Feb 2012 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

Wed 1st Speak Up, Hare & Hounds, Kings heath Birmingham,8pm, £6 in: Bridget Minamore, Neil ward,Dean Atta, Mikell pane,BRIDGET MINAMORE: A very special lady indeed, winner of the Hammer and Tounge Slam – you know you have one of those mates who is gunna rule the world one day.. yeah, that.
DEAN ATTA: Winner of the Spirit of London Award for ‘Achievement through the Arts’. Commissioned to write poems for Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House, London Transport Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Featured on TV, radio and online platforms, such as BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music, BET, Channel 4, Colourful Radio, Cut The Chat, Community Channel, Grime Daily, Manorlogz, PinBoard Blog, SB.TV, Solar Radio and Resonance FM. Invited to perform everywhere, from the Roundhouse to City Hall, Hackney Empire to the Houses of Parliament, his words know no limits!

NEIL WARD: An absolute treasure. I fell in love with Neil Ward at first sight.. strum?.. sight and strum and you will too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo4_Fs5cSdQ
AND
MIKILL PANE!

Mikill, or Mister Pane as he’s commonly referred to, is still best known for his verses on ‘Little Lady’, a track which featured on Ed Sheeran’s No.5 Collaborations EP. The unprecedented success of this track led to a very lengthy stay in the iTunes UK singer songwriter chart, with a peak position of number 1.
2011 has seen Mikill tour extensively with collaborator and friend Ed Sheeran. It doesn’t end with Ed though, as Pane’s services have also been sought, in the form of tour support, by none other than rising star Mac Miller, a U.S. rapper from the same stable as Wiz Khalifa. Add four EPs, one with twice Mercury-nominated drummer/producer Seb Rochford, to the burgeoning list of Mikill’s accomplishments and you have to hand it to him – or you would if he existed – he’s doing alright for a rapper that hates rap.
8 TIL LATE!

Thurs 2nd Blackdrop,New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham (opposite park n ride),8pm, £3 in
Featuring the magical voice of MELLOW BAKU from LEIC. Singer, songwriter, poet, and lyricist.A dynamic woman NOT TO BE MISSED!

Thurs 2nd Poetry Evening ,The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE 8pm: Free in – After the success of our first poetry evening back in May 2011 we’re very pleased that Liz Lefroy will be returning to run this monthly Poetry Evening.Born in London in 1964, Liz now lives in Shrewsbury and was recenly awarded the Roy Fisher Prize – a new poetry prize endowed by the Poet Laureate.Attendance is FREE, 8pm start

Thurs 2nd Parole Parlate, Little venice, St Nicholas St, Worcester,7.30pm, £3 in:Michael R Brush, Catherine Crosswell, Michelle Crosby, Tim Cranmore, Heather Wastie, Ian Ward, Chris Kingsley, Jilly and Richard Tyrone Jones who will be headlining.

Thurs 2nd Word Up, 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, first Thursdays, 8pm, £5in.j.morley@the-drum.org.uk
Thur 2nd 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

Fri 3rd “Lou Deemy Soup” Comedy Variety Night, The Church Inn, 22 Great Hampton Street, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6AQ.8pm: £3 in,Albert Smith, Alex Crowther, Chris Purcell, Fergus McGonigal, Gabriel Sutton, Jim Kelly, Mohammed Jamil, Robert Kemp
Betty & Dirk, Compère Colin Harris

Fri 3rd ,Hollybush PH, Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath, open Mic, 8pm, free in

Sun 5th ARTournament’s Sunday Chill,The New Inn in the centre of Gloucester (opp M&S) City Centre. 16 Northgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2. UK.First Sunday, £5in, 3pm-9pm. poetry, Comedy and Music.

Sun 5th Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open Mic plus Stephen Payne

Mon 6th SW @N,Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 ODW.8pm, Poetry, Storytelling and song, Peter Chand hosts.

Mon 6th 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 7th Night Blue Fruit Taylor Johns St Nicholas St, Coventry Open mic ,8pm: Free in, Barry Patterson hosts caducus2004@yahoo.com

Tues 7th 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 7th 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 8th,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 8th 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, 8th The Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ 7.30pm,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.

Fri 10th Open Mic Night,Bookmark Bloxwich,Bloxwich Library, ElmoreRow, Bloxwich,Walsall. WS3 2HR.7.30pm: Free in,Musicians For Life in conjunction with Bookmark Bloxwich invite you to, Come and play. A place for singers, song writers, poets
and musicians to play, jam and try out songs and poems on our full PA. No instrument required. If you don’t play come along and listen. The venue and stage are fully accessible , as is the well stocked bar! Time 7.30pm doors 8.00pm show

Fri 10th Spoken word nad Music, Hollybush PH, Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath, 8.30pm start, free in,The 46th monthly evening of music and spoken word at this lovely pub. Free in. Get in touch if you fancy a go behind the mic.

Sat 11th Bilston Love Slam, Imperial banqueting Suite Bilston.7.30pm Organisers Marcus Moore/ Sara-Jane Arbury Contact Marcus by email john.marcus.moore@gmail.com or telephone 01285 640470 to grab your place.

Sat 11th 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 11 The BIG Bardaid Book launch, Watershed , Milton Keynes, 2pm till late:MK laureate Mark Niel; Bard of Stony Stratford & Poetry Kapow’s Danni Antagonist and Scribal Gathering’s Richard Frost plus Ian Freemantle, Paul Eccentric and The AntiPoet.

Mon 13th PUREandGOODandRIGHT, Open Mic poetry,The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX.7.30pm, £3 in:This month’s guest poet is the fabulous, multi slam winning,Mark Niel is a much loved performance poet at PureandGoodandRight, who has a deft ability to blend humour, pathos and provocative material. He runs Tongue in Chic, which presents showcases at festivals and events around the country. Last year, he won the Farrago Zoo Award for the ‘Best Performance by a UK poet’.
Mark’s breakthrough was winning the prestigious Camden Crawl Slam, which has led him to headlining gigs. His performance poetry has gone on to dazzle audiences at literary festivals, as well as, Latitude, Green Man and Wychwood, and the Shepherds Bush Empire. He has also written and recorded for BBC 3 Home Counties Radio. In 2011, Mark became the ‘First Poet Laureate of Milton Keynes,’ and debuted his first one man show: ‘Poet in Motion’ at the Wenlock Poetry Festival.
Mark’s material ranges from deeply personal reflections to barn-storming performance pieces. Whether despairing about his frequently misspelt name, or raging about frustrations of fridges in shared houses, he is always by turns engaging, comic and moving.
If you would like to know more about the night, please email pgrpoetry@gmail.com

Tues 14th Writers Without Borders Valentines Day Event,Coffee Lounge, Navigation​ St, 5-7pm:Open Mic,Sayyara, Farideh, Predencia, Michael, Ita, Tessa, Fiona, Shabraz, Sue, Jude and Shabz Ahmed perform.

Tues 14th Poetry/ Comedy Open Mic, Lighthouse, Fryer St Wolverhampton, 8.30pm:Light House’s Open Mic nights are going from strength to strength so why not come down and check it out or perform with our awesome array of acts from all over the region. Witness the wide range of musical talent with styles ranging from Folk and Flamenco to Experimental. Come on down and perform what you do best. With comedy, poetry and live music in a chilled out atmosphere.For more info contact: conor@light-house.co.uk

Tues 14th Mouth & Music, Boars head Gallery, 39 Worcester st, Kidderminster,8pm, free in: Open Mic SW plus acoustic music,Heather Wastie & Sarah Tamar host

Tues 14th City Voices City Bar King Street, Wolverhampton WV 1ST , 7.30pm Set Bill, with Simon Fletcher

Tues 14th Kiss & Tell,Newbold Primary School Mobile Annex, School Lane, Newbold, Coleorton,​ Leicesters​hire 7pm: £2in, an evening of music, song, storytelling and poetry celebrating the romantic (or not so romantic) side of life!

Friday 17th – the 3rd Cirencester Love Slam, at the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, 8pm. Half a dozen places still available on a first-come-first-served basis by email to Marcus or telephone 01285 640470.

Sunday 19th “Tell me on a Sunday” Storytelling, Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS, 4pm – 6.30pm; Free in, Participants tell stories based around a specially selected theme, all with truth (and a good performance!) at their heart. Each month, five storytellers will be chosen to perform a seven minute story live.The events feature special guests and are curated by Cat Weatherill, one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers, who will also tell her own story.These events begin at 4pm with Story Supper, a chance to meet fellow audience members and story tellers over a special Cafe Ikonmenu. Performances commence at 5pm, finishing at 6.30pm.

Please note these events are intended for adult audiences. .
http://www.birminghambookfestival.org/events-2011/tell-me-on-a-sunday/?utm_source=BBF+MASTER+LIST&utm_campaign=eddd0a194f-Bham_Book_Fes_News_Aug_20118_17_2011&utm_medium=email

Mon 20th Gillian Clarke, Keele University, Chancellor’s Building 7pm: £5in,Make sure you don’t miss this reading by Gillian Clarke – author of a dozen collections of poetry, current National Poet of Wales, holder of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and member of the Gorsedd of Bards.

Gillian Clarke’s poetry has been translated into ten languages, and appears regularly on the GCSE syllabus.

The reading will take place in the main part of Chancellor’s Building – most likely in one of the small lecture theatres. Tickets are £2.50 for students and concessions, otherwise £5.00, and can be purchased from Chancellor’s Reception, or on the door

Tues 21st, Spire Writes @ Havana Whites:12 Corporation Street, S41 7TP Chesterfield,8pm: Ian Parks & open mic: After the sad demise of ‘Chandlers Bards’, spoken word is coming back to Chesterfield in 2012. With a vengeance. And some Cuban cocktails. Please come and join us on Feb 21st at Havana Whites (close to Chesterfield train station, opposite the Pomegranate Theatre: http://tinyurl.com/7tusjkf) to get things started with a reading from Mexborough’s very own Ian Parks.

Described by POINTS NORTH MAGAZINE as ‘a heroic figure in Yorkshire poetry and a living legend in Hull’ Ian was one of the Poetry Society New Poets in 1996. He was made a Hawthornden Fellow in 1991 and has taught creative writing at the universities of Sheffield, Oxford, Hull and Leeds. His collections include SHELL ISLAND, LOVE POEMS 1979-2009 and THE LANDING STAGE. His poems have appeared in POETRY REVIEW, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, THE OBSERVER, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, POETRY (Chicago) and THE MORNING STAR. THE EXILE’S HOUSE is published by Waterloo Press and he will be writer in residence at Gladstone’s Library in November.

There’ll also be *OPEN MIC* slots for those of you who want to share your work in front of a supportive (and possibly tipsy) audience. Please let me know if you’d like to be signed up for one of these before they fill up! Or just come along from 8pm, sit back with a drink and soak up the poetry, Helen Mort at the Facebook page for the event.

Tues 21 st Poetry Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, Mill Lane, Ashby de la Zouch– 8:30, free in, with a licensed bar and great coffee. Open mic poetry and folk

Tuesday 21st , Clare Morrall Book Launch: The Roundabout Man Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS, 7pm – 8.30pm Free event,Sceptre and Writing West Midlands are delighted to invite you to celebrate the publication of the new novel from Clare Morrall, The Roundabout Man.

Who is The Roundabout Man? He doesn’t look like a tramp, yet he lives on a roundabout in a caravan and survives on the leftovers from a nearby motorway service station. He calls himself Quinn, the name of a boy in a world-famous series of children’s books, but he’s nearer retirement than childhood.
What he hopes no one will discover is that he’s the real Quinn, immortalised as a child by his mother in her entrancing tales about a little boy’s adventures with his triplet sisters. It is this inheritance he has successfully run away from- until now. When Quinn’s reclusive existence is invaded, he is forced to face his past, and the uncomfortable truths and secrets it contains about himself, his sisters and, most of all, his mother.This event includes a reading and book signing.

Tuesday 21st 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 22nd 42 Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy,Lunar Bar, New St, Worcester, 730pm start, free in.Open Mic

Thur 23rd Bilston Voices, Cafe Metro, Church St, Bilston, 7.30pm,£2 in, set bill, Emma Purshouse hosts:Alan Glover, Janet Jenkins, Donna Scott, Danni Antagonist and Mark Niel.

Thurs 23rd Hit The ode, Victoria PH, Birmingham, 7.30pm, £5 in:Paul Murphy (Brum), Vanessa Kisuule (Bristol/London), Jon Sands and Ken Arkind (USA)

Fri 24th Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage tavern, Byrkely St, Burton on Trent, 7.30pm , Free in, Open Mic, Gary Carr hosts.

Fri 24th Amnesty International, Poetry,Puns & Pints, Station Pub, Sutton Coldfield, 7.30pm: £4in, Open mic, benefit for A.I.

Sat 25th 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)

Sunday 26th 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.

Sunday 26th Sunday Xpress Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD, Brendan Higgins hosts, Open mic,jameskennedycentral@yahoo.co.uk

Tues 28th “Poetry Alight” Open Mic Spark Cafe, 19 Tamworth Street, Lichfield , WS13 6JP, with Lichfield Poets, 7.30pm, free in. Sign up on the night

Tues 28th 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

Tues 28thDave Reeves ,Black Country Dialectics at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 7.30pm. Tickets £9/ 7. A superb one man show.

Tues 28th Poetry/ Comedy Open Mic, Lighthouse, Fryer St Wolverhampton, 8.30pm:Light House’s Open Mic nights are going from strength to strength so why not come down and check it out or perform with our awesome array of acts from all over the region. Witness the wide range of musical talent with styles ranging from Folk and Flamenco to Experimental. Come on down and perform what you do best. With comedy, poetry and live music in a chilled out atmosphere.For more info contact: conor@light-house.co.uk

Wed 29thInterfaith Poetry group.The Warehouse Cafe, Digbeth, 7pm, Free in , an off-shoot of Smart Poets led by Penny Hewlett

Wed 29th Ort Cafe, Moseley Rd Balsall Heath, 7pm: Free in, Philosophy debate.

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One Response to Feb 2012 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

  1. Ms Mass Media says:

    Reblogged this on Ms Mass Media: Hold The Front Page! and commented:
    What an impressive line up of Spoken Word events in my area next month – I hope to go to some of them. Thanks Gary Longden for posting this – very useful!

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