July Poetic What’s On

Tuesday 5th July Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns, Coventry,7.30pm: Free in.

Wednesday 6th July, an evening with Ian McMillan and Roy Fisher The Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote. 6 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £8, Child £5, Conc £7 The Packhorse Poets present: the internationally renowned poet Roy Fisher in a rare guest appearance, plus Ian McMillan & Tony Husband: The Illustrated Talking Myself Home.

Wednesday 6th July Homend Poets, Ice Bytes Cafe, Ledbury,6.30pm: Free in

Thursday 7th July Word up with Fatima Al-Matar & Jay Bernard, The Drum, Potters Lane ,Aston7.30pm: £5in, Open mic and headliners

Thursday 7th July Parole Parlate , Little Venice Worcester,7.30pm: £3in: Lyndsey Stanberry-Flynn

Sarah James

Sammy Joe

Michelle Crosby

Bobby Parker

Math Jones

Maggie Doyle

Amy Rainbow

Damon Lord

Friday 8th July @ 1pmZimbabwean New Generation Poets, Burbage Hall, Ledbury,1pm; £8in

@6.15pm Luke Wright, £8in

@8pm Matt Harvey & The AntiPoet , £9in

Saturday 9th July @ 6pm Staurt Maconies Poetry Playlist ,Burbage Hall, Ledbury,1pm; £8in

@7.45 Jo Shapcott & Anne Caldwell £9

@9.30pm Jean “Binta” Breeze £9

Sunday 10h July @ 6pm Jackie kay & Cliff Yates ,Burbage Hall, Ledbury,5.45pm; £9in

Saturday 9th July, Amadeus Martin Storyteller, Underground Venue, Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, 8.30pm; £7, performing “Trying Not to be Clever”.

Sunday 10th July (also on Fri 8th/Sat9th) Lichfield Fuse Festival, Beacon Park, Lichfield,noon-5pm, Timothy Harrington reading Dickens, Heather Fowlers’ Poet-tree

Monday 11th July, Pure and good and right Open Mic Poetry, Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa,7.30pm:£3 in. Jimmy Davis headlines, Hailing from the UK’s second city, Birmingham, Rhymesmith Jimmy Davis has graced stages from Gloucester to Glasgow, London to Liverpool. His live shows are known for their high energy delivery, lucid lyricism and high class musicianship. For his turn at PGR Jimmy will be eschewing the majority of his band mates to offer an acoustic and spoken word rendering of his recent material.Fresh from his performances at Glastonbury, this is a rare opportunity to catch a rising talent in an intimate setting.

Tues 12th July “City Voices” City Bar, King st, Wolverhampton:7.30pm , David Calcutt headlines

Tuesday 12th July, Kat Quartermass Storyteller, Undergound Venues, Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, 5.30pm: £7in. “Love and Loss tales from Imagined Lands” Can the weaving girl hold on to love when she has witnessed worlds of sorrow? Let the world slip away as Kat stitches together ancient tales in a simple, poetic exploration of the happiness and howling we find in love. Dynamic and captivating storytelling from a bright new voice.

Kat Quatermass has trained with some of the best known storytellers in the UK and the USA. Her work is lyrical and takes tales from around the world, re-interpteting them through her own particular lens. If you haven’t tried storytelling before, prepare to escape the everyday as images, from the gory to the sensuous, fill your mind

Wednesday 13th July Kevin walker, Budhist talesThe Multi- Faith Centre, Derby University Kedleston Road, DE22 1GB.7.30pm: Free in,A very special atmospheric evening of tales from the Budhist tradition, set in the MultiFaith Centre amidst colourful drapes and candles – if the weather favours us we might even be on the roof terrace.

Wednesday 13thJuly “Ghouls Aloud” – The Station Pub, 7 High Street, Kings Heath, 7.30pm:£6in, from “Don’t Go Into the Cellar Theatre Company”.

Wednesday 13th July “Carol Ann Duffy” Lichfield Cathedral, 7pm: £15 in, the English Poet laureate with Gillian Clarke and John Sansom

Wednesday 15th July Spoken word and Acoustic Night, The Brewhouse at The Lamp Tavern, 116 High Street, Dudley, DY1 1QT ,7.30pm: £5in, Sue Hulse, Brendan Hawthorn, Geoff Stevens,Carol Midwood, Greg Stokes

Saturday 16th July , “Poetry @ the Lounge” Cafe ,10.30am /George Hotel, Lichfield, 12 noon5: Free in. Lichfield Poets perform light poetry over a coffee and a pint respectively

Sun 17th July Lichfield Poets – Open Air Reading , Monks Walk Garden, Lichfield Campus,2pm-5pm:Free in, Poems, music, bees,soft drinks and cake

Sun 17th July Richard Tyrone Jones, Underground Venues, Old Hall Hotel, Buxton 8.30pm;£7 in,. Strangely uplifting narratives of near-near death, convoluted convalescence and living with heart failure

Tuesday 19th July Fizz 8, Polesworth Poets, Polesworth Abbey,7,30: Free in, Matt Merritt Headlines with open mic.

Wednesday 20th July “The Borrowed Word” Bloxwich Library, 7.30pm£5 inAn evening of poetry, music and performance celebrating libraries, books and reading.At Bookmark Bloxwich.Featuring:Fergus McGonigal – “The man has a microphone in his hand. The man is a writer.”Heather Wastie – “Wordsmith, humourist, musician, poet.”

Antony Owen – “His two collections have garnered widespread acclaim.”Emma Purshouse – “Writer, performance poet, and slam champion.”Hosted by David CalcuttCome and celebrate the delight of the spoken, and sung, word with four of the Midlands’ top poets and performers. Open mic floor spots will also be available, so come early to book your place.

Wed 20th July ANN ATKINSON & THE PACKHORSE POETS The Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote. 20 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £3, Child Free, Conc £2 Ann Atkinson, Poet Laureate of Derbyshire, will be sharing poetry with the Packhorse Poets – plus opportunity for contributions from the audience.

Wed 20th July “Rhymes” Station Hotel, Kings Heath,&.30pm, £5in: JANET SMITH

‘A performer of great poise and fragile elegance’, Janet captured attention with her subtle and arresting imagery at the Rhymes Jan-Slam, so it’s only right and proper we see more of her!

TONY STRINGFELLOW

Presenter, performer, author, artist and Marc Bolan enthusiast, as well as a rather good poet.

http://www.tonystringfellow.com

JODI ANN BICKLEY

Organiser of awesome poetry night Speak-Up and soft spoken lyricist on love and life, seen earlier this year showcasing new material at Apples and Snakes ‘Lit-Fuse’ and finalist at Rhymes 2010 Slam.

AND FIFI FANSHAW

Wordsmith and comedic poet with attitude and a very low giggle threshold who tickles life round the ribs to see if it laughs.

http://www.facebook.com/thefifipage

Thursday 21st July “Speak up” Bulls head Moseley,7.30pm: £4in, The line up consists of:Jody ann Blickley writes:

“Inua Ellams – Inua is an award winning poet and playwright. He is such a wonderful fellow and I cannot wait for everybody to hear him, he’s just magical.

Kim Trusty – I love her, I love her poetry and I most definately think you will all love her too. Absolutely beautiful.

Matt Windle – Matt is my partner in crime, it would only make sense for him to do a slot for my birthday as just one of the sixty three presents he has promised me. What a guy. He’s wicked.

Anna Palmer and Simon Gregory from Tantrums – I am so excited to have these two treasures at Speak Up. Doing a special little acoustic set for everybody, they are absolutely amazing.”

Thursday 21st -23rdJuly “Climbing the Walls”, Creation Climbing Wall, Moseley,8pm: £8 A site-responsive piece of Physical Theatre from Rogue Play played out on ropes and through the art of rock climbing. Climbing The Walls has been created from the real stories of Birmingham’s rock climbing community and explores the concepts of balance and equilibrium. The balance between the search for freedom and our sense of will, and the world that keeps us trapped.

Four characters embark on an emotional journey that leaves them exactly where they start, but in turn changes their world. Humorous and touching, poetical and strikingly visual, Climbing The Walls is a combination of physical theatre, text, song and contemporary dance. It discovers the complicated private lives of four lonely individuals literally Climbing The Walls.

Friday 22nd July, “Spoken Worlds”, Old Cottage Tavern, Byrkely St ,Burton on Trent, 7.30pm: Free in

Tuesday 26th July, Word Wizards, Grove Hotel, Buxton, 7.30pm: Free in, a free open mic three minute slam competition

Tuesday 26th, Poetry Bites,Kitchen Garden Café, 17 York Road, Kings Heath, £5in: David calcutt and Anthony R Owen headline, plus open mic.

Wednesday 27th July, “Gothicana” – Kitchen Garden Café, 17 York Road, Kings Heath, £6in from “Don’t Go Into the Cellar” theatre company.

Wednesday 27th July “Bad Language” Castle Hotel Oldham St Manchester:7.30pm,free in: Tom Fletcher and open mic

Thursday 28th July “Bilston Voices” Metro Cafe, Church St, Bilston, ,7.30pm: £3in Roy MacFarlane, and Jordan Westcott headline

Wednesday 27th -28th “Climbing the Walls”, Vertical Limit Climbing Wall, Worcester,8pm: £8 A site-responsive piece of Physical Theatre from Rogue Play played out on ropes and through the art of rock climbing. Climbing The Walls has been created from the real stories of Birmingham’s rock climbing community and explores the concepts of balance and equilibrium. The balance between the search for freedom and our sense of will, and the world that keeps us trapped.

Four characters embark on an emotional journey that leaves them exactly where they start, but in turn changes their world. Humorous and touching, poetical and strikingly visual, Climbing The Walls is a combination of physical theatre, text, song and contemporary dance. It discovers the complicated private lives of four lonely individuals literally Climbing The Walls.

Monday 1st August “Bring & Share” Birmingham Library Theatre, 7.30pm: Free in, hosted by Brum Poet Laureate Roy MacFarlane

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