August 2012 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

Festivals

Fri 3rd -Sun 5th August Junction Festival, Chapel Ash Wolverhampton:

http://junctionwolverhampton.org/

Sat 18th-19th Aug Gloucester ARTournament

http://www.artournament.co.uk/blog/a-call-to-arms

Thur 23rd-27th Aug Shambhala Music and Arts Festival Northants – Poetry Tent

http://shambalafestival.org/

Friu 24th – 2nd Sept Bridgnorth fesrtival
http://www.bridgnorthmusicfest.com/index.php/arts.html

Sat 25th Aug – 1st Sept Alrewas Festival

http://www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk/

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Day by Day

Mon 30th July-11th August “A furlong of happiness” Exhibition, The Dome, University of Derby, Buxton campus Community Writing Group Word Wizards have set themselves the unbelievable task of bringing together 200 brand new limericks in celebration of the bi-centennial of famous poet Sir Edward Lear. Their Furlong of Funniness is now on display in a merry ring inside The Dome, University of Derby, Buxton campus where it will remain on free display until 11th August.
There is still time for local writers to achieve their moment of fame as visitors not only get the chance to vote on their personal favourites but can also compose their own ditty for inclusion in the exhibition.
If you can – come to Buxton and see `em
It’s a limerick led coliseum
Though it has to be said
That after they’re read
It’s more madhouse than culture museum
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Here is an alphabetical list of all those limerick writers whose masterpieces are now on display in this fantastic setting – currently alongside, around, and above the winners of the Buxton International Poetry Competition.
Thanks to
Alex Annesty Anne Carrol A. Trucker A. Writer
Brenda Tolchard Christine Fennell Craig Hopper David Barrow
David Siddon Dee Costello Gary Carr Gary Longden
Gay Horton Ivy Moore Jean Graves Jean Wright
Julie Elliot Kaye Booth Linda Goulden Margaret Tarbatt
Martin Thorne Peter Carrol Peter Grey Principal Skinner
Ray Jolland Rebel Rob Stevens Ron Wild
Steven Zarel Susie Watkinson Terri Jolland Tom Wyre
Tony Keaton Valerie Hughes
With a supporting poster and leaflet campaign – press and radio coverage – and the fact that Buxton is currently full of people for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, it is hoped that the exhibition will attract a lot of interest.

Thur 2nd The Poetry Evening, The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,Castle Gates, Shrewsbury. 7.30pm, Liz Lefroy officiates

Thurs 2nd Parole Parlate Little Venice 1-3 St Nicholas Street, Worcester WR1 1UW Open mic + guest poet ruth@worcslitfest.com. 7.30 pm £3 in

Sat 4th Future Poets Festival,mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH Noon- 6pm
If you are a young poet and would like to experience Installation Poetry, Digital Poetry, Poetweets, Film-Poetry, Slam Poetry, Spoken Word, Written and Performance Poetry, to hear from industry experts and professional poets then this is for you.
The Festival offers a programme of workshops, exhibitions, installations, screenings, games, an open mic and performances from some of the best performance poets in the UK.
Headliners include Polar Bear, John Berkavitch, Jodi Ann Bickley, Al Hutchins, Musa Okwonga, Bohdan Piasecki, Kim Trusty and many more…
And best of all it’s completely free.
Future Poets’ Festival is curated by a group of young poets but all ages will be welcome at performances during the festival.
For more information, please visit http://www.futurepoetsfestival.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FuturePoetsFestival
Twitter: @FuturePoetsFest / #futurepoetsfest

Mon 6th The SW@N Club – Spoken Word at the Newhampton, Wolverhampton, 7.30pm. Open mic poetry and storytelling

Tues 7th Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns St Nicholas St, Coventry Open mic, 8pm start with Anthony Owen

Tue 7th Word Y Theatre Leicester 8pm
Come to the August WORD! at The Y when we’ve got performance poet SPIKE PIKE!
Spike Pike was born near Glasgow. His experiences include serving five years in the Army (First Battalion Scots Guards). He now lives in Corby, where he has established himself as a writer and performance poet.
Spike Pike has published two books of poetry, become involved in theatre companies and performs poetry regularly at the Core theatre in Corby, and at various other nights and venues.
His work ranges from political satire and polemic to real wit and humour. He is now working on his third book, ‘Even Further Down the Line’, so called because this has been, so far, an amazing journey…
If you would like to perform or read, sign up with compere Pam Thomposn from 7pm.
£4/£3 concessions

Wed 8th Wednesbury Town hall, Holyhead Rd, Wednesbury,7pm:Free in,A night of Spoken Word and Song and the official
launch of So It Goes…,Debut Single: Day Like Today
Guests in Include:BandsSo It Goes…Beechwood, Alex Vann,Musical Company,Bilston Operatic Company,Writers/Story Tellers,Paul McDonald,Greg Stokes,Compère,Lynn Hawthorne

Wed 8th Quad, Derby, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS Open mic 19.30 Free in

Sat 11th Notes From the Underground , Hollybush, Cradley Heath

Sat 11th Poets Place,Birmingham Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ
Tickets: £FREE 2-4pm
Poets’ Place is an informal gathering of poets that happens twice a month. It is an opportunity to meet like‐minded people, give and solicit feedback on your poetry, or just sit back and write for a couple of hours without interruption. You can use the Poets’ Place to make new friends, discover new poets, share and have your work critiqued, make useful connections, set a writing schedule… The Poets’ Place can be whatever you decide to make of it.

The Poets’ Place is located on the Lower Ground Floor of Birmingham Central Library and it access via the Netloan Centre.

Info: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/centrallibrary / http://www.facebook.com/placeforpoets

Mon 13th Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, 8pm, Open mic

Mon 13th Pure and Good and Right, Summer Slam, Sozzled sausage, Leamingtaon Spa, CV 32 4NX; 7.30pm: £3Thanks to the devoted and supportive atmosphere of the PGR crowd, this is one of the most enjoyable slams you’ll ever encounter!
There will of course be the usual open mic slots…but the fact that there will be actual prize money and the chance to win a feature slot at a future PGR event is surely enough to tempt even performance newbies to come and join the fun.

Tues 14th Mouth & Music Boars Head Gallery, 39 Worcester St, Kidderminster, 7.30pm, open mic plus headliner

Tues 14th City Voices, City Bar King St ,Wolverhampton, 7.30pm. Bob Hale

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?

Wed 15th Templar Poetry, Lamb & Flag, The Tyhthing, Worcester, 8pm; Open mic, third Wednesday, Alex officiates
Thurs 16th KAF 12, Boars Head, Kidderminster; 7.30pm. open mic poetry and music

Sat 18th/Sun 19th ARTournament & Cafe Rennes 12:00pm until 11:00pm.Greyfriars, outside Cafe Renes. Gloucester City Centre.
This August weekend is the Grand Finale to ARTournament but please don’t be sad cause we have already been planning a new and exciting adventure……..watch this space Gloucester!!
We have spent twelve months checking out all the talented Comedy Gurus, Bands, Musicians, Performance Poets, Story Tellers, Writers, Dancers, and Theatre Groups at the ARTournament Sunday Chills.
The audience voted and we are delighted to bring you a FREE day of the best bands, musicians and a couple of surprises.
There are also three stages of the best Comedy, Performance Poets and Gothic Theatre Group performing all day at Blackfriars on Saturday 18th.
More info and a list of performers are detailed in this event listing…
https://www.facebook.com/events/420023918037826/
We have the incredible Cafe Renes collaborating with us to bring you all a day of laughter, singing, dancing, mask making, fancy dress, story tellers, drinking and feasting. We are aiming to have a little something to entertain everyone and we all really hope you will join us.
We would also like to thank Paul James who is head of the City Council and Mark Hawthorne who is head of the County Council for all their help and support with this project. The council have donated both Greyfriars and Blackfriars for these events and we all hope you enjoy yourselves.
We have an incredible line up of performers and will have full details of the line up and slot times before the end of July….please watch this space.
ARTournament have only gone and booked a legendary singer for their free stage on Sunday 19th August. Get on!
Top five hit in Italy Jamie Irie is Gloucester’s very own secret super-star legend.
You will not believe how good and well respected Mr Irie is in Jamaica and New York. Worked with everyone from Sly Dunbar and Shaggy to Tenorfly and The Mighty Diamonds. Impossibly brilliant voice and swagger! Ma-hoo-sive!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don’t believe us read what one of the top music mags have to say……
http://www.reggaeville.com/nc/artist-details/artist/jamie-irie/ac/biography.html

Sat 18th/ Sun 19th Stony Paint Jam, Bull Hotel 64 High St Stony Sratford;12 noon-8pm,A whole weekend of visual and live art from the Jam Free crew will be taking over Stony Stratford for a weekend with poetry and music

Tues 21st Mee Club Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath. 7.30pm-11pm:I am launching a new club in Birmingham in August. It’s called The Mee Club, and it’s a spoken word cabaret club – for singles! (Audience, that is – not the acts!) It’s twice monthly, and the ‘show’ will feature performance poets, storytellers, journalists, actors, authors, singer-songwriters and comedians.

Thurs 23rd Bilston Voices, Cafe Metro, Church St Bilston, 7.30pm: Bob Hale

Fri 24th Word Up Six Eight Kafe, 6/8 Temple Row Birmingham; 6.30pm-8.30pm. Free in, Decadent Divas, plus support

Fri 24th Spoken WorldsThe Old Cottage Tavern , Byrkley St,eet, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ Open mic,7.30

Fri 24th Stand up Comedy and Poetry with jan watts, Solihull Arden Club, Sharmans Cross road, Solihull £5in, 7pm

Sat 25th Poets Place,Birmingham Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ
Tickets: £FREE 2-4pm
Poets’ Place is an informal gathering of poets that happens twice a month. It is an opportunity to meet like‐minded people, give and solicit feedback on your poetry, or just sit back and write for a couple of hours without interruption. You can use the Poets’ Place to make new friends, discover new poets, share and have your work critiqued, make useful connections, set a writing schedule… The Poets’ Place can be whatever you decide to make of it.

The Poets’ Place is located on the Lower Ground Floor of Birmingham Central Library and it access via the Netloan Centre.

Info: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/centrallibrary / http://www.facebook.com/placeforpoets

Sat 25th Hullabaloo Festival – Cheltenham
Poetry stage runs 8.30 – 9.30
Saturday 25 August
Guy Williams
Charlie Du Pre

James Bunting

Sunday 26 August

Tim Brewis

Hay Brunsden

Fergus Mcgongal

Monday 27 August

Gary Longden

Peter Wyton –

Sat 25th , Robin Hood and the Giant ,Outside The Black Country Arms and The Crossing at St. Paul’s . 12 noon- 4pm

Sun 26th Sunday Xpress, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic
Tues 28thPoetry and Scones 1 , Old School, Main St Alrewas,11.15am-12.15– Bert Flitcroft,Sharing a favourite poem of your own with a group – just for the pleasure of it.

Tues 28th Word Wizards Buckingham Hotel, Buxton, 7.30pm, £3 in, Rob Stevens comperes

Wed 29th “42” Open Mic Night (Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy) Lunar Bar, New St Worcester, 7.30, Free in

Wed 29th Bridgeorth Festival Poetry, Costa Coffee Bridgnorth 7pm – 9.30pm

Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival is building on the success of its first poetry event in 2011, with a second night of rhyme, wit and insights at Costa Coffee on Wednesday 29 August 2012.

Emma Purshouse (shown to the right) who headlined the event in 2011 and brought the house down with her upbeat and insightful performances, will be returning for 2012 as event compere. This year Emma will be joined by Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate in 2007/8, Matt Windle, local poet and retired teacher Paul Francis, Fergus McGonigal and Big Bilston Love Slams 2012 finalist, Lorna Meehan.

Known as “The poet with punch”, Matt Windle uses his poetry with people all over the country in schools, libraries, prisons, foster homes, young offenders etc. He was, an Olympic Torchbearer for 2012 and is currently Birmingham’s Featherweight boxing champion.

Paul Francis who performed to huge applause in 2011, is making his way back from the distant lands of Much Wenlock for this years event. Paul keeps sane by writing different kinds of poems…comic, serious, rhymed, regular and political.

Fergus McGonigal (shown on the left) is bringing his rapid and animated slam-winning poetry to Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival. With exasperation as his muse, he is on a mission to ‘share the despair’.

Lorna is an actress, theatre practitioner, frequent meditator and lover of jaffa cakes. Her poetry ranges from shameless rants to uplifting insights. She is one of the Decadent Poetry Diva’s and has performed at various events and festivals over the country.

In addition to the scheduled performances, Emma will be compeering and managing open mic slots which are being included throughout the evening. Emma is a veteran of the poetry slam circuit and will be keeping the event running to time. Open Mic slots range from 1min – 3mins long and If you are interested in taking part in the open mic slots during the evening, please email jenny@bridgnorthfestival.org to get your name on the list.

Thurs 30th Hit the ode, Victoria PH, Brum City Centre, £5in.7,30pm Richard Tyrone Jones Big Heart plus Lorna Meehan

Thurs 30thPoetry, Play and Pints at The Crown Inn.8.3–10.30, free in
An evening of poetry and drama which will conclude with an open mic opportunity for you to share your own poems with an audience.Sign up on arrival

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Wirksworth Arts Festival, Derbys 7th-23rd Sept
http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk/

Wellington Literary Festival , Shrops29th Sept- 20th October
http://www.wellington-shropshire.gov.uk/literary-festival/

Saturday 1st Simon Fletcher will be talking about Offa’s Press at the Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, South Shropshire, as part of a Writing West Midlands networking afternoon. 2-4pm Free.

Sat 1st Sept Buddy Wakefield, MAC Birmingham, 7.30pm £5in
The two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion visits Birmingham with his raw, rounded performance style. This is a unique chance to catch Buddy Wakefield on one of his very rare European tours and witness see one of the top spoken word artists in the world live and unpluggedin an intimate venue. Buddy will be supported supported by up-and-coming West Midlands poets Mstr Morrison, Jodi Ann Bickley, and Rehema Njambi.

Where: mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Tickets: £5
Info: macarts.co.uk/event/apples-and-snakes-buddy-wakefield
Booking: macarts.co.uk / 0121 446 3232

Sun 2nd Sept Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Michael Thomas

Mon 3rd SW&N ClubThe Newhampton Inn, Riches Street (off Newhampton Road West) Wolverhampton WV6 0DW 8pm £3 in,Storytelling, poetry, a tune, or a song!

Thurs 6th Good Impressions Spoken word, Cafe Impression, Atkins Building Hinckley, LE10 1QU,7.30pm £5in Hosted by Tom Phillips,ist Thursday Monthly

Fri 7th, 8th/9th Birmingham Artsfest- the Uks largest Arts festival;http://www.artsfest.org.uk/
Poets include Sammy Joe, Shabz Ahmed,Brendan Hawthorne,Kimmy Sue Anne and Dwayne Reads.

Sat 8th Poetry Reading, Polewsorth Abbey 2pm: Free in a celebration of the results of Dig the Poetry including an exhibition of finds and poetry written.

Sunday 9th Nick Pearson will be running an Offa’s Press bookstall (with volunteers) at the Birmingham Independent Book Fair, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3BD, part of the Birmingham ArtsFest 2012. 11am-6pm.

Mon 10th pure and good and right, Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa, CV32 4NX,This month’s guest poets are..
Vois:Vois are an acoustic and a cappella collective, whose mission is to release the talents of musicians throughout the midlands. Combining soulful song, righteous rap and melodic musicianship, Vois are a rare blend of talent and technique who provide a real treat for appreciative ears.
&
Armadeep Dhillon:Armadeep Dhillon is a young poet who wowed on PGR debut with the soulful power of his writing. Returning for a long overdue feature slot, Armadeep is the kind of young voice our world so urgently needs.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

Tuesday 11th Jane Seabourne and Nick Pearson will be reading at ‘City Voices’, City Bar, King Street, Wolverhampton. WV1 1ST 7.45pm Free admission.

Tuesday 11th Dave Reeves guests at ‘Mouth and Music’, the Boars Head Gallery, 39 Worcester Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1EW. 8.00pm Tickets £3.00

Tues 11th Spire Writes, Havana Whites,12 Corporation St, Chesterfield. 7.30pm, Open Mic, Helen Mort officiates, Matt McAteer headlines

Wed 12th Spoken Word,Old Cross, Church Street, Stapleford 7.30pmThe third evening of poems and stories from two local performers – Dave Wood and Richard Young.This time featuring Jackie Brewster.Those wishing to read/perform are welcome to for (depending on circumstances) approximately 5 minutes.Anything spoken word is fine. A great chance to try out your writing in a fun way and there may even be cake for saleEntrance is £1.There will be no microphones and all seating will be in the round.

Thursday 13th Jane Seabourne will be reading at Coleshill Library, Warwickshire, 7pm, as part of the Literature on Your Doorstep project. Free.

Sat 15th Stafford Arts Festival, Poetry at the Council Buildings, 10-4pm. Free in

Thurs 20th Hit the Ode,The Victoria, 48 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN 7.30 pm, £5 in,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 which look good in red; poems displayed under protective glass cases; poems cobbled together from kite string and transistor radios. Great poems. Come and get them.Line-up:Al Hutchins, Harry Baker, Luanda Casella,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.

Thurs 20th Goblin Poetry and Folk Club, Giggling Goblin Cafe, Ashby de la Zouch; 7.30pm start. Brian langtry hosts.

Saturday 22nd Emma Purshouse is running a variety evening at The Imperial in Bilston, Wolverhampton, 7.30pm. Tickets are from £10 and can be reserved through Emma by emailing: emmaasif@hotmail.com

Sun 23rd Sept Powwow, Prince of Wales Lit Fest, Alcester Rd, Moseley,http://thespidermonkey.co.uk/litfest2012/
It’s great value for a line up which includes R J Ellory (million selling crime writer), S F Said (Award winning children’s author), Luke Brown (Tindal Street Press), Charlie Brotherstone (A M Heath Literary Agency), Tim Broughton (Harper Collins) and William Gallagher (freelance script writer – credits include Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish).

Sun 23rd Pooley Country Park, 10th Anniversary Celebrations,11am, readings from the Polesworth Poetry trail

Mon 24th Poetry Open Mic, calahouse, Nottingham, 8pm

Tuesday 25thPurple Penumbra Open Mic, Barlow Theatre, Oldbury:7.30pm
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?

Tuesday 25th Polesworth Abbey, Poleworth, Open Mic and Guest Gary Carr.7.30pm, Free in

Wed 26th Smart Poets Open Mic, Veggd out, Fletchers walk, Paradise Circus, Birmingham City Centre, 7pm.With Penny Hewlett

Sat 29thSaturday 29th Jeff Phelps will be at Wellington Library, Shropshire, from 10am to 2pm as part of the Wellington Literature Festival local authors’ events.

Sun30th Sept “Written on water” Aylestone Meadows, Leicester :Written on Water is a community event where writers, artists and the local community will come together to create words and pictures celebrating Leicester’s largest nature reserve. The event is planned for 30 September 2012 and all are welcome.

On 30th September participants will be encouraged to share their Meadows’ memories, words and stories with a team of volunteer Word Rangers. The Meadows is for everyone and everyone’s words will go towards a new Written on Water website and anthology. Artists and photographers will also paint, sketch or photograph this diverse environment in the heart of Leicester.

Written on Water is part of the Everybody’s Reading community festival, to do whatever it takes to get every child in Leicester reading. Written on Water is also supported by Leicester City Council, Aylestone Meadows Appreciation Society and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

Fri 5th Oct 4th Malvern Slam plus Attila the Stckbroker, the Cube, Malvern: Attila is sharp tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. His themes are topical, his words hard-hitting, his politics unashamedly radical. Inspired by the spirit and the ‘Do It Yourself’ ethos of punk rock, and above all by The Clash and their overtly radical, political stance.

The fourth Malvern Poetry slam will be held over two rounds. 10 Poets go head to head, in a battle of verse and wit until the last one standing is crowned Malvern slam champion 2012. Hysterical, poignant, moving. Not to be missed.

Doors open 7.30 Entrance £ 7.00

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!)

Wed 10th oct Funny Women, Streetly Library, Blackwood Rd Streetly, 10.30-11.30 free in with Emma Purshouse and Win Saha

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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