April 2012 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

Sun 1st 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.

Mon 2nd The SW@N Club – Spoken Word at the Newhampton, Wolverhampton
Meets every 1st Monday of the month (no club in August) 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 http://www.chandstory.com

Tues 3rd Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns, Canal Basin, Coventry 8pm: Free in Michael McKimm headlines

Tues 3rd Spire Writes,Helen Mort’s Spite Writes Poetry event in Chesterfield at Havana Whites bar, 12 Corporation Street, S41 7TP:
…with two brilliant poets from Hull. Joe and Mike have taken to the stage at festivals like Latitude, The Bi…g Chill and Freedom Festival, where they supported the legendary John Cooper Clarke.

Joe was the winner of Poetry Idol 10 at Shortfuse in Islington. Since then he’s had residences at Contact in Manchester, Birmingham REP, the Battersea Arts Centre and Hyperlexic presents: Poetry Boxing.

Mike’s work has been described as ‘humane, witty and sharp’. In 2009 he was part of a commission by Apples and Snakes and along with Joe, co-wrote and performed the ‘Guerrilla poetry’ project which was showcased at the London BAC.

Together, they’re the co-founders of Hull’s fantastic Write to Speak poetry night. Mike’s book ‘Coming to a Street Near You’ and Joe’s book ‘No Light / Might Escape’ are both published by Night Publishing.

There are a limited number of OPEN MIC slots available on the night. Please contact me if you want one. We’ll give preference to people who haven’t performed at Spire Writes before, but there should be plenty to go round.

The best bit? It’s absolutely FREE, so you can spend your money at the bar instead…

Havana Whites is 2 minutes from Chesterfield station (or 30 seconds if you’re Usain Bolt). We’ll finish in time for the last train back to Sheffield!

Wed 4th Misunderstood Monsters, mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH,2pm: £8in:Saint George, the monster catcher, is on his most dangerous mission yet and he needs your help. But are the monsters as monstrous as they seem or are they simply misunderstood?
Overcome your fear of fiends, spiders, aliens and dragons through the power of spoken word and music with Aoife Mannix and Janie Armour with site specific digital game playing by Andrew Wilson.
A show for 4-8 year olds.

Wed 4th Speak Up – Spring Fling! Hare& Hounds Kings Heath, 7.30pm:£5,Adam Kammerling is real talented. I met him last year at Shambala and he was nice to me and his poems were real good and he rapped and I thought you’d like him alot too. This is his proper bio: Adam was born in 1984, nothing that happened after that will be of interest until around 1999, when driven by teen angst, he scrawled his first poetic dribblings. Then in 2005 he moved to Brighton, studied for an English Language degree and got himself mixed up in the hip hop scene. In 2007 he attended his first spoken word show and he liked it very much. Vanessa Kisuule: I heard lots of lovely things about Vanessa and in a recent trip to Bristol I got to meet her and she is simply delightful and her poems are just magical. One made me cry, it’s about a coffee shop and she will probably most definately do that one so you should come and see her if you need a grizzle. She has other poems that don’t make you cry and just leave you thinking Wowee, she is a real gem. and!Matt WindleMATT IS CARRYING THE OLYMPIC TORCH. no joke. He is amazing and I love him and he’s a boxer and he’s my ever patient partner in crime. You won’t be disappointed.
Open Mic Slots Avaliable!
Doors: 7.30pm
Price: £5/£4 NUS tiny pounds.

Thur 5th Blackdrop,New Art Exchange,39-41 Gregory Boulevard, NG7 6BE Nottingham,Blackdrop Spoken Word presents INYA FACE!! plus Guest Artiste,Roy McFarlane Poet Laureate for Birmingham! Editor of ‘Celebrate Wha?’
Ever want to get anything of ya chest! ever want to “seh sumting” to those that are always on at you?? Then come down to Blackdrop and let your words be heard!! Then come join us.
GIVING IT TO YOU LIVE AND DIRECT, TELLING HOW IT IS. SHARE YOUR WORDS AND OWN YOUR THOUGHTS TAKE THE OPEN MIC LET US HEAR YOU LOUD N PROUD!!!The Open Mic will be as ‘Open’ as possible the only boundaries for obvious reasons are NO Extreme views of racism,sexism,genderism or outright personal slander aimed at someone in the audience or on stage.
Apart form that, being in the positive Anything Else Goes! You wanna Rant Rave Rage ya way thru ya words n share dem then come along and give it watya want.
Because of the language content and material likely to be ‘aired’ at this event we advise that persons should be over the age off 16 to attend!
Our Guest Poet is Roy McFarlane! Poet Laureate for Birmingham!!
Roy will be adding some of his words to the INYA FACE theme of the evening so come and hear what this talented West Midland Poet has got to say.
below is an article taken from a BBC profile on Roy;
Roy McFarlane has been writing poetry around the West Midlands for 10 years
Birmingham’s new Poet Laureate has been announced, and he is 47-year-old Roy McFarlane.
Roy, who was brought up in Wolverhampton before moving to Birmingham, has been writing poetry for over 10 years.
He applied to become the city’s poet laureate in August 2010 and made the final shortlist of five candidates.
And the mental health worker won the award after reading one of his poems at his final interview.
“You send in four poems and give a statement about what you intend to do for the year,” he told BBC WM’s Ed Doolan.
Roy, who is part of the National Academy of Writing based at Birmingham City University, is Birmingham’s 15th Poet Laureate and now has the responsibility to promote poetry across the West Midlands and beyond.
And that is something he is looking forward to as he carries the title for the next 12 months.
“There’s so much you can do when you find yourself in that position to promote and encourage poetry,” he said.
“Doors are open and you get invited into schools, prisons and communities and can do workshops, a presentation or teaching
around poetry.

Thur 5th 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

Thurs 5th Roshan Doug – Reading and Book signing, Waterstones, High St Birmingham;5.30pm, £2 in Launch of “What Ligh is Light”

Thurs 5th Parole Parlate, Little Venice Restaurant, St Nicholas St, Worcester: £3 in Set Bill of poetry.

Thurs 5th The Poetry Evening The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, with Liz Lefroy, 8pm free in, 8pm start.

Thurs 5th Yard of Tales,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. Market Harborough, Leicestershire,Meets first Thursday in the month.
Yard of Tales is a performance storytelling club hosted by Kevin Walker http://www.kevinwalker-storyteller.com
Come and join us in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the cafe bar that is Joules Yard. Sit back with a drink in hand and enjoy the tales that will enthral you. Laugh, jeer, cry and sneer but mostly have a damn good evening! Tickets £6 at door (includes nibbles).For further information – 0116 259 2233 or 01858 463250

Fri 6th Spoken Word & Music 20:30 The Hollybush The Hollybush, 53 Newtown Street, Cradley Heath B64 5EA Open mic liveatthebush@yahoo.co.uk From retirin host, Richard bruce clay:
Reminder, all, that this Friday, 6th April, is the last time I’ll be MCing at the Spoken Word ‘n’ music night at the Hollybush. It’s looking like a decent lineup – check it out on my ‘Events’ page. Kick off 8.30, free in. After that, the more than capable Jack Edwards and William Shatspeare get passed the torch. This is not quite the end of my involvement with spoken word events: I’m still intending to perform Geoff Stevens’ poem ‘A Dyin’ Breed’ at the tribute to him run by Al Barz and others at the Barlow Theatre Langley, last weekend in May. Yesterday, though, I finally sat down and got cracking on the long-promised second-novel-with-the-characte​r-Mary-Maitland-in-it: ‘Kingswinford Sunset.’ Do I think any part of it will lend itself to spoken-word performance? Definitely not. Have I blown myself into next week with the unparallelled excellence of the first sentence of Chapter Two? Unquestionably. If I continue to get this right, chums, there’s a few of you who’ll be quite put off the idea of accepting lifts off people in black Audis…”

Sat 7th Poets Place, Birmingham Central Library,2pm-4pm, free in, twice monthly:

Sun 8th Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop

Mon 9th in Nottingham Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, Canal Street, ,8pm, Free in, Open mic

Mon 9th in Leamington spa PureandGoodandRight 7:30 The Sozzled Sausage Regent St, Open mic + guest poet, George Hardwick hosts, open mic plus Martin Daws,An electrifying poet whose live sets blend free musicality and innovative lyricism in a unique improvised theatre, Martin Daws’ work explores life,
nature and who the hell we think we are, anyway! Martin’s poetry shows a rare breadth of style and voice, and he has been introduced to an audience as ‘a thoroughly nice man’.

Martin is a double Farrago Slam Champ, and has been runner-up in both the Glastonbury Festival Slam and the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry. He received a coveted five star review on debut at the Edinburgh Festival (2008) and is the author of the acclaimed book/cd ‘Skin Tight the Sidewalk’.
Broadcast on numerous occasions, Martin has published in international journals, and performed extensively around the UK and Ireland. His musical collaborations with Electro-Acoustic Composer Rob Mackay have toured internationally, taking video of Martin in performance and recordings of his voice to multi-media performances in 4 continents.

Tues 10th in Wolverhampton, City Voices, City Bar, king St, 7.30pm: Set bill poetry with Simon Fletcher.

Tues 10th in Bridgnorth 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, 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. With Mike Rust .

Tues 10th Mouth & Music, Boars head, Worcester St, Kidderminster: 7.30pm: Heather Wastie & Sarah tamar, open mic

Wed 11th in Derby ,The Quad , Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, 19.30 Free in, A monthly night of performed poetry for everyone, new performers always welcome or just come and listen, Les hosts.

Wed 11th “Spread the Word!” The Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ (look out for the Abbey Street car park signs from the new Derby ring road.) 8 for 8.15pm, Open Night,”Hurrah for England and St George!”
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.

With St George’s Day later this month, we thought we’d encourage contributions with a traditional English theme. St George and his dragon will of course feature!

Thurs 12th in Sheffield The Shipping Forecast Open Mic, Rude Shipyard Cafe,Abbeydale Rd Sheffield, :7.45 Hosted by Stan skinny

Fri 13th-15th April Much Wenlock Poetry Festival – see special heading for details

Sun 15th Roebuck, Chapel em le frith, Derbys: 5pm-8pm Derby Stanza.

Mon 16th Birmingham Stanza, Prince Of Wales PH, Moseley, 7.30pm.Free in.Reading and talking poetry.

Tues 17th in ADLZ Poetry Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, Mill Lane, Ashby de la Zouch– 8:30, free in, with a licensed bar and great coffee. Brian Langtry hosts. Open mic poetry and folk, this night is gaining quite a following.

Wed 16th in Worcester Templar Poetry,Lamb & Flag, The Tything, Worcester, 8pm; Open mic, Alex McMillen, officiates

Wed 18th Storytelling Cafe, Kitchen Garden Cafe , York St Kings Heath 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm),£7in,Tonight, the audience will be in charge! A special story menu will be available so the audience can order the stories that they desire. Maybe a small bite sized story as a starter, or perhaps a heart-warming soup? There might be something fishy going on in some of the stories but what will be the dish of the day? For dessert, perhaps something with some eastern spice and a touch of iced sorbet. Come along and join Graham Langley and the storytellers on this special night of stories.

Wed 18th- Sun 22nd The Cheltenham Poetry Festival – see special heading for details

Thurs 19th Poetry Night The Community Room, Erdington Library, Orphanage Road, Birmingham, B24 9HP. 7pm:Freee in, part of the writers retreat week.

Fri 20th Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage tavern, Byrkely St, Burton on Trent, 7.30pm , Free in, Open Mic, Gary Carr hosts.

Sat 21 st Poets Place, Birmingham Central Library,2pm-4pm, free in, twice monthly:

Sunday 22nd “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: Feather and bones
Please note these events are intended for adult audiences. .

Sun 22nd Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival -until 28/4:http://www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/stratfordliterary.html

Sun 22nd in Digbeth Sunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Open mic, james kennedy

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

Sun 22nd Flarestack Press , Double lunch of Instinct by Joel Lane and new work by David Hart,MAC, Birmingham, 7.30pm

Mon 23rd Bookmark Bloxwich “Sounds and Sweet Airs” , Spoken Word Special, Bloxwich Library: 7.30pm, David Calcutt and guests :Bloxwich Library Forum is joining forces with talented Midlands poets
next Monday to celebrate World Book Night and the birthday of William

An evening of free book giving and Shakespeare-inspired performance
poetry is being held at Bookmark Bloxwich in Elmore Row on 23rd April,
and members of the public are invited to drop in from 7pm for a 7.30pm

While stocks last, free books marking World Book Night will be handed
out in the foyer of Bloxwich Library by volunteer book givers, plus an
evening of poetry entitled ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ will be available
for those who wish to stay on and make a night of it.

Guest Poets Marcia Calame, Charlie Jordan, Roy McFarlane and Bobby
Parker will be hosted by David Calcutt in the adjoining Bookmark
Bloxwich Theatre, and Floor Spots will also be available.

Admission to the World Book Night book giveaway is free, and admission
to Sounds and Sweet Airs costs just £4, tickets are available now and
on the night.

Booking is recommended for ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’. Tel: 01922 655900.

Mon 23rd Alveston Manor Hotel, Stratford upon Avon 7.30pm £8 (Cabaret style. Bar available)The Very Grimm Brothers and,Their Open Mic Cabaret Show,The hilarious Very,Grimm Brothers,perform poetry to,music with a nod,to Shakespeare’s Birthday.The Very Grimm Brothers are Adrian Mealing,and John Denton (guitar) described variously as,‘Gilbert & George, almost Morecambe & Wise’,by Smoke & Mirrors Cabaret, and ‘Middle-class,rap.’ by William Coleman. Adrian is a Malvern,Poetry Slam Champ and John isn’t. But John’s,guitar playing is considerably more eloquent,than his brother-in-poetry’s axing of the air.Special guests:Cupcake obsessive, bidet doubter and lover of lists, Catherine Crosswell will share her,musings and perusings about foodstuffs,and the dangers of running.From juggling fi re to juggling men, from killing headlice to killing husbands, Amy Rainbow,has a poem for every occasion.
Are you a poet? You’re invited to the Open Micspot to perform your work. Call 01789 470185,to book your slot.

Tues 24th Word Wizards * New venue* Buckingham Hotel, opp the Pavillion Gdns ,Burlington Rd, Buxton 19.30. Open mic, £2.50 three minute slam format , Rob Stevens hosts More info Poetryslamuk@aol.com
01298 77362/ 0781 3289358£3 in , open mic. Rob Stevens hosts

Wed 25th “42″ Open Mic Night (Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy) Lunar Bar, New St Worcester, 7.30, Free in:

Thurs 26th April Bilston Voices, Metro Cafe Church St, Bilston: 7.30pm,£3in Emma Purshouse hosts:Jack Edwards, Iris Rhodes, Liz Lefroy, Bobby Parker, Win Saha.Line-up:

From Leicester, Andy Craven-Griffiths: “Andy Craven-Griffiths will blow you away. He’s new, exciting and strong. A talent for the page and the stage.” So says Lemn Sissay. You’d be wise to listen.

From London, Aoife Mannix: Aoife is a regular on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. She has been writer in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company and toured around the world with the British Council, all to prepare for this gig at the Vic.

From Germany, Le Poonie: coming ot the UK for the first time, Carmen Wegge and Bente Varlemann make up one of Germany’s top poetry teams, and they bring funny and powerful poems delivered in perfect vocal choreography.

A very few open mic slots will be available on the door (the pre-bookable slots have all been claimed). For more info, contact bohdan@applesandsnakes.org.

When: Thursday 26 April, 7.30pm
Where: The Victoria, 48 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN
Tickets: £5
Info: http://www.thevictoriabirmingham.co.uk / Facebook
Booking: on the door

Open mic: half of the open mic slots available via email ( bohdan@applesandsnakes.org), the other half can be claimed on the door on the day of the event.

Thursday 26th in Birmingham Hit the Ode, Victoria PH Birmingham , £5 in, Bohdan Piasecki hosts

Thursday, 26th,Big School KES,Stratford upon Avon 4.30pm £10 (under 18s: £5),Poetry Reading with Simon Armitage CBE Simon Armitage is undoubtedly the most popular and widely known poet of his 1960s-born generation: his work has been regularly anthologised and broadcast on radio and television, he is a playwright, writes for film, is a judge on national awards panels and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has won many awards including the Keats-Shelley Prize,an Ivor Novello Award, a BAFTA, and the Sunday Times Young Writer’s Award.This is a unique opportunity to hear him read from his work in this exceptional venue.

Thursday, 26th April, Holy Trinity Church,Stratford upon Avon ,£12 each or £20 for both events (Restricted view tickets: £10 or £18 for both events) Complimentary drinks are available in the interval for those attending both events. 6.30pm Poet Laureate,Carol Ann Duffy CBE, Poet, playwright and freelance writer, Carol Ann Duffy is one of the most significant names in contemporary British poetry, and has achieved that rare feat of both critical and commercial success. She has won numerous awards including the TS Eliot Prize, Lannan Literary Award and the Whitbread Poetry Award. She will be reading from The Bees, which won the Costa Poetry Award, accompanied by musician John Sampson.

8.15pm Sir Andrew Motion, Silver – Return to Treasure Island,Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate between 1999-2009, introduces his eagerly awaited sequel to Treasure Island – Silver – featuring a cast of noble seamen, murderous pirates and tales of love, valour
and terrible cruelty. He will also be reading from his latest book of poems, The Cinder Path (shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry), Laurels and Donkeys on confl icts from 1914 to the war in Afghanistan, and his acclaimed autobiography In The Blood
– A Memoir of My Childhood.Andrew Motion’s poetry has received the Arvon/ Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway andrecently co-founded The Poetry Archive.‘Motion is a beautiful lyricist, unpretentiously and precisely describing those things worth having even as he casts unsettling shadows across them.’ Robert Potts The Guardian

Sat 28th Variety Night, Imperial Ballroom, Bilston,7.30pm. £12 inc curry. Poets Steve Rooney and Kieren King, plus Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue, Al Rudge, Melisssa Harrison and Christopher Hammond.

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2 Responses to April 2012 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

  1. Ms Mass Media says:

    Reblogged this on Ms Mass Media: Hold The Front Page! and commented:
    There are some fantastic spoken word and poetry events going on in the Midlands during this month. Huge thanks to Gary Longden for posting such a comprehensive list of them.

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