March 2012 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

Thur 1st 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 1st Word Life vs Opus Acoustics, The riverside pub, sheffield,1 Mowbray Street, S3 8EN,7.30pm:
Word Life teams up with Opus Acoustics to bring you a night of music and poetry. Top quality acts for FREE ENTRY alongside all of the Riverside’s usual range of real ale, food, wine and cheese boards and much more.Featuring
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Dariush and Jade
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Amazing jazz/blues trio based in Huddersfield. Influenced by a mix of old blues/jazz standards with some contemporary twists like Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.
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Open Mic
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We’ve got several 5 minute open mic slots open to anyone who’d like to perform their own poetry/prose. Just add your name to the wall to sign up.Plus:
Wordgames – The Collective Story and the The Quote Quest
Cheese Wine and Chutney Boards (£5/10)
Candles, and Good Booze, etc
FREE ENTRY
7.30pm @ the Riverside
Get the no. 87 bus from London road to just outside the pub!

If you fancy keeping up to date on other Opus Acoustics goings on/listings then ‘like’ our page here:

http://www.facebook.com/​OpusAcoustics,or visit,www.opusindependents.com

Thur 1st Candi Miller ,Burton upon trent Library, 7pm;£3.50 . Candi Miller, born in Zambia and brought up in South Africa, has been a journalist and advertising copywriter. She now lives in Stafffordshire where she teaches Creative Writing. In 1994 she undertook an expedition to the Kalahari Desert to visit groups of San (Bushman) people. There she was caught up in a huge veld fire, charged by a bull elephant and enchanted by Ju/‘hoansi story-telling around a campfire. She is the author of the novels: “Salt and Honey” and “Kalahari Passage” (Tindall St Press)

Thurs 1st Parole Parlate, Little Venice, St Nicholas St, Worcester,Set Bill Poetry, 7.30pm £3 in.Lyndsay Stanberry-Flynn, Amanda Bonnick, Fergus McGonigal, Beth “Knuckles” Edwards, Nathan Williams, Sue Thompson, Rowan Standish-Haynes – Worcestershire’s second Young Poet Laureate

Thurs 1stYard of Tales, Storytelling,Joules Yard, rear of 53-55 High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7AF.
Joules Yard is a unique venue with a licensed bar after 7pm, also serving tea and coffee. If you would like to order a vegetarian meal for the evening, provided by ‘The Green House’ please telephone 01858 463250

Thurs 1stThe Poetry Evening The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE,After the success of their first poetry evening back in May 2011 Liz Lefroy will be returning to run this monthly Poetry Evening.First Thursday of the month.
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, Open mic, David Calcutt, Deborah Alma,D Ted Eames Kate Innes Adrian Perks Carol Witherow Jeff Fox

Fri 2nd Cradley Heath,Spoken word and Music, Hollybush PH, Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath, 8.30pm start, free in, with Richard Bruce Clay

Fri 2nd, Poetry Evening Crystal Clear Creators, Cultural Exchanges Festival, Clephan Building 2.30, Leicester De Montfort University, 6pm-7.30pm: An evening of poetry and story-telling, to mark the launch of a new series of pamphlets by six exciting new voices, published by Crystal Clear Creators (www.crystalclearcreators.org.uk) and funded by Arts Council England. The six writers are Jessica Mayhew, Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves, Roy Marshall, Hannah Stevens, Charles Lauder Jr and Aly Stoneman. The evening includes readings from the writers, plus open-mic slots. All are welcome. For further information, contact Jonathan Taylor, co-director of Crystal Clear Creators, at jtaylor@dmu.ac.uk.

Fri 2nd A Celebration: Milorad Krystanovich,The Moseley Exchange (courtyard behind the Post Office), 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP Event starts at 7.30pm. Free entry and refreshments available.
The launch of Milorad Krystanovich’s seventh and last collection of poetry, Moses’ Footprints, and a celebration of his extraordinary legacy of poetry.Including music and readings of poems by Milorad Krystanovich by John Alcock, Julie Boden, David Hart, Luke Kennard, Myra Connell, Martin Underwood, and others.

About Moses’ Footprints: In the shadows of war, loss and longing, a poet seeking his homeland finds his memories and dreams of its distinctive beauty refracted through a second language. These subtle, elusive and potent poems build bridges of imagery and language between the past and present, the lost and found.

“The poems seem driven, necessary; Croatia and its language call him back, his distinctively developed English finds image after pertinent image. The book is a bounty of metaphor as he is led by Moses and by delight and necessity of observation and discovery; the natural world seems to come to him to be named.” – David Hart

“I can’t stop reading these poems. This is work of atmosphere and tone first, narrative second, but it’s a narrative that combines deep melancholy with a hard-won sense of joy in the slightest shaft of light, and the thought it provokes.” – Luke Kennard

http://www.ninearchespress.com/mosesfootprints.html

Sun 4th ARTournamaent,Sunday Chill, New Inn Gloucester Gloucester, 3-9pm £5 in, multi bill:Sunday 4th March 2012 Doors open at 3.00pm – 9.00pm Our acts are unsuitable for under 18’s. £5 on the door but all confirmed performers are free. We have an amazing seventh line up for you at The New inn Gloucester which includes the usual eclectic mix of acts bands singers and spoken word performers but for March we will have a predominantly large and diverse range of hilarious stand up comedy and music…lucky lucky Gloucester!! As usual ARTournament will be giving away £100 in cash for the best audience voted performance of the day. Each member of the audience will be given one vote on the door when they arrive. The performer/s with the most votes at 8.45pm will be presented with £100 in cash-good luck everyone. IMPORTANT…..PLEASE CAN ALL ACTS SIGN IN AN HOUR BEFORE THEY ARE DUE TO PERFORM AS DUE TO ILLNESS TRAINS PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES WE MAY HAVE TO CHANGE THE TIME SLOTS TO EARLIER OR LATER DEPENDING ON HOW THINGS ARE RUNNING and THERE WILL BE A FILM CREW ON SITE, IF ANYONE OBJECTS TO BEING FILMED CAN YOU PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP. On the Elephant Stage we have a good PA, 2 sm58 mics and can use CDs for backing tracks. The Moroccan Stage has a small PA and MIc and is acoustic/spoken word. if you need any help our engineer is James Candler (in friends list) Thanks MARCH 2012 Elephant Stage-Bands and Comedy March 2012 Compered by the hilarious Comedy Guru Josh Richards and his alter ego the Koala… . 3.00-3.30pm Lisa Wilkinson-Acoustic 3.30-3.45pm Alison Hustwitt and her hilarious little songs 3.45-4.10pm Way Out West-a band you have to see to believe! 4.15-4.30pm Darren Hoskins and his box of comedy tricks 4.30-4.50pm Martin Thorne-An amazing blues singer and guitarist 5.00-5.10pm James Rushbrook and his new 2012 comedy set-lucky lucky us 5.15-5.25pm Mark Chatterley-A laugh a minute 5.30-5.45pm Julie ‘Psycho’Jones – Januarys winner and hilarious is an understatement! 5.45-6.00pm Demitris Deech-brilliant, witty, fast stand up and Febs Winner 6.00-6.15pm Josh Richards brings in the Koala-be scared, very scared! 6.15-6.45pm Stephen Grimes will be treating us all to a bit of hip hop 6.45-6.55pm Paul Cook With Some New Stand Up Comedy 7.00-7.30pm Martin Maidment and his infamous band Gagarin 7.30-8.00pm Club 41 James Alexander Dart and his rocking band 8.00-8.20pm Damon Thomas and his beautiful blues-came in second last month! 8.30-9.00pm Liam Dunn and his band http://www.stereoinfluence.com Moroccan Stage-Spoken Word and Acoustic Compered by the brains behind Worcester Literary Festival and a poet in her own right…the multi talented Lisa Ventura. 3.00-3.30pm Rebecca Cant-Decembers winner and an unbeleivable voice. TBC 3.30-3.45pm Lisa Ventura-Worcester Literary Festival 3.45-4.00pm Andrew Owens-An american import we love 4.00-4.15pm Keith Hyatt-bringing some acoustic flamenco guitar and poetry 4.15-4.30pm Sarah Snell Pym-a purple poet 4.30-4.45pm Mark Chatterley-a laugh a minute 4.45-5.00pm Julie Jones and her comedy from the freezer 5.00-5.15pm Tony Judge-satirical short stories. 5.15-5.30pm Jeremy Toombs-another fave of ours TBC 5.30-5.45pm Lyn Cinderry-scary scary ghost stories TBC 5.45-6.00pm James Bunting-Amazing Bristol Poet 6.00-6.15pm Chloe Lees-Grown up stories 6.15-6.30pm John Bassetts Dark Tales TBC 6.30-6.45pm Guy Williams-a regular poet and fave. 6.45-7.00pm Suz Winspear-visual and verbally spectacular 7.00-7.15pm Dan Holloway-http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=qXXdIqA8LsI 7.15-7.30pm Joel Denno-a performance poet and fave. 7.30-8.00pm Shabz Ahmed and Friends 8.00-8.30pm Closing from the multi talented Lisa Ventura

By: Artournament Glos

Sun 4th Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop open mic plus Elizabeth Cook

Mon 5th SW @N,Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 ODW.8pm, Poetry, Storytelling and song, Peter Chand hosts.

Mon 5th/Tues 6th Brewers’ Troupe present SNUG The Hollybush, 53 Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath B64 5EA 8pm: £5in SNUG, set in an unknown date in the future, is a historical tour, after the last pub in Britain has closed. A tour guide takes the audience into the action, where they meet some of the locals who were cryogenically frozen in the year 2011. It is quickly apparent how important the pub is to all of these characters and that the trade is dying.

Tues 6thNight Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns,Canal Basin, Coventry 8pm: Free in Jan Watts headlines

Wed 7th Funny Women Long Knowle Library, Wood End Road, Wolverhampton, 6-7pm. Free event. For further info ring Elaine on 01902 556290.Funny Women are, Emma Purshouse, Jane Seabourne & Win Saha who will be performing their poetry

Thurs 8th The Shipping Forecast Open Mic, Rude Shipyard Cafe,89 Abbeydale Rd Sheffield, S7 1FE:7.45 Hosted by moi miss piggy or stan skinny, message for slots.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Great-Yorkshire-Word-search/275766372495584?sk=wall#!/pages/The-Shipping-Forecast-spoken-word/276780052333840?sk=info

Thurs 8th Mar Women’s Poetry Evening , Library Theatre, Birmingham.7.30pm; Free in.Women readers only,all welcome as audience.BPL Jan Watts leads to support International Women’s Day , which is this very day.

Sat 10th Poetry & Music at the Foxlowe Cafe, Leek, 7.30pm:Packhorse Poets will be displaying their wares in the Cafe at the Foxlowe, Leek’s prime arts venue with contributions from Leek Writers, U3A creative writing group and Borderland Voices, plus MUSIC from Val Williamson and family also an open mic. session time permitting.

Sat 10thDroitwich Arts 4 All – Live Lit @ Park’s Cafe, Noon- 4pm;Free in,This Live Lit event kicks off at noon, with delicious words and tasty music from a top line-up of Worcestershire writers and performers on offer throughout the afternoon.

Sheryl Browne will be entertaining audiences with her Recipe for Disaster rom-com, while Worcestershire Bard 2011 stunner-up Fergus McGonigal promises poetry, laughter and lots more…

Published poet, Jenny Hope, will be tree-ting people with some of her nature-inspired poems and her collection Petrolhead.

The angelic voice of Deborah Rose, poetry-inspired singer-song-writer, will also be on the afternoon’s literary menu.

Town poet Sarah James will be reading from her collection Into the Yell as well as being the live lit poet in residence for the day, dishing up bitesize portions of poetry via twitter. (Using the tag #arts4all .)

The poet, singer and generally artistically talented Catherine Crosswell will also be providing poetic food for thought, lightly seasoned with some laughter.

Other readers and performers lined up so far include short story writer Andrew Owens and children’s writer Carys Thurlby.

Authors will also be available to chat to people, answer writing questions and sign books.

Our poet in residence will also be leading a special Bedtime Story Session at 4pm, where children are invited to bring a short story along to share. Sarah will then choose a selection to read aloud for youngsters.

Timings for these writers will be announced later, so please check back. There are still some slots available for writers wishing to share their work, and this includes the option of having someone else read their writing for them. Please see below for more details.

Live Lit @ Park’s Cafe is one of a range of Arts 4 All events taking place across Droitwich on Saturday, March 10.

Mon 12th Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH,8pm, Free in, Open micContact Nick on pubpoetry@nottscomedyfestival.co.uk

Monday 12 – Roger McGough presents That Awkward Age – an evening of poems to amaze and delight! Tickets are £10, concessions £8, available from the library helpdesk, or you can ring and reserve them on 01629 533400. Starts 7.30pm. For adults and 14 and over.

Mon 12th PureandGoodandRight 19:30 The Sozzled Sausage 141 Regent St, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX Open mic + geust poet, Mstr Morrison, George Hardwick hosts

Tues 13th Brewers’ Troupe present SNUG The Hollybush, 53 Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath B64 5EA 8pm: £5in SNUG, set in an unknown date in the future, is a historical tour, after the last pub in Britain has closed. A tour guide takes the audience into the action, where they meet some of the locals who were cryogenically frozen in the year 2011. It is quickly apparent how important the pub is to all of these characters and that the trade is dying.

Tues 13th City Voices, City Bar, kig St, Wolverhampton, 7.30pm: Set bill poetry with Simon Fletcher.

Tues 13th Tales at the Edge, White Lion Inn, Bridgnorth, Shropshire,Tales at the Edge is one of the country’s oldest and most established storytelling clubs, meeting in Bridgenorth on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except August) at 8 pm.

Hear tales, myths and legends from all over the world in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you are new to storytelling, an experienced teller or just enjoy listening to stories. There is no charge for admission.

For more details contact: Mike Rust 01694 771 379.

Tues 13th Mouth & Music Boars Head,39 Worcester Street, DY101EW Kidderminster, 8pm
We’re very excited about our March guests – Worcestershire’s First Young Poet Laureate, the amazingly talented Laura Dedicoat, and – yes – local band Red Shoes! Plus spoken word and music open mic sign-up from 7.30, though there will be no actual mic in the intimate BHG (Boar’s Head Gallery).

Red Shoes are currently creating waves of excitement amongst the Folk and Acoustic circuit, both in clubs and at festivals. Championed by none other than Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, songwriters Carolyn & Mark Evans take your emotions via foot tapping folk to heart wrenching songs about the downfall of Cadbury’s or the grim murderous tale of Two Sisters. Red Shoes debut album Ring Around The Land has become one of the most critically acclaimed folk albums of 2010 and the opening song Celtic Moon was recently recorded by Fairport Convention on their album Festival Bell.

“I went to a Red Shoes gig last night. After they played ‘River Rea’, it took a week for the hairs on the back of my neck to go down” – Brum Beat

“Whether playing as a band or performing as a duo, Red Shoes create a warm, relaxed atmosphere and have the songs and the sound to bring a room to an awed hush” – Roots & Branches

Admission £3 (free to performers)

Presented by Sarah Tamar (MC) for kaf creatives

Wed 14th 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 14 : The Derbyshire Poets: Laureates Live in the Library. Local poets Ann Atkinson, Matt Black, Cathy Grindrod and River Wolton share their poems inspired by Derbyshire. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £3, concessions £2, available from the library helpdesk

Wed 14th Mar , The Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ7.30pm,Dame Fortune’s Wheel and the three estates -Dave Tong aka “The Yarnsmith of Norwich” is a storyteller from Norfolk who travels throughout the UK and is known for his love of historical based folk and factual tales. His stories are very well researched, and exhibit a very appealing mischievous sense of humour. Combining a warm, open wit and a mastery of crowd control (!) Dave is a very experienced storyteller who is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face even whilst describing some of the worst aspects of human nature.

In this new show, Dave explores the three “classes” of men and women from long ago. Those who worked, those who prayed and those who fought. The performance vividly illustrates the ups and downs of people’s lives as they rode upon Fortune’s Wheel. Whilst also celebrating the use of the mystical number three, a motif commonly found in many traditional tales. The performance promises a compelling mix of humourous and revealing tales, interwoven with Dave’s unique take on the crafty and relevant riddles of the time.

This is a telling that brings the long past into the here and now, and it is a particular delight to welcome Dave to Flying Donkeys.

http://www.theyarnsmithofnorwich.com

Thurs 15th / Sat 23 rd Aspire 4 U Joseph Chamberlain 6th Form College, Belgrave road, Balsall Heath Birmingham B12 9FF:5-9pm, Aspire4u are looking for talent individuals to enter a competition based in birmingham.The talent 2012 competition offers the opportunity for Singers, dancers, rappers,poets, MC’s,fashion designers and models to showwcase their talents, with the possibility of winning amazing prizes. prizes include a proffesional photoshoot and a full page spread in flavour magazine.Judges include- Simon Britton (producer/ songwriter) and Ray paul (founder of BBC 1Xtra).Talent2012 finale competition 2nd June at Town hall Birmingham.To register your interest and book an audition slot email video/audio and or images of your talent to nfo@projecttalent.co.uk OR contact sue/sharleen on 0121 622 3602

Thurs 15th Speak Up, Bulls Head, Moseley, Birmingham, 7.30pm: headliners plus open mic,£5in http://www.bullsheadmoseley.co.uk/

Saturday 17th Lunchtime cabaret Saturday Lounge, 12-2pm Brewsmiths Coffee and Tea Bar, Livery Street (by new Snow Hill station Jewellery Quarter entrance.)Relaxed lunch time cabaret event in an independent coffee shop!

Saturday 17th march (12pm-5) The rainbow, 160 Digbeth high street,Digbeth,Birmingham, B120LD: Aspire4u are looking for talent individuals to enter a competition based in birmingham.The talent 2012 competition offers the opportunity for Singers, dancers, rappers,poets, MC’s,fashion designers and models to showwcase their talents, with the possibility of winning amazing prizes. prizes include a proffesional photoshoot and a full page spread in flavour magazine.Judges include- Simon Britton (producer/ songwriter) and Ray paul (founder of BBC 1Xtra).Talent2012 finale competition 2nd June at Town hall Birmingham.To register your interest and book an audition slot email video/audio and or images of your talent to nfo@projecttalent.co.uk OR contact sue/sharleen on 0121 622 3602

Sat 17thJacqui Rowe,Markethall Museum, warwick:7pm, free in. A performance from the Flarestack Publishing editor, open mic, plus bar!

Sat 17th States of Independence 3: Independent Publishers’ Fayre at De Montfort University, Leicester, – lots of stalls, readings, panels, book launches. Free entry to all!

Mon 19th Shindig, The Western PH, Western Rd Leicester, 4th ,7.30pm: Headliners and open mic, with Crystal Clear Creators and Nine Arches Press, Jonathan Taylor & Matt Nunn hosting.

Tues 20thPoetry Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, Mill Lane, Ashby de la Zouch– 8:30, free in, with a licensed bar and great coffee. Third Tuesday of the month. Open mic poetry and folk

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 21ndTemplar Poetry,Lamb & Flag, The Tyhthing, Worcester, 8pm; Open mic, third Wednesday, Alex officiates contact:Alex McMillen, Alex McMillen,Templar Poetry, PO BOX 7082, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 9AF,Tel: 01629 582500, Mobile: 07918166975

info@templarpoetry.co.uk

Wed 21stStorytelling Cafe, Kitchen Garden Cafe , York St Kings Heath 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm),£7in, The Court Of The Queen Of Claywood Flats,Tonight’s guest Tim Ralphs brings the tradition of adult storytelling into the 21st century. A block of flats is about to be pulled down. Death stalks the concrete steps, dragons coil on mildewed mattresses, a knarl of knitters complete an ancient conspiracy, and in a damp basement the Queen of Claywood Flats convenes her last court. Six plaintiffs are dragged before the ragged Queen to tell their stories, each a compelling hybrid of urban energy and traditional folktale; all debts must be settled before the night is through!

Thurs 22nd Mar Bilston Voices, Metro Cafe Church St, Bilston: 7.30pm,£3in Emma Purshouse hosts:Dave Finchett, Jacquie Rowe, Joel Lane, Jane Seabourne and David Calcutt

Fri 23rd Mar Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage tavern, Byrkely St, Burton on Trent, 7.30pm , Free in, Open Mic, Gary Carr hosts.

Sat 24th Oxford Literary Festival, till 1st April, a superstar laden event: http://www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/oxford.html#.TwG7Vrezzdw.facebook

Sunday 25th “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.Theme – Hope and Glory

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

Sun 25thSunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic
jameskennedycentral@yahoo.co.uk

Sun 25thRhyme and Tells at the Six Bells in Bishops Castle, Shropshire,Meets every 4th Sunday of the month (except for public holidays) at 8 pm – 10.30 pm. It is free admission and an open session for poetry, prose and storytelling.

For further details please contact Mike on 01588 680685.

Tuesday 27th Fizz, Polesworth Abbey, Poleworth, Open Mic and Guest 7.30pm, Free in, Barry Patterosn guests, Mal Dewhirst host.

Tueday 27thPoetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York St Kings Heath, 7.30pm, £5, opne mic plus special guest Caleb Klaces, Ira Lightman and David Hart.

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

Tues 27th MarPoetry and stories at Two for Tea, 92 Derby Road, Stapleford​, Nottingham​,NG9 7AD, GB,7.30pm, free in
An evening of poems and stories from two local performers – Will Juckes and Nick (poetress).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.

Wed 28th Smart Poets Open Mic, Vegged out, Fletchers walk, Birmingham 7.30pm: All welcome.

Thursday 29th Hit the Ode,Victorai PH Birmingham , £5 in, Bohdan Piasecki hosts
Hit the Ode is back as always, and this month I’m proud to say we’re bringing our international guest all the way from Brazil: Luanda Casella is coming to town, and really, you owe it to yourself to see her, especially since you will also get to hear John Berkavitch and Molly Naylor, too. After the last HtO, which saw a packed Victoria almost explode with glee at all the poetry goodness on offer, all I’ll say is – come early if you want a chance to sit down. Like the Facebook page for updates and a video countdown…

Sat 31st Mar earth Hour hand in Glove Sidbury Worcester, 7pm: £5 in:Worcestershire Literary Festival and Transition Worcester present an unplugged candlelit evening of Poetry, Spoken Word and Music, with an overall Earth Hour theme.Already confirmed to perform:
Catherine Crosswell
Sarah James
Suz Winspear
Jenny Hope
The May Dolls

with more perfomers to be announced soon.

Tickets £5/£3 & are available from the Worcestershire Literary Festival office or online (www.worceslitfest.com) or from the Hand in Glove.

http://www.worcslitfest.com
http://www.transitionworcester.or​g.uk

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