November Poetry/ Spoken Word What’s On

Tuesday 1st November Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns Canal Basin, Coventry,8pm: Open mic, free in, Barry Patterson Hosts

Thursday 3rd Fizz 9, Tythe Barn Polesworth Abbey,7.30pm, free in. From Dublin Afric McLinchley, Colm Scully, Jennifer Mathews plus open mic

Thursday 3rd Parole Parlate, Little Venice, St Nicholas St, Worcester Richard Tyrone Jones, Bobby Parker, Nicola Callow, Beth Knuckles Edwards, Sam Hunt,Huw Parsons Andrew Owens, Eugina Herligy, John Lawrence, 7.30pm £3 in.

Thursday 3rd Yard of Tales, Joules Yard, rear of 53-55 High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Storytelling, 7pm, £6in Joules Yard is a unique venue with a licensed bar after

Sat 5th Pomedy Show, Arena theatre, Wolverhampton,7.30pm: £9in Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence.
Bringing together Poetry and Comedy with incisive social commentary and music, Yasus Afari engages with Marcia Calame, local poets and comedians to bring an evening of laughter and learning.

Sun 6th Artournamnet Glos Sunday Chill, The New Inn, Noon-10pm.Bonfire of the Vanities Slam,Jack Dean, Johnny Fluffy Punk, Amy Rainbow, Peter Wyton, Ash Dickinson, Spoz, Brenda Read Brown,Michael Wilson, Suz Winspear, MstrMorrison, Crispin Thomas, Emma Purshouse, Timothy Brewis, Jeremy Tooms, Fergus McGonigal, Rose Dun, Shabz Ahmed, Chris Dibnah

Mon 7th The SW@N Club – Spoken Word at the Newhampton, Wolverhampton at 8 pm – 10.30 pm. Admission – suggested donation on entry.Storytelling, poetry, a tune or a song, take part in the open sessions or just sit back and enjoy the variety of performance. Most sessions are open spots but approximately every three months there is a performance in the second half by a professional artist (supported through donations).The club meets in the upstairs room at the Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0DW.For further details please contact Peter Chand

Mon 7th Hammer & Tongue, Left Bank Theatre, Cheltenham Rd, Bristol: 8pm with Tim Clare plus open slam.

Mon 7th Pub Poetry, Canal house, Canal St Nottingham, 8pm: Free in, An evening of poetry in the pub, mixing beer and comic literature.It’s an open mic night for poetry, short stories, songs if ya got ’em – the only thing is they should be funny. Everyone is welcome to read, either your own or someone else’s stuff. No advance notice required – just turn and say you’d like to read.It’s entirely free and is held in the upstairs room of the Canalhouse. Starts at 8pm with periods of reading, drinking and writing limericks. All jolly good fun.See you there!

Feel free to email me if you’ve got any queries:

Tues 8th Wolverhampton City Voices, City Bar, King St, : £3in Set Bill, Simon Fletcher hosts

Tues 8th Stony Stratford Scribal Gathering The Upstairs Room at The Crown, Market Square, 7.30pm,Free in. Richard Frost Hosts

Tues 8th Tales at the Edge, White Lion, West Castle St, Bridgnorth,8pm,free in: Storytelling,Mike Rust officiates.

Wed 9th “Spread the Word!” Open Night, The Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ (look out for the Abbey Street car park signs from the new Derby ring road.)7.30pm. £3 in

Flying Donkeys are pleased to present an Open Night of spoken word and music – tales, poems, prose, monologues and acoustic music of all kinds. Previous evenings have brought us a multitude of fabulous performers! Do come and join us as listener or performer – note if you would like to perform it helps to get in touch beforehand if you can so we can plan the evening.
Flying Donkeys are pleased to present an Open Night of spoken word and music – tales, poems, prose, monologues and acoustic music of all kinds. Previous evenings have brought us a multitude of fabulous performers! Do come and join us as listener or performer – note if you would like to perform it helps to get in touch beforehand if you can so we can plan the evening.
As part of a new initiative of introducing new performers, this evening will feature a special guest spot from London storyteller Stephe Harrop. Stephe is a sensitive and stylish performer whose tales evoke the vanished worlds of the past and fantastical worlds of the imagination. Her stories weave together history, legend and fantasy with the traditional songs and ballads of the British Isles.

For tonight’s event Stephe is performing an excerpt from her show “Powder & Plot” – an intricate and compelling set of stories for Guy Fawkes Night, unearthing from the streets of Jacobean London, the battlefields of Europe and the deceptive peace of the English countryside, the tragic tangle of politics, religion, loyalty and love that shaped this most famous of plots.
“Spread the Word!” was recently reviewed by
“Spoken word events traditionally major on poetry, interspersed with the odd prose piece to provide a bit of a break. “Spread the Word” turns this concept on its head by majoring on storytelling, and using poetry and music as the interludes – and very well it works too… each main performer not only had a distinct style, but also the stories themselves were quite diverse, ensuring a satisfying, stimulating and rewarding evening.” Gary Longden, reviewing “Spread the Word!” June 2011.
We even provide scrumptious cake too! To register an interest in performing contact Sophie on Tel 01332 840007 or email or just let us know at the door when you arrive on the night. Tickets are a straight £4 or £2 if you are performing!

Wed 9th The Quad Derby, QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS 19.30 Free in, A monthly night of performed poetry for everyone, new performers always welcome or just come and listen, Les hosts.

Wednesday 9th November Dave Reeves will be performing his show Black Country Dialectics, based on his Offa’s Press pamphlet, at Bilston Library, Mount Pleasant, Bilston, WV14 7LU, 4-5pm. Free event. Dave will be supported by Chris Lomas and Heather Wastie.

Thur 10th Word Up Poetry Open Mic plus headliners,The Drum Arts Centre,The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, , Seasonal monthly, 7.30pm, £

Thur 10th What Are They Whispering? a poetry show, New Art Exchange, Nottingham ,7.30pm,

Fri 11 Walsall Central Library Jo Bell,1.30 – 3.30pm, Free in,Don’t miss this opportunity to meet famous poet Jo Bell at our poetry workshop event, with “The Feel Better with a Book Group”.Meet in the museum’s education room.

Fri 11th 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 11th The 10th Solihull Slam, at the Arts Complex, 7.30pm. with Spiel, Marcus Moore and Sarah-Jane Asbury

Sat 12th A concert for a can of beans, Charity show in aid of the Food Bank. West Bromwich Community Church, Victoria Street, West Bromwich,B70 8EX,7.30pm: Spoken word with some acoustic music.Cost: A can of food for the Food Bank,Tickets from Nigel Self 0121 612 3396

Mon 14th Pure and Good and Right, the Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa, 7.30pm, £3in Open Mic, George Hardwick MC’s.Peter Wyton headlines

Tues 15th Poetry, Performance & Pizazz at the Boar’s Head in Kidderminster, 7.30pm. A performance and workshop with Emma Purshouse and Heather Wastie.

Tues 15th Poetry Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, Mill Lane, Ashby de la Zouch– it starts at 8:30 to 8:45pm with a licensed bar and great coffee. It will then be on the third Tuesday of the month.

The event is hosted by Brian B. Langtry, who ran a poetry and folk club in the Black Country in the Mid 1970’s, which ran until the pub closed down. Brian has always been keen to mix the arts and has decided to give the Folk and Poetry format a revival in Ashby. As Brian’s flyer says the Performers are from the audience.

Wed 16th Storytelling Café Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Rd, Kings Heath, £7in with Red Phoenix telling traditional terrifying tales.

Thurs 17th 3 Poets Walk into a Pub at Ye Olde White Hart, Kinver,7.30pm, free in, with Emma Purshouse , Mark Niel and Heather Wastie

Thurs 17th Speak Up, Bulls Head, Moseley, Birmingham, 7.30pm: headliners plus open mic,£5in

Thurs 17th Go Wild/Lion Appeal POETRY Event, Staion Pub, Kings Heath 8pm,£5.00 entry
Elaine Christie, Helen Calcutt, David Calcutt, Matt Nunn from Nine Arches Press

Mon 21st Word of Mouth, Bristol Old Vic, Kings st, Bristol. 8pm: £8in Byron Vincent, with guests Luke Kennard and Tom Phillips.

Tuesday 22nd Poetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Rd, Kings Heath, £5in Poetry Bites next meets on November 22nd when the headliners will be local author (Ghost Town Music) and poet, Bobby Parker and Joseph Horgan . Horgan was born in Birmingham to Irish parents and currently lives in Cork. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for poetry in 2004. He writes a weekly column for the Irish Post, reviews and contributes to radio and television. His first collection, Slipping Letters Beneath the Sea, was published in 2008. Last year, he published his second collection A Song at Your Backdoor.

Thursday 24th Hit the Ode, Birmingham , Matt Harvey/Catherine Brogan plus open mic, £5 in, Bohdan Piesecki hosts

Thursday 24th Bilston Voices, Metro Cafe, Bilston, 7.30pm, set bill, £3 in, Emma Purshouse hosts

Friday 25th Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage Tavern, Burton on Trent,7.30pm, free in, Ash Dickinson plus open mic, Gary Carr hosts

Sun 27thrd Rhyme and Tells at the Six Bells in Bishops Castle, Shropshire,8pm, free in: Mike officiates, Storytelling evening

Sun 27th Adam & Eve, 5pm Poetry Marathon- Open Mic- Acoustic Acts- Bands,A whole afternoon and evening of poetry madness- all to raise money for this year’s Children In Need appeal.

Children In Need poetry marathon- a sponsored hour of non-stop poetry at montly events, the Sunday Express. Free entry event- all poets taking part are asked to donate £1 to be part of the marathon, and to get some sponsors if they can! All welcome- read your own poem, some-one else’s- marathon between 5pm-6pm, acoustic acts, bands and open mic all afternoon.

Sponsor forms for the event available from

Please do join and be part of
Your change counts. From counselling projects to help children get over grief, trauma counselling, beds for children who would otherwise sleep on the floor,to grants for brain injury units and visual impairment play schemes- this wonderful charity really do make a difference.

Tues 29th Word Wizards Grove Hotel, Buxton 19.30. £3inOpen mic three minute slam format, Rob Stevens hosts, More info:

Tues 29th Telling Spaces ,Mythstories, the Morgan Library, Aston Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5AU.7.30pm, free in: Storytelling

Tue 29th 3 Poets Walk into a Pub at Ye King & Castle, Kidderminster Station ,7.30pm, free in, with Emma Purshouse , Mark Niel and Heather Wastie

Wed 30th 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 30th Manchester Bad Language, Castle Hotel Oldham St7.30. Set Bill, hosted by Daniel Carpenter.7.30pm. Anthology launch plus open mic.

Sat 3rd Dec German Market, Birmingham “Love where you live”, 11am-3pm, create, write and perform, open mic. Free event

Sun 4th/5th/6th Christmas Voices, George Hotel, Bird St, Lichfield.7.30pm £9.75 inc pie& wine. Intimate Theatre presents Christmas Voices, a specially designed compilation of light hearted poetry, music and drama for the festive season which will keep everyone thoroughly entertained. The George provides the perfect backdrop for the show, which combines old favourites with originals and humour with pathos and is an essential part of the Christmas celebrations at the hotel.

Tuesday 6th Dec Amnesty Benefit, Poetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Rd, Kings Heath, £5in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Amnesty International and Human Rights day. Joel lane and Anthony Fuller headline, Kay Fuller organises on

Fri 9th Beauty & the Beast Slam, Stroud Valley Artspace,4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA: 7.30pm £5in
01453 751440

Fri 9th Smart Poets Open Mic Poetry Party Vegd out, 7 Fletchers walk, Birmingham,B3 3HJ.: 7.30pm Gary Longden headlines

Sat 10th Lit Fuse, Mac Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, 7.30pm:£8 in.A showcase of the best of Brums up and coming poetic talent, directed by Cheryl Martin.

Wed 14 Darwin Suite, Assembly Rooms, Derby, Sleeping Beauty and Alcestis Storytelling· 7:30pm – 10:30pm,First of two chances to see this lovely evening of storytelling and music in the Midlands – the perfect mood setter for the week before Christmas!

Award winning storyteller Daniel Morden breathes new life into the most haunting of tales, Sleeping Beauty, telling it alongside the Greek myth of Alcestis, awakening a frisson of resonances between the stories. Oliver Wilson-Dickson (violin) and Dylan Fowler (guitar) accompany the tales with heart-stopping original music, infusing them with drama, atmosphere and emotion.

Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) from Assembly Rooms Box Office
Tel: 01332 255800

Wed 21st Dec Storytelling Café Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Rd, Kings Heath, £7in with the Storytellers Studio telling seasonal tales.

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