Tues 2nd “Night Blue Fruit” ,Taylor Johns, St Nicholas St ,Coventry,7.30pm: Free in. Open mic
Thur 4th “Parole Parlate” ,Little Venice, St Nicholas St, Worcester, 7.30pm, £3in Paul Jeffrey, Mr Morrison, David Calcutt, Suz Winspear ,Donneck Dahl, Al Barz Knuckles Edwards ,John Lawrence
Thur 4th Catweazle Club East Oxford Social Club, 44B Princes Street, Oxford, 7.30, £5in, Open mic, weekly Thursday event
Fri 5th Bookmark Theatre, Bloxwich library, Walsall.7.30pm, free in: Open Mic
Fri 5th Open Mic The Hollybush ,Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath8pm: free in, with Richard Bruce Clay Natalie Williams and Timothy Parkes.
Sun 7th Cafe Lafacino Kitchen Garden cafe, York Rd, Kings Heath, 7.30pm: £5 Poet Donna Scott, plus comic and musical variety bill
Mon 8th P&G&R Sozzled sausage, Leamington Spa7.30pm: £3in Summer Slam plus open mic
Mon 8th “The Brightside”, Crumbling Cookie, 8 High Street, City Centre, Leicester LE1 5YP, 8pm:£3 in, Mark Niel, Melinda Deathgoth, Mulletproof Poet, Steve Rooney
Mon 8th Pub Poetry Nottingham, The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH,8pm: Free in, Open mic
Tues 9th Scribal Gathering,The Upstairs Room at The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes,7.30pm: freein; 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…” Richard Frost comperes.
Tues 9th City Voices, City Bar, 2-3 King Street, Wolverhampton , Free in, Set Bill, Simon Fletcher comperes.
Thurs 18th Speak Up, Bulls Head Moseley,7.30pm, £5in, Headliners plus open mic
Fri 19th “Spoken Worlds” Old Cottage Tavern, Byrkley St, Burton,7.30pm. Free in, Open mic
Sun 21st “Mr Murdoch’s birthday Picnic ”Soho House Museum Gardens ,5 Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, noon-4pm; free in, You’re invited, to a picnic and birthday party for William Murdoch of Soho Birmingham’s brightest beacon! by Adrian Johnson and Cllr Martin Mullaney, cabinet member for Culture.
Birmingham’s brightest beacon and son of invention, William Murdoch, celebrates another birthday on Sunday 21 August and his life and times will be celebrated and recalled in verse, song and colourful display by Adrian Johnson and Nell Bailey at Soho House, the home of his employer, Matthew Boulton. Raise your voice and your glass to the man who played with fire, Birmingham’s brightest beacon, pioneer of steam locomotion, inventor of gas lighting and successful migrant worker that walked 300 miles to make a fabulous difference to our lives, and his, here in Birmingham. Bring a picnic and rug, bring your ears and celebrate the man who lit our world with gas light (in 1792) and pioneered the invention of steam locomotion in 1784.
Mon 22nd “Shindig” The Western, Great Western St ,Leicester , 7.30pm : Free in ,Open Mic
Wed 24th “Gothicana” Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Rd, Kings Heath 7.30pm, £6 in, Masks and basques from the “Don’t Go into the Cellar” Theatre Company, a mix of verse and story telling.
Wed 24th-27th The Tempest/Winters Tale, Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, 7.30pm;£10in, The Purple cast present: A double ‘Bill’ of pocket sized Shakespeare performed in one evening by the same cast!
Thurs 25th Bilston Voices Martin Jones, Stuart Haycox (from Bilston Writers),Marion Cockin, Roger Noons,Greg Stokes
Tues 30th Word Wizards Grove Hotel, Buxton last Tuesday Monthly 19.30. Open mic ,three minute slam format More info Poetryslamuk@aol.com
Tues 30th Gothicana, Shakespeare Memorial Room, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, £6in The final ever public performance in a building about to be knocked down.Masks and basques from the “Don’t Go into the Cellar” Theatre Company, a mix of verse and story telling.
Wed 31st Bad Language, The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE 7.30. Set Bill, hosted by Daniel carpenter
Thur 1st Parole Parlate, Little Venice, St Nicholas St, Worcester, 7.30pm, £3in: Set bill. A F Harold headlines
Fri 2nd Open Mic The Hollybush ,Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath8pm: free in, with Richard Bruce Clay