June 2012 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

Thur 31st May -10th June Hay Festival

Fri 15th -24th June Worcester Literary Festival

Sat 16th/17th June Leamington Spa, Peace Festival

Fri 22nd June -8th July Ashbourne Festival

Fri 29thJune- 8th July Ledbury Poetry Festival

Daily Events

Fri 1st Word and Sound,Art House Cafe, Crowngate, Worcester from 7.30pm. Entry £3, Jenny Hope officiates

Fri 1st John Hegley, Guildhall, Leicester:This Friday, June 1st, poetry hero and legend, John Hegley will make a special flying visit to Leicester to do a workshop and share his acclaimed one man show – ‘Beyond our Kennel’. His evening performance, at Leicester’s atmospheric Guildhall, will commence at 7pm. The event will also feature performances from rising star slam champions, Nathan Lunt and Cleo Henry.
Needless to say, it will be brilliant and is not to be missed.
To book your ticket ring The Guildhall on… 0116 2532569….
Workshop £8 / £6
Beyond Our Kennel £9 / £8
Joint ticket £15 / £11
Animal Alphaboat Workshop 11 am – 12.30 pm
Join renowned poet and performer John Hegley for a creative workshop of his amazing Animal Alphaboat show. Hegley will facilitate a unique poetry workshop, open to both children and adults. Booking essential, to do so ring The Guildhall on 0116 2532569.
Beyond Our Kennel: 7pm
One of comedy and poetry’s modern treasures, John Hegley, presents his new show Beyond the Kennel, which is, in his words, “‘an evening of poems, sung, drawn and sauntered, with a token hamster and fig roll fun”.
John Hegley is widely known as one of the country’s most innovative comic poets with several best-selling volumes of poetry to his name. John is a regular sell-out at The Edinburgh Festival. He has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the USA Comedy Festival in Aspen, with Ulrika Jonsson & Anita Dobson in The Pyjama Game and on BBC R4′s Hearing With Hegley.
‘Legendary… if you haven’t yet treated yourself to an hour in his company you really ought to put it on your to-do list.’ The Guardian
‘The poems and songs are fantastically funny… This is something special, a true joy to watch.’
***** Chortle.co.uk
Beyond our Kennel is suitable for most people over 7…

Sat 2nd Tony Harrison,launches the Ledbury Poetry Festival Programme,The Feathers Hotel,The Courtyard Room,£8 | 8pm :
Tony Harrison reflects on his work and reads some of his best loved poems. A captivating performer, one of Britain’s great poets, no
stranger to controversy for V. and Laureate’s Block, award-winning,steeped in history, versatile (he writes for theatre, film and television) and he is making a rare appearance to read in public.To Book Tickets contact:www.poetry-festival.com
Box Office: 0845 458 1743

Mon 4th Gorilla Poetry Slam Competition,DAda Bar 89 Trippet Lane (Located just off West Street), S1 4EL Sheffield,8pm:Invite everyone you know and come prepared to be entertained. 1Love Gorilla’s
Slam Rules:
•Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction.
•Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over the time, points will be deducted from the total score. ( ½ point for every 10 Seconds)
• Five judges will score the poet and the points will be added up. The best scoring will go through to the next round. The scores are between 0.0 to 10.9.
•Judges cannot be related in any way to the poet.
•If you feel the judges were wrong in there scoring you can make them aware by booing the scores. If you agree with the judges, cheer them loudly and give them some jazz hands.
•No Costumes or Props
The Winner Gets a Prize and the ‘’Gorilla Poetry Slam Trophy’’ and a half Hour slot at next poetry event. The Winner will have to come back to the next slam to defend the trophy and there right as the slam champion. At the end of the year the best eight scoring poets will enter the slam final and the winner be called the ‘’The Grand Bard Of Sheffield’’.

Mon 4th SW&N Club Open Mic Spoken word, Newhampton inn, Riches St, Wolverhampton;Spoken Word At Newhampton
Storytelling, poetry, a tune, or a song!Join us on the first Monday of every month (except August) for an evening dedicated to the spoken word.Take part, or just sit back and enjoy the many different voices that make Wolverhampton such a vibrant city.
The Newhampton Inn, Riches Street (off Newhampton Road West) Wolverhampton WV6 0DW,Arrive 7.45 for 8.00pm start.
Suggested donation £3.00 per person.For further details, or to be added to our mailing list please contact us at: chandstory@tiscali.co.uk

Tues 5th-8th “The Wall”, Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Tamworth, 7.30pm: Not only is this a great show with authentic music being reproduced by tribute band Floydian Slip but also new additional verse has been written by local poets Mal Dewhirst and Antony R Owen.

Tues 5th Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am 3: Anti Jubilee Special,The Riverside Pub,1 Mowbray Street, Sheffield, S3 8EN 7.30pm, £4:A poetry slam for all the rogues, rebels and anti-royalists out there (and all the loyal royalists and lapdogs too – maybe you’ll convince us!)
come and join us as Sheffield poets battle it out to be the leader of the people’s slam revolution!
The top poet will win a paid gig in the future and a fabulous trophy, but winning isn’t everything and a good time will be had by all.
The night will also feature a headline performance from slam champion and anti-valentine vanquisher Gevi Carver whose acid tongue is certain to put ol’ Liz firmly in her place…
There will be 2 rounds, each poet will get 2 minutes to perform in the first round. and will be scored by judges in the audience.
The top 5 scoring poets will then get another chance to perform, this time with up to 3 minutes each.
The top scoring poet will be named as Our Glorious Leader and be showered with praise and adoration.
Please contact Sarah Thomasin here or at wordgeeksarah@gmail.com if you’d like to compete

Tue 5th Rhymes Polyvocal Special, Station PH, Kings Heath:8pm, Rhymes is back for a one-off polyvocal special. We have the usual eclectic mix of poets, but with an added element of group poetry, including the National Team Poetry Slams Birmingham team before they compete in Bristol on the 28th June. We also have solo spots from Hayley Frances, Ddotti Bluebell, upcoming talent Kate Walton, and Birmingham Poet Laureate Jan Watts, as well as a cautionary tale of a Spanish holiday, all presided over by Rhymes Slam winner Spoz.

Tues 5th Word Y Theatre, East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY, just opposite Leicester Train Station7pm performers, 8pm, Audience, Open mic plus headliner. £6in
WORD! is the longest running poetry and spoken word night in Leicester. Based at The Y Theatre, Leicester, it takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, between 8.00 and 10.30pm. The evening is composed of an open mic, followed by a booked act.

Tues 5th Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns, Canal Basin, Coventry, 8pm, free in. Hosted by Antony R owen

Wed 6th KAF Creatives Launch Night -Poetry, Art & Music, Kidderminster Library,7pm: Free in,The Launch of the KAF Creatives Exhibition, in Support of the Save Kidderminster Library Gallery. Wine, nibbles, a great exhibition and live spoken word performances. Let’s get togerther and show how good this space is for both art and live performances (including music)!!

Thurs 7th Coffeehouse Poetry – Jim Sheard,The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE Shrewsbury:7.30-9pm,Come and hear Jim Sheard read for us. Jim has published two collections with Cape – Scattering Eva and Dammtor. It’ll be excellent.

Thur 7th Blckdrop’s Lyric off,@ NAE Gregory Boulevard, Nottm. 8-10pm, £3:It’s Fight Night On The Mic!
Brave the stage Mother ‘n’ Milla decide your fate… …with a little help from the crowd!
Small fun ‘tax free’ cash prizes!
1st place: £20.00
2nd place: £10.00
3rd place: £5

Thurs 7th An Evening with the Bard and Friends – Stony Live!The Crown, Stony Stratford,8pm;The Bardic Council of Stony Stratford presents a cerebral celebration of performance poetry and the spoken word.
The Bard of Stony Stratford, Danni antagonist
with performances from:
Mark Niel
Fay Roberts
Stephen Hobbs
Vikki Laxton-Bass
Paul Eccentric
Hosted by Richard Frost
This show is one of many events taking place as part of Stony Live, the celebrated annual festival of music and performance in the cultural hub that is the historic town of Stony Stratford. Please go to the official website for more info on all the exciting goings on:
You’ll be spoilt for choice, but please, come and join us in The Crown in the Market Square (MK11 1BE) on Thursday night. (Yes, a scene from Withnail & I WAS filmed in this pub!).
Free Entry – a voluntary collection will be taken. All proceeds will go to Stony Live!

Thurs 7th 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!Tickets £6 at door (includes nibbles).For further information – 0116 259 2233 or 01858 463250

Sat 9th Notes From the Underground, Hollybush PH, newtown lane, Cradley Heath, 8pm Start, Free in, Poetry and music Open Mic with Jack Edwards

PROFESSIONAL SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS Brenda Read-Brown, Spoz, Matt Windle, Andy Craven-Griffiths and Dreadlock Alien have coached teams of young people from across the region. Now those young poets are ready to Shake the Dust.
Join the 5 WEST MIDLANDS SLAM TEAMS as they showcase their work and compete for a place at the National Shake the Dust Final.
FEATURING music by Jam Jah Sound System with Juggla and a special guest performance from Akala.
JUDGED by Charlie Dark, Lorna Laidlaw and George Ttoouli. HOSTED by Sic’Nis.
Tickets: £4
Venue: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU
Booking: http://www.the-drum.org.uk / 0121 333 2444
Info: http://www.shakethedust.co.uk
Presented by The Drum, Write Down Speak Up and Apples and Snakes

Sat 9th Bard of Bath, St James Wine Vaults,Bath, 7.30pm:off Julian Road BA1. Time for the 15th Bard of Bath (Jennifer Walter) to pass the robe, chair and title to the next chosen Bard!

Introduction by Richard Carder
poetry from the current Bard, Jennifer Walter
Poetical Entertainment from Kevan Mainwaring
Musical Entertainment from Tim Hall
Competition- Entrants compete to become the 16th Bard of Bath!!
Musical Entertainment from Joe Coleman
Results announced and the new Bard is Chosen!

Sun 10th June Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Peter Wyton, Emma Pursehouse

Mon 11th Mark Grist: Rogue Teacher, plus Toby Thomson, Bristol Old Vic, 8pm: Byron Vincent hosts:It’s been a storming season to packed houses so far and we’re as happy as the most jubilant of Disney’s dwarfs to announce June’s line up.
Mark Grist is coming to Word of Mouth to discuss whether the geek shall indeed inherit the earth in this exciting preview to his forthcoming Edinburgh show. Oh Yes.
Mild mannered English teacher Mark became a worldwide internet sensation when his rap battle against seventeen year old grime MC Blizzard got two million hits on you tube. But how did this peculiar event and the ensuing media cluster whoops occur? Mark Grist is a word geek, the journey that this obsession inspired is weirder than Marlin Manson in tweed flip flops. One man’s story about the importance of being passionate, and the surprising benefits of being able to recite the alphabet backwards.
Here’s the infamous clip:

Obviously, it’s impossible to express the sensitivity and nuance of your character in the context of a Rap Battle. So come and see the real story behind the virtual hype.
We’re also chuffed as monkeys to present one of spoken word’s brightest and most mesmerising young talents:
Toby Thomson:
At just eighteen Toby Thomson is one of the most exciting and impassioned voices to emerge on the scene in years. Already snapped up by the RSC and touring with Dizraeli and the Small Gods, this fledgling wordmonger is not to be missed.
Early booking is advised because these boys are the business.
I’ll be there flapping my gob. I really hope you’ll be there listening or I’ll feel like a bit of twonk.
Your bumbling yet enthusiastic host.

Mon 11th PUREandGOODandRIGHT is an Open Mic poetry event taking place at The Sozzled Sausage, Leamingon Spa CV32 4NX.
7.30 start:
This month’s guest poet is the marvellous…
Math Jones
“Math Jones is an experienced poet and performer. He trained as an actor in Birmingham and works, as an actor, under the stage name of Math Sams. Prior to that, worked as a bookseller for many years.
Math writes in a wide variety of genres, from deeply personal reflections upon life and relationships, through comical verse, dark and gothic story-poems, inspirational snippets, spiritual meditations, sensual erotica, and full-blown Pagan verse in Old English metres, dedicated to the gods and ghosts of the Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse, accompanied by the Old English Harp.”
“Warm and generous in his presentation, with comic turns and passionate rhymes.”
With open mic support from…….yes……YOU!
Admission £3 (£2 Student/OAP)
If you would like to know more about the night, please email pgrpoetry@gmail.com

Mon 11th June Spire Writes , Havana Whites, Corporation St Chestefield,7.45, Free in:In June, Spire Writes brings you two more legendary poets, Andrew McMillan from Barnsley and Gav Roberts from Rotherham. Please come and join us, and perform at the open mic too if it takes your fancy.
Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988. His poetry is collected in two pamphlets, ‘every salt advance’ (2009) and ‘the moon is a supporting player’ (2011) and is featured in the Salt Book of Younger Poets. He has been poet in residence for Basingstoke, for the Bournemouth and Poole LGBT community and for the Watershed Landscape Project; he regularly teaches in community, school and higher education settings.
Gav Roberts is the founder of the fantastic ROMP in Rotherham and is also a superb performer, who has appeared at The Kings Arms in Salford as well as many other venues, so we’re really pleased to get him to Chesterfield.
As usual, it’s completely FREE so you can save your pennies for the well-stocked bar at Havana Whites. The bar is 2 minutes from Chesterfield train station and we’ll finish in time for people to get the last train back to Sheffield.
Starts at 8, but if you can get there before 7.45, that’d be great.
If you’d like to read at our friendly open mic (or even play a song), please let me know – one poem each, ta.

Mon 11th Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH,8pm, 2nd monday : Free in, Open mic Contact Nick on pubpoetry@nottscomedyfestival.co.uk

Tues 12th 2012 Hammer & Tongue Slam Final, Crisis Skylight, George St Oxford:8pmIt’s going to be grand.

Come, behold the winners of our previous heats (plus a voted-in-by-you wildcard) BATTLE TO THE DEATH* to bring home the Oxford slam title!

And, because we are more awsome than a flock of Narwhals, we are also slinging the wonderful Andy Craven-Griffiths at you as a headliner. Woop!

Winner of the final gets undying glory, possibly a tiara, and a pass to the nationals!

Bring. It. On.

*disclaimer – there may not be actual death.

Tues 12th City Voices Second Tuesday 19:30 City Bar King Street, Wolverhampton WV 1ST booked poets simon.fletcher@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Tues 12th Mouth & Music 6,Boars Head Gallery, Kidderminster 8pm, £3 in:The 6th in our monthly series of totally & utterly acoustic spoken word & music nights!ROYAL RECITATIONS & DIAMOND DITTIES,with,SARAH TAMAR’s Polemic, Personal & Playful Poetry,Music and words from Witty, Wistful, Wondering Wordsmith HEATHER WASTIE,and RUTH STACEY whose poems give a dramatic voice to distant, forgotten Queens.,Open mic sign-up from 7.30 5 minutes / 2 songs each, Diamond Jubilee themed work will be especially appropriate though anything goes!Admission £3 (free to performers) Presented by Heather Wastie & Sarah Tamar for kaf creatives

Tues 12th Roy MacFarlane at Y Theatre.7 east St Leicester:7pm Come down to The Y on June the 12th. Our special guest at Word! is superb poet/performer Roy McFarlane.
Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his former years living in Wolverhampton. As Resident Poet at Starbucks, a solo performer and a member of the New October Poets he’s performed in numerous venues, sharing the stage with poets such as Roi Kwabena, Fred D’Aguiar and Talking Brothers.
Roy was made Birmingham Poet Laureate in 2010/11 which enabled him to share his work across England and Holland. No subject was left unturned with his material ranging from Holocaust memorial to bikes in Amsterdam, cities, mental health, love and beyond.
Roy has performed and read in libraries, pubs, cafes, theatres, conferences, art galleries and many other poetry events and venues. Roy is has been involved in a number of poetry projects, one of them being a poetry anthology called 10 Birmingham Poets.
The evening will as usual be supported by sumptuous film visuals from filmmaker Keith Allott.
If you would like to perform or read sign up with the compere at 7pm.
£4 /£3 concessions.

Tues 12th 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.

Wed 13th“Spread the Word!” Open Night,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: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.

Wed 13th 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

Thurs 14th The Shipping Forecast Open Mic, Second Thursday Monthly Rude Shipyard Cafe,89 Abbeydale Rd Sheffield, S7 1FE:7.45 Hosted by miss piggy or stan skinny, message for slots.

Fri 15th Spoken Worlds Third Friday 19:30 The Old Cottage Tavern , Byrkley St,eet, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ with Gary Carr Open mic gajwriter@btinternet.com

Fri 15th Bard for Worcestershire, Swan Theatre, Worcester, 7.30pm: £8 in, Our launch event this year will take place at the Swan Theatre in Worcester, where the second Poet Laureate for Worcestershire will be crowned.
Come and hear 13 shortlisted finalists to our competition read their submitted entries on the theme of “Diamond” and their poem of their own choice.With performances by Giovanni Spoz Esposito, Rowan Standish-Haynes, our new young poet laureate and more.

Sat 16th/17thScribal Gathering, waterside festival, Milton keynes 12-5pm:Scribal Gathering is running the open mic tent at the Waterside Festival in Great Linford on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, between 12.00 and 5.00 on both days. We welcome performers of any style, genre or level of ability to share their music and poetry before a receptive audience. We have four vocal mics, several instrument channels, a bass backline and a full drum kit.

There will be featured performers on the hour every hour, for twenty minutes, showcasing the finest talent to have graced Scribal Gathering over the last year. We have, among others, The Antipoet, The Bard of Stony Stratford, The Milton Keynes Poet Laureate and the long-anticipated reunion of Bodfish – murdering the classics, only faster! The remaining forty minutes of each hour will be the open-minded, open-ended open mic. Performers can sign up for a timed ten-minute slot. We invite singers, musicians, poets and bands to share whatever they choose to bring and invoke the spirit of gathering. Join us…

Where: The Waterside Festival, Parklands, Great Linford, Milton Keynes MK14 5DZ.

When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012.

How: Sign up for open mic on the day. Names will be taken on a first come, first served basis and timed slots will be allocated.

Sat June 16th Fancy a Double,Malvern Youth centre, Malvern, 8pm: £5 in:Featuring – The Very Grimm Brothers (Adrian Mealing and John Denton) The Imperfect Pair (Amy Rainbow and Gary Longden) Lindsey & Catherine, Tim Cranmore and Sorcha Cummins. Expertly compering the night is Jai Hill, The Bard of Malvern.
Expect double helpings, double entendres, double trouble, double the fun!! Come see musical carrots meet puppetry!
Bananas meeting guitars! Bickering meeting verse! The Grimms’ lamenting the demise of the mole rummaging in raised beds through the medium of voice and !??!
Part of the Worcester Literary Festival.
£5 Entry
Over 18′s only
Are you stuck in a fairy liquid bubble?
Is your hose full of rubble?!
Does your face OR leg possess a chafing 3mm stubble.
IF so
DO you FANCY a DOUBLE??????
Tickets on sale at
See http://www.catherinecrosswell.co.uk/8.html for biogs and more info.

Sat 16th/17th Leamington Spa Peace Festival, Bandstand Stage, Pump Room Gardens. Including open mic – for details and slots: barryp3uk@gmail.com

Sun 17th Syria Crisis Poetry Awareness Night,AL AMANAH- THE BORDSLEY CENTRE STRATFORD ROAD CAMP HILL BIRMINGHAM​ B11 1ARThe situation in Syria is beyond imaginable, all we see is what we are shown on the news channels or on Youtube, but do we really know how these people are suffering? Do we really feel their pain?

We claim to be an ummah, but what are we doing to help them? They need our help, and as some of us are unable to fly over their and fight for them..or help in the refugee camps..we’re trying to do the bare minimum and raise some money and awareness about what is happening right now..

Majority of us know and fully support Palestine and are constantly banging on about it, and where that is great, and right, but if we are saying ”Free Palestine” for the right reasons and not just following some sort of trend, then we would feel the same pain, and feel passionate about Syria as well…

A lot of people will say that why are you making a song and dance about it why don’t you just use the money you spend to organise the event for Syria…but shockingly enough, I’ve spoken to people and discussed the current situation in Syria and they have NO IDEA…so this will not only be fundraising, but it will also Inshaa Allah bring awareness amongst the youth.. because the truth is, when the youth unite and join forces, we are able to do A LOT more than people think we can..

So here’s our chance.. let us do something.. the aid camps are using empty cars as hospital treatment rooms, they haven’t got enough treatment and medication, all they’re able to do is remove the shells, stop the bleeding and try to numb the pain… they can’t even help them or know whether the victims are suffering from internal bleeding…they are doing whatever they can with the resources they have.. but us.. we go out.. and we buy things we do not need, we over eat…. can you believe there are people in the western world dying from obesity whilst there are people around the world who have not even got food or shelter….or medication??

There’s no way out… either stay home.. and it’s shelled.. or walk out your house…get shot down.. or try to flee the country..and get blown by land mines.. what kind of oppression and injustice is this.. and he we are.. sitting home comfortably …far from oppressed..no fear.. just doing what we do and living our lives..


If anyone would like to volunteer, fundraise, attend…etc. Just leave a message.

SHARE THIS PAGE… we need to do something for the victims in Syria..and here’s our chance..

Proposed schedule:

Poetry (by various artists)
Free Syria Reps-Talking about the condition
and hopefully someone to talk about their personal experience when visiting an refugee/aid camp.

*Some of you may be wondering why we have used this flag..we have chose not to use the current Syrian flag, and we are using the flag that the Free Syrian Army are using that was introduced in 1932.

Sun 17th Talking About Horror – 42 Special with Writer, Adam Millard,Lunar Bar,Worcester 7.30pm:Adam Millard, author of the Zombie novels Dead West and Dead Cells, and various other twisted musings… appearing live at a microphone near you…
42 Open Mic Night & The Worcestershire Literary Festival are proud to present a special evening with renowned horror writer Adam Millard.
A Midlands boy from Wolverhampton, Adam will be joining the regions genre specialists the 42 open mic team as part of an event during this year’s Worcestershire Literary Festival when he will be waxing lyrical about all things horror, including his own inspirations and fears.
The 42 team stages a regular monthly open mic event in Worcester which specializes in genre themes, (notably gothic, horror, fantasy and sci-fi), and there will be five minute slots for other writers to perform both before and end after Adam’s own performance and talk.
This is a chance to hear a really accomplished genre writer performing and speaking about his work personally, and should be a real event to remember. Adam will be available to answer questions and will be available for a book signing at the end of the evening.
Join us and Adam for a night of storytelling and horror on a real night to remember with 42!
(This is the 1st of two ‘42’ events during June, the 2nd will be a regular ‘42’ Open Mic Night on the 27th June)
If you would be interested in performing at this and/or other events please contact the 42 Worcester Team at 42worcester@42openmicnight.co.uk. Slots will be 5 minutes long.
PRICE: £3.00
‘42’ is Worcester’s first & only Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Open Mic Night for all those who love the genres & everything in between. Let your voice be heard!
Calling all writers, poets, musicians, performance artists, actors and comedians, if you have an interest in these areas we want you to get involved!
‘42’ takes its name from Douglas Adams’ great answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. We thought that was pretty all encompassing and a really snappy name which people would embrace. This is THE genre fans open mic night, and we want them to get in touch and make their voice heard!
There are a few provisos which we must outline at the outset, such as the fact that although we embrace darker works we don’t encourage superfluous gore or scenes of lingering torture for the sake of celebrating cruelty. We do not encourage the humiliation, or attack of anyone due to their ethnic origin, religious beliefs, or the fact that their great grandfather six times removed was kidnapped by aliens. Although a degree of swearing could be part of an artist’s dramatic flow in a given horror story, we ask you to keep any such sequences within a reasonable dramatic format which will sound plausible!
So please respect these guidelines and we will welcome your contribution warmly.
Each performer will be allotted a 5 minutes span for their set (on this particular evening, due to the nature of the event), and we ask contributors to respect this timeframe! Please get in touch well in advance of the advertised evening if you wish to take part and have specific requirements for sound, etc.
We are always looking for new writers and performers to get involved in the event, so if you would like to become involved we would be chuffed to bits to hear from you! So get in touch!

Mon 18th “Well Versed in Comedy” Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove;7.30pm, Worcestershire Literary Festival presents an evening of hilarious entertainment. Take the best comedic poets on the circuit, mash them up with a clutch of new ‘stand-up’ talent and the result is hilarity that rhymes (well some of the time!).
Hosted by Worcestershire’s Poet Laureate, Theo Theobald, it’s a show packed with laughs and clever words, not to be missed.

TUESDAY 19 June 7:00-9.30pm GOTHIC: An evening of readings & storytelling China Halls, Spode Factory, Stoke on trent

An evening of Gothic story telling featuring storyteller Sophie Snell, and novellist Storm Constantine. Supported by readings by Staffordshire University students & staff, and by installations of interactive Gothic Literature.

Hosted by English and Creative Writing. We will meet outside The Pavilion on College Road and walk down to Spode for the event.

Wed 20th Templar 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

Wed 20th Storytelling Cafe – Tales of Midsummer Eve, Kitchen Garden Cafe,York Rd, Kings Heath
7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)
“Compelling, shimmering, luminous and sublime” (Front Row, Radio 4). Celebrate mysteries of Midsummer Eve as nationally acclaimed storyteller, Debs Newbold, unfolds tales of the turning of time; the sweet love of Summer changing into the deep loss of Winter. Travel with her from the sensuous groves of Italy to the wild hills of Shropshire; sense the rustle of the leaves, breath in the scent of summer and listen to the songs woven into these magical stories.
Debs Newbold is the first storyteller to be given a Late Junction slot by Radio 3 and has been nominated as the UK artist by Pinokio, a prestigious European storytelling project. Strong, skilled, brimming with charisma and immensely proud of her Brummie roots, Debs commands large auditoriums from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Royal Opera House and enthralls audiences at prestigious national events such as the Hay Literary Festival. But of course the best description of Deb’s talent comes from her own vivid pen when she describes herself as “having voice, heart and imagination as big as a very clever giant’s”. “’Enthralling…the whole audience was hanging on every word”( Hebden Bridge Arts Festival).
Tickets: £7
Tickets available from the Cafe – Food Served from 6.30, Stories start at 7.30

Wed 20th The Vaginellas at The Boars Head, Kidderminster, 7.30pm, part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival:The evening kicks off at 7.30pm and will also include an open mic for anyone wishing to share their own adventurous verse, be it feminist fun, poetic play or any other kind of poetry.The Vaginellas are also delighted to welcome legendary Birmingham poet and Behind the Arras reviewer Gary Longden as their special guest for their very first live gig. The gallery is upstairs at the Boar’s Head Pub, 39 Worcester Street,Kidderminster, Worcestrshire,DY10 1EW.Tickets are £3, available on the door or booking through the Worcestershire Literary Festival box office.

Wed 20th June – “Seven Deadly Sins”, in the stunning mediaeval setting of Donington Le Heath Manor House, nr Coalville, 7.30pm. For tickets Tel 01530 831259.
It is a very special setting – an old mediaeval manor house not far from Ashby de la Zouche, south of Derby. We are upstairs in the old hall, steeped in history and atmosphere, and the perfect setting for both storytelling and the Sins.

If you haven’t seen the full version of this show before, or would like to enjoy it again, we would love to see you there. Tickets MUST be booked in advance, and are £4. Contact Tel 01530 831259.

Here’s a quick reminder about the show:

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned!” Do you have anything to confess?”

A young girl hiding in the confessional overhears her neighbours’ confessions – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride – whispered revelations of sinning and secret desires. As she listens with growing unease, stories unfold that should never be told…

At turns dark and comic, this show offers twisting tales from the stones and bones of the British Isles – where the Devil watches in delight and angels weep… As each story unfolds, more of the seven deadly sins are divulged – in all their glorious, sometimes comic and even darkly gruesome colours. Until finally our heroine overhears one final devastating revelation – and the penny drops…

You’ll be hooked from the start, through each twist and turn, as you try to guess where each story is finally heading. So be prepared for thrills and spills on this rollicking ride through the Seven Deadly Sins!

For more info, including reviews and quotes see http://www.sophiesnell.co.uk/SevenDeadlySins.html. Do please forward on this email to anyone you think might be interested. Hope to see you there!

Wed 20th Live Reading@ Arts All Over the Place, Station PH, Kings Heath: Poetry open mic with Brendan Higgins.Arts All Over The Place is a celebration of
“The Arts” and mental health.
It is open to all and especially welcomes people who have experienced mental health problems.

As part of our aim of taking performance in music, poetry, and comedy to local community venues which are as accessible to people with mental health problems as possible, we have booked the
Station Pub, in Kings Heath for an evening event on Wednesday 20th June 2012.

The night features a ‘speed poetry’ showcase with Big Bren Higgins, Simon Pitt, Jane James, Sean Rolls, Janet Smith, Chris Akers and Sammy Joe. There is also a fabulous play showcase, featuring talented and established writer, David Calcutt and a personal experience performance from Euguene Egan.
Music comes from Ukeladies, Rohit Ballal,Melt and Dance Force, with Al Barz showcasing a unique spoken word and keyboard act.
There is also a comedy showcase with David-Rees Jones and Liam-Dillon Cambridge. The electic and exciting night is hosted by none other than the dynamic duo of Betty and Dirk. A great line-up and fantastic cause. Do come along!

Arts all Over The Place

Audience needed!
Station Pub, in Kings Heath
7pm to 11pm
Wednesday 20th June 2012.
Free admission
There is a tombola to raise funds!
A showcase evening, with
comedy and more

Compared by Betty and Dirk

David Calcutt, Simon Pitt, Sammy Joe David Rees Jones
Big Bren Higgins, Eugene Egan,, the Ukulele Ladies , Jane James, Chis Akers, Sean Rolls, Janet Smith, Al Barz, Liam Dillon and more in the open Mic.
A taste of what will be performed at the big event in October at the custard factory

Arts All Over The Place is a celebration of
“The Arts” and mental health.
It is open to all and especially welcomes people who have experienced mental health problems.


Wed 20th Music Poetry and Lyrics with Poet and the Loops, Drummonds, 28 New St,Worcester.7.30pm: Poet & the Loops mix electronica, real instruments (including accordion) and spoken word to create a soundscape for storytelling and beat poetry. Influences include the 60′s beat poets through to Gil Scott-Heron, John Cooper Clarke and hip hop artists such as Sage Francis and Scroobius Pip. Essentially a one man band, Poet & the Loops is Martin Christie, who has just recorded his new EP in London, and has also recently published his second book ‘Open Mic Travels’. The book takes the reader on a journey across the UK, describing the places, the people and the music that is to be found on open mic nights.
Without pretension, and often darkly humorous, Poet and the Loops will be playing a selection of electro-poetry and chill wave spoken word at this special event. This is a rare opportunity to hear a unique and original artist from the Northern music and spoken word scene and not to be missed.”
Also includes performances by Mstr Morrison and Raymond Antrobus.

Thurs 21st Parole Parlate Special, Little Venice, St Nicholas St Worcester 7.30pm:
Parole Parlate : The Spoken Word” is back for a Worcestershire Literary Festival Special on Thursday 21st June 2012 and is a dedicated spoken word and “music that tells a story” platform. If you would like the chance to read your short stories, poems, prose, try out your performance poetry or music that tells a story, this evening is for you!
Hosted by Little Venice in Worcester, there will be a full bar service, cakes/snacks and you can of course take advantage of their full menu and enjoy their delicious pizzas, pastas or salads. Try out their £7.95 menu which includes a main course and a drink.
The Worcestershire Literary Festival team have invited back the very best of those who have taken part in Parole Parlate over the past year, and so far we have confirmed:
Gary Longden
Dori K
Bobby Parker
Suz Winspear
Julie Boden
Chris Kingsley
Al Barz
Amy Rainbow
Chardonnay Jade
Mo The People’s Poet
Plus a very special headline performance from Jan Watts, Birmingham’s current Poet Laureate.
The entry fee for this event is £3.00. Tickets are available from Worcester Live on 01905 611427, or you can buy them on the door on the night.
If would like a slot to perform on one of these dates please let us know by emailing info@worcslitfest.com, leave a post on the wall of this event or visit http://www.facebook.com/worcslitfest and leave a post on the wall.
Performers get free entry, a choice of an alcoholic or soft drink and cake for taking part.
“Parole Parlate : The Spoken Word” is on the first Thursday of every month, so advance dates for your diary will be:
Thursday 5th July 2012
Thursday 2nd August 2012
Thursday 6th September 2012
Thursday 4th October 2012
Thursday 1st November 2012
Thursday 3rd January 2013
Thursday 5th February 2013
Thursday 5th March 2013
Thursday 4th April 2013
Thursday 2nd May 2013
Thursday 20th June 2013 – Festival Special

Thurs 21 Speak Up, Bulls Head, Moseley, Birmingham, 3rd Thursday, monthly, 7.30pm: headliners plus open mic,£5in http://www.bullsheadmoseley.co.uk/

Thurs 21st/Fri 22nd The Loneliness of The Long Distance Diva, Curve Theatre, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB, Tickets: £12 / £8 :7.45pm
Info: http://www.curveonline.co.uk / 0116 2423595, Booking: http://www.curvetickets.co.uk / 0116 2423595
Apples and Snakes, Peepul Centre, Phoenix Digital Media Centre and Legacy Trust present
The Loneliness of The Long Distance Diva
A gifted but deeply flawed diva reflects on her life: a prize seemingly everyone would want.
A modern day epic of strength and vulnerability inspired by Alan Sillitoe’s classic The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner, the show is a compelling choreopoem, combining poetry and physical theatre with sublime cutting edge music and stunning digital visuals. Written and performed by multi-talented artist Carol Leeming.
“Carol is a strong and confident performer” – Benji Reid, Breaking Cycles
“devolved British writing and performance at its best” – Dr Corinne Fowler, English Department Leicester University

Fri 22nd – Cafe Tales at the Butcher’s Arms, Heanor, part of Heanor Festival, with Sophie Snell and Tom Philips (with special guest Mel Blount), 7.30pm. For tickets Tel 01773 762042 (includes Ploughman’s Supper).

Fri 22nd 8pm & 23rd June 2pm +8pm “Being Human” Belgrave Theatre Coventry,£11.In association with Bloodaxe Books,Being Human is a dramatic performance of poetry from around the world, presented by three performers, with music, projections and striking imagery.
Charting the drama of our lives, these are thoughtful and passionate poems that will touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit; poems about being human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder.
Drawn from the latest anthology in Neil Astley’s Staying Alive trilogy, this is a Midland Creative Projects production working with the performance companies Talking Birds and Interplay and in association with Bloodaxe Books and The Belgrade Theatre.

Sat 23rd Poetry & Pints, the Globe, Malvern 7pm:Open Mic – Poetry and Pints,MC Mike Sergeant hosts an evening of poetry.Twelve West Midlands poets and a special reading of The Olympians, a collection of new writing by members of the Bridgnorth Writers’ Group inspired by Dr William Penny Brookes and the Olympic Games.

Sat 23rd Young Poets Showcase, Arts Centre Sansom St Worcester,8pm: The Worcestershire Literary Festival is committed to supporting young and local talent and we present a series of performances from young poets including:
Beth Knuckles Edwards
Laura Dedicoat
Rowan Standish-Haynes – Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate
Matt Windle – former Birmingham Poet Laureate

Sat 23rd Flash Fiction, Worcester Uni campus, Castle St, Worcester: 4pm, £3 in Join the creator of National Flash Fiction Day Calum Kerr and Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn for a flash fiction special, and to hear the ten shortlisted entrants of the Worcestershire Literary Festival flash fiction competition read their flash fiction submissions. The winner of the competition will also be announced.
Calum Kerr has appeared regularly on Radio 4 and successfully launched the first ever National Flash Fiction Day on Wednesday 12th May 2012.

Sunday 24th Sunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic

Sun 24t hWorcs Lit Fest POETRY SLAM,Drummonds,28 New Street, Worcester,WR5 1BU:7.30pm – with Spoz

Tues 26th The Telling Space, Mythstories, *NEW VENUE* (relocated from Wem) Mythstories,The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE,Wem, Shropshire,The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month unless otherwise stated. Please check the website under ‘opening hours and events’ http://www.mythstories.com or contact Dez or Ali on 01939 235500 for further information.Meet at 7 pm for refreshments (bring food to share) or at 7.30 pm for stories. A chance to listen or an opportunity to tell. Admission is free.

Tues 26th Word Wizards * New venue* Buckingham Hotel, opp the Pavillion Gdns , Buxton last Tuesday Monthly 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format. Rob Stevens. More info Poetryslamuk@aol.com
01298 77362/ 0781 3289358

Wed 27th Blood form a Stone – BCU Anthology Launch,Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Palace, Free in6pm-8.30pm,The School of English at Birmingham City University is delighted to invite you to the launch of its newest anthology ‘Blood from a Stone’ at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Palace, on Wednesday June 27. The event will run from 6 PM to 8.30 PM.

‘Blood from a Stone’ showcases the wealth of disciplines available to writers within the BA and the MA course, including fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, playwriting and poetry. Its foreword is writing by Ian Marchant, a tutor within the School, who has made regular appearances on BBC Radio 4 and whose most recent publication, ‘Something of the Night’, was published by Simon & Schuster.

The first half of the evening will feature live readings by authors who have contributed to the anthology as well as students from the MA course. Following a break for refreshments, the second half will feature a special guest appearance from novelist Helen Cross, author of ‘My Summer of Love’ and ‘Spilt Milk, Black Coffee’, both published by Bloomsbury, who will do a talk and read aloud.

The event is free.

For any further information, please contact James Kennedy on jameskennedycentral@yahoo.​co.uk before Monday June 18.

Wed 27th June Phenomenal Women,Library Theatre, Birmingham, 7.30pm:Building on the success and popularity of the previous 2 ‘Phenomenal Women’events, Birmingham Poet Laureate, Jan Watts brings you another evening of poetry by ‘phenomenal women’. This event is open to all and will feature a range of poetry from women that Jan has met, worked with or come across throughout her Laureate year. Some reading slots are taken, please contact Jan Watts via roaringgreasepaint@hotmail.co.uk

Wed 27th “42″ Open Mic Night (Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy) Lunar Bar, New St Worcester, 7.30, Free in: last wed monthly E-mail: 42openmicnight@42genrearts.co.uk

Thurs 28 th Hit the Ode Last Thursday 19:30 The Victoria 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BN 3 featured acts + limited open mic bohdan@applesandsnakes.org

Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world straight to the heart of Birmingham.

Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Birmingham. Join us! We have poems. Poems written on the backs of lottery tickets and on the margins of holy books; poems which yell through covered mouths and whisper through megaphones; poems which send you emails every day and poems which are not available to take your call right now. Good poems. Come and get them.


From Birmingham, shortMAN: shortMAN merges rhythm and rhyme in an eloquent examination of black history, justice, equality, and social issues.

From Manchester, Mike Garry: Mike’s heroes are the underdogs and the outsiders. He has been described by the Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder as ‘the best street poet ever.’

From Botswana, Andreattah Chuma: a member of the renowned Exodus Live Poetry collective, Drea has enchanted audiences from Gaborone to Glastonbury – but it will be her first performance in Brum!

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 28 June, 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

Thur 28th Bilston Voices Fourth Thursday 19:00 Cafe Metro 46 Church Street, Bilston: £3in, set bill. Emma Purshouse hosts

Fri 29thCelebration Concert, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire. 7pm, £5in, Featuring WDSU’s “Song for Birmingham”in song and dance as part of the Olympic celebrations.


Some Future Dates for Your Diary

Sun 1st July “We Are Poets” Film – The Drum, Aston, Birmingham, 1pm/6pm £3:This event was originally on Thu 31 May and has been re-scheduled for Tue 1 Jul.*

· Schools Matinee with Directors Q&A, 1pm.

· Evening Screening, 6.00pm

We Are Poets bravely flips the image of British youth on its head, as six remarkable teenage poets are chosen to represent the UK at Brave New Voices, America’s most prestigious slam poetry competition. From their inner city lives in Leeds, North England, to a stage in front of the White House in Washington D.C, the team must prepare for a transformational journey of a lifetime. Intimate, honest and imaginative, We Are Poets is a moving testament to the power of creativity, community and the dynamism of young people.

“Amazing…it’s poetry itself. Poetry is an art, filmmaking is an art, it takes great sensitivity to bring them together – this film shows us how it’s done!” – Benjamin Zephaniah

Run Time: 82 mins

Directors: Alex Ramseyer-Bache & Daniel Lucches
Cert: 12A
Sun 1st I-Slam Poetry Olypmic Special, the Hub,9a Stoney Lane, Birmingham: £5, 6-8pm,Hosted by Bohdan Piesecki,starring David J Pugilist,ZK The Poet, Slam Poetry with an Olympic Flavour, the day the torch passes the Hub. info@soulcityarts.com

Sun 1st July Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Nick Alexander, Miki Burn
Mon 2nd Gorilla Slam,Dada Trippet Lane Sheffield S1 4EL:8pm,Invite everyone you know and come prepared to be entertained. 1Love Gorilla’s

Slam Rules:

•Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction.

•Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over the time, points will be deducted from the total score. ( ½ point for every 10 Seconds)

• Five judges will score the poet and the points will be added up. The best scoring will go through to the next round. The scores are between 0.0 to 10.9.

•Judges cannot be related in any way to the poet.

•If you feel the judges were wrong in there scoring you can make them aware by booing the scores. If you agree with the judges, cheer them loudly and give them some jazz hands.

•No Costumes or Props

The Winner Gets a Prize and the ‘’Gorilla Poetry Slam Trophy’’ and a half Hour slot at next poetry event. The Winner will have to come back to the next slam to defend the trophy and there right as the slam champion. At the end of the year the best eight scoring poets will enter the slam final and the winner be called the ‘’The Grand Bard Of Sheffield’’

Tues 3rd Night Blue Fruit, taylors Vaults, Canal basin, Coventry, 8pm start, free in:I had the pleasure of meeting Dele Kogbe recently at the Positive Images Festival. He is a promising new voice in British poetry and I am proud to introduce him as our July guest poet at Nightblue Fruit. I recommend you to come and watch him.
Antony Owen

Poet Bio

Dele Kogbe is studying MA. Diplomacy, Law and Global Change at International Studies and Social Sciences Department, Coventry University. He is the founder of Global Student Writers’ Society, the first literary society in the Coventry University. He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). His published works are widely used in teaching literature in English in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria. Dele’s published works include Songs of a Wounded Dove (Poetry, 2007), Child of Destiny (2009), and The Young Farmer (2009). His new story The Gods Had Gone to Sleep (2012), published by AuthorHouse, UK, will be released to the public in a couple of weeks.

Dele Kogbe received the 2010 Merit Award of the Association of Nigerian Authors/Oyo State Agency for Youth Development and 2010 Best MDGs Volunteer Advocate Award of NYSC Zamfara State, Nigeria among other awards and recognitions for his selfless service in community developments

He is a dramatic poet on stage.

Wed 4th Speak Up. Hare and Hounds PH, Kings Heath:7.30pm,The next Speak Up will take place on 4th July and it is set to be very magical indeed.

We have Kim Trusty performing for the last time at Speak Up as she is going back to Canada – she is a massive inspiration of mine and although it’s going to be the most sad seeing her go I am so glad that people are going to see her perform, she’s incredible.

We have also got Zia Ahmed from the Elephant Collective and Roundhouse Slam Winner 2011.
Zia performing: http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=_wuKABbx2xI

And! Sean Mahoney from the Rubix Collective who is just wicked.
Sean performing: http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=JbvxoqTbTkI

We have cake and beanbags and babes and poetry and open mic and fairy lights and other lovely things for five tiny pounds.

You should come, it’s better than all other things that happen on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

It starts at 7.30pm and we have open mics!

Wed 4th Jan Watts & Rafeef Ziadah, Library Theatre Birmingham, 7pm:On 4 July, we are delighted to be hosting a special event with internationally renowned poet, Rafeef and Jan Watts, Birmingham Poet Laureate 2011/2012 on Wed 4 July (7pm, Birmingham Library Theatre).

This event is part of the national Poetry Parnassus tour, which has been organised by London’s Southbank Centre and Speaking Volumes. Poetry Parnassus led by poet Simon Armitage sees the gathering of poets from each of the 204 nations competing in the London 2012 Olympics.

Jan saw Rafeef at a recent performance and was totally blown away by her and is delighted to be sharing a stage with Rafeef. The event is open to all, so do come along to hear poetry and personal stories from two very talented poets.

To book your seats, please contact: nikki.bi@birmingham.gov.uk​ or call 0121 303 2895

Wed 4th July Spire Writes , Havana Whites, Corporation St Chestefield,7.45, Free in:In July, Spire Writes brings you two more legendary poets, with Liz Berry and Faye Lipson.. Please come and join us, and perform at the open mic too if it takes your fancy.

Thurs 5th July The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW, 7.30pm:£9in,The Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus, a great meeting of poetic minds from every Olympic nation, brings some of the most exciting writers from across the globe to stages across Britain. For Writing West Midlands and the Stratford Poetry Festival, Poetry Parnassus is delighted to introduce T.J. Dema from Botswana, a poet, editor and events manager, and Kosal Khiev from Cambodia, a poet and exile from the USA.
Join them for readings, discussion and personal stories.
T.J. Dema is a Botswana poet and chairperson of The Writers Association of Botswana. She has performed in France, Denmark, India, South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe and is part of the multi-country poetry and music ensemble Sonic Slam Chorus.
Kosal Khiev is a poet, teaching artist and survivor of the US prison system, deported in 2011 to Cambodia. Since then he has used poetry to uplift his situation with compelling performances at TedX Phnom Penh, universities and pubic stages.
Poetry Parnassus on Tour is a Southbank Centre production in association with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions. In partnership with the Stratford Poetry Festival.
How to book:
To book your place, please visit the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s website or click here.

Thurs 5thIan Mcmillan, Southwell Library,The Bramley Centre,King St,Southwell,Nottinghamshire,NG250EH 7pm

Thurs 5th Paroloe Parlate, The summer spoken Word Special, Little venice, st Nicholas st , Worcester, 730 pm, £3 in:
“Parole Parlate : The Spoken Word” is back for a summer special after a very successful Worcestershire Literary Festival on Thursday 5th July 2012 and is a dedicated spoken word and “music that tells a story” platform. If you would like the chance to read your short stories, poems, prose, try out your performance poetry or music that tells a story, this evening is for you!

Hosted by Little Venice in Worcester, there will be a full bar service, cakes/snacks and you can of course take advantage of their full menu and enjoy their delicious pizzas, pastas or salads. Try out their £7.95 menu which includes a main course and a drink.

The Worcestershire Literary Festival team have so far confirmed the following performers:

Nathan Williams
Nick Munro Turner
Polly Robinson
Geoff Robinson
Damon Lord
Ian Ward
Sammy Joe
Math Jones

Plus a headline performance to be confirmed.

Fri 6thAndrew Mulletproof Graves Southwell Library,The Bramley Centre,King St,Southwell,Nottinghamshire,NG250EH 5pm

Sat 7th Crystal Clear Creators Pamphelt launch with Maria Taylor,Southwell Library,The Bramley Centre,King St,Southwell,Nottinghamshire,NG250EH

Sat 7th July The Saturday Plinth,Worcester City Museum Foregate St, Worcester 10am – 1pm, Free:As part of Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery’s 4th Plinth project, this is a Saturday morning spoken word event in the space vacated by the departing library.
Come to perform, or come to watch – either way, this won’t be your ordinary Worcester Saturday!
Performance slots will be 10-15mins. Poetry, prose, drama, or any combination thereof! But no swearing or nudity (we get enough of that during the week).

Sun 8th Wendy Cope,Southwell Library,The Bramley Centre,King St,Southwell,Nottinghamshire,NG250EH 4pm

Sun 8th Crystal Clear Creators Pamphelt launch with Maria Taylor, Ledbury Festival, 12.15pm

Mon 9th Nasty Little night, john osbourne, Luke Wright.King St Bristol Old Vic: 8pm, £6in,Crack out your ear trumpet and practice your happy face as Word of Mouth brings you a triple treat of lexical lushness.

I’m your host, Byron Vincent. I own a thirty-year-old dictionary, the legs of a consumptive emu and a neurotic disposition. I’m very much looking forward to meeting you.

Nasty Little Press publishes books from the UK’s best-loved live poets; and like Maverick and Iceman off of Top Gun, these two are the best of the best. Only instead of oiling up and playing aggressive beach volleyball, they read really good poems instead.

If I were to list their collective achievements this piece of writing would make Anna Karenina look like a work of flash fiction. Sold out national tours, five star reviews, innumerable TV and radio appearances. Expect funny, tender, poignant insights from two of the nation’s most gifted verse-slingers.

Tickets £6.00
Box Office 0117 987 7877
Mon 9th Pure and Good and right with Fran Hill, Sozzled sausage, Leamingtaon Spa, CV 32 4NX; 7.30pm: £3 in,Fran Hill is a comic performance poet, freelance writer and English teacher, who loves to make people laugh. In addition to poetry, she writes humorous articles, and is published regularly in the Times Educational Supplement magazine. Her book ‘Being Miss’ is for sale on Amazon Kindle and her blog’Being me’ is faithfully followed by 280 people with time on their hands and a liking for trivialities.

Admission £3 (£2 Student/OAP)
From time to time we are located upstairs, so please let us know if you require disabled access before the event.
If you would like to know more about the night email: pgrpoetry@gmail.com

Tues 10th “Poetry Alight at the Spark Cafe Bar, 19 Tamworth St, Lichfield WA13 6JP
Arrive early , 7.30pm prompt start -10pm
“A terrific evening of poetry” – Mal Dewhirst
Lichfield Poets proudly present the third in this quarterly series of poetry evenings, hosted by Gary Longden in the week of the Lichfield Festival.
It comprises four visiting guest poets and an open mic section. Great pride is taken in introducing new poets to the audience, and new audiences to poets. Open mic spots, at 3mins each, may be booked in advance, a very few may be made available on the night, e-mail: Lichfield.Poets@hotmail.co.uk
Please note that our advance slots are always oversubscribed, all requests may not be successful.
The Cafe, as well as offering coffee, teas and light refreshments is also licensed to sell alcohol and offers a range of hot food, I can personally vouch for their Cumberland sausage sandwich! The audience is encouraged to arrive early, and the Spark is ideal to enjoy a supper with friends before proceedings. The Cafe is open all day.
This month we have four distinguished published guest poets, two from Leicestershire based Crystal Clear Creators, and two from Black Country Based Offa’s Press. Both publications regularly invite submissions.
From Crystal Clear Creators
Dr Jonathan Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University. His specialisms include prose fiction and non-fiction, memoir-writing, radio writing, poetry and literature of the ‘long’ nineteenth-century. He is also co-founder and co-director of Crystal Clear Creators (www.crystalclearcreators.org.uk), which records, publishes, produces and promotes new writing, particularly for radio, and publishes the Poetry magazine Hearing Voices. Jonathan is widely published, his work is very accessible, with a sense of fun, listen out for Mozart’s Clarinet Sextet.
Maria Taylor is a poet and reviewer . She has had poetry published in a variety of magazines including The North, Staple, The Guardian and Iota. She has also reviewed for The TLS and Sphinx, as well as co-editing the magazine Hearing Voices. She teaches Creative Writing at De Montfort University and has also tutored young people and children. Her debut collection, Melanchrini, is available from Nine Arches Press in July 2012. I suspect that we can persuade her to read from it.
This is how I described the first time I saw her perform, over a year ago:” Her trademark is short, concise neat poetry which bustles with joie de vivre. Soap Sud Island visited her erstwhile home district of Acton in London, and its status as launderette to the more upmarket Chelsea and Kensington. Getting Rid told of the disposal of a troublesome bee in her bedroom. She entertained and engaged with a magnetic economy of expression.”
( As Jonathan and Maria are husband and wife, I should stress that the above biographies appear in alphabetical order!)
From Offa’s Press
Jane Seabourne: is a published writer and poet whose credits include The Guardian and Mslexia. She has lived on both sides of Offa’s Dyke, having grown up in South Wales, and currently works part-time in education. She lives in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton.Bright Morning, her first collection of poetry was published by Offa’s Press in May 2010 and is a delight for anyone who enjoys well-crafted and witty contemporary poetry.
Jayne says: ” My poems are inspired by mysteries, oddities, unusual details and scraps of memory. I like to observe, record and imagine the goings-on behind the curtains of people’s lives.”
Nick Pearson is a Forward Prize nominated poet. His poems have inhabited many places, including anthologies, magazines, websites, CDs, live performances and the works of artists. He lives in Shropshire, his Offa’s Press collection is entitled “Made in Captivity.” This collection draws together a range of work written over the last ten years. Urban, sharply observed, often humorous and with elements of atmospheric staging ,these poems catch some of the voices of contemporary disconnection and the search for certainty
Reviews of past Poetry Alights are available here:

Tues 10th Scribal Gathering The Crown Stony Stratford:7.30pm,Get ready for another fantastic feast of musical mastercraft and poetical proficiency, bringing together lachrymatorially lyrical local live talent and perfervid performers from perfurther afield. We have headline performances from special guests Dan Plews and Alan Wolfson, as well as the open-minded open mic, welcoming all to muse upon their views, share their wares, show their stuff, shine before their peers and shout what it’s all about, to a tolerant and very forgiving audience. Join us, and invoke the spirit of gathering…

When: Tuesday 10th July 2012. Doors open at 7.30 for a prompt 8.00 start.

Where: The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE.

How: Free entry. Sign up for open mic on the night. Arrive early to avoid disapproval.

Dan Plews is Co-ordinator of Aortas Education Ltd. Find out more here: http://www.aortas.org.uk/AORTAS/Staff/Entries/2012/1/15_Co-ordinator.html

Alan Wolfson is organisor and MC at Words and Music in the Woods, and can be seen here: http://www.alanwolfson.co.uk/ and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhx_2WTKwhE&feature=related

Tues 10th Mouth & Music 6,Boars Head Gallery, Kidderminster 8pm, £3 in:The 6th in our monthly series of totally & utterly acoustic spoken word & music nights! Bobby parker and Dan Whitehouse. Open mic sign-up from 7.30 5 minutes / 2 songs each, Diamond Jubilee themed work will be especially appropriate though anything goes!Admission £3 (free to performers) Presented by Heather Wastie & Sarah Tamar for kaf creatives
Wed 11th July Smart Poets, veggd Out, Fletchers walk, Paradise Circus, Birmingham. Open Mic 7.30pm: There will be summertime frolics a-plenty at the SMART open mic, featuring St.Martins’ poet in residence Penny Hewlett, the queeen of the fairies herself, Sammy Joe and the very talented Shaun Rolls and Shabz Ahmed.

There are plenty of open mic spots for writers new and old- e-mail samywroteunder@googlemail.​com if you fancy showcasing your work in a friendly, supportive and somewhat sultry summer evening, all in the name of poetry, of course!

£3in. 7pm start.

Wed 11th Flying Donkeys, Voicebox, Forman St Derby:8pm

Thurs 12th Coffeehouse Poetry Open Mic, Shrewsbury Coffee House , Castle Gate, Shrewsbury with Liz lefroy, 7.30pm, free in. (Note this is a chnage from the usual Tuesday).

Sat 14th Catalyst Culture Open Mic, Cathedral Sq, Colmore Row, Birmingham 4-7pm, free:Youth event for poets, musicians and comics. contact;craig@anglican.irmingham.com

Mon 16th shindig, Western PH, Leicester:7.30pm, free in:Crystal Clear Creators and Nine Arches Press present Shindig! Open-Mic Poetry Evening: Free and Open to All.

Featured poets are: Maria Taylor, Alan Baker, Kim Moore and Robin Vaughan Williams.

Sign up for open-mic slots on the door.

Email Jonathan Taylor (crystalclearjt@hotmail.co​.uk) for further details.

Wed 16th-18th Mix;herging into media conferende, Corsham Court, Bath Spa University:For three days in July an international gathering of academics, artists, film makers and writers will meet in the stunning location of Corsham Court to discuss the current developments in digital writing.
The conference will take place at Bath Spa University’s postgraduate centre at Corsham Court from 16th-18th July 2012. Its aim is to bring together practitioners and theorists working with writing in digital media. The purpose is to create a core of research knowledge both practical and theoretical. The conference will present academic papers as well as presentations and workshops by current digital practitioners. There will also be a public exhibition of digital work created for this conference through an open call for artists/writers: http://www.mix-bathspa.org/liberated-words/liberated-words-call-for-video-narratives-at-mix-conference
The questions we will be addressing are: How can new media be used for serious artistic purposes and how can we create a suitable critical vocabulary for this? What is the relationship between digital writers and the commercial world of ‘gaming’. Who are the audiences for digital writing and how can they be accessed? There will be submissions from those who work in digital media, concrete poetry, text art, poetry and performance, poetry and film, film poems, digital poetics, poetry and art, poetry and music, digital narratives, game writing, intermedia poetry, transmedia writing, language art, visual writing and installations.
The conference will produce a networked book of critical essays, examples of work and also an online forum where the debate can be continued.
Confirmed Key Speakers are:
Mark Amerika: Internationally renowned ‘re-mix’ artist and pioneer of internet art, digital video and experimental literature. Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Kate Pullinger: Acclaimed writer for both print and digital platforms. Reader at De Montfort University and founder of the Transliteracy Research Group.
Tom Konyves: Video poem creator and multi-media writer. Lecturer in screen writing in British Columbia.
Dr. Maria Mencia: Leader of practice led research in language driven new media/art/literature. Senior Lecturer at Kingston Universtity.
There will be an international line up of presenters from the U.S, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy and the UK.

Tues 17th July Buxton Fringe, Word Wizzards Slam,”For All That Clap” Grove Hotel Buxton, 7.30pm: £3in Rob Stevens hosts.
Tues 17th Bobby Parker/ Meredith Andrea, Kitchen Garden Cafe,York Rd, Kings Heath,7.30pm (Doors 7pm)
Two new poetry books from Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Bobby Parker reads from ’Comberton’, his bravura prose-poem sequence “a collection of poems whose narrative outstrips most novels for depth, mystery and staying power (Luke Kennard). Plus Meredith Andrea, reading from ‘Organon’.
Tickets: Free Event – all welcome

Wed 18th July, Storytelling Cafe Kitchen Garden Cafe,York Rd, Kings Heath, 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)
Summer is in the air and we dream of lands far away. Take a journey into your imaginations with the Storytelling cafe Team Graham Langley, Ana-Maria Lines, Dawn Powell and Kit Bathgate. Enjoy a relaxed and compelling summer’s night of storytelling with a glass of wine and a relaxed sociable atmosphere. Food Served from 6.30, Stories start at 7.30.
Tickets: £7
Tickets available from the Cafe or http://www.wegottickets.com

Sun 22nd Hamlet, Dirty Duck, Stratford upon Avon,4pm:Melting Pot has decided to let you lovely people have another bite at our gorgeous Hamlet! This time in the heart of Stratford, on the garden terrace of the Dirty Duck, on Sunday 22nd July. It starts at 4pm,giving you time to have wander around Stratford, have a spot of lunch and round off a great day with the best play in the English language. Arent we kind? and only for a fiver…

Tue 24th July, Poetry Bites with Nick Pearson & Jane Seabourne,Kitchen Garden Cafe,York Rd, Kings Heath
7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)
“One of the top 10 venues for poetry in the UK” (Susan Richardson, Radio 4). Poetry Bites also includes floor spots – arrive early to book a spot. Tickets on door or by email from jacquirowe@hotmail.co.uk (07971 018 825). Food Served from 6.30, Readings start at 7.30.
Tickets: £5 (£4 Conc.) on Door
Food served from 6:30pm, Readings start at 7:30pm

Tuesday 24th Polesworth Abbey, Poleworth, Open Mic and Guest Terri Jolland.7.30pm, Free in

Fri 27th A SAFETY PIN STUCK IN THE HEART – punk poetry and spiky stand-up! Frog & Fiddle PH, High St Cheltenham:8pm,A celebration of punk poetry with Iconic punk-poet and urban folksinger Patrik Fitzgerald
Adrenaline fuelled stand-up poet Trevor Meaney
(‘One of the funniest acts I have ever seen’. Cheltenham Poetry Festival.)
‘There’s no better example of the Punk DIY attitude than the lone, slight figure of Patrik Fitzgerald making it happen and expressing himself on stage. Singing songs of alienation, observation and imagined situations. Those early songs like ‘Safety Pin In My Heart’ and ‘All Sewn Up’ have amazingly stood the test of time and sound as relevant today as then. Patrik Fitzgerald was the ‘Punk Poet.’
Punk77 Magazine.

Friday 27th July
The Frog and Fiddle
Tickets £7 or £5 in advance from Badlands

August Gloucester Poetry and Spoken Word festival

Tues 14th Purple Penumbra Open Mic, barlow Theatre, Oldbury:7.30pm
Not to be eclipsed by the Olympic hoo-haa somewhere in the London Jungle, Purple Penumbra persists for a second event on Tuesday the 14th of August (two days after the sporty types conclude their athleticisms).

Bring your poetry and your pals to this open mic event, or just come and be entertained.

Those with a musical bent who can fill in a gap or two with something melodic and acoustic are particularly welcome.

Enliven, enrich and enhance the experience of the famous Barlow Theatre bar with your presence, why not?

Bus services:
126 from Birmingham to Wolverhampton, ten minutes from the Navigation bus stop, and
120, Birmingham to Dudley just two minutes from Rhodia Works bus stop, Station Road, Langley.

Train services:
10 minute walk from Langley Green railway station.

Put B69 4SP in your satnav, or…
From the M5, Junction 2,
at the big island take the 4th exit onto the A4034 (Churchbridge)
take the first right at the traffic light (slip road) B4170, Park Street/Park Lane towards Langley
at the Langley Green island, keep left on B4182, Park Lane
take the first right into Whyley Walk
The free car park is 60 metres on your left.
The Barlow Theatre, (or Oldbury Rep) is in front of you.

Sat 28th Patrick Fitzgerald and Bobby Parker Boars Head, Kidderminster 8pm: Poetry reading from Kiddi’s hippest poets.

Sun 29th Sunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic

Sun 2nd Sept Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Michael Thom
Tuesday 25th Polesworth Abbey, Poleworth, Open Mic and Guest Gary Carr.7.30pm, Free inas

Sun 7th Oct Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Daniel Sluman
Wed 10th October at the Guildhall Theatre, Derby – Katy Cawkwell and Sarah Llewellyn Jones with “The Kingdom of the Heart” Book in advance and quote “Flying Donkeys” to get a special discount that brings it down to our normal Flying Donkeys ticket prices. (Book direct with Derby Live!)

Sun 4th Nov Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Jo Bell

Sun 2nd Dec Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Kate North

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

  1. Ms Mass Media says:

    Reblogged this on Ms Mass Media: Hold The Front Page! and commented:
    Amazing spoken word performances this month, as well as of course the Worcestershire Literary Festival….can’t wait!

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