December 2012- What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

December is a month in which the normal pattern of Spoken Word events is altered. Some regular events don’t meet, some one off specials appear. I have only listed those events positively confirmrd for the month.

Sat 1st She @ The Drum, Aston, 2pm £5 in, ‘She’ is a 50 minute hard-hitting, multi-disciplinary performance piece consisting of drama, verbatim, dance, music, singing, performance poetry, spoken word, and film. It will be performed by a cast of 30 second-year students from the BA (Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education] programme and directed by theatre maker Hannah Phillips, films by We Make Art, featuring Antics Dance Crew, finalists on Sky’s Got to Dance.She explores girls relationships to gangs and the sexual exploitation of young females in our City which is gang related.
Tickets are £5 / £3 (concessions),Public Performances, Saturday 1st Dec at 2pm, Monday 3rd Dec at 7pm, Tuesday 4th Dec at 7pm

Sat 1st Smart Poets, at Yorks Bakery Cafe,1-3 Newhall Street, B3 3NH Birmingham, 2-4pm, free in, open mic, Shaun Rolls hosts

Sat 1st Word Up Black Book Cafe The Silver Rooms, Nelson Street, GL5 2HL Stroud, Stroud, (18:30 – 20-30)
We would like to invite people from all walks of life to come together, connect and share through up vibe poetry / spoken word and live music.
Word Up is a new event bridging the gaps between individuals of society in an open, relaxed, creative and uninhibited environment. The venue for our launch is the recently opened Black Book Cafe in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
We aim to offer the open mic to experienced performers and encourage the courage of beginners to take the lime light alike; create a collaborative environment and allow truth to flow for the freestylers in the moment. The theme is conscious connection and emotional release – all ideas welcome. Nothing formal for performers, just join our facebook event page for more details

Sun 2nd Buzzwords The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Workshop 7pm (run by Kate North), Guest reading and open mic – 8pm, Guest Poet: Kate North, £5 waged, £3 unwaged

Mon 3rd Speech Bubble, Loughborough Uni Students Union, free in , 7.30pm, Anna Freeman and John ‘Berko’ Berkavitch

Monday 3rd Beorma Bar, University of Birmingham , 7pm Liz Greenfield, Sally Jenkinson and Dominie Hooper On Tour,Here’s how the girls advertise their tour: “Sally’s a poet and Liz is a poet and Dominie is a singer. We’re going on tour together because we’re ALL AWESOME.” And really, what else do you need?

Mon 3rd Slam final Gorilla Poetry – Poetry Evolution, Dada bar, Trippet Lane, Sheffield, S1 4El, (Off West St) 8pm (7.30 doors)

Mon 3rd 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
Tuesday 4thThe Mee Club cabaret, Kitchen Garden Café, 17, York Road, King’s Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands B14 7SA7.30pm (£7 entry) with Cat Weatherill and Naomi Paul

Tues 4th Cracking Words, Kings Head, Bird St, Lichfield, 7.30pm, £3 inc buffet, Lichfield Poets present an Xmas special

Tues 4th Listen Ere Warwick Space (Old Warwick Youth Centre), Coten End, Warwick, CV34 4NU Listen ‘Ere! 8pm.A new club for performers of original material .

It’s the Christmas one. As usual Dave Reeves and Julie Boden are hosting and Campbell Perry will be playing with the resident band, Bailey, Perry & Wolff. Only two guest acts this time in order to make room for festive fun from the floor. People can wear something glittery and bring Christmas poems and songs along if they’d like to. There should be room for a few short Christmas themed spots if people come along & book early. Guest acts are Matt Black (Derbyshire Poet Laureate) and Three Penny Bits (a cappello trio). Julie will be pulling a few of her festive poems from the Christmas Cracker folder too.

Tuesday 4th , Wordsmiths, The Studio Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry CV4 7AL, 7.45pm,Featuring Special Guest poets: Jacob Sam-La Rose, Lemn Sissay, Laura Dedicoat and Maria Taylor join host Jo Bell for a unique gathering of wordsmiths to celebrate the power of the spoken word.Praise for Lemn Sissay: “His name is magic. His poems are songs of the street” – The Independent on Sunday
The UK’s first live poetry talk show, featuring a crossover of poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. 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 is live poetry. Not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co.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: Approx. 90 mins Tickets: £5.00,A limited number of free tickets are available for young people aged 16-25. Please contact to find out more. Featuring Special Guest poets: Jacob Sam-La Rose, Lemn Sissay, Laura Dedicoat and Maria Taylor join host Jo Bell for a unique gathering of wordsmiths to celebrate the power of the spoken word.Praise for Lemn Sissay: “His name is magic. His poems are songs of the street” – The Independent on Sunday

Tues 4th Spire Writes, Havana Whites, Chesterfield,7.45pm Spire Writes is back in December with a pre-Christmas treat for you all: great poetry from Kathryn Daszkiewicz, plus open mic and a festive bar at Havana Whites.

Kathryn Daszkiewicz lives in Lincolnshire. She was awarded a writer’s bursary by East Midlands Arts in 2001, and her work has appeared in a variety of magazines including The Rialto and Poetry International. She has two collections, both published by Shoestring Press: In the Dangerous Cloakroom (2006) and Taking Flight (2012).

There’ll also be the usual open mic slots (let me know if you’d like to read). Doors open 7.45 and we start at 8. We’ll be finished in time for the last train to Sheffield.

And not to forget…’s FREE ENTRY! Don’t miss it.

Thursday 6thBlackdrop,New Art Exchange,39-41 Gregory Boulevard, NG7 6BE Nottingham,8-10pm £3 @ NAE,features the silky smooth voice of Miss Salome from Nottingham…. And of course YOU in the open mic if you want to brave the final stage at NAE.ALL WELCOME OVER 16.

Thursday 6th Poetry at the Shrewsbury Coffee House, Castle gates, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm Readings from regulars and new poets. Including Deb Alma, Paul Francis, Carol Witherow, Michael Thomas, Jeff Fox, Stephen Foot, Adrian Perks … Come and enjoy an eclectic mix of poetry in a welcoming environment. A warm welcome and good coffee too.

Thurs 6th Big Irish Night, The Old Crown, Digbeth, A night of Irish Poetry and music, in the warm and welcoming surroundings of the Old Crown in Digbeth. We are excited to welcome a very special guest to this festive edition of the Big Irish Night; the singer, song-writer and poet, Paul Murphy! If you would like to sing, or perform poetry of an Irish persuasion, please contact Laura Yates. With Paul Murphy.

Thurs 6th Parole Parlate, St Nicholas St, Worcester, 7.30pm, £3,

“Parole Parlate : The Spoken Word” is back on Thursday 6th December 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 pizza or pasta dish and a drink.

This Christmas Special event has a wide array of performers who will be reading something festive as part of their sets, and in order to accommodate everyone slot times have had to be reduced from the normal 10 minutes to 5-6 minutes. The final line-up will be:
Gary Longden
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
Suz Winspear
Beth “Knuckles” Edwards
Polly Robinson
Holly Magill
Kathy Gee
Jenny Hope
Cass Osborne
Christopher Kingsley
Sarah James
Ian Ward
Ian Glass
Tony Judge

Plus a special Christmas themed headline slot from our Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Maggie Doyle.ENTRY FEE AND HOW TO PAYThe entry fee for this event is £3.00; tickets are available on the door on the night of the event.We will be having a raffle as well to raise funds for the Worcestershire Literary Festival. A strip of 5 tickets will cost £2.00.FUTURE PP EVENTS – TAKING PART AND PERFORMINGIf would like a slot to perform on one of these dates please let us know by emailing, leave a post on the wall of this event or visit and leave a post on the wall.Performers get free entry for taking part.ADVANCE INFORMATION

“Parole Parlate : The Spoken Word” is on the first Thursday of every month, so advance dates for your diary will be:

Thursday 3rd January 2013
Thursday 7th February 2013
Thursday 7th March 2013
Thursday 4th April 2013
Thursday 2nd May 2013
Thursday 20th June 2013 – Festival Special

Friday 7th Benefit for Communities against the Cuts,The British Oak, 1364, Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2XS 7.30pm. (£3 entry) with Naomi Paul

Fri 7th Monkey Poet, Arena theatre, Wulfruna st, Wolverhampton 7.30pm Double bill from the critically-acclaimed, multi award winning simian guaranteeing a night full of thought-provoking laugher.

A full on set of stand-up comedic poetry. “Mixes righteous frustration, educated reason in one hyperactive, occassionally sweary, often very funny bundle.”

Fri 7th Scroobius Pip – Spoken Word Tour 2012, The Library at the HMV Institute, Birmingham 6.30pm, A full and engaging 60 minute live show with the intent of taking you on a journey through more than just chin stroking nods. With him he will be bringing the electrifying force of Kate Tempest along with fore father of the modern spoken word scene, Polarbear.

Saturday 8th Charity fundraiser for Birmingham Settlement,Tyseley Community Centre, 280, Formans Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 3BY ,(£7.50 entry) with Naomi Paul

Saturday 8th, Andy Croft with Beeston Poets, Foster Avenue , Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1AE. 7pmFor further details or email at

Sunday 9th A Flash of Fiction, Swan with two Nicks, New St Worcester 4pm, We are delighted to announce the launch of the Flash Fiction anthology from writers in the first WLF Flash Fiction competition. Selected writers will be reading their Flashes, starting at 4pm. Please let us know if you want to Flash with us :

Competition organiser and judge, Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, our local Queen of Flash Fiction, will be the host at Drummonds, The Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester.

Copies of the anthology for just £3.99 ~ perfect Christmas gifts ~ come along and get yours signed by the authors!

Tues 11th Scribal Gathering,The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE, 7.30pm,Sign up for open mic on the night. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Or arrive after the pubs shut with a Santa hat on, claiming that John said it would be alright to come, then heading to the fridge and caining whatever you can find.

Christmas comes earlier every year, and Scribal Gathering jumps on the seasonal bandwagon once again on Tuesday 11th December for a feast of pre-emptive festive fayre – a bit like having the works Christmas do in November, the advent calendars in the shops in October, or Slade on the radio by August.

‘Tis the season to be jolly-well up to your ears in the overdraft and ding-donging merrily on high-interest payday loans, so for one evening this month, hide your financial anxieties under the carpet, forget about strained relationships with distant family and push your emotional obligations aside as we hang a stockingful of music and poetry beside the fireplace of open mic. And try to remember not to leave a candle going and burn the house down.

Sliding down your chimney to leave a surprise by the tree and get filthy footprints on the new Axminster is this month’s headline poet, the wonderful Vinnie Gibbons, whilst the featured musical performers getting hammered on egg-nog and telling everyone what they really think of them are the fabulous Dodobones, supported by The Antipoet on cold turkey and probably nicking the sherry.

There is also the open-ended, open-minded, open-them-all-in-two-minutes-and-lose-the-labels open-mic, welcoming all performers of any kind, to sing, play, read and recite before a warm and welcoming audience. Just keep the receipts in case they have to go back.

Tues 11th Mouth and Music, the Boars Head, Kidderminster, 7.30pm, This month KAF Creatives present:YULE OFF! A spoken word and music face off
with poets –

& singer/songwriters


Inspired by KICK OFF!, our football-related event last summer, YULE OFF! brings together the same teams to compete with seasonal verse and worse, refereed by a familiar white-haired gentleman ….

To perform spoken word or music with one of the teams, sign up from 7.30pm.

Please dress appropriately!
Lots of audience members needed to cheer on their favourite team.

Admission £3 (free to performers)

Wed 12 Spam at Bad Edit, 12 Wedgewood St, Stoke on Trent, ST 6 4JH 8pm FREE EVENT Some Poetry And Music gives you a night to come and have a go at some poetry, prose, bring a guitar or tell some jokes! While relaxing in our comfy sofas and make your self at home with a beer and great company.A little shy? No problem just come and watch, and you won’t be disappointed!

Wed 12th “The King and the Corpse” with TUUP and Sheema Mukherjee,The Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ, 8pm We are delighted to present this very special evening in conjunction with the Crick Crack Club. Storyteller TUUP and musician Sheema Mukherjee with their fantastic “The King and the Corpse”. TUUP has the most amazing presence – as does Sheema – and in this show they work very closely together to weave the most amazing piece of storytelling. Two of the Donkeys saw the show at Settle Storytelling Festival last year and were blown away by it! You could see the whole audience completely transfixed the whole way through!. So definitely not one to be missed.
A king is obliged to carry the corpse of a hanged man on his back – but the corpse is not dead, it is possessed by a storytelling vampire, whose enigmatic puzzes threaten to burst the king’s head into a thousand pieces…
With customary charismatic style, The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher- TUUP – takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso Sheema Mukherjee, to tell transglobalised versions of these stunning 2000 year old tales. As much an encounter as a performance, this formidable collaboration by two core members of the wild world music collective Transglobal Underground, brings an 11th century Indian fairy tale to the contemporary stage. Enter a place of metaphor, magic and ritual! Tickets are £7 adults / £5 < 18 years old, available on the night or book in advance email

Thursday 13th, Jodi Ann Bickley Fundraiser Sixth Form College, Widney Manor Road, Solihull 6.30pmPoet and mentor Jodi Ann Bickley has been suffering with health problems for a very long time now. The Future Poets have decided to try and help. They will all be performing on the night alongside some poets from the college itself. Half of the money raised will be going straight to Jodi, half to the mental health charity, Mind

Thurs 13thDown the Rabbit Hole Esquires, Cov Transport Museum Coventry,Cv1 1JD 6.30pm,Once again Down The Rabbit Hole is sweeping (and sweeping up) Coventry’s Arts scene with a writhe and ready team of musical, theatrical, poetic and artistic souls ready to share their offerings with you all …


Coffee, tea, wine and beer available all night!

If you have anything to offer, please don’t hesitate to contact the Down The Rabbit Hole page or Kathleen/Leena/Kathy Normington at any time to opt in to sharing something – anything!

Thursday 13th . 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 14th Culture, 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

Friday 14th Writers Bloc, Boerma bar, University of Birmingham, SU, Edgbaston, 7.30 free in with ben Norris, open mic poetry

Friday 14th WORD-UP Christmas Special, Yorks Bakery Cafe, 1-3 Newhall Street, Birmingham – 6:30pm-9:00pm – Come and join us for our Christmas Special – What is Christmas without Word Up? My point exactly! With Mark Watson

We’re gonna have a most festive time full of spoken word goodness! The night is FREE so bring everyone to enjoy this heart felt night.

We’re holding the special at Yorks so you guys can enjoy the lovely festive baked treats they bake themselves – not for getting their lovely stone baked pizzas! You can eat and drink yourselves fat whilst our set-list fills you with poetry.

Sat 15th Poets Place, Birmingham Central Library 2-4pm free:Apples and Snakes and Birmingham Libraries present, Poets’ Place,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.Whether you are a published poet, a slam champion, or someone who is still wondering whether poetry might be worth a try, stop by. There is no need to book ahead: just show up with your poems or a blank notebook. There will be someone there to make you feel welcome and advise you on how to make the most of your time there.The Poets’ Place is located on the Lower Ground Floor of Birmingham Central Library

Wed 19th Tea for Two, 92 Derby Rd Stapleford, Jeeston, Nottingham, 7.30pm Dwane Reads and Rosemary Sheehan headline an evening of spoken word.those wishing to read/performz(approx 5 mins) are welcome. Entry buy a drink

Wed 19th Speak Up, Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, 7.30pm, £5,It’s Christmas, Christmas is by far my favourite time. I get to put up even more fairy lights, tinsel and make Christmas cakes and bring you some of the best poets to make sure 2012 is wrapped up nicely!
RAYMOND ANTROBUS AND ALEX GWYTHER.AND! JAMES WALPOLE – A regular highlight of Speak Up 2012. It’s going to be just lovely.

Thursday 27th Word Wizards, Buckingham, Hotel Buxton 7.30pmWe are scrapping the rules
Note – it`s THURSDAY – not Tuesday,It`s a Word Wizards, free for all do what you choose day.
You can juggle or dance you can hop, skip or sing. Even read us a poem If that is your thing.
Bring Santa, bring Rudolph,your kids and your Mum.Bring an M.P. a P.C.It`s sure to be fun.
Just two days past Christmas four nights from New Year. There`s sod all on TV.

sat 29thHillfields Animal Sanctuary Benefit, Waggon & Horses, Digbeth 7pm -3am.£4 Amy Rainbow reads poetry,DJs El zilcho and Stalingrad

sat 29th Ani Slam e festa di noncompleanno,Caffè il Manoscritto, via Pascoli 43, Alghero e poi, più tardi, in serata, Teatro Civico di Alghero,
e festa di noncompleanno
per il titolo di anti-poeta di sardegna
vinca il peggiore

ANTI SLAM, la sfida in cui i poeti partecipanti (anche tu se sei alla bassezza della situazione: PARTECIPA!) hanno 3 minuti a testa per eseguire schifosissimi componimenti e dare il peggio di sé.
Mentre il pubblico fischia i fiaschi i giurati li valutano: da 0 a 10:
chi totalizza il punteggio più basso: vince.
La straordinaria posta in palio sono finesettimana da sogno, trofei, etc.

Se credi di poter scrivere ed eseguire tu le poesie di compleanno più cattive e pessime fai al caso nostro:
iscriviti all’ANTI SLAM con una mail a:
o di persona direttamente al Manoscritto ( Via Giovanni Pascoli, 43, Alghero), prima, durante e dopo la gara –
la lista resta infatti aperta oltre l’esaurimento dei posti –
MUSICA: il pomeriggio sarà allietato e stonato da un’agguerrita selezione della pessima one lesson symphony orchestra –
gli anti-poeti peggiori e vincitori si esibiranno al teatro civico di alghero la sera stessa .
Regole in breve: 3 minuti, testo scritto di proprio pugno (ma inserti e collages di varie origini sono anche ammessi), tema prediletto: il cattivo compleanno, ma andare fuoritema può essere una strada per la vittoria, no oggetti scenici.

La serata è offerta da ATTI IMPURI, luogo di scritture da esplorare e sostenere
ed è molto a suo agio all’interno della Festa di Buon Compleanno del 27, 28 e 29 dicembre – anche perché se Ignazio non fa 50 anni io non ne faccio 30.
vinca il peggiore.

Sat 29thNotes From the Underground, The Hollybush,53 Newtown Street, Cradley Heath B64 5EA 7.30pm, freee in :for this month only there will be a change of date for ‘Notes From Underground’ at The Hollybush. This months date is Saturday 29th December, when we will be having a Christmas/New Year special. So if you’re coming along and have any Christmassy/New Yeary stuff that would be great. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter.
It will be the usual start time of 7:30 PM at the usual place. For more details just get in touch.


Into 2013

Thurs 3rd Jan Shrewsbury Coffee House, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury,Gareth Owen is our guest poet for January 2013 to get the new year off to a great start. A former presenter of R4’s ‘Poetry Please’, Gareth is widely published. He will also entertain us with a couple of his songs. I can’t wait. More to follow.

Sunday 6th Buzzwords, Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham,Workshop, led by Anne-Marie Fyfe 7pm,Guest readings and open mic 8pm,guest poet: Anne-Marie Fyfe,£5 waged, £3 unwaged,

Sunday 6thBlackdrop,New Art Exchange,39-41 Gregory Boulevard, NG7 6BE Nottingham,8-10pm £3 @ NAE,with Mother Hubbard…. And of course YOU in the open mic if you want to brave the final stage at NAE.ALL WELCOME OVER 16.

Mon 7th Jan Poetry train. Wolverhampton

Tues 8th Scribal Gathering,The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE, 7.30pm, Free entry. Sign up for open mic on the night.
Scribal Gathering is knocking on the door of your new year to step across your entertainment threshold, bringing goodwill and merriment from front of house to back stage and leaving great big poetry footprints all over your musical carpet on the way.

Stony Stratford’s premiere music and poetry open mic night is back –bearing evergreen sprigs, a pinch of salt, a lump of coal and a parcel of the finest music and poetry performance, with headline acts The Further Adventures Of Vodka Boy and Shadwell Smith making featured appearances. The open-minded open mic welcomes performers of all kinds to share their talent before a warm and receptive audience. So break your resolutions, drop off the diet, crash the wagon and get back to those cosy old vices that make you feel so guilty but so good.

And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, with milk and two sugars. Join us!

What else: Don’t forget that 12th February will be the third anniversary of Scribal Gathering. A whole evening showcasing some of the finest performers we can get to come back again!

Tues 8th The AntiPoet/ Mark Niel, Mouth & Music, Boars Head, Kidderminster 8pm, £3 in.

Fri 11th Word and Sound- Dancing with Janus, Art House Cafe,Chapel walk, Crown Gate Mall, Worcester,7.30pm,Yes, Worcester’s Original Open Mic – Spoken Word and Acoustic Music Night is coming back!

January is the perfect month for our return as we will have one pair of eyes on the creative brilliance we’ve all enjoyed over the past year and the other pair, will be fixed on what is to come over the next twelve months, be it Spoken Word, Poetry, Music, Stand-up, Story-telling and all those creative bursts of energy and inspiration we all love at The Word and Sound. Can you tell we’re excited?

Come and join in, to listen or to take part.

The format remains the same – sign up on the night for your slot!

£3.00 entry.

There will be a limited menu available – more details soon.

Mon 14th January, Pure and Good and Right, The Sozzled sausage, Leamington Spa, 7.30pm with Adam Horowitz

Thursday 24th January – GRIZZLY PEAR (with Vanessa Kisuule – Bristol Pear, Selly Oak , Birmingham– 6:30pm doors (open-mic slots available), 7:30pm starts

Tues 22nd Jan Purple Penumbra, Oldbury, 7.30pm :The 1st Purple Penumbra open mic of 2013, in the bar of
the Barlow Theatre, Langley (The Oldbury Rep) 7:30 p.m. – free in – bar drinks available!

The fifty shades of badly written grey and gloomy weather
that saturate the soul and tighten up the bladder
will never penetrate the poetry like permafrost.
We’ll be there, spouting forth whate’er may be the cost.

So get you down the happy road that leads to Langley village,
as folk have done since Viking times of bumpy roads and pillage,
and join the celebration of a pristine clear new year
Hug us, tug us, chugg-a-lug us, on open mic down here.

And if you have to sing a song
Bring it, bring it, bring it along
But otherwise just soak us in
Happy New Year! Let it begin!

Wed 30th jan 42, swan with two nicks, New st, Worcester:Gothic, Horror, Sci-fi & Fantasy event “42” last Wednesday of the month at the Swan with Two Nicks, Worcester 7:30pm start. MC Andrew Owens. Contact us if you wish to read / perform your work.
Confirmed performers include:

Suz Winspear
Andrew Owens
Math Jones
Polly Robinson
Tony Bryan

Wed 6th feb Penning Perfumes, Le Truc. 7.30pm With readings from Tim Wells, Bodhan Piesecky, Camellia Stafford, Jacqui Rowe, and James Webster.

Fri 12th Scribal Gathering,The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE, 7.30pm, Free entry. Sign up for open mic on the night. 3rd anniversary special

Fri 1st March Level Up,The Fusion Centre (part of South and City College Birmingham) in Digbeth7.30pm ,The first half will have four open mic spots then a featured young artist, then the second half will have four open mic spots then a featured adult artist. There are five dates in 2013

Thursday 21st March – Apples & Snakes presents FORKED!, The B-bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ – 8:00pm

Thursday 25th April – GRIZZLY PEAR (guest tbc), Bristol Pear, Selly Oak – 6:30pm doors (open-mic slots available), 7:30pm starts

Friday 26th April – CHELTENHAM POETRY FESTIVAL, Cheltenham – 6:30-7:30pm – more details tbc

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3 Responses to December 2012- What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

  1. So useful to have all this information in one place ~ thanks Gary x

  2. Maria Taylor says:

    Very comprehensive as ever, Gary! Mx

  3. lmansell says:

    Reblogged this on Devil Jazz and commented:
    Thanks for collecting this info, as always.

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