November 2012- What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

Leicester Literary Festival 7th-10th November

Event Date Time Ticketed Book signing BSL
Terror Visions: Art, Literature and the Sublime
Wednesday 7 November 1.00pm
Picturing Romantic and Victorian Authors
Wednesday 7 November 2.00pm
Claire Tomalin talks about Charles Dickens
Wednesday 7 November 6.00pm ticketed event book-signing
Will Self
Wednesday 7 November 7.30pm ticketed event book-signing
Grassroutes: Eight Leicestershire Writers
Thursday 8 November 1.00pm
Second World War Codebreaking in Fiction, Drama and Television
Thursday 8 November 2.30pm
Leontia Flynn and Christopher Reid read from their poetry
Thursday 8 November 6.00pm ticketed event book-signing
Carol Ann Duffy reads from her poetry
Thursday 8 November 7.30pm ticketed event book-signing
Dickens Treasures: The Bi-Centenary and Beyond
Friday 9 November 12.00pm ticketed event
School of Hard Knocks: Medieval and Renaissance Students Behaving Badly
Friday 9 November 1.00pm
From Ace to Zoot
Friday 9 November 2.00pm
Dickens Week by Week
Friday 9 November 4.00pm ticketed event

Kes Gray
Saturday 10 November 1.00pm ticketed event book-signing BSL
How to Draw Horses and Lots More with Jennifer Bell (9-12 years)
Saturday 10 November 2.00pm ticketed event book-signing BSL
David Melling
Saturday 10 November 2.15pm ticketed event book-signing BSL
Thomas Bloor
Saturday 10 November 3.30pm ticketed event book-signing BSL
How to Draw Horses and Lots More with Jennifer Bell (5-8 years)
Saturday 10 November 3.30pm ticketed event book-signing BSL
An Evening with Chris Mullin
Saturday 10 November 7.30pm ticketed event book-signing


Day by day

Thurs 1st Parole Parlate, Little Venice, Worcester,7.30pm. 2nd Birthday Anniversary, Mstr Morison, the new Birmingham Poet Laureate headlines

Thurs 1st Shrewsbury Coffee House Poetry, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, Liz Lefroy hosts, Emma Purshouse performs.

Thurs 1st Good Impressions, Cafe Impressions, Atkins Building,Tudoe rd Hinckley,LE10 1QU, 7.30pm,£5in, An evening where the floor is thrown open to all who dare tell, recite, read or sing something truly spine tingling and spooky. All are welcome to perform or just watch. Hosted by Tom Phillips

Thurs 1st 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.

Fri 2nd Off the Shelf , Queen’s Social Club 4 Queens Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 4DG, 7pm £5in :Word Life, Dead Beats, Speakeasy, ROMP, Northern Lights, The Shipping Forecast, Spire Writers, Gorilla Events, Slam Bam Thank You Ma’am. This will be one of the largest spoken word events that Sheffield’s ever seen. All of Sheffield’s poetry events have collaborated and come together for a closing party for Off The Shelf Literature Festival. Showcase some local talent alongside some of the best spoken word artists in the UK. Also featuring music from King Capisce – one of Sheffield’s best live outfits with their only gig in Sheffield this year. Hosted by Matt Black.

Featuring:KING CAPISCE,One of Sheffeld’s most hotly tipped bands, King Capisce fuse post rock and jazz to create a sound uniquely their own. They make contemporary instrumental music, that can incorporate walls of sound or dreamy soundscapes. Having recently played with the likes of Polar Bear, Red Snapper and Led Bib and headlining shows at Peace In The Park, King Capisce are one of the key live bands to have emerged from Sheffield’s live music scene in recent years. “King Capisce are a quintet that mix jazz with post rock sensibilities to good effect… bedazzling the audience with their technical yet accessible playing.” Ross Baker,“Full of subtlety and technical brilliance, the continuation of the loud/quiet contrast sees soft hums gradually intensify into and absolutely stunning body of music.” Ebony Nembhard, Ark Magazine

DAVID J aka THE VOCAL PUGILIST,David J is one of the most established and well respected spoken word poets in the UK. Blessed with a vocal dexterity usually reserved for beat-boxers David J’s stands on the border lines between hip hop and poetry. Hes performed at Latitude and Glastonbury Festivals, toured Europe with the Last Poets, and supported Patti Smith on her book launch. Not to mention features on Channel 4, Radio 4, Choice Fm, Capital Radio, Sky as well as performing at RADA and the Houses of Parliament.

HARRY BAKER:Harry Baker is one of the most successful slam winning poets around at the moment. Having been crowned the UK, European and World Slam Champion, hes performed across the country, most recently gaining 5* reviews from Three Weeks, Broadway Baby and Radio 1 for his latest Edinburgh show ‘Proper Pop-up Purple Paper People’. All while at the tender age of 21, hes fast becoming one of the most established performance poets on the scene.

SHEFFIELD SLAM:Organisers of events Word Life, Dead Beats, Speakeasy, ROMP, Northern Lights, The Shipping Forecast, Gorilla Poetry, Slam Bam Thank You Ma’am, all take each other on a poetry slam. Expect a few alterations to the normal slam format on the night.

Sunday, 4th Buzzwords at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham,Workshop 7pm
Guest reading and open mic – 8pm,Guest Poet: Dan Sluman,£5 waged, £3 unwagedwith Angela france
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Mon 5th Poetry Train, Slade Rooms, Broad St, Wolverhampton,7.30pm, Open mic, Tony Stringfellow Hosts.

Mon 5th Slam semi final Gorilla Poetry – Poetry Evolution, Dada bar, Trippet Lane, Sheffield, S1 4El, (Off West St) 8pm (7.30 doors)

Mon 5th The SW@N Club – Spoken Word at the Newhampton, Wolverhampton,Meets every 1st Monday of the month at 8 pm – 10.30 pm. Admission – suggested donation on entry. Peter Chand hosts

Tues 6th The Cork Poets, Taylor Johns, The Canal Basin, Coventry, 8pm, free inThe guest poets will be the CORK POETS, Matthew Geden and Conor McManus with the usual open mic.

Tues 6th Listen Ere Warwick Space (Old Warwick Youth Centre), Coten End, Warwick, CV34 4NU Listen ‘Ere! 8pm.A new club for performers of original material . LISTEN ‘ERE! – A brand new club for all who want to perform or listen to original material

The Warwick Space, Coton End Youth Centre next to The Millwright Pub, Coton End, Warwick
A brand new club for performers of all kinds of word based material. The idea for this club was the brainchild of Bailey, Perry and Wolff , the resident band, who are all either writers, multi-instrumentalists or both! They are partnered in this new venture by Julie Boden a former Birmingham poet laureate and poet in residence at Symphony Hall, whose work has been performed both nationally and internationally on radio, TV and film; and Dave Reeves a free-reed musician who previously edited Raw Edge magazine. He now presents a live monthly literature programme for the internet radio station
If you are a performer of spoken or sung word, singer-song writer, acoustic band, stand-up comedian, performance poet, playwright etc., and you would like to perform, we want to hear from you.

Contact Campbell Perry on / tel 01926775032 or 07973119235 for further information.

Tickets: £5
Tuesday 6th (and Tuesday 4 December 2012) Poetry Talk ,The Studio Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry CV4 7AL
The UK’s first live poetry talk show, featuring a crossover of poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. Featuring Liz Charis, Dan Sluman, Polar Bear, George Szirtes

A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
Gasp as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how these shape-shifting poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators!
This series of events is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press, with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre.
Running time approximately 90 minutes.
Tickets: £5

Tues 6th Mee Club, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York rd, Kings heath, 7.30pm, £7in, with Cat Weatherill, Cath Edwards, Carmen Capuano and Gary Longden

Tues 6th 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- this month, Maria Taylor

Wed 7th The Cork Poets at Fizz, The Moat House Hotel, Lichfield St Tamworth 8:00pm,The guest poets will be the CORK POETS, Matthew Geden and Conor McManus with the usual open mic.Free Entry, with a Bar, Coffee and Cakes plus a Carvery from 7:00pm for £4.95.

Thurs 8th GrassRoutes: Eight Leicestershire Writers, Embrace Arts centre,Lancaster Rd, Leicester 1-2pm, free, Come and hear Leicestershire writers reading from their work and talking about how it originates in their experiences of multi-racial Leicestershire. Grassroutes is funded by Arts Council England to promote public knowledge and appreciation of transcultural writing in the city and county.This event includes the inaugural reading of Five Voices Leicester by Anita Sivakumaran, a Grassroutes commission which appears in the project’s exhibition of writing from the county, on show at the City Central Library and the University’s David Wilson Library.The writers appearing in this event are all showcased in the online Grassroutes Writers’ Gallery, a series of original works edited by Corinne Fowler, who lectures in the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Thurs 8th Shipping Forecast, Great Gatsby Pub, Division St, Sheffield, 7.45, £2 inAnother explosive night of spoken word delights at the Great Gatsby pub on Division Street. This month’s theme is rude, lewd, and in the mood (don’t ask me, the random theme generator has spoken)To complement this we have two special guests this month: The fabulous Capri, a charming comedy singer-song writer with a healthy bit of blue to keep the dads happy, and Kirsty Taylor, a terrific poet from mounds of Bradford, where she runs a monthly night called Away with words, which supports a literary exchange programme for children called stories for change. So, she’s a good egg as well, and we like good free range, crack em on a bowl and make an omlette eggs at the forecast, so we are very pleased to have her share her words, thoughts and presence at the next forecast….plus games, features, and of course the monthly raffle.And not forgetting the open mic, if you would like a slot please email, or drop a line on here, and come and shake your tail feather.

hosted by Stan Skinny, Gevi, and Andy Owen Cook

Fri 9th Wednesbury Art Gallery and Museum, open mic poetry, 7.30pm, free admission

Sat 10th Notes From the Underground, Hollybush PH, Newtown lane, Cradley Heath, 8pm Start, Free in, Poetry and music Open Mic with Jack Edwards and William Shatspeare

Mon 12th PUREandGOODandRIGHT , The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX.7.30pm start. £3in 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.With open mic support .
If you would like to know more about the night email:

Mon 12th Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH,8pm, 2nd monday : Free in, Open micContact Nick on

Tuesday 13th ‘City Voices’, City Bar, King Street, Wolverhampton. WV1 1ST 7.45pm Free admission.

Tuesday 13th ‘Mouth and Music’, the Boars Head Gallery, 39 Worcester Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1EW. 8.00pm Tickets £3.00

This month we’re featuring poet / singer / guitarist Brendan Hawthorne & singer Kerry Halford.

humour & pathos in Black Country or standard English

joined by singer KERRY HALFORD in “So It Goes” –
original songs rooted in traditions of folk and blues

So It Goes is making its mark in this exciting debut year.

Brendan has worked on the poetry circuit for the last ten years and has three collections of his work published. He combines humour and pathos that is set in either Standard English or Black Country dialect.

Kerry has family connections with the folk scene that was an inherent part of ‘The Black Country Night Out’, chiefly Giggetty and Penny Farthing.

Combined, Brendan and Kerry perform original songs that are rooted in the traditions of folk and blues and have released their first single ‘A Day Like Today’ through Elkamedia Productions

MC Sarah Tamar

5-minute / 2 song open floor slots available – sign up from 7.30

If you fancy working to a theme – we suggest ‘Black Country’ or ‘Fireworks’ …. or both! But anything goes at Mouth and Music!

Presented by KAF Creatives

Tuesday 13th Scribal Gathering The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE7.30pm: with a fantastic featured set: The Antipoet with Mark Niel – The Rhythm Method Tour, ‘combines the genius of the wit and dubious wisdom of The Antipoet and the sheer delight that is Milton Keynes’ poet laureate, Mark Niel’. We also have the open-minded open mic, welcoming performers of any style, inclination or level of ineptitude to take the stage and share their poetry, music and song, or anything else they can’t do at home, before a warm and receptive audience.

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

Wed 14 th 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,

Wed 14th “Spread the Word!” Open Night,8pm.The Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ 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

Wed 14thFundraiser for Jodi’s Brain, Hare and Houds, Kings Heath, 7pm
The local poetry community gets together to help one of its own – and put on a cracking night. Expect performances from John Berkavitch, Polarbear, Rachel Rose Reid, Tom Peel, Dub Mafia’s Eva & Matt w/ Mr Woodnote, Bridget Minamore, Musa Okwonga, Sean Mahoney and other surprise guests. Don’t miss this one!

Wed 14th Songs of struggle,Innovation Centre, Oxford St, Leicester LE1 5XY6-8pm The launch of a new poetry collection Innocent Questions by Momodou Sallah . This event is free and refreshments will be available; additionally 5 other poets will be presenting on the theme of struggle
Wed 14th “Spam” Poetry Night open Mic, BE Venue, The Old Post Office, ST6 4JH Burslem 8pm. Tracey Henham officiates

Thurs 15th Goblin Poetry and Folk Club, Giggling Goblin Cafe, Ashby de la Zouch; 7.30pm start. Brian Langtry hosts.

Fri 16th Spoken Worlds 19:30 The Old Cottage Tavern , Byrkley Street, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ Open mic

Fri 16th Offas Poets,Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, ‘in Captivity’ at 8pm.Emma Purshouse,Jane Seabourne, Simon Fletcher. Tickets are available on the door (£8/£6) or you can contact the Box Office on 01902 321321

Sat 17thPoets Place,Birmingham Central Library, 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.

Sat 17th The Alchemist and the Devil, performed by The Bayard’s Colts, Black Country Arms, High Street Town Centre, Walsall WS1 1QW, 11am, 1pm, 3pm. Free, performed al fresco.

Sat 17th Entertaining Strangers Book Launch Crumbling Cookie, Leicester, A book launch for “Entertaining Strangers,” and three other books: “Newton’s Splinter” by Simon Perril, “Melanchrini” by Maria Taylor, and “Descent of the Lyre” by Will Buckingham. You can see details on the attached invitation. It’d be lovely to see you there. It takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 November 2012 at the Crumblin’ Cookie Bar, leicester. The event is free, and all are welcome. I do hope you can come

Sat 17th Henna Newhampton Arts centre, Wolverhampton,Dinner 7pm. Show 8pm
On the eve of a wedding a young bride-to-be is having henna applied to her hands. As the patterns emerge, the stories begin to unfold…British Punjabi storytellers Peter and Gorg Chand take you on a journey to incredible landscapes, with tales of love, loss, betrayal and Bollywood dancing!

With stories collected and translated from India and being told here for the first time, we invite you to the wedding of the year!

(Suitable for adults and 12 years and over)

Make an evening of it by joining us for a curry dinner at 7pm.

Tickets: Show: £8/£7. Indian Meal: £7

Combined ticket: £12/£11 (advance bookings only)

EARLY BIRD OFFER: Buy your tickets before 5th Nov, for £2 off Combined Dinner+Show tickets

Monday 19th ,Shindig at The Western Pub, Leicester, LE3 0GA, from 7.30pm – free and all welcome
Crystal Clear Creators and Nine Arches Press presents Shindig!: Open-Mic Poetry Evening at The Western Pub, featuring guest poets Ian Parks, Dragan Todorovic, David Cooke, and Jo Bell. Sign up for open-mic slots at the door. Free and open to all

Tues 20th Scribble Kicks at Mac Birmingham,7pm, free in, Writers Bloc is hosting our first event at mac birmingham: SCRIBBLE KICKS! Come along to an evening of page poetry and prose with exclusive readings from some top poets.

In association with Salt Publishing, poets Luke Kennard and Abi Curtis will be launching their latest poetry collections, with readings from Kennard’s ‘A Lost Expression’ and Curtis’ ‘The Glass Delusion’. There will also be some open-mic spots available – come and sign up on the door if you’re interested!

Event starts at 7pm, entry is free

Tuesday, 20th Short Stories at the Copthorne Hotel in Birmingham, 7-8.30. The Copthorne Hotel is just along the way from the New Library of Birmingham on Paradise Circus and overlooks Centenary Square.

Hear extracts from terrific new short stories commissioned by West Midlands Readers Network from six regional writers: Fiona Joseph, Helen Cross, Richard Lakin, Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, Jeff Phelps, and Polly Wright. I’ll be in-conversation with them all about how the stories came to be written and the fascinating narrative ingredients they were given to work with by the reading groups they were paired with earlier this year. You will be able to pick up a free limited-edition anthology of the stories in full.

Come into the city, have a bite to eat, the German Christmas market will be in full swing and the atmosphere will be festive.

Free event. Please book:

Wed 21st Speak Up, hare and Hounds Kings Heath, 7.30pm Deanna Rodger is performing. She’s part of the Chill Pill team who are wicked and she’s just done loads from touring Germany to performing at Buckingham Palace. A beautiful little powerhouse, Miss Rodger!

James Bunting is performing. He’s from Bristol went to Birmingham Uni and then moved to London, which is rubbish. Not that he went to Birmingham Uni but that he no longer does which makes this feature a little bit more special. A missed f
ace, amazing talent.

Laura Dedicoat is performing. Laura is our hometown poet, at eighteen she has already been a peer mentor at Shake the dust and has wowed many a crowd at Speak Up and beyond as a regular on the open mics. She is simply wonderful.

Eight Open Mic slots available.
Five tiny coins.
7.30 doors.

We also have cakes, sausage rolls, 90’s R&B, beanbags and babes.

Wed 21st Templar Poetry, Lamb & Flag, The Tything, 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

Thur 22nd Mostly Comedy. Ort Cafe, 500 Moseley Rd,Balsall Heath B12 9AH featuring past BPL Roy Macfarlane performing poetry, music and comedy
Thur 22nd Utter , Storytelling Night,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Bearwood,B67 5RJ 7-10pm, Cath Edwards hosts, Katrice Horsley guests, fourth Thursday

Thur 22nd Bilston Voices Café Metro, Church Street, Bilston. 7.30pm start. £2 admission.Set bill with Emma Purshouse.
This month we’ve got a bumper crop of talent for your delight. From Malvern we’ve got John Collins and Myfanwy Fox. We’ve got some music this time too; singer songwriter Alex Vann will be doing a set. Helen Calcutt is reading and Richard Tyrone Jones will be giving us a preview of his one man show (tickets to see his full show on Wednesday November 28th at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton are available by phoning the Arena box office 01902 321321 ).

Bilston Voices starts at 7.30 and takes place, as usual, at Cafe Metro, 46 Church Street, Bilston. It costs £2 to get in.

Fri 23rd Word Up Six eight cafe ,Temple Row Birmingham. 6.30pm fre in,Fourth Friday,Word Up’ is a spoken word night with a difference. Created and run by Mark Watson and Rosina Caldwell. It is a monthly event held at the highly renowned ‘Six Eight Kafe’ ( in Birmingham, who kindly provides a fitting venue for the night.

Sat 24th New Art Galery Walsall, 2pm free in:A reading of poems inspired by works in the Garman Ryan Collection at the New Walsall Art Gallery, written by:

Jacki d’Auban
David Calcutt
Ursula Chaplin
Ann Clarson
Penny Harper
Ian Henery
Sam Hunt
Jane James
Janet Jenkins
Angela Knock
Janet Smith

The event is free. Please come along and support these fine poets reading brand new work, and see the works that inspired them.

Sat 24th The Alchemist and the Devil, performed by The Bayard’s Colts, at The Performance Hub at the Walsall Campus of Wolverhampton University, one at 2.30pm and one at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5

Sun 25th Storytelling Ceilidh, Spotted Dog, Alcester St, Digbeth, 7.30pm, with Tessa Lowe, plus open mic.

Sun 25th Jo Bell, Helen Mort, Alan Buckley ,Albion Beatnik, Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AA 7.30pm £4
JO BELL is a former archaeologist and boat dweller. She has been Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence, Director of National Poetry Day and Cheshire Poet Laureate. Her collection ‘Navigation’ charts her journey through tricky relationships, odd occupations and into boat-dwelling. A native of the Peak District, she made a 250-mile odyssey by canal to Wiltshire this summer and is writing a non-fiction book about it.

HELEN MORT was born in Sheffield in 1985. Her collection Division Street is forthcoming from
Chatto & Windus. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse, The Shape of Every Box and A Pint for the Ghost, which was a Poetry Book Society choice for spring 2010. She was Poet in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere from 2010-2011, and is currently researching metaphor, contemporary poetry, and the influence of neuroscience at Sheffield University.

ALAN BUCKLEY moved from Merseyside to Oxford in the 1980s to study English Literature and has lived there ever since. His pamphlet Shiver (tall-lighthouse) was a Poetry Book Society choice for summer 2009. He has won first prize in the Wigtown Poetry Competition, been commended twice in the Bridport Prize, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize. He works for the charity First Story as a writer in residence at a local secondary school.

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

Sun 25th Rhyme and Tells at the Six Bells in Bishops Castle, Shropshire,Meets every 4th Sunday of the month (except for public holidays) at 8 pm – 10.30 pm. It is free admission and an open session for poetry, prose and storytelling.
For further details please contact Mike on 01588 680685.

Tues 27th Purple Penumbra, Langley theatre Oldbury:
Brilliant, superb, fantastic, incredible…. But that’s enough about me, let’s talk about the 4th edition of Purple Penumbra, that ray of joy in the Autumn calendar.
I am personally delighted that the previous Penumbras (Penumbrae?) have been so literarily successful and now entreat you and yours to treat yourselves to a lovely evening away from whatever the weatherman hurls at us, by being in the sumptuous confines of the Theatre bar at Oldbury Rep (The Barlow) in Langley. Do come and chill. And if you can write a passable limerick/sonnet or two, or give us a song or play us a tune, do that too, do.
But mostly come and be entertained by some of the best in performance poetry available in England today, or at least in Langley.

Tues 27th 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’ 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 27th Poetry Bites, Litchen Garden Cafe, York Rd, Kings Heath, 7.30pm, £5in, Jonathan and Maria Taylor headline.

Tues 27th Word Wizards Buckingham Hotel Buxton 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format More info

Wed 28thPackhorse Poets,The Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote, near Longnor,Derbys on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm

Wed 28th, 42 Flashes, Swan with two NicksLunar Bar, 28 New Street, Worcester, WR1 2DP, 7.30pm, 42’s first Flash Fiction event ~ 42 Flashes ~ all pieces 300 words or less ~ 42 Flashes,LOOK! Calling all Flash Fiction writers! Book your slot now! Confirmed performers include:
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
Maggie Doyle
Amy Rainbow
Andrew Owens
Gary Longden
Catherine Crosswell
Tony Judge
Andy Kirk
Ruth Stacey
Polly Robinson
Suz Winspear
Damon Lord
Alan Durham
Michael R. Brush
Kevin Brooke
Geoff Robinson
Ian Ward
Lisa Ventura
plus special guests:
Callum & Kath Kerr

Wed 28th Richard Tryrone Jones at the Arean Theatre Wolverhampton A spoken word show about heart failure. But with jokes.
Plus local support including Emma Purshouse of Bilston Voices and the rising talent of Jack Edwards and Lorna Meehan.


5-star review:

£9 / just £7 concessions! AND apparently you can get two tickets for £10 (I think) – so why not book me on the 28th & Offa’s Poets in Captivity on Fri, 16th November or the excellent Monkey Poet on Dec 7th? Book tickets: 01902 321 321 /

Thur 29th Hit the Ode, Victoria PH, Birmingham City Centre 7.30pm. 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 taste of burnt eggs and black coffee; poems hot like summer afternoons should be; poets quietly buzzing like the wires on a pylon. Good poems. Come and get them.Featuring: Dave Reeves, Salena Godden, Jan Jilek

Fri 30th Art and Spoken Word, Jasmine Cottage Gallery,117 Chaddesden Lane, Chaddesden
Derby 7pm, Seema Gill hosts.Christmas showcase of poetry, stories, songwriting and art in the warm and friendly Jasmine Cottage Gallery!


Sun 2nd Dec Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Kate North
Mon 3rd Slam Final, Gorilla Poetry – Poetry Evolution, Dada bar, Trippet Lane, Sheffield, S1 4El, (Off West St) 8pm (7.30 doors)

Thurs 6th Parole Parlate , Little Venice Worcester

Friday 7th December when we will be the heavenly hosts of the 1st Cirencester Christmas Slam at New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 1JH, 8pm, tickets £7 (£6 concessions).

Sun Dec 11th Yule Off Mouth & Music, Boars Head, Kiddiminster,7.30pm £3 Sarah James,Maggie Doyle, Fergus McGonigal and Gary Longden

Thursday 13th December. Utter, storytelling, Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick B67 5RJ
Utter Bearwood is a new performance storytelling venue for adults in Thimblemill Library, 0121 429 2039. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start, until 10pm.

Resident storyteller Cath Edwards brings Fiery Fables, Winter Ghosts to Utter Bearwood. Revel in a mix of Russian tales, local ghosts and seasonal stories.

Fri Dec 14thCulture, Real Ale and Poetry.Old Cottage Tavern (Byrkley Street, behind Town Hall). Starts 8pm. Usual format. Please bring along your favourite light-hearted poems, monologues or limericks to share. Original or borrowed equally welcome. Do invite any interested friends. Check for up to date info. Join in or just sit back and enjoy!Adrian Thompson hosts

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