October What’s On Preview

Such is the volume of Spoken Word events already booked in for September,over 50 at the start of the month and more always surface as the month wears on,that I checked how October was looking, and that seems just as manic.The Warwick and Cheltenham Literary Festivals , and Birmingham Book Festival,add many excellent events. So here follows a provisional for October, there will be much more to follow!

Saturday 1st, 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 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 , An Evening with Melvyn Bragg,Guy Nelson Hall, 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

Tues 4th in Coventry with Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns Vaults, Coventry Canal Basin, 8pm. Free in, open mic. Barry Patterson hosts.

Tues 4th Bad language and nightjar press The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE, 7.30pm: Bad Language is proud to present a night of haunting stories in conjunction with the incredible Nightjar Press.With performances from Bad Language and Nightjar authors including:
Christopher Kenworthy who will be launching his brilliant chapbook ‘Sullom Hill’:
Claire Massey
Tom Fletcher
Graeme Shimmin
Duncan Lockhart

‘Haunting stories that set out to keep us in their moment’ Paul Magrs

Nightjar Press is an independent publisher specialising in limited edition single short-story chapbooks by individual authors. For more information please visit: http://nightjarpress.wordpress.com/

Bad Language is a new writing collective based in Manchester who produce quality literature publications and live events. For more information please visit: http://badlanguagemcr.blogspot.com/

Wed 5th “Blackdrop” New Art Exchange, Nottingham 8-10pm £3 Open Mic plus Difference of The Sexes, ft myself, Mother Hubbard, Milla, Shad The Dad, and Saraa Rain.

Thursday,6th An Evening with David Morley, Lord Leycester Hospital,7.30pm
David Morley has published over 20 books, including nine books of poems, many of which have won major prizes. He is a world famous author on creative writing and a bestselling anthologist. His writing podcasts are among the most popular literature downloads on iTunes.

Thursday 6th Live Poetry at the Thomas Oken Tea Rooms,Thomas Oken Tea Rooms, 11.00am – 4.00pm Join Olga Dermott-Bond, Warwick’s 2010 Poet Laureate, and guest poets from Warwickshire and the West Midlands who will be reading a selection of their poems – an exciting and eclectic mix of funny to serious and all shades in between. You can even read your own work, if you wish to, in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. This is a chance, not to be missed, to relax with cake and tea and meet some of the region’s poets, and have an enjoyable, informative day.Contact Olga if you would like to participate in the Live Poetry at the Tea Rooms: olgadermott@btinternet.com
Please note that this event is held upstairs and does not have disabled access.

And Friday 7th 11.00am – 4.00pm As above, Cannon Hill Poets are performing from 1-4pm with Janet Smith,John Alcock and Martin Underwood et al.

Thurs 6th Matt Harvey, National Poetry Day, Walsall Central Library;2pm -3-30pm Free in:A rare and welcome appearance by one of the UK’s brightest performance poets.

Thurs 6thIf you are around the city during the day on Thursday 6th October, look out for us as we head to various venues across the city centre with the Birmingham Poet Laureate finalists who will be performing some of their poetry from 2pm – 4pm.

The schedule of venues includes (timings are subject to alteration):

2pm: Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS
2.30pm: Festival Bookshop, Library Foyer, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3HQ
3pm: St Martin’s Church, Bullring
3.30pm: Cafe Blend, Orion Building, 90 Navigation Street, Birmingham, B5 4AA

Thurs 6thYumm Cafe, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham,6pm – 8.30pm/ Free (Quiz £2),Join the Festival and partners Birmingham Libraries and Poetry On Loan to launch the city’s literature festival.
Back for our 13th year, the Birmingham Book Festival is sharing an opening night with National Poetry Day 2011. What better excuse to invite one of our most exciting poets, Matt Harvey, to help us launch the Festival and test your literary knowledge with the return of the (now infamous) Festival Quiz – back by popular demand. We will also be announcing the city’s 16th Poet Laureate -live!
The Birmingham Poet Laureate scheme is founded and managed by Birmingham Libraries, it supports both an adult laureate and a young laureate for a year, connecting them with the writing community in Birmingham and helping them to generate opportunities for themselves and for others. The outgoing Laureate, Roy McFarlane, will perform alongside the winner, handing over the honorary title with a few words about his 2010-11 tenure.

There will be words from the Festival team, too, about what you can expect from the next ten days. We hope you can join us to welcome in this year’s season of writing, reading and thinking in Birmingham.

All of this takes place within the cosy den that is Yumm Café. Beer, wine, nibbles and soft drinks will be available.

Thurs 6th Parole Parlate, Little Venice, Wocester

Thurs 6th National Poetry Day, Malvern College, Worcestershire. 7pm With Marcus Moore and Sarah-Jane Arbury

Thurs 6th 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, 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.

Friday7th Warwick Slam 2011,Unitarian Chapel9.00pm
Warwick Word’s seventh performance poetry slam, hosted by SPOZ, offers a £100 cash prize!
Slamming is competitive poetry at its fast and furious best: poets perform; judges and audience decide who is best. Come and vote for your favourite at this popular event.
If you would like to participate in the Late Night Slam, please email Spoz at spoz4@blueyonder.co.uk for one of sixteen places.
Tickets: £6.00 (Free to SLAM participants)

Fri 7th Myth Covered Peaks, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Unions St, Burton upon Trent, 7pm;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.

Friday 7th The 7th UK All Stars Poetry Slam Qualifier, at Cheltenham Literature Festival, Imperial Square, 8.30-10pm, £4. Five poets will qualify for the main event the following evening.

Friday 7th Mathew Hollis on Edward Thomas, Montpelier Gardens, Cheltenham Literature Festival 6.30pm. £8 Edward Thomas was one of the most beguiling and influential of First World War poets. Matthew Hollis, author of a new biography of Thomas, All Roads Lead to France, gives us an account of his final five years centred on his extraordinary friendship with Robert Frost. The event will also include readings from Thomas’ work.

Sat 8thOffa’s Press at Small Press Book Fair, Birmingham, Eastside Projects, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AR,10am-4pm, as part of the Birmingham Book Festival with readings from Nick Pearson & Dave Reeves. Times tbc. See http://www.birminghambookfestival.org

Sat 8th Autumn Celebration, Poets for Change 8:00pm – 11:00pm,£5 in:
Birmingham and Black Country poets will join others around the world in a celebration of poetry as a vehicle to promote social, environmental and political change.

This is our Poets for Change evening celebration, with poets Sarah James, Samantha Hunt, Ruth Stacey, Heather Wastie, Anthony R Owen, Gary Longden, David Calcutt, Jacqui Rowe, and Birmingham poet Laureate Roy McFarlane, taking the stage.

There will also be a slot before each half for floor readers, and some beautiful acoustic music in the foyer from song-writer/musician Shalane Joy Hailey.

Tickets cost £5. Booking, or on the door.

Venue and booking info can be found here:

Sat 8thSlam! Young People Set the Mic Alight!Library Theatre, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham 4pm – 5pm/ Free,Young poets who are involved with RoguePlay’s regular Rhymes night mentor young writers from the West Midlands to battle it out in a poetry slam.

With Becki Head, India Miller, Kesha Campbell and Jordan Westcarr

Rhymes is a regular performance poetry/spoken word event that hosts established and upcoming local talent. We’ve teamed up with them to link up some of their best young poets with regional young writers who are keen to hone their slamming skills. Throughout the afternoon our poets will mentor the budding slammers as well as performing their own sets, culminating in a performance and slam where the public can vote for their favourite team.

Saturday 8th The 7th UK All Stars Poetry Slam! A mega-slam on a glamorous scale. Imperial Square, Cheltenham, 8pm-late, £7.

Mon 10th Leamington Spa Pure and Good and Right, Sozzled sausage, 7.30pm. £3 in With our very own Roy MacFarlane headlining ,plus open mic , George Hardwick hosts

Mon 10 Victor Rodriguez Nunez Poetry Cafe, Imperial Square 5:30pm, Free in,
a rare chance to hear a reading by Víctor Rodriguez Núñez, one of Cuba’s most noteworthy contemporary writers. As well as reading a selection of his poetry, he will answer questions on his work.

Mon 10th Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson, The Forum Cheltenham Literature Festival 6:30pm £10, To mark the publication of The Bees, her first new poetry collection since the prize-winning Rapture in 2005, we are delighted to welcome the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, for an unmissable evening of poetry with music by John Sampson
To mark the publication of The Bees, her first new poetry collection since the prize-winning Rapture in 2005, we are delighted to welcome the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, for an unmissable evening of poetry with music by John Sampson…

Mon 11th Your Favourite Poems,Festival Bookshop, Library Foyer, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham,12pm – 2pm/ Free,Come and share your favourite poem in the Festival Bookshop! You will also be able to find out about our other events, buy books, mugs, bags and more or take the Bodies in The Library tour.This event is part of the Fringe Festival.Presented in Partnership with Birmingham Libraries.

Tues 11th Wolverhampton City Voices, City Bar, King St, : £3in Set Bill, Simon Fletcher hosts

Tues 11th Stony Stratford Scribal Gathering The Upstairs Room at The Crown, Market Square, 7.30pm,Free in. Richard Frost Hosts

Tuesday 11th Join Marcus and Sara-Jane as they read, recite and recount their poetry at The Poetry Café, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Imperial Square, 5.30-6.15pm, free.

Tuesday 11th Fiona Sampson on Shelley, Montpelier Gardens, Cheltenham Literature Festival, 10am, £7 in :A radical figure and social campaigner, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote some of the finest lyric verse in England before his untimely death by drowning in 1822. In a beautifully illustrated talk, renowned poet Fiona Sampson provides a fascinating insight into Shelley’s work, and reassesses his reputation as one of the major figures in the Romantic movement.

Tues11th What Are They Whispering?” Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, Power. Who has it, who wants it, who tries to take it from you? The poets know.

…What Are They Whispering? is a poetry show to nudge you or urge you to weigh up the balance of power in your own life. The dynamic trio of poets whose work will charge you up is Imtiaz Dharker, Joe Dunthorne and John Stammers. They perform a hand-picked selection of their poems about power in both its rawest and most subtle states. Poems and ideas are enhanced and amplified with lighting and sound; every spoken word special effect from a whisper to a chorus, every lighting state from a firefly glimmer to a thunderbolt.

Tues 11th Library Theatre, Birmingham Central Library, Writers without Borders, 7.30pm: Free in, A multicultural writers group interweaves the spoken word with rhythms and language while exploring the themes of transition.

Wed 12th Zulu – an evening of stories, music and dance, Quarndon Church Hall, Quarndon, Derbys., DE22 5JA.7.30pm, £8.50. A delightful departure to kick off the new Flying Donkeys’ season! Zulu featured at the Festival at the Edge this year and went down a storm we hear – and we had already booked them!

‘Zulu’ is a theatre company, a band, a dance troupe, a group of storytellers and school of educators all rolled into one. Direct from Durban, South Africa, the individual members of ‘Zulu’ have previously performed in the UK as part of ‘The Mighty Zulu Nation’ and on the West End in ‘The Lion King’. They have performed around the world for royalty and senior government alike, including the Queen, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. They have also performed at the Commonwealth Games and the Highland Games – so a nice link with John’s new Olympics role too!.

This high energy evening combines stories and dance with a range of musical styles to present a spectacle of rich African culture. You will be taken on a journey to experience Maskandi (traditional Zulu music), afro-jazz and traditional Zulu songs and psalms, traditional dance and dramatisation telling the tales of this exciting spiritual culture.

This event is being jointly presented alongside Quarndon Live & Local and Live & Local Ltd. See http://www.liveandlocal.org.uk and http://www.quarndonliveandlocal.co.uk.

Please note the change of venue for this particular event (though we have been at Quarndon Church Hall before – it is very comfortable!). We will be running a bar – and you are very welcome to bring snacks / food to make an evening of it!

Tickets are £8.50 / £6 and available from Sophie or Rob on 01332 840007 or email robandsophie@hotmail.com or info@flyingdonkeys.co.uk.

Wed 12thVíctor Rodríguez Núñez : The Infinite’s Ash,Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham,7.30pm – 9pm/ £7 ,Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is one of the most renowned Cuban poets writing today. He has published eleven poetry collections, the most recent of which, The Infinite’s Ash, has been translated into English by Katherine Hedeen.

He has described his poetry as ‘participatory, yet not political, communicative, yet not explicit, dialogic yet not conversational, Cuban yet not essentially nationalist.’

His awards include the David Prize (Cuba, 1980), the Plural Prize (Mexico, 1983), the EDUCA Prize (Costa Rica, 1995), the Renacimiento Prize (Spain, 2000), the Fray Luis de León Prize (Spain, 2005) and the Leonor Prize (Spain, 2006). His poems have appeared in literary journals throughout the world. He is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College, Ohio. USA.

This is a rare opportunity to experience Rodríguez Núñez’s poetry in Spanish and English, followed by a discussion of his work in conversation with Birmingham poet Charlie Jordan and a book signing. The Infinite’s Ash will be on sale at this event and also in the Festival Bookshop which is located in the Library Foyer throughout the Birmingham Book Festival 2011.

Wed 12th Fiona Thomson & Chris Wallace Crabbe, Poetry Café Imperial square, Cheltenham Literature Festival 5.30pm, Free: A rare opportunity to hear Chris Wallace-Crabbe, one of Australia’s leading poets, and award-winning poet Fiona Sampson, as they read from their latest work.

Thurs 13th Being Human: Neil Astley and Esther Morgan Poetry Café Imperial square, Cheltenham Literature Festival 3.15pm, £6. Much-loved poetry anthology, Being Human offers hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world to touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit. Its editor, Neil Astley and poet Esther Morgan join us to read poems from the anthology, and discuss the heartfelt responses it has provoked in readers.

Thurs 13th Esther Morgan and Lawrence Sail Poetry Café Imperial square, Cheltenham Literature Festival 5.30 pm, Free A chance to hear two acclaimed poets perform work from their latest collections. Esther Morgan reads from Grace, in which she examines our need for purpose, and for signs that might help us decide what to do with our lives. Lawrence Sail reads from Waking Dreams, a retrospective collection of his work from the past four decades.

Thurs 13th HTO Special Ikon Eastside Gallery,7-9pm, £7in Seven Poets from Seven Countries,Is it a serious competition? Is it absurdist comedy? No, it’s the Dice Slam, a truly unique event bringing together an astounding number of top international performance poets and an absurd set of rules.

The poets perform, we throw some dice, the result becomes their score and a hand-picked jury of quick-witted experts attempts to justify it. The audience gets to vote for their favourite critic, and in the end, poetry wins. Not to be missed!

Featuring poets from eight nations including Germany, UK, Poland, Sweden and The Netherlands, this is an evening of international poetry not to be forgotten.

To find out more about Apples and Snakes please visit their website http://www.applesandsnakes.org/

Fri 14th Burton on Trent Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage Tavern, Byrkley St, Burton, 7.30pm,open mic, free in.Gary Carr hosts

Fri 14th The Forum, Cheltenham Literature Festival
12noon: £8, National Poetry Competition Winners Every year, the National Poetry Competition attracts thousands of entries. In an event organised in partnership with the Poetry Society, the 2010 winners of the much-coveted National Poetry Prize, Paul Adrian, Josephine Haslam and Matthew Sweeney join Jo Shapcott to read their winning entries and a selection of new work.
Montpelier Gardens, Cheltenham Literature Festival,
2pm: £7, Paul Muldoon on Byron, With the publication of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage in 1812, Lord Byron became the most famous poet of his age, as well as one of its most notorious characters. The distinguished poet Paul Muldoon (Moy Sand and Gravel, Horse Latitudes) offers this accessible and passionate introduction to one of the most important poets in our literature, as part of Faber’s Poet to Poet series
The Forum, Cheltenham Literature Festival
4pm: £8 Wendy Cope, From a motorway service area to her ambivalent relationship with religion, much-loved poet Wendy Cope covers a wide range of subject matter, and blends sadness and joy in her new volume of poems, Family Values. She joins us to read from, and discuss this compassionate new collection, her first for ten years
Montpelier Gardens, Cheltenham Literature Festival,

5.30pm, free: Jo Shapcott joins three of today’s most exciting young poets, Kate Potts, Karen McCarthy Woolf, and Liz Berry, on stage to read from their work.
7pm, £6,Harsent, O’Brien, Muldoon, In an event specially curated and introduced by Jo Shapcott, we join three of Britain’s finest poets Paul Muldoon, David Harsent and Sean O’Brien for a rare opportunity to hear them read from their hugely-acclaimed work.
8.45pm £6 CK Williams, Hailed by Paul Muldoon as ‘one of the most distinguished poets of his generation’, C K Williams is known for his intense and searching originality, a poet who believes in poetry as a tool to speak the truth. He joins us on a visit from US to read from his work, startlingly intense anecdotes on love, death, secrets and wayward thought.

Sat 15th Lyric Lounge , Rutland County Museum,Catmose St, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP, 11am-7pmJoin us for our
National Poetry Day 2011 celebrations in Oakham with The Lyric Lounge.

The Lyric Lounge is a vibrant spoken word festival bringing international artists to share the stage with participants
and local performers in a spectacular celebration of lyrical prose, music and rhyme.

The Lyric Lounge arrives in Oakham on Saturday 15 October when the Lounge will be open all day for lyrical festivitie
s. Work on your writing skills with workshops from top class poets and performers. Get up on the Open Mic –
first timers welcome. Be wowed by performances of local young writers and musicians alongside established artists.
Enjoy a free lunch while you listen to poetic rhymes during the Lyrical Lunchtime.

Lyric Lounge Rutland is part of Igniting Ambition, the East Midlands’ contribution to the Cultural Olympiad.
The Lyric Lounge is a Writing East Midlands project. It has been artistically developed by Lydia Towsey. It is
supported by MLA Renaissance, Arts Council England, Igniting Ambition and Legacy Trust UK with further
support from Rutland County Council.

All events are FREE
11am – 2pm – Writing workshop with Mullet Proof Poet A regular face on the performance poetry scene and winner
of the Alan Sillitoe Short Story Competition and On the Write Track 2010. His debut collection Citizen Kaned is
due to be released in 2012.

Workshops running all day. Practice your DJ and VJ skills with live DJ and performance visual workshops 11am-5pm
and Grey Gibson a local artist and writer running drop-in activities with a stimulating cross arts mix of drawing,
writing, sculpture and games (12pm – 5pm).

2pm – Lyrical Lunchtime with Open Mic hosted by Mullet Proof Poet. Come along and practice your rhymes
over a free lunch.

5.30pm – 7pm – Lyric Lounge Showcase with local young talent, and headliners The Gang of Angels, a 10-strong
choir singing decade defying sounds, Mullet Proof Poet and Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze – performer, director,
choreographer, mentor and internationally acclaimed Jamaican dub poet, her latest collection, Third World Girl,
was published by Bloodaxe earlier this year.

Please see: http://www.lyriclounge.co.uk for more artist information

For more information please contact catherine@writingeastmidlands.co.uk

Email Karen Khadden@rutland.gov.uk
Ring us on 05172 756655S

Sunday 16th Oxjam, Pub Poetry The Crown, Beeston, Nottingham,8pm Free in, Open mic, Pub Poetry is an evening of comic and lighthearted open mic spoken word in pubs with Real Ale: without beer, literature is nothing.

Sun 16thClosing Party with Ellen Deckwitz & Daan Doesborgh,Open Space, MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham,5.30pm- 6.30pm/ Free ,Finish the Festival properly with a feast of spoken word – open mic slots for the city’s up and coming poets, hosted and followed by Dutch poetry slam legends Daan Doesborgh and Ellen Deckwitz. Both national champions in Slam Poetry in their home country, they come to Birmingham with a show put together just for us. Combining their powers, they present L&D: a Dutch supergroup of poetry slam.

Also known as the Siegfried and Roy of poetry performance, Ellen and Daan will bring you a show filled with poetry, humour, mime and Dutch folklore. Find out why people already refer to them as the bosses of spoken word! Allow them to bring you to laughter and to tears, and then join us in the bar to celebrate another great year of literature.

Thurs 20th Speak Up, Bulls head Kings Heath,7.30pm Open mic

Thurs 20th John Cooper Clarke / Ian Passey aka Humdrum Express, Robin2, Bilston, 8pm: £16 in, Live on stage 9.30pm, All Seated show

John Cooper Clarke was born on the 25 January 1949 at Hope Hospital, Salford, Lancashire. His father George was an engineer, and his mother, Hilda, was an unpublished poet. He has one younger brother.

After teenage years as a Mod, John served time as an apprentice engineer, a lab technician at Salford University (then Salford Tech, where he was interviewed by Tony Wilson for Granada TV) and also a lead type compositor. After a brief unsuccessful marriage, and a stint living in Dorset, John returned to Manchester and started reading his poems in clubs.

By 1976 and the arrival of punk, he was initially the support act for many seminal punk bands such as the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, The Fall, Joy Division, Elvis Costello and Siouxsie and the Banshees, to name but a few; His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse delivered in a rapid-fire performance style. Before long, John was headlining his own gigs and drawing huge crowds of fans. John had an striking visual appearance; tall and thin with a mess of black hair, black sunglasses, drainpipe trousers and cuban-heeled boots. He was dubbed “The Bard of Salford” and given the moniker “punk poet”. During those heady days, John recorded four studio albums, and released two live LPs. He also had limited success with the release a few singles, but it was the live arena where John found the greatest success and acclaim.

As punk began to wane in the early 1980’s, John’s star seemed to fade a bit also. He found himself with a personal battle on his hands as he struggled with a serious heroin addiction, which he eventually kicked in the early 90’s. During this time, he met his current partner, Evie, who is also mum to John’s daughter, Stella, born in 1994.

Since the punk days, he has been recognised as one of England’s most important poets and performers. Despite this, he shuns publicity and interviews, as he hates talking about himself. He has said, however, that he enjoys performing now more than he ever used to, having more confidence and stability in his life.

As a result of the current popularity of the 70’s punk phenomenon, John has been seen and heard more in the media over the last few years than in the last few decades. Sky TV recently dedicated an entire night’s programming to John, the Culture Show on BBC interviewed him for a special feature, and he made a brief cameo as his younger self in the Ian Curtis biopic, “Control”.

John now lives with his family in Colchester, and, unwilling to rest on the laurels of times past, continues to write new, vital poetry, and regularly perform live all over the country.

Kidderminster based Ian Passey aka The Humdrum Express returns with a mix of engagingly delivered social commentary and poetic put-downs. http://www.thehumdrumexpress.co.uk

Fri 21st John Cooper Clarke, The Flowerpot, Derby, 8pm – (9pm showtime) £14in

Sat 22nd Malvern Slam, Malvern Youth Centre.Albert Rd North,Malvern,7.45, £5in , 15 Poets head to head til the last one standing is crowned Malvern poet deity for a year. Can Adrian Mealing fight off all comers to retain his crown? 3 rounds of knock outs. Winner crowned after being marked on writing style, performance passion and audience response. 3 judges who are picked from the audience on the night to score.Winner gets to support Ian McMillan at Coach House Theatre Malvern on Friday 28th Oct,Doors open 7.45 for an 8.15 start

Mon 24th Shindig, Western PH, Western Rd Leicester, 7.30pm, Open Mic, free in

Tues 25th Buxton Word Wizards, Grove Hotel, 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format, Rob Stevens hosts, the beautiful journey there alone makes it worthwhile.

Wed 26th Worcester 42 – Open Mic Night Boston Tea Party , Broad Street: 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.

Wed 26th Manchester Bad Language, Castle Hotel Oldham St7.30. Set Bill, hosted by Daniel carpenter.

Wed 26th Wolverhampton The Poetry Train , Brittania Hotel, Lichfield Street, 8pm, free in, Open Mic, Tony Stringfellow hosts.

Thur 27th Birmingham “Hit the Ode” Victoria Pub, in the City Centre: 7.30pm, £5in.

Thur 27th Bilston “Bilston Voices”, Metro Cafe, 7.30pm, £2in: Set Bill

Sat 29th Midlands Poetry Slam, Bedworth Arts Centre,High Street, Bedworth, Warwickshire,7.30pm £7.50 in.The 2011 Midlands Poetry Slam,Fifteen poets cross rhymes to be crowned the Champion and win a place in the Farrago UK Slam Championship later in the year,Hosted by Mark Niel,With Special Guest, Tony Walsh AKA Longfella

Sat 29th Drop Dead Gorgeous – Talulah Blue / Jodi Ann Bickley / Lisa & The Gentlemen, Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath 7pm, £5 in: Marclar Presents…Drop Dead Gorgeous With Talulah Blue (Burlesque), Jodi Ann Bickley (Spoken Word) & Lisa & The Gentlemen (Live Burlesque Music)

Sun 30th Birmingham Sunday Xpress, 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, B Open mic join Jim Kennedy and Brendan Higgins for some bohemian mayhem

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2 Responses to October What’s On Preview

  1. Fran says:

    Such a helpful list! Thanks for posting.

  2. Good to have this all in one place, thanks!

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