September What’s On

Sun 4th ARTournament Sunday Daytime Chill, The New Inn in the centre of Gloucester (opp M&S)12-8pm,Free in. Poetry and acoustic music, Barnaby Eaton-Jones Mid-day ,Miki Bryne, 1pm,Jamie Doughty 1.30 ,Brown Torpedo, 2pm and after 6pm.Lisa Ventura 2.30pm,Jeremy Toombs, 3pm,Suz Winspear 4pm Spoken Word Stage,Verity Smith 4.30pm,Rosemary Dunn 5.30pm,Joel Denno 8.30pm

Tues 6th Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns Vaults, Coventry Canal Basin, 8pm. Free in, open mic.Barry Patterson hosts.

Thurs 8th Poetry Open Mic plus headliner Malika Brooker ,The Drum Arts Centre,The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU,0121 333 2444, Seasonal monthly, Thursday, 7.30pm, £5in. Calling all poets, spoken word artistes, emcees, rappers, toasters, singers and spitters! Monthly poetry nights are back at The Drum, so come on down to perform your work, and interact with editors, publishers, theatre producers and other members of the West Midlands poetry scene. Word Up! is compered in rotation by four of The Drum’s in-house poets (Tan Matthews, Jonathan Morley, Moqapi Selassie and Leeanne Stoddart), and features a guest poet reading and giving a Q&A session, embedded in the midst of an open mic event. Malika Brooker is A writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist, whose work spans literature, education and cross- arts. She has appeared world-wide both independently and with the British council. and has held numerous residencies. Breadfruit was published in 2007, and Malika also has poems included in Bloodaxe’s recent collection of emerging Black and Asian poets Spread The Word.

Fri 9th Myth Covered Peaks, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Unions St, Burton upon Trent, 6pm;Free in, a documentary film by local film maker Jim Moore exploring the myths and legends of the Peak District with contributions from local poets and storytellers.

Sat 10th‘Funny Women’,Ashmore Park library, Griffiths Drive, Wolverhampton, WV11 2JW from 2.30pm,Emma Purshouse, Win Saha and Jane Seabourne will be performing their poetry at . This is a free event. For further info contact Ashmore Park library on 01902 556296.

Sat 10th Unleashed !Milla” Nottingham Playhouse 8pm: £8 the man behind the mic keeping you all in line at Blackdrop, has a most amazing not-to-be-missed one-man-show at Nottingham Playhouse.
See him as you’ve never seen him before in this his debut work written, composed and performed by himself! His talents have been hidden up his sleeves, but he’s rolling ’em up and commanding the stage in a highly polished show of Spoken Word, Culture, Rhythm, African Drumming, Music and Lyrics from the heart.

Sat 10th/Sun 11th Birmingham Arstfest, hundreds of free events across the City over two days: details,

Gallery 33, 1.30pm -2pm Erdington Writers, jan watts , Memoirs
Library Theatre 2pm-2.30pm Young Brum Poet laureate, Jordan Westcarr

POW Ph, 3pm-3.30pm Facing Fifty, Brendan Hawthorn

Gallery 33 3pm-3.30pm Birmingham Writers group Secret History of Birmingham in prose and poetry

Sat 10th Trip into Madness, The Council House, Birmingham City Centre , 12.30-1pm.Free in You will be hooting all of the way with this new dynamic piece of physical theatre comedy performed by Rachel Green and Anthony Webster. This show is a preview of work that will be further developed and toured next year. The play focuses on 10 years research & different interpretations of what madness really is. The show promises a unique insight in to why, what and who makes us mad. Common examples include men/fat bottoms/flip flops/celebrity obsessions and plastic people in general.
Don’t worry about the workshop part, we just want your feedback on what you have seen – no pretentious drama games, we promise!
So come along on the Sat 10th or Sun 11th or check out the show at AAOTP Launch on Mon 19th!

Sat 10th The Way You Broke Me, The Council House, Birmingham City Centre , 12.30-1pm.Free The Way You Broke Me is a full and theatrical drama from poet and playwright, Samantha Hunt. Exploring brokenness in all it’s varied forms,the narrative takes shape through the collective experience of responding to mass media in a very human way. It touches elements of sociology and the psyche- from transcendental loss to spiritual earthing.

Sat 10th Decadent Divas, Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, At this years Artfest, four fantastic local female poets will be performing new work based around their experiences of being ‘women of a certain age’. Lorna Meehan will be covering that awkard/liberating post-teenage stage of turning twenty, budding poet Laura Yates will be focusing on being all ‘grown up and responsable’ in her thirties, Charlie Jordan will be examining the trails and tribulations of life in your forties, finishing with Maggie Doyle’s take on the joys of your fifties.
So for a great free afternoon of cautionary tales, heart warming nostalgia and the occasional eyebrow raising confession, delivered with impeccable style by four fabulously dressed ladies,don’t miss the Diva’s.

Mon 12th 1st Wantage Slam, Shush, Newbury St,Wantage, Oxon, O7.30pm. Run by Spiel. The event is part of the inaugural Wantage Betjeman Festival of Literature and Poetry, designed to celebrate the association of the former Poet Laureate with the town.

Mon 12th Sept Pure and Good and Right, Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa,7.30pm.£3 in Roy MacFarlane and open mic,George Hardwick hosts.

Mon 12th Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, Free in, Open mic

Tues 13th City Voices, City Bar, King St, Wolverhampton: £3in Set Bill, Simon Fletcher hosts

Tues 13th Scribal Gathering The Upstairs Room at The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes , 7.30pm,Free in, Richard Frost Hosts

Thurs 15th Speak Up, Bulls Head, Moseley, Birmingham, 3rd Thursday, monthly, 7.30pm: headliners plus open mic,£5in Jodi Ann Bickley hosts

Fri 16th Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage Tavern, Byrkley St, Burton, 7.30pm,open mic, free in.Gary Carr hosts

Saturday 17th Offa’s poets at Stafford Arts Festival.The Shire Hall Gallery, Market Street, Stafford, ST16 2LD.Free in

10.30-11am ‘Friends of Offa’ Tom Jenkins, Marion Cockin & Simon Fletcher

12.30-1pm Offa’s Poets Jane Seabourne, Nick Pearson & Win Saha.

Sat 17th Live at the Imperial, Lichfield St Bilston,7.30pm: £10 in, Jo Bell, The Anti-Poet, Heather Wastie plus comedians Steve best and Ishi Lawrence.

Sunday 18th The Jam Café, Heathcote Street, Nottingham, from 7.30pm onwards: free in

WITH SPECIAL GUEST WRITERS: Angela France, Tom Warner and Joel Lane

PLUS: 6pm – 7pm: THE POETRY SURGERY – All the things you wanted to ask about poetry publishing but were afraid to ask… (Free Event)
Are you interested in being published but don’t know where to start? Do you need some advice about how to start writing poetry or how to shape up your technique? Would you like to find out more about magazines and how to submit your work? Join Matt Nunn and Jane Commane, who are Co-editors of Nine Arches Press, writing tutors and poets, for this informal drop-in session. Grab a cup of coffee before the Shindig open mic and ask all the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask of two editors on the poetry frontline! Jane and Matt will talk about how to get started, how to keep going and get over rejection slips, and how to develop a profile for yourself as a poet.


Angela France has had poems published in many of the leading journals, in the UK and abroad, and has been anthologised a number of times. She has an MA in ‘Creative and Critical Writing’ from the University of Gloucestershire and is studying for a PhD. Her second collection, Occupation is available from Ragged Raven Press. Angela is features editor of Iota and an editor of ezine The Shit Creek Review. She also runs a monthly poetry café in Cheltenham, ‘Buzzwords’

Tom Warner was born in Mansfield in 1979. In 2001 he won an Eric Gregory Award and graduated from the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA with a Distinction. His poetry has appeared in a number of publications and magazines, including The Rialto and Stand, and in 2009-10 he was Poet in Residence for Newark-on-Trent. He currently lives in Norwich where he teaches creative writing.

Joel Lane lives in Birmingham and works as a journalist. He is the author of two novels, three collections of short stories, a novella, a chapbook, and three collections of poetry, the most recent of which is The Autumn Myth (Arc). Joel has co-edited (with Steve Bishop) the crime and suspense fiction anthology Birmingham Noir. His latest publication is Do Not Pass Go – a collection of crime stories as part of the Hotwire short-story pamphlet series (Nine Arches Press).

FREE ENTRY Sign up for the Open Mic on the door.

Mon 19th Bristol Old Vic Word of Mouth opens its autumn season with a blast of lyrical spoken word poetry from spoken word star Dizraeli and humour from two of the best local spoken word performaners Laurie Bolger and Vanessa Kisuule.

Dizraeli is a Bristol-born rapper, poet and musician. Although rooted strongly in hiphop traditions, his work draws inspiration from old folk music, recognising the common ground shared by ‘musics of the people’ from any point in history. He has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude, The Eden Project and The Royal Festival Hall among countless others. He has won both the Farrago UK Slam Championships and the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam, and written several hiphop plays including the award winning ‘Rebel Cell’, with Baba Brinkman.

Tues 20th Fizz 9, Polesworth Refe ctory, Polesworth Abbey , Polesworth,7.30pm, free in, open mic and headliner.Mal Dewhirst hosts

Tues 20th Nottingham “Oxjam” Pub Poetry, Hop Pole PH, High St Chilwell, 8pm, free in, open mic

Wed 21st Rhymes, Station Hotel, Kings Heath, 7.30pm, £5in, Lorna Meehan hosts:
JAMES BUNTING has been performing for around a year, though writing much longer. In that time he has won several slams, including representing his university in two team slams, performed in cities around the country and was lucky enough to perform at Latitude festival this summer.

JAMES BARNETT is a cataloguing librarian from the University of Birmingham who awkwardly stumbled into the spoken word arena in February, performing his first ever open-mic slot at ‘Hit the Ode’. As befitting a librarian, his metaphors are dusty and his line-breaks suitably wary of disorder.

NAOMI PAUL is a comedian and actress as well as an engaging and versatile poetess. After a brief glimpse of her talent at Rhymes last year, we’re welcoming her back for a longer set after her turn at this years Fringe.

DAVID CALCUTT is a poet, novelist and playwright. He has written plays for theatre and the BBC. His latest novel, “The Map of Marvels”, is published by Oxford University Press. He is currently working alongside fellow poets Jacqui Rowe and Deb Alma writing poems with people with Dementia in care homes in Herfordshire.

Wed 21st Storytelling Cafe, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York rd, Kings Heath, 7.30pm: £7in, best of Midlands storytelling

Thurs 22nd Solihull Spontaneity Day, Solihull festival ,Arts Centre Complex/ Touchwood Shopping Centre. 10-4pm, Throughout the day Marcus Moore and sarah-Jan Arbury Perform

Thurs 22nd FLASH at Solihull Arts Complex, Homer Road, Solihull, 7.30pm, tickets £7.50 Sara-Jane Arbury will be teaming up with Glenn Carmichael, Lucy English and Anna Freeman to perform their touring performance poetry and prose show., tickets £7.50. Contact Box Office on 0121 704 6962 or or visit .

Thur 22nd Celebrate Wha, The Drum, Aston, 7.30pm £6in: An evening to celebrate the launch of Celebrate Wha, a collection of poems by midlands writers including Roy McFarlane, Michelle “Mother” Hubbard, Chester Morrison, Sue Brown and Kokumo.

Thur 22nd “Hit the Ode”, Victoria PH, behind the Alex Theatre Brum: 7.30pm,£5in,hosted by Bohdan Piesecki:

Shaun “Evoke” Welch: spoken word artist, grime MC, actor, and all-round word wizard.
From Birmingham, too, Zack Homeless: a super-extra-special one-off guest appearance from one of Brum’s youngest and most talented artists.
From London, Rachel Rose Reid: a spell-binding storyteller whose performances melt bou ndaries between the oral traditions of our ancestors and the spoken word of today. From the USA, Derrick Brown: a paratrooper turned poet and publisher, Derrick is widely recognised as one of the top-most spoken word artists in the world.

Thur 22nd “Bilston Voices”, Metro Cafe, Bilston, 7.30pm, £2in: “Ghost Writers” A selection of work performed by celebrity local poets but written by others.Hosted by Emma Purshouse

Fri 23rd BBC RADIO 3 THE VERB, Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, 8pm, free in.
Poet Ian McMillan takes to the stage in front of an audience at mac Birmingham to introduce the first of the Verb New Voices performances. Two emerging spoken word artists, including Fatima Al Matar, premiere the pieces they’ve developed over the Summer. Novelist, biographer and playwright David Lodge reflects on what working in different genres has taught him about how his characters think.The memorist Sathnam Sanghera reads a commissioned piece about eating beef for the first time, by mistake. And finally, the writer Catherine O’Flynn champions Birmingham in fiction.

Sat 24th 100,000 Poets for Change, Birmingham, and around the world: Various free events!/event.php?eid=190113174387097
100,000 Poets for Change, a worldwide venture, locally Helen Calcutt is co-ordinating . At Birmingham Library 12 noon, hosted by Spoz there will be a walk up open mic, at 7pm in the Birmingham Library Theatre there will be a further open mic and music event – with the promise of a third event to follow after that. Best bring all your work poets!

Sun 25thARTournament Sunday Daytime Chill, The New Inn in the centre of Gloucester (opp M&S)12-8pm, Miki Byrne and assorted guests

Sun 25th Sunday Xpress, Sunday 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic

Mon 26th “Pop up Poetry Place” Opening Ceremony ,Zellig Gallery, Custard Factory, Birmingham, 2pm, Free in: Poetry and a monologue play.

Tues 27th Poetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York rd, Kings Heath, 7.30pm: £5in Bernadette Cremin, plus open mic, Jacqui Rowe hosts

Tues 27th Word Wizards, Grove Hotel, Buxton last Tuesday Monthly 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format. Rob Stevens hosts

Wed 28th Bad Language, The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE 7.30. Set Bill, hosted by Daniel Carpenter

Wed 28th 42 – Open Mic Night (Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy) Boston Tea Party ,18 Broad Street, Worcester: 7.30pm; £4 in ‘42’ is Worcester’s first & only Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Open Mic Night for all those who love the genres & everything in between. “42” takes its name from Douglas Adams’ answer to life, the universe, and everything. Glenn James hosts.

Wed 28th The Poetry Train ,Britannia Hotel, Wolverhampton , 8pm, free in, Open Mic, Tony Stringfellow hosts.

Saturday 1st Warwick, An Evening with Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy,Guy Nelson Hall, Warwick School,8.00pm:
Carol Ann Duffy is one of the UK’s most admired poets, who became the first female Poet Laureate in 2009 and we are delighted that she is making a return visit to Warwick.
Be captivated by Carol Ann Duffy’s subtle yet provocative poetry that will draw you into its beautiful and complex narrative.

Monday 3rd Warwick,An Evening with Warwick Poet Laureates, Ball Room. Court House (Warwick Tourist Information Centre)7.30pm
Join Warwick Poet Laureates past and present as they help us to celebrate ten years of poetry at the festival.

Tuesday 4th Warwick The Necessary Aptitude with Pam Ayres, Lord Leycester Hospital 6.00pm
We are delighted to welcome Pam Ayres to Warwick Words to talk about her newly published autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude

Tuesday 4th ,Warwick, An Evening with Melvyn Bragg, Warwick School,8.00pm
Melvyn Bragg will be talking about the impact of The King James Bible in the 400 years since it was first published in 1611

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