Thurs 2nd June Parole Parlate, Little Venice, Worcester, 7.30pm: £3 in. Janet Smith/Tony Judge/Ruth Stacey/ Gary Longden/ Nicola Callow/ Mr Morrison/ Chris Guidon/ Beth Knuckles Edwards/ Matt Windle
Fri 3rd June Hollybush, Newtown lane, Cradley Heath: 8pm: Free in, Open Mic,Promoted by Richard Bruce Clay
Tues 7th June: An evening with The Bard and Friends , The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford, 20:00 – 23:00: Free in, As part of this year’s Stony Live, The Bardic Council of Stony Stratford invites you to an evening of live performance poetry and spoken word with The Bard of Stony Stratford, Ian Freemantle. Featuring performances from Danni Antagonist,Richard Frost,Fay Roberts,Poeterry,and special guests The Antipoet, Hosted by Stephen Hobbs
Tues 7th June; Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns ,Coal Vaults, Canal Basin St Nicholas Street, Radford, Coventry,8pm: Free in, Open Mic
Wed 8th June “It Started With a Dream” Kevin Walker, The Multi-Faith Centre, Derby University, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB.:7.30pm, Join Kevin on a journey…. a journey that charts the rise and spread of Buddhism across the world…. but also, a personal journey, of his love of Buddhist culture and values. From a white elephant, a disfigured statue, and a monkey king, to a secret door and a mysterious tomb, “It Started with a Dream” will delight, entertain and move you. A collection of tales taken from the Buddhist tradition, intricately woven around the life of the Buddha. Come on a cultural and spiritual pathway that will raise your spirits and challenge your thoughts.Kevin has a wonderful, warm and gentle style of telling and for this evening will be sharing some of his favourite budhist stories, combined with a little gentle meditation and a flavour of the ethos and spirit of the Buddhist tradition
Wed 8th June “Hammer & Tongue” The Emperor, 21, Hills Road, Cambridge,8pm: £7in, Simon Munnery headlines ,a regional slam heat is the undercard. Simon is a Sony Gold Award winner for radio, a Perrier nominee, star of numerous radio appearances, Edinburgh and ………Bedford.
Wed 8th June “Spread The Word” The VoiceBox, Forman St, Derby, DE1 1JQ.7.30pm
Flying Donkeys are pleased to present an Open Night. Performers from the floor are very welcome to bring us a story, poem, monologue, piece of prose or music.Whether this is your first time in front of an audience or you are an experienced performer from further afield, we would love to hear from you. Make yourself known on the night or get in touch with either Sophie or Damien (see contact page) beforehand. We can promise you a varied, eclectic evening of spoken word – stories in all their forms – and a warm, welcoming audience
Wed 8th June Word up with Jay Bernard The Drum,144 Potters Lane, Aston,Birmingham,7.30pm;Jay Bernard’s Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl was the Poetry Book Society’s pamphlet choice for summer 2008. She was recently poet in residence on allotments in London and Oxford, and at the Benenden School in Kent. She has read her work on radio shows such as The Verb, The Green Room and the Today Show, and appeared at venues such as Trafalgar Square and Shakespeare’s Globe, and at festivals such as Vienna Lit in Austria and Latitude. As well as writing poetry, Jay has written a libretto commissioned by the Royal Opera House and penned a monthly cartoon strip entitled Budo. Jay Bernard was Artist in Residence at StAnza 2010
Wed 8th June *New* Glass Tree House , Bristol Pear , Selly Oak (Next to Selly oak Station): 7.30-10pm: £5in,Open Mic plus featured performers. Promoted by Birmingham University starlets Sean Colletti,Sam Birch and Becky Birch
Thurs 9th June “Memoirs”, Erdington Library Poetry Night, Orphanage Rd, Erdington: 7pm-10pm: Free in. Marcus Moore and Gary Longden headline.
Fri 10th June, “Me Marley I”, The Drum,144 Potters Lane, Aston Birmingham, £7 (£5)His nation in conflict… his heart in turmoil… his solace in Marley’s music.Me Marley and I is a vivid true story of brutal survival, true love and friendship during an African military revolution, told against a backdrop of live reggae music. In some situations standing up for what is right and fair can also mean walking a fine line between survival and obliteration. Gloriously funny and warm, this true story jolts sharply into focus the horror of living through a military uprising.
Fri 10th June, Bromsgrove Words Presents….Jonathan Harvey – Words: Writing For Stage & Screen, The Artrix,School Drive, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, United Kingdom, B60 1AX, 8pm: £10 in,
Jonathan Harvey’s film, Beautiful Thing, led to a prolific scriptwriting career which includes TV series such as Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Catherine Tate Show and most recently,Rev.However, his greatest claim to fame comes from several years writing Coronation St, which, in 2010, resulted in Corrie, a two hour condensed tribute to the nation’s favourite soap Jonathan is an uncompromising playwright. His play, Caanary which toured the country in 2010, was described as depicting, ’the triumphs and set backs of the gay community in Britain’.Jonathan will speak about the different challenges imposed by writing for stage and screen.
Mon 13th June:”Pure and Good and Right”Sozzled Sausage, 141 Regent St, Leamington Spa, 7.30pm, £3: Open mic and headliner
Tues 14th June ,Scribal Gathering, The Cock Hotel, High Street, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1AH,8pm: Free in, Scribal Gathering is back – now with more Cock! Owing to an unprecedented success, we have moved to the Cock Hotel for more musical mayhem, lyrical revelry and artistic licentiousness. The open minded open mic welcomes performers of any style, genre, or ability to share their creativity and invoke the spirit of gathering. We have headline performances from special guests The Austin Allegro Country Dance Consortium and The Dead Poets, plus the usual carefully constructed chaos and stage managed anarchy.
Tues 14th June “City Voices”, City Bar, King St Wolverhampton7.30pm £3 in, set bill.
Wed 15th June “Funbags”, Station Pub, Kings Heath,8pm: £5in, The usual madcap madness from the Funbags Comedy Impro Troupe, plus sketches from the utterly charming yet disturbingly uptight Gillian and Jane and extracts from Lorna’s new one act play; ‘The Engagement’, a bawdy restoration romp with a modern twist. All this plus surreal comedy performance art from The Ugly Killers, so come get your Funbags squeezed.
Wednesday 15th June “Monologue Slam” “The Drum” 144 Potters Lane Aston,8pm:THE UK’s foremost Actors Showcase for performers – in front of the industry in multiple cities!! Up to 20 Actors perform in front of an industry panel of judges in 1 min and 3 min monologues, as well as an audience influenced 2 min improv round for the prize of the “Ultimate Thesp”!! It’s fast… it’s furious… and it’s fun!!!
Thurs June 16th “Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You” Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. 8pm: £9 in, Britain is booming and Molly moves to London from deepest Cornwall full of naive dreams, high hopes and on a quest to make her life just like the movies. Then on 7/7/2005, she finds herself on a tube blown up by terrorists and her life is forced to take a different direction. Funny, frank and poetic; this is the true story of what happened next and how we put things back together after they’ve been blown apart. Molly Naylor is a writer and performer. Her poems have been featured on BBC radio and she has performed at events and festivals all over the world. Written and performed by Molly Naylor,Director and script development by Yael Shavit,Music The Middle Ones,Visuals Max Naylor,Dramaturgy Sarah Dickenson,Producer Sarah Ellis
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,
Sat June 18th “Smoke and Mirrors Open Mic plus Headliners” Malvern Youth CentreAlbert Road North, Malvern, Worcestershire, United Kingdom, WR14 2YF 8pm: £5 in,For info or an open-mic slot, call Versatile Productions on 0786 2244175. Ali Oxtoby,Emma Purshouse, Steve Rooney, Fergus Mcgonigal
Fri 17th -27th June Worcestershire Literary Festival,The Worcestesrhire Literary Festivall is a brand new event coming in June 2011 which will encompass everything from spoken word, poetry readings, seminars, workshops, theatre performances, outdoor street theatre, an artists and book stall market and much more.
Mon 20th June “Bring & Share on Fathers Day” Birmingham Library Theatre, 7.30pm: Free in, celebrate Fathers Day with Roy McFarlane, Birmingham Poet Laureate and guests.
Tues 21st June The Eagle and Spur 176 Castle Road, Cookley, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 3TB “Snug” £5 in A celebration of the pub – in a pub,An entertaining poetry play featuring 6 performers ,Created by Emma Purshouse & Heather Wastie
Wed 26th June Brunswick pub, 1, Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU (near the station).7.30pm:Free in,An informal opportunity to share stories either as listener or teller yourself. A great place to maybe have a go yourself at telling a story in front of a small, sympathetic gathering. We meet in the room to the right as you go into the pub.
Wed 22nd – 25th June: “Shakespeare in the Park – Merry Wives of Windsor”, Maple Hayes Hall , Lichfield 7.30pm:( Plus Saturday 1.45pm Matinee,) £11.50
Thurs 23rd June, Bilston Voices, Metro Cafe, Bilston: 7.30pm: £2in, Richard Tyrone Jones, Lucy Jeynes headline.
Thurs 23 June Poetry & Music, Bishops Wood Centre, Crossway Green, Stourport on Severn 7.30pm: £5in,Worcestershire Literary Festival Event:’Poetry & Music’ ~ Music & poetry infusion; whether its music inspired by poetry, poetry inspired by music, or poetry & music that compliments one another.Complimentary Hot & Cold Drinks, with Cake on Sale.Event Line-up:Sophia Dimmock Poet, collaborating with DJ Brother Adam.Deb Hodgson sings lyrics taken from poems, with Acoustic guitarist.Jenny Hope poet.Colin Baggs, guitarist.Sarah James poet.The Very Grimm Brothers, Adrian Mealing & John Denton, poetry/music ensemble
Fri 24 June, Midsummer Madness @ The Word and Sound, Worcester Arts Workshop, Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH ,7.30pm: £5 in, Midsummer Madness at the Word and Sound,as part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival 2011, – 7.30-8.00 til 11.00,Open mic – sign up on the night poetry, spoken word, story-telling and acoustic music at the Cellar Bar, Worcester’s most intimate venue,£5/£3 for performers.
Sat 25th June John Cooper Clarke plus support, Malvern Youth Centre, Albert Road North, Malvern, Worcestershire, United Kingdom, WR14 2YF 8pm: £14 in,
Sat 25 th June,Open Mic, Air Cafe Bar,35 Broad Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom, WR1 3HN, 1300-1700: Free in
Sat 25th June “A Weekend With Mr Darcy” University City Centre Campus ,Castle Street ,Worcester, 2pm-4pm:£10, Calling all Jane Austen fans, join us to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane’s first publication. Victoria Connelly, author of a trilogy of Jane Austen addicts, will talk about her love of Jane Austen and her route to publication. This event is part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival 2011.
Sun26th June Lafacino Comedy cabaret with the Improlympians, Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings heath,7.30pm:£5 in, Aaron Twichen, Rachel Sambrooks et al.
Sun 26th June Worcestershire Poetry Slam, Drummonds, 28 New St Worcester WR1 2DP:
Mon 27th June “Shindig” The Western, Western Rd Leicester, 7.30pm: Free in, Open Mic, Luke Kennard, Joel Lane, Simon Perril, Lydia Towsey Headline, plus launch of Hearing Voices Vol3.
Tues 28th June “Gothicana” Kitchen Garden Café, 17 York Road, Kings HeathBirmingham-based Theatre Company “Don’t Go Into The Cellar!”is bringing a series of gripping Victorian capers to King’s Heath over the summer. The company’s “Gothicana” shows, set to take The Kitchen Garden Café by storm, are based around more traditional story-telling techniques, and feature adaptations of Poe, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle and other masters of mayhem.
Wed 29th June “Ghouls Aloud” The Station Pub, 7 High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham-based Theatre Company “Don’t Go Into The Cellar!”is bringing a series of gripping Victorian capers to King’s Heath over the summer. Combining the gory excesses of Hammer Horror with the Music Hall feel of The Good Old Days, “Ghouls Aloud” will bring you chills, chuckles and tunes! Expect to encounter Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, Countess Dracula, Rasputin the Mad Monk and many other creepy coves in this original and enjoyable variety show with added bite
Wed 29th June “Bad Language” Castle Hotel 66 Oldham St Manchester,7.30pm:Free in, Stuart Maconnie headlines at Manchester’s leading spoken word event.
Thurs 30th June “Hit the Ode”, Victoria Pub, Birmingham City Centre: 7pm,£5in, Richard Tyrone Jones (Wolverhampton),KayoChingonyi (London) Weonika Lewandowska and Wojtek Cichon (Poland).
Thursday 30th June “Wedensbury Poetry” The Royal Oak, Meeting St, Wednesbury,7.30pm Open mic, free in
Fri 1st July “ Spoken Word”, Hollybush, Cradley Heath,7.30pm: free in. Open mic, Richard Bruce Clay officiates.
Sat 2nd July Summer Poetry Day, Nuneaton. Various events around the town in the open air, bookshops, and Pubs.
Sat 2nd July Poetry/Drama/ Song, Fradley Village Hall, Fradley, Staffs,7.30pm: a memorial eveing in honour of the late Jan Green.Lichfield Poets, Lichfield Players and Fradley Players combine.