Jan 2012 What’s On

Mon 2nd SW @N,Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0DW.8pm, Poetry, Storytelling and song, Peter Chand hosts.

Thur 5th Yard of Tales,Joules Yard, rear of 53-55 High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7AF.Yard of Tales is a performance storytelling club hosted by Kevin Walker http://www.kevinwalker-storyteller.com

Thur 5th Parole Parlate, Little Venice Worcester 7.30pm. Decadent Divas, plus sundry supporting cast, Lisa Ventura hosts.

Fr 6th Spoken Word & Music The Hollybush The Hollybush, 53 Newtown Street, Cradley Heath B64 5EA Open mic, 8.30pm, free in liveatthebush@yahoo.co.uk, Richard Bruce Clay MC’s, Dave Francis does the beer.

Sun 8th ARTournament’s Sunday Chill,The New Inn in the centre of Gloucester​ (opp M&S) City Centre. 16 Northgate Street, Gloucester​, Gloucester​shire, GL2. UK.First Sunday, £5in, 3pm-9pm. poetry, Comedy and Music.Suz Winspear, Lisa Ventura,James Bunting, amongst many. Anna Saunders hosts.

Sun 8th Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm,Workshop, Open mic plus Jonathan Davidson, Angela Frances.

Mon 9th Pure and Good and Right, The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa, CV32 4nx 7.30pm, Open Mic with George Hardwick. This month’s guest poet is the dynamic Andy Conner.

Hailing from Birmingham, Andy Conner performs poetry light and dark. Taking inspiration from sources as diverse as Brazilian street children, the First World War and his own inability to concentrate, he has established a wide and eclectic repertoire which guarantees that no two performances are the same, or anywhere near it. Long-established on the West Midlands scene, Andy has also performed in a wide variety of venues nationwide and his work has featured on Radio 4’s ‘Poetry Please’.

An engaging and dramatic performer, Andy attracts uniformly positive reviews, both for his his published work and live performances. His current publications are ‘Red’, a collection of poetry, and ‘Once’, a teen fiction novel, both of which are selling strongly in Britain and abroad.

Andy hates computers with a vengeance, but nevertheless keeps a poorly-maintained website at http://www.andyconner.com

Mon 9th Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH,8pm, : Free in, Open mic, Contact Nick on pubpoetry@nottscomedyfestival.co.uk

Tues 10th City Voices City Bar King Street, Wolverhampton WV 1ST , 7.30pm Set Bill, with Simon Fletcher

Tues 10th Scribal Gathering The Upstairs Room at The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1BE, 2nd tuesday monthly,Entry: free; open mic poetry and music with featured acts,”Stony Stratford’s première spoken word and music performance event. Richard Frost hosts.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…” Sign up for the open mic on the night, or reserve a slot by email: info@scribalgathering.com.http://www.scribalgathering.com/

Tues 10th Tales at the Edge, Bridgnorth, Shropshire,Tales at the Edge is one of the country’s oldest and most established storytelling clubs, meeting at The White Lion in Bridgenorth at 8 pm.

Wed 11,The Quad Derby QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS Second Wednesday 19.30 Free in, A monthly night of performed poetry for everyone, new performers always welcome or just come and listen, More details from QUAD or contact Les on T: 01332 206 734, http://www.derbyquad.co.uk

Wed 11,Jan Spoken Word Open Mic @ ‘Old Cross’ Pub, Church Street, Stapleford​ NG9 8DA An evening of poems and stories from two local performers – Dave Wood and Richard Young.Sign up on the door for open spots. Anything spoken word is fine lasting between 3 -5 minutes. A great chance to try out your writing in a fun way.Entrance is free. There’ll be a collection for ‘Rainbows Hospice’ and the landlord is kindly organising a beer raffle as a fundraiser for the hospice.The performance will be ‘in-the-round’ in the upstairs room in Old Cross pub

Wed, 11th , The Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ 7.30pm sarah Rundle’s “Gawain and the Green Knight” Gorgeous Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew, rides out in golden armour on his white horse on a suicidal mission. The journey is cold and long and he is constantly ambushed – but the greatest danger comes from his own heart! Love, war and chivalry combine in this classic tale from the court of King Arthur that will have you watching and listening on the edge of your seat!. Sophie Snell hosts.

Sophie writes: “I met Sarah first about 3 years ago when we both applied for a commission – it was a delight to watch her perform then, she was a generous and energetic performer, and all we have heard of this her latest show has been full of praise!” Sarah, when asked how she got into storytelling describes how she got locked in a laboratory but tunnelled her way to freedom. She ran away to drama school and is now an actor and storyteller. Over the last 7 years she has performed in theatres, cafes, museums, yurts and even a Saxon Longhouse!

“Sarah Rundle has made the most enjoyable “Gawain and the Green Knight” I have ever seen. It storms along with an intelligent irreverence, yet is able to be truly magical when wonder is called for. You can sense that this is the result of deeply researched work, every creative choice behind its composition and delivery is considered yet the result is light and deft… It sparkles with a particularly glorious English humour. I’ve not had this much spirited pleasure from anything “Arthurian” since Footsbarn Theatre’s work in the late 1970′s” Ben Haggarty.

“Richly historical and sharply modern, Sarah Rundle’s “Gawain” is a masterpiece of contemporary storytelling. By turns poignant and witty, deeply moving and uproariously funny.” Giles Abbott.

“One of the most raucous and fun raising accounts of Sir Gawain I’ve ever heard. Spiced with modernisms it was lively, and full of beer cellar swagger. Uproarious!” Del Reid in the London Storytelling Newsletter.


Sat 14th Poets Place, Birmingham Central Library,2pm-4pm, free in:

Poets’ Place: a bi-weekly informal gathering of poets, writers and performers. An opportunity to meet like-minded people, give and solicit feedback, or just sit in a corner and write for two hours.Organised by Birmingham Libraries and Apples & Snakes, Poets’ Place is a monthly informal gathering of poets. It is an opportunity to meet like‐minded people, give and solicit feedback on your poetry, or just sit back and write for a couple of hours without interruption. You can use the Poets’ Place to make new friends, discover
new poets, share and have your work critiqued, make useful connections, set a writing schedule… The Poets’ Place can be whatever you as a poet decide to make of it. Whether you are a published poet, a slam champion, or someone who is just wondering whether poetry might be worth a try, stop by. There is no need to sign up or book a place: just show up with your poems or a blank notebook. There will be someone there to make you feel welcome and advise you on how to make the most of your time there. Occasionally, Poets’ Place will host performances, workshops, film showings and other events. The Poets’ Place is located on the Lower Ground Floor (access via the Netloan Centre).

For more information contact: Nikki Bi, Birmingham Reader
Development Support Officer (nikki.bi@birmingham,gov.uk) or Bohdan Piasecki,
West Midlands Coordinator, Apples & Snakes (bohdan@applesandsnakes.org)

Sat 14th Black Country Evening at Bilston Voices, Cafe Metro, Church St, Bilston, 7.30pm,£7 inc buffet,Dave Reeves, Brendan Hawthorne and Madge Gilbey, as well as the hilarious Fizzog Theatre Company, Emma Rollason doing her Dolly Allen tribute and Derec Mac.Emma P is MC

Tues 17th Poetry Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, Mill Lane, Ashby de la Zouch– 8:30, free in, with a licensed bar and great coffee. T Open mic poetry and folk

Fri 20th Madcap,Creed Street, Wolverton, MK12 5LY Milton Keynes, 7.30pm:Danni Antagonist hosts, Milton Keynes’ most slamtastic spoken word event invites you to come Into The Enchanted Wood…Whether you get there through the back of a wardrobe, on the run from your wicked stepmother, or just falling down a rabbit hole, come into the enchanted forest with Poetry Kapow!, for an evening of rhymes, tall tales and make-believe cabaret.There’ll be our usual magical open mic, spellbinding slam, and fantastic featured acts, with a sprinkling of written competitions, interactive art, and hidden goodies ready to inspire you.Come down to the lovely MADCAP Theatre in Wolverton. Bring your words, your imagination, and some breadcrumbs to trail behind you. Just in case…(And for more of that wonderful photography, go and see Steve Ellaway’s site at http://www.flickr.com/​photos/steveellaway/)


* Slam competition
* Open mic
* Featured artists
* Live acoustic music
* Deep, dark loveliness

(15+ please!)

Contact wood@poetrykapow.co.uk/ 07904 499049 for more details, or check out the website – http://​www.poetrykapow.co.uk/ – for more details about What We Do…

Sunday 22nd Sunday Xpress Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD, Brendan Higgins hosts, Open mic,jameskennedycentral@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday 22nd Rhyme and Tells at the Six Bells in Bishops Castle, Shropshire, 8 pm – 10.30 pm. It is free admission and an open session for poetry, prose and storytelling.

Monday 23rd Shindig The Western PH, Western Rd Leicester, 4th Monday bi-monthly,7.30pm: Headliners and open mic,free in, Jonathan taylor, matt Nunn and Jane Commane host.Crystal Clear Creators and Nine Arches Press invite you to Shindig! Open-Mic Poetry Evening at The Western Pub, Leicester, LE3 0GA on Monday 23 January from 7.30pm. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL! Sign up for open-mic slots at the door. Featured poets for the evening are Jessica Mayhew, John Lucas, Phil Brown and Helen Calcutt.
Jessica Mayhew is twenty-two, and is part-way through her degree at the University of Northampton, where she is studying English Literature and Creative Writing. Apamphletof Jessica’s work called Someone Else’s Photograph will be published by Crystal Clear Creators in March 2012.

Phil Brown teaches English in Sutton and has been regularly writing poetry for about ten years. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Crashaw Prize and won the Eric Gregory Award in 2010. His debut collection, Il Avilit, has just been published by Nine Arches Press. He is the Poetry Editor for the online magazine and chapbook publisher, Silkworms Ink.

John Lucas’s most recent book is Next Year Will Be Better: A Memoir of England in the 1950s. He runs Shoestring Press.

Helen Calcutt was born in 1988 and grew up in the West Midlands, with familial roots in South West Wales. Her first pamphlet collection is forthcoming next year with Perdika.

She works as a visiting writer for, among others, Creative Alliance, Writing West Midlands, and The Young People’s Writing Squads. She was awarded an Arvon writing Grant in September 2011.

Mon 23rd
Poemy Things, Boars Head Gallery Kidderminster,Poemy things from:Ira Lightman, Cliff Yates,Bobby Parkerand Kate Wragg

Tuesday 24th Fizz, Polesworth Abbey, Poleworth, Open Mic and Guest Gary Carr.7.30pm, Free in, Mal Dewhirst hosts.

Tueday 24th Poetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York St Kings Heath, 7.30pm, £5, opne mic plus special guest Matt Merritt, Jacqui Rowe hosts.

Tuesday 24th The Telling Space,*NEW VENUE *(relocated from Wem) Mythstories,The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE,7pm, free in http://www.mythstories.com contact Dez or Ali on 01939 235500 for further information. A chance to listen or an opportunity to tell.

Wed 25th 42 Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy,Lunar Bar, New St, Worcester, 730pm start, free in.

Wed 25th William McGonagall and the Mystery of Loch Ness,Kitchen Garden Cafe, York St Kings Heath, 7.30pm,Poetry, music and mayhem abound in this Victorian comedy-thriller! Dinner-Theatre package, to see in Burns Night!William Topaz McGonagall, poet and tragedian of Dundee, has been widely hailed as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language. A self-educated hand loom weaver from Dundee, he discovered his discordant muse in 1877 and embarked upon a 25 year career as a working poet, delighting and appalling audiences across Scotland and beyond.

“His audiences threw rotten fish at him, the authorities banned his performances, and he died a pauper over a century ago. But his books remain in print to this day, and he’s remembered and quoted long after more talented contemporaries have been forgotten.”http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/

Presented by “Don’t go Into the Cellar” Theatre Company.

For more information on McGonagall, follow the link.

Thur 26th Bad Language The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE,7.30pm, Open Mic plus guest Socrates Adams.Dan Carpenter hosts.

Thur 26th Bilston Voices, Cafe Metro, Church St, Bilston, 7.30pm,£2 in, set bill, Emma Purshouse hosts

Thur26th Hit the Ode, Victoria PH,Birmingham, 7.30pm £5 in, Sue Brown , Luke Wright,Dani Orviz, from Spain headline, Bohdan Piesecki hosts.

Fri 27th Jan Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage tavern, Byrkely St, Burton on Trent, 7.30pm , Free in, Open Mic, Gary Carr hosts.
Sun 29th Sunady Express, Adam 7 Eve, bradford St, Digbeth, Birmingham, 4pm, free in: Open mic, poetry and music

Tues 31st Word Wizards Grove Hotel, Buxton 19.30. Rob Stevens hosts, Open mic three minute slam format More info Poetryslamuk@aol.com
01298 77362/ 0781 3289358

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