” – Todd Swift

Catweazle Club East Oxford Social Club, 44B Princes Street, Oxford OX4 1HU, 8pm, weekly: Acoustic music and poetry open mic night.contact mother@catweazleclub.org http://catweazleclub.org

Cannon Poets Post office Building,147 Alcester Rd, Moseley 2-5pm, first Sunday,monthly.Technically a reading group, but partcipants bring along their own poems for critique, and published poems for pleasure, both read out loud. House magazine Cannons Mouth and competitions. http://www.cannonpoets.co.uk

City Voices Second Tuesday 19:30 City Bar King Street, Wolverhampton WV 1ST Only booked poets simon.fletcher@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Flying Donkeys Second Wed 8.15pm Voicebox, Forman St, Derby, Performance Storytelling (Verse welcomed) free street/car park after 8pm!
Fourth Wed 19.30 The Brunswick Pub, 1, Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU (just down from Derby Railway Station).Informal Story Circle

Flying Donkeys do not meet August/September. Details:http://www.flyingdonkeys.co.uk/

Fizz-Polesworth Poets Fourth Tuesday Bi-Monthly 19:30 Polesworth Abbey Polesworth Abbey, Polesworth open mic/headliner;Perform in front of the same fireplace as Donne, Johnson and Drayton!

Tuesday 24th January Guest Gary Carr.
Tuesday 27th March
Tuesday 22nd May
Tuesday 24th July
Tuesday 25th September

Hit the Ode Last Thursday 19:30 The Victoria 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BN 3 featured acts + limited open mic bohdan@applesandsnakes.org

Mouth & Music Boars Head Gallery,39 Worcester St, Kidderminster Second Tuesday of every month. 8.00pm start. Open mic sign up on the night from 7.30. £3 admission, free for performers.

Night Blue Fruit First Tuesday 20:30 Taylor Johns St Nicholas St, Coventry Open mic caducus2004@yahoo.com

Notes From the Underground Third sat 20:00 The Hollybush The Hollybush, 53 Newtown Street, Cradley Heath B64 5EA Open mic ****** RELAUNCHED EVENT************ ( was Spoken Word with Richard Bruce Clay who has handed over the reins to Jack Eddwards)
This is a new night of spoken word and music at the Hollybush being hosted by Jack Edwards and William Shatspeare. The new name for the night is ‘Notes From Underground’.

It is open mic, so you can just turn up and we’ll give you a slot, with slots of around 10 minutes long. If you want to read short stories or poetry, do a comedy set or perform acoustic music then this venue is perfect for you. Plus the beer is great value!

If you are interested in performing, want to know more or would like to be added to the mailing list, please send me an e-mail at:

Parole Parlate First Thursday 19:30 Little Venice 1-3 St Nicholas Street, Worcester WR1 1UW Open mic + guest poet ruth@worcslitfest.com

Poetry Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, Mill Lane, Ashby de la Zouch– 8:30, free in, with a licensed bar and great coffee. Third Tuesday of the month. Open mic poetry and folk

The event is hosted by Brian B. Langtry, who ran a poetry and folk club in the Black Country in the Mid 1970’s, which ran until the pub closed down. Brian has always been keen to mix the arts and has decided to give the Folk and Poetry format a revival in Ashby. As Brian’s flyer says the Performers are from the audience.

Poetry Bites Fourth Tuesday 19:30 Kitchen Garden Cafe 17 York Road, Kings Heath B14 7SA Open mic + guest,2012 dates:24/1, 27/3,22/5, 24/7,25/9 and 27/11. jacquirowe@hotmail.co.uk

The Poetry EveningThe Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE,After the success of their first poetry evening back in May 2011 Liz Lefroy will be returning to run this monthly Poetry Evening.First Thursday of the month.
Born in London in 1964, Liz now lives in Shrewsbury and was recenly awarded the Roy Fisher Prize – a new poetry prize endowed by the Poet Laureate. Attendance is FREE, 8pm start

Poetry Party Vegged Out, Fletchers Walk, Paradise Circus Birmingham:7.30pm, Bi monthly open mic with Smart Poets, 4th Wed, Mar 28th,Jun 27th, Sept 26th.

Poets Place, Birmingham Central Library,2pm-4pm, free in, second Sat monthly:

Poets’ Place: a bi-weekly informal gathering of poets, writers and performers. An opportunity to meet like-minded people, give and solicit feedback, or just sit in a corner and write for two hours.Organised by Birmingham Libraries and Apples & Snakes, Poets’ Place is a monthly informal gathering of poets. It is an opportunity to meet like‐minded people, give and solicit feedback on your poetry, or just sit back and write for a couple of hours without interruption. You can use the Poets’ Place to make new friends, discover new poets, share and have your work critiqued, make useful connections, set a writing schedule… The Poets’ Place can be whatever you as a poet decide to make of it. Whether you are a published poet, a slam champion, or someone who is just wondering whether poetry might be worth a try, stop by. There is no need to sign up or book a place: just show up with your poems or a blank notebook. There will be someone there to make you feel welcome and advise you on how to make the most of your time there. Occasionally, Poets’ Place will host performances, workshops, film showings and other events. The Poets’ Place is located on the Lower Ground Floor (access via the Netloan Centre).

Poets’ Place dates for 2012: January: 14, 28 February: 11, 25 March: 10, 24 April: 7, 21 May: 19 June: 2, 16, 30 July: 14, 28 August: 11, 25 September: 8, 22 October: 6, 20 November: 3, 17 December: 1, 15
For more information contact: Nikki Bi, Birmingham Reader, Development Support Officer (nikki.bi@birmingham,gov.uk) or Bohdan Piasecki,
West Midlands Coordinator, Apples & Snakes (bohdan@applesandsnakes.org)

The Poetry Train Last Wednesday 20:00 Britannia Hotel, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT Open mic ts@tonystringfellow.com PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL CONTINUE BUT AT A NEW VENUE – CONTAT TONY STRINGFELLOW FOR DETAILS

Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH,8pm, 2nd monday : Free in, Open micContact Nick on pubpoetry@nottscomedyfestival.co.uk

PureandGoodandRight Second Monday 19:30 The Sozzled Sausage 141 Regent St, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX Open mic + guest pgrpoetry@gmail.com http://pgrpoetry.blogspot.com/

The Quad Derby QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS Second Wednesday 19.30 Free in, A monthly night of performed poetry for everyone, new performers always welcome or just come and listen, More details from QUAD or contact Les on T: 01332 206 734, http://www.derbyquad.co.uk

Rhymes Bi- monthly 20:00 Check Rogue Play for Details Headline Bill

Scribal Gathering Bull Hotel, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1AQ, 2nd tuesday monthly,Entry: free; open mic poetry and music with featured acts,”Stony Stratford’s première spoken word and music performance event. This monthly meeting of minds will bring together writers, musicians and performers of all kinds to share their talents, entertain each other and evoke the spirit of gathering. Join us…” Sign up for the open mic on the night, or reserve a slot by email: info@scribalgathering.com.http://www.scribalgathering.com/

Shindig The Western PH, Western Rd Leicester, 4th Monday bi-monthly,7.30pm: Headliners and open mic,
Monday 23rd January 2012

Monday 19th March 2012

Monday 21st May 2012

Monday 16th July 2012

Monday 17th September 2012

Monday 19th November 2012


The Shipping Forecast Open Mic, Second Thursday Monthly Rude Shipyard Cafe,89 Abbeydale Rd Sheffield, S7 1FE:7.45 Hosted by moi miss piggy or stan skinny, message for slots.


Show and Tell Last Thursday (bi-monthly) 17:30 Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield St, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 1DU Open mic Jen.Dooner@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Speak Up, Hare & Hounds , Moseley, Birmingham, 2nd Wed, monthly, 7.30pm: headliners plus open mic,£5in

Speech BubbleCognito, Students’ Union, Loughborou​gh University 7pm Second Mondays monthlyin term time, check for details: http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/

Spire Writes Havana Whites,12 Corporation Street, Chesterfield,S41 7TP, 7.45pm Free in Second Wednesday, Helen Mort, organises.Open mic. Spire Writes facebook page

Spoken Worlds Third Friday 19:30 The Old Cottage Tavern , Byrkley St,eet, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ Open mic gajwriter@btinternet.com

The SW@N Club – Spoken Word at the Newhampton, Wolverhampton

Meets every 1st Monday of the month (no club in August) at 8 pm – 10.30 pm. Admission – suggested donation on entry.

Storytelling, poetry, a tune or a song, take part in the open sessions or just sit back and enjoy the variety of performance. Most sessions are open spots but approximately every three months there is a performance in the second half by a professional artist (supported through donations).

The club meets in the upstairs room at the Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0DW.

For further details please contact Peter Chand http://www.chandstory.com

Sunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic

Templar Poetry,Lamb & Flag, The Tyhthing, Worcester, 8pm; Open mic, third Wednesday, Alex officiates contact:Alex McMillen, Alex McMillen,Templar Poetry, PO BOX 7082, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 9AF,Tel: 01629 582500, Mobile: 07918166975


WordY Theatre, East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY, just opposite Leicester Train Station,7pm performers, 8pm, Audience, Open mic plus headliner. £6in

WORD! is the longest running poetry and spoken word night in Leicester. Based at The Y Theatre, Leicester, it takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, between 8.00 and 10.30pm. The evening is composed of an open mic, followed by a booked act.

WORD! is the longest running and most established poetry and spoken word night in the Midlands. It takes place at The Y Theatre, Leicester on the first Tuesday of each month and attracts audiances of between 70 and 150 people. In addition to programming such diverse artists as Patience Agbabi, Mimi Khalvati, Zena Edwards and Pete Sansom we are unique in the country for being supported by live sound and film visuals. Format.
The evening commences at 8pm and consists of an open mic and booked act. In the first half there are 10 open mic slots of 3 mins each. After a 15 minute interval there are 10 slots more. A quality booked artist performs at around 10pm. The evening concludes at around 10.30pm. Multimedia.
To our knowledge WORD! is currently unique in the country for being supported by consistent live film feed and bespoke film visuals.
Film visuals are provided by a resident filmmaker and consist of live feed and bespoke visuals. These are provided free of charge and on demand, capacity allowing. To take advantage of this service, artists performing on the open mic should enquire by email, sending the piece they plan to perform, 2 weeks or more before the event. At the event they will then be able to perform against a backdrop of live, personally tailored visuals. Individual trailers of performances are also available. For more information email the organizers, see ‘Contact Us’.
Live music and audio is provided by our resident DJ. In addition to finely crafted music in-between halves, there is the option of having your work supported by any audio you may happen to have. Again, for more information, see ‘Contact Us’.
A handy rundown on the night:
1. WORD! is the longest running spoken word night in Leicester.
2. It always features an open mic AND an exciting pro booked act.
3. If you want to perform on the open mic, arrive for 7pm – the list fills fast.
4. The night kicks off at 8pm. The interval’s around 9pm. We’re done by 10.30pm.
5. We’re really sorry, we can’t pre-book slots.
6. We love you. We love your work. Your ORIGINAL work…leave the Keats and Hegley for the interval, read your own – poetry/spoken word – over the mic.
7. Slots are maxium of 3 minutes each, including introductions,
8. WORD! is constituted voluntary group, run entirely on its ticket price. Your ticket price pays for the booked act – without whom the night would be less of a night.
9. For reasons of continuity WORD! is presented by a small and devout band of poet comperes. These are: Lydia Towsey, Tim Sayers and Pam Thompson. Like crops, we work on rotation.

Word Up Poetry Open Mic plus headliners,The Drum Arts Centre,The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU,0121 333 2444, http://www.the-drum.org.uk Seasonal monthly, first Thursdays, 8pm, £5in.j.morley@the-drum.org.uk
Thu 2 Feb, Thu 1 Mar, Thu 5 Apr, Thu 3 May,

Word Wizards * New venue* Buckingham Hotel, opp the Pavillion Gdns , Buxton last Tuesday Monthly 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format More info Poetryslamuk@aol.com
01298 77362/ 0781 3289358

Storytelling Only

Flying Donkeys Voicebox, Foreman st Derby, 8pm, £3in:Flying Donkeys are a group of storytellers who put on performance storytelling events in Derby – primarily at The Voice Box, Forman Street, and with a season which runs from October – July. Our guest nights take place on the second Wednesday of the month

Rhyme and Tells at the Six Bells in Bishops Castle, Shropshire,Meets every 4th Sunday of the month (except for public holidays) at 8 pm – 10.30 pm. It is free admission and an open session for poetry, prose and storytelling.

For further details please contact Mike on 01588 680685.

Storytelling Cafe Kitchen Garden Cafe,York Rd, Kings Heath, 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)
Third Wednesday

Tales at the Edge, White Lion Inn, Bridgnorth, Shropshire,Tales at the Edge is one of the country’s oldest and most established storytelling clubs, meeting in Bridgenorth on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except August) at 8 pm.

Hear tales, myths and legends from all over the world in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you are new to storytelling, an experienced teller or just enjoy listening to stories. There is no charge for admission.

For more details contact: Mike Rust 01694 771 379.

“Tell me on a Sunday” Storytelling, Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS, Sundays monthly,4pm – 6.30pm; Free in, We know you have a story in you. Unleash it. Conjure a memory, recent or ancient, good or bad. Tell it to yourself, re-tell it, hone it, cut it, embellish it. Pitch it to us. Get on stage and tell it.

Sunday 19 February,Theme: Off the beaten track,Guest storyteller: Peter Chand

Sunday 25 March,Theme: Hope and glory

Sunday 22 April Theme: Feathers and bones

Sunday 27 May Theme: Secrets and lies

Ikon, in collaboration with the Birmingham Book Festival presents a new series of free literary events. Hosted in Café Ikon, Tell Me On A Sunday is storytelling from life. Participants tell stories based around a specially selected theme, all with truth (and a good performance!) at their heart. Each month, five storytellers will be chosen to perform a seven minute story live.The events feature special guests and are curated by Cat Weatherill, one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers, who will also tell her own story.

These events begin at 4pm with Story Supper, a chance to meet fellow audience members and story tellers over a special Cafe Ikonmenu. Performances commence at 5pm, finishing at 6.30pm.
Find out more about these events by visiting our website..

How to pitch your story:Please visit the event page on our website for details of how to pitch your story, you are also advised to read through the story guidance for writing and performance page
Please note these events are intended for adult audiences. Places to attend the performances are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708.

The Telling Space, Mythstories, *NEW VENUE* (relocated from Wem) Mythstories,The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE,Wem, Shropshire,The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month unless otherwise stated. Please check the website under ‘opening hours and events’ http://www.mythstories.com or contact Dez or Ali on 01939 235500 for further information.

Meet at 7 pm for refreshments (bring food to share) or at 7.30 pm for stories. A chance to listen or an opportunity to tell. Admission is free.

Yard of Tales,Joules Yard, rear of 53-55 High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7AF.
Joules Yard is a unique venue with a licensed bar after 7pm, also serving tea and coffee. If you would like to order a vegetarian meal for the evening, provided by ‘The Green House’ please telephone 01858 463250. Market Harborough, Leicestershire,Meets first Thursday in the month.

Yard of Tales is a performance storytelling club hosted by Kevin Walker http://www.kevinwalker-storyteller.com
Come and join us in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the cafe bar that is Joules Yard. Sit back with a drink in hand and enjoy the tales that will enthral you. Laugh, jeer, cry and sneer but mostly have a damn good evening!Tickets £6 at door (includes nibbles).For further information – 0116 259 2233 or 01858 463250


Day by Day Gazeteer

Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, 2nd Monday
PureandGoodandRight , L Spa , Second Monday
Shindig The Western PH, Western Rd Leicester, 4th Monday bi-monthly
The SW@N Club – Spoken Word at the Newhampton, Wolverhampton, 1st Monday

City Voices, Wolverhampton Second Tuesday
Mouth & Music Boars Head Gallery,39 Worcester St, Kidderminster Second Tuesday
Night Blue Fruit First Tuesday
Poetry Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, ADZ. Third Tuesday
Poetry Bites, Kings Heath Fourth Tuesday, bi monthly
Scribal Gathering Bull Hotel , Stony Stratford, 2nd Tuesday
Tales at the Edge, White Lion Inn, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 2nd Tuesday
The Telling Space, Mythstories,The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse, 4th Tuesday
Word Wizards Grove Hotel, Buxton last Tuesday
Word, Y Theatre Leicester, First Tuesday

42 Worcester, last Wed
Bad Language, The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE, last Wed
Flying Donkeys, Voicebox, Foreman St, Derby, 2nd Wed (Not Aug/Sept).
Poetry Party Vegged Out, Fletchers Walk, Paradise Circus Birmingham: Bi monthly , 4th Wed
Quad Derby Second Wednesday
Templar Poetry, Lamb & Flag, The Tything, Worcester, , third Wednesday,
Spire Writes, Havana whites, chesterfield, Second Wednesday
Storytelling Cafe, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York rd, Kings heath, third Wed.

Bang said the Gun, Manchester, weekly every Thursday
Bilston Voices Fourth Thursday
Hit the Ode , Birmingham, Last Thursday
Parole Parlate, Worcester First Thursday
The Poetry Evening, The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,.First Thursday
The Shipping Forecast Sheffield, Second Thursday
Speak Up, Bulls Head, Moseley, Birmingham, 3rd Thursday
Word Up , Aston, Birmingham, first Thursdays
Yard of Tales,Joules Yard, , Market Harborough, first Thursday

Spoken Worlds , Burton on Trent Third Friday

Notes From the Underground , Hollybush, Cradley Heath ,Second sat, monthly
Poets Place, Birmingham Central Library, alternate Sats twice monthly:

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