December What’s On – Poetry, Spoken Word, Storytelling

Thursday 1st 8-10pm Blackdrop @ New Art Exchange.Nottingham, 8pm Price £3.00,Ft poets Kokumo, Moqapi Selassie, Roy McFarlaine, Sue Brown, Mother Hubbard and more, from Celebrate Wha? The new Black British Anthlogy of Midlands writers.,Come along and buy a copy at just £7.95 and have it signed by the poets and the editor!Not forget YOU in the open mic!All welcome. Original material only please. Singing welcome as long as it is your own material, not a cover version.Comedians, storytellers, and monologues also welcome.

Thurs 1st Word Up, The Drum, Aston: 7.30pm, £5 in. Open mic plus guest performers.

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 Antony R Owen headline, Kay Fuller organises on

Tuesday 6th Dec Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns,Canal Basin Coventry, 8pm, Open Mic,free in, Mal Dewhirst and Barry Patterson host.

Wed 7th Waterstones Author Book Signing , Coventry, 6.3-8pm. Free book reading, Antony R Owen reads from the Dereaded Boy, Fatima Al Matar from Heart and the Subsidiary”.

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

Fri 9th Comedy Verse Night, Old Cottage Tavern, Byrkely St, Burton, 7.30pm, free in, Open mic.

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.Dhotti Bluebell,Mstr Morisson, Jess Green

Tues 13th Poetry Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, Mill Lane, Ashby de la Zouch– it starts at 8:30 for 8:45pm with a licensed bar and great coffee. Poetry and folk open mic

Wed 14th Speak Up, Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, 7.30pm,£6 in Open mic with Jody-Ann Blickley, Polar Bear, Byron Vincent, Matt Windle,John Berkavitch, Alex Gwyther.

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

Thur 15th Three Poets walk into a Pub, at Ye Olde White Hart, Kinver,7.30pm, free in, with Theo Theobald , Simon Lee and Heather Wastie

Thurs 15th Pen to Print, 32-35 Water Street B3 1HL (off Ludgate Hill)7.30pm :£5in,
Doors open from 6.30pm for a complimentary drink and a tour of the spaces.
Caribbean savouries and cakes will be available and sold on the evening.

Jasmine Johnson – author of Mr Soon Come
Norman Samuda Smith – The First Black British Born Novelist
Leeanne Stoddart – Performance Poet & Self Publisher
Roy McFarlane – Former Birmingham Poet Laureate
Together for 1 Night
Lively discussion, debate, readings and performance
Tickets £5.00 (each) Entry age: 16+
Cash ticket sales are available every Tuesday (10am—5pm)
from Fluid Space Arts 0121 212 0531
( this event is on the first floor which is not wheelchair accessible)

Sat 17th Smoke & Mirrors, Malvern Youth Centre, Malvern, 7.30pm:£3 in, many, many poets – one classic night.

Smoke and Mirrors the book and CD features work from 28 poets
It’s available on the night price £10.00

Attila the Stockbroker, Emma Purshouse, Bill Thomas,
Dan Duke, Shani Stocker, Tim Cranmore, Amy Rainbow,
Ali Oxtoby, Ted Underwood, Peter Wyton, Ray Miller,
John Cooper Clarke, Guy Martyr, Trish Marsh, Sue Thompson,
Brenda Read Brown, Heather Wastie, Fergus McGonigal,
Laura Dedicoat, Gary Longden, Simone Mansell Broome,
Lydia Davies, Catherine Crosswell, Myfanwy Fox,
Ronnie Salisbury, Adrian Mealing and Ian McMillan.

“Smoke and Mirrors is a cracking book. It is the kind of read that
sits you down in the audience, on the front row. It pulls you up
close under the noses and the mouths of the poets staring
(talking) back.” Simon Thackray, The Shed

Sun 18th Hollybush, Christmas Special, Hollybush Pub Cradley Heath. 5.30pm-11pm, Poetry, spoken word and music. Free in

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

Tues 27th Word Wizards, Grove Hotel, Buxton,7.30pm, £3 in , open mic.

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