Jan 2013 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

January returns with a strong roster of inexpensive events providing great value entertainment in the dark winter months:

Thurs 3rd 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. . 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).

Thurs 3rd Good Impressions Spoken Word open Mic, Cafe Impression, Atkins Building, Hinckley, LE10 1QU,7.30pm £5in Hosted by Tom Phillips,1st Thursday Monthly

Thur 3rd The Poetry Evening The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE, with Liz Lefroy , 8pm , free in, Booked bill. 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 with a couple of his songs.

8 – 10pm £3 age 16+,Featuring Dreadlock Alien from Birmingham and his entourage.AND OF COURSE YOU IF YOU WANT TO BRAVE THE OPEN MIC?!(pay and display car park straight across road).

Thurs 3rd, Parole Parlate, Little Venice, Worcester, 7.30pm:Parole Parlate : The Spoken Word” is back 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.

Confirmed performers include:

Mikal Koven
Mike Alma
Euginia Herlihy
Polly Robinson
Andrew Owens
Andy Kirk
Sammy Joe
Suz Winspear
Ian Ward

The headline slot is to be a surprise on the night, as we are launching the WLF Friends Scheme officially at this event.


The 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.


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 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 7th February 2013
Thursday 7th March 2013
Thursday 4th April 2013
Thursday 2nd May 2013
Thursday 20th June 2013 – Festival Special
Sat 4th Notes From the underground; Sat 20:00 The Hollybush The Hollybush, 53 Newtown Street, Cradley Heath B64 5EA Open mic liveatthebush@yahoo.co.uk, Jack Edwards officiates e-mail at: Jackedwardspoetry@hotmail.co.uk

Sun 6th Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road ,Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Anna Marie Fyfe

Sun 6th ARTournament’s Sunday Chill,The New Inn in the centre of Gloucester (opp M&S) City Centre. 16 Northgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2. UK. First Sunday, £5in, 3pm-9pm. poetry, Comedy and Music.

Sun 6th Blackdrop,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 Gorilla Poetry Slam ,DAda,89 Trippet Lane (Located just off West Street),Shefield,The true G.P.S leading you to a magical word of words and frolics. Prolix fatigue guaranteed so tell your cultured or uncultured friends to come

Mon 7th The SW@N Club – Spoken Word at the Newhampton, Wolverhampton Meets every 1st Monday of the month (no club in August) at 8 pm – 10.30 pm. Admission – suggested donation on entry.The club meets in the upstairs room at the Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0DW.For further details please contact Peter Chand http://www.chandstory.com

Tue 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 Mouth & Music 5,Boars Head Gallery, Kidderminster 8pm, £3 in: The AntiPoet/ Mark Niel, Presented by Heather Wastie & Sarah Tamar for KAF Creatives.

Tues 8th City Voices Second Tuesday 19:30 City Bar King Street, Wolverhampton WV 1ST booked poets simon.fletcher@wolverhampton.gov.uk David Calcutt and Nadia Kingsley will be launching a series of readings of their new collection, “Road Kill”, at City Voices in Wolverhampton, hosted by Simon Fletcher. David and Nadia will also be on hand to talk about the vision behind the poems, and to sign copies, which will be on sale for £4.00.

Tues 8th Scribal Gathering Bull Hotel, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1AQ, 2nd tuesday monthly,Entry: free; open mic poetry and music with featured acts,”Stony Stratford’s première spoken word and music performance event. This monthly meeting of minds will bring together writers, musicians and performers of all kinds to share their talents, entertain each other and evoke the spirit of gathering. Join us…” Sign up for the open mic on the night, or reserve a slot by email: info@scribalgathering.com.http://www.scribalgathering.com/

Tues 8th 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 9th Speak Up, Hare & Hounds, Moseley, Birmingham, monthly, 7.30pm: headliners plus open mic,£5in

Wed 9th 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

Wed 9th Spire Writes Havana Whites,12 Corporation Street, Chesterfield,S41 7TP, 7.45pm Free in Second Wednesday, Helen Mort, organises.Open mic. Spire Writes facebook page

Wed 9th Flying Donkeys open mic, The Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ.8pm
A chance to tell a story yourselves, or perform a song / piece of music or poetry and writing. Featuring special guest “hot spot” Sandra Moore, a storyteller from Tales from the Watermill, Shepshed.
Tickets on the door or contact Sophie ahead Tel 01332 840007 01332 840007 or info@flyingdonkeys.co.uk.

Thurs 10th 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.

Thurs 10th Down the Rabbit Hole second thursday,Esquires Cafe, Cov Transport Museum,Coventry,Cv1 1JD
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!

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

Mon 14th Speech Bubble ,Cognito, Students’ Union, Loughborough University, 7.30pm:Join us for Speech Bubble the third! With more performances from our Loughborough students as well as headliners, Grist, this evening of spectacular spoken wordiness is not to be missed! As always there will be open-mic mayhem so bring along your poems and sample the stage…
Students: FREE (with NUS card) Non-students: £2 (pay on door)http://www.katefox.co.uk/ http://markgrist.com/

Mon 14th 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

Mon 14th PureandGoodandRight Second Monday 19:30 The Sozzled Sausage 141 Regent St, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX Open mic + guest pgrpoetry@gmail.com with Adam Horowitz

Mon 14th th Shindig The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA,t 7.30pm.Guest Writers: Jayne Stanton, Dave Reeves, Julie Boden & David CookeOpen mic and poetry night – please sign up on the door for slots. FREE ENTRY

David Clarke was born in Lincolnshire and now lives in Gloucestershire. He work as a researcher and teacher. In 2012, Flarestack Poets published his first pamphlet, Gaud. He blogs at http://athingforpoetry.blogspot.co.uk/

Jayne Stanton’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hearing Voices, Staple, Under the Radar, The Journal and others. She has featured on The Reading Room Live for Lincoln Book Festival 2011, and in Cork and Limerick as part of O’Bheal’s Twin City Poetry Exchange 2012. She is a regular reader at open mic poetry events across the Midlands.

Dave Reeves is ringmaster of re:Lit the monthly live literature show on RadioWildfire.com and his current book/cd is Black Country Dialectics from Offas Press. Dave has been known to perform his poetry without squeezebox – tonight you may not be so lucky.
Julie Boden is Symphony Hall’s Poet in Residence and she explores the frontiers of poetry and music in collaboration with a ‘meticulous eye’ and an ‘ear for the mellifluous’. Accomplished on both stage and page, her sensitivity, warmth and humour have endeared her to a wide audience.

Tue 15th Storytelling Workshop with Usifu Jolloh, Kitchen garden cafe,kingd heath,7pm (Doors 6.30pm)
Learn how to make your storytelling more exciting and interactive. The three hour workshop will be led by Multi award winning actor, dancer and storyteller Usifu Jalloh. This workshop will be 3hrs of fun and inspiration.Tickets: £30 (£20 before 31 Dec)Tickets available from the Cafe or http://www.wegottickets.com

Wed 16th Storytelling Cafe with Usifu Jolloh,Kitchen garden Cafe, 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)
Usifu Jolloh from Sierra Leone is an energetic, funny, and deeply inspiring storytelling performer. Usifu ’s mixture of drumming, singing and a captivating narrative style take an audience through the emotional magic of childhood imagination. He uses contemporary elements that have influenced his life from his African roots to Indian Bollywood. Food Served from 6.30, Stories start at 7.30.Tickets: £7Tickets available from the Cafe or http://www.wegottickets.com

Tues 15th Literature from the low countries, Birmingham Cathedral
Colmore Row,Birmingham,B3 2QB 8pm
Join 6 top writers from the LOW COUNTRIES on tour to
6 cities for 6 nights of readings & debates
To showcase the best HIGH IMPACT literature
From Flanders & the Netherlands in English translation
£8/ £5 concessions

They are the LOW COUNTRIES LITERATI: all best-sellers back home, all writing in Dutch but from two different countries – Belgium and the Netherlands. Two of our closest neighbours producing some of the most exciting literature in Europe, but about whom we know too little and they too little about each other. Now for the first time, these major Dutch-language storytellers travel together on a rock star-style tour of six English cities – to perform for us and to discover what they may (or may not!) have in common.

Sponsored by Flanders House and the Netherlands Embassy in London and created by Rosie Goldsmith, known in the UK as a champion of international fiction, HIGH IMPACT is a unique idea with a unique group of writers. Selected by Rosie from across Flanders and the Netherlands not only for their brilliant books but also for their wit, wisdom, fluent English and HIGH IMPACT performance skills, these authors will wow you with their readings and ideas.

LIEVE JORIS: whose journalism and non-fiction books on Africa, China, the Middle East and Europe have earned her the reputation as the VS Naipaul or Ryszard Kapuscinski of the Low Countries.
HERMAN KOCH: former actor and comedy star; best-selling novelist – in the Netherlands and round the world – of the thrilling, chilling mega-hit The Dinner.
RAMSEY NASR: the Dutch Poet Laureate and all-round Renaissance Man (actor, director, poet, journalist & librettist), famed for his beautiful prose, provocative politics and exciting public appearances.
PETER TERRIN: this year’s winner of the prestigious AKO Literature Prize and author of the magnificent psychological thrillerThe Guard.
CHIKA UNIGWE: born in Nigeria, at home in Belgium; poet, short story writer and award-winning novelist of On Black Sisters’ Street.
JUDITH VANISTENDAEL: the Posy Simmonds of Belgium; the bold and brilliant graphic novelist of When David Lost His Voice.
How to book:
Tickets for this event cost £8/ £5 concessions. To book, please click here to be taken to our Box Office online. You can book your place by contacting The Box either by phone on 0121 245 4455 0121 245 4455 or by popping into the Box Office at Central Library.

Tues 15th Poetry Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, Mill Lane, Ashby de la Zouch– 8:30, free in, with a licensed bar and great coffee. Third Tuesday of the month. Open mic poetry and folk

Tues 15th Word, Y Theatre Leicester,7.30pm £4in, The evening is composed of an open mic, followed by a booked act. Past artists include: Patience Agbabi, Zena Edwards, Ann Sansom and Niall O’Sullivan, to name but a few. For more information contact Lydia Towsey at lydia@wordpoetry.co.uk

Wed 16th 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 16th Storytelling Cafe – , Kitchen Garden Cafe, York rd, Kings Heath: 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)

Wed 16th Bad Edit Venue, The Old Post Office 12 Wedgewood St, Stoke on Trent, ST 6 4JH ,Open mic with Tracey Henham,

Thur 17th Hareand Hounds, Moseley, Birmingham, 3rd Thursday, monthly, 7.30pm: headliners plus open mic,£5in http://www.bullsheadmoseley.co.uk/

Thur 17th Ouse Muse, Harpurs, 46-48 Tavistock St Bedford, MK40 2RD.Third Thursday, 7.30pm start Open mic. Ian McEwan organises

Thur 17th Goblin Poetry & Folk Club Giggling Goblin Coffee Shop, Mill Lane, Ashby de la Zouch– 8:30, free in, with a licensed bar and great coffee. Third Thursday of the month. Open mic poetry and folk

The event is hosted by Brian B. Langtry, who ran a poetry and folk club in the Black Country in the Mid 1970’s, which ran until the pub closed down. Brian has always been keen to mix the arts and has decided to give the Folk and Poetry format a revival in Ashby. As Brian’s flyer says the Performers are from the audience.

Fri 18th Jan Open Mic Poetry,Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery ,7.30 pm, £3, with Den Payne

Fri 18th 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 18th Writers Bloc, Boerma Bar, University of Birmingham, Students Union , Edgbaston, 7.30 free in with Ben Norris, open mic poetry, third Fri in term time

Sun 20th Poems and Pints The Swan Inn,18 Stafford Street Town Centre, Stone ST15 8QW, 4-6pm, Third Sunday, open mic

Mon 21st Wordsmiths Warwick Arts Centre, third Monday,
7.45 pm in the Studio Theatre at Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
Jo Bell invites conversation and memorable performances from:
Inua Ellams, Chris McCabe, Ruth Larbey and Jess Green
Tickets: £5.50
Inua Ellams: Born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria ‘1984, Inua Ellams is a Word and Graphic Artist, a writer with a style as influenced by classic literature as it is by hip hop, by Keats as it is by MosDef. Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism & traditional story telling with contemporary diction and musicality. However, his first love was visual art; the first time he toyed with a pencil, he fell for the magic of line and form. He works extensively as a graphic designer / visual artist where also tries to mix the old with the new juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and digitally created images. He works in online and print: http://www.phaze05.com
Chris McCabe was born in Liverpool in 1977. His poetry collections are The Hutton Inquiry, Zeppelins and THE RESTRUCTURE (all Salt Publishing). He has recorded a CD with The Poetry Archive and written a play Shad Thames, Broken Wharf, which was performed at the London Word Festival and subsequently published by Penned in the Margins in 2010. He works as a Librarian at The Poetry Library, London, and teaches for The Poetry School. A collection of poems written in collaboration with Jeremy Reed, Whitehall Jackals, will be published by Nine Arches Press in April 2013.
Ruth Larbey was born in Cyprus, and grew up in Nottingham, Hong Kong and rural Cumbria. She has spent her last two years working in London, after completing her MA at Warwick University in 2008. She has been published in various magazines, and organises music and art performance events in her spare time. Funglish (Nine Arches Press, 2010) is her debut pamphlet of poems.
Jess Green graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Creative Writing in 2010. Since then unemployment has forced her down to the Midlands. She is a member of London’s Roundhouse Poetry Collective and performs regularly around London, the Midlands and the North West. Her debut collection, #romance, was published by Holdfire Press in 2012.

Tues 22nd 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.

Tuesday 22nd 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 23rd Packhorse Poets,Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote, Derbys, fourth Wed 7.30pm

Thur 24th Utter, Storytelling Night,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Bearwood,B67 5RJ 7-10pm, Cath Edwards hosts, fourth Thursday
Utter Bearwood is a new performance storytelling venue for adults in Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick B67 5RJ. 0121 429 2039. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start, until 10pm.

Thur 24th Bilston Voices Fourth Thursday 19:00 Cafe Metro 46 Church Street, Bilston: £3in, set bill.

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

Word Up – Yorks Bakery Cafe,1-3 Newhall Street, B3 3NH Birmingham, 6.30pm start, free 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. ‘Word Up’ focuses predominantly on showcasing the spoken word talent in and around Birmingham as well as other artistic talents that we disperse throughout the night to provide a varied night of entertainment.

Our main idea is to provide a platform for both distinguished acts, but more importantly for first-timers. We hope to complement the other spoken word nights that are on in Birmingham and help strengthen the artistic scene in this city.

We hope you’ll enjoy what we have to offer and may even want to perform at some point?

We can be contacted on here or by email at: word—up@hotmail.com

Sunday, 27th Buzzwords,Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
£5 waged, £3 unwaged Workshop, led by Peter Robinson 7pm,Guest readings and open mic 8pm,Guest poet: Peter Robinson

Sunday 27th Sunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic

Sunday 27th 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 29th 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

Tuesday 29th Poetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York St Kings Heath, 7.30pm, £5, opne mic plus special guest Spoz and Saleha Begum. (re-arranged from 22nd)

Wed 30th Stories in Winter,Six Eight Kafe,6/8 Temple Row, B2 5HG Birmingham,A free spoken word event. Poetry and short stories in the heart of Birmingham. Get involved – make a post or mail info@pigeonparkpress.com

Wed 30th Poetry train. The Lych Gate Tavern, 44 Queens Square Wolverhamtpton, “it’s down the walkway by Barclays bank the leads to the Civic Centre. We will be starting there on Wednesday 30th January at 8pm, upstairs in their function room….It’s a great little pub”, 7.30pm open mic with Tony Stringfellow

Wed 30th “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
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
If you would be interested in performing at this &/or other events contact the 42 Worcester Team at 42worcester@42openmicnight.co.uk. Slots will be between 10-15 minutes long.PRICE: £3.00 (Entry is free for our performers)

‘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 10-15 minutes span for their set, 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

Thurs 31st 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
Open mic: half of the open mic slots available via email ( bohdan@applesandsnakes.org), the other half can be claimed on the door on the day of the event.

Mon 4thThe 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 5thStranger and Guest: a poetry reading by Cora Greenhill,Leopold Kitchen, (until recently called Caffeteria!) ,Leopold St., (on corner of Church St.) Sheffield. S1 2GY. 7.30pm. Coffee, wine etc available – sandwiches if you arrive early.
There is a £3 charge to cover venue hire.The Greek word xenos means both stranger and guest, reflecting an ethos of hospitality, but also that an outsider is always an outsider. Cora Greenhill’s poetry explores 30 years of a complex love affair with Crete, which is ‘halfway to Africa’; and with Africa, where she has also travelled, lived and worked.

Clare Turner, musician and teacher of African music, will play the mbira and other African instruments between sets.

Thurs Feb 7th Parole Parlate

Thur 7th The Poetry Evening The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE, with Liz Lefroy , 8pm , free in, Booked bill.
I’m looking forward to this reading so much – not long now! I meet regularly with two of our Readers, Julia Bell and Rosie Shepperd, for poetry workshops, and have learnt so much from them. They are travelling all the way from London to be with us, so rock up and show them a sophisticated Shropshire welcome. Here’s an extract from Julia’s website:

I was born in Bristol but raised in Wales (I can speak Welsh!) and have published two novels for young adults – Massive and Dirty Work, both published by Macmillan in the UK. In the US Massive is published by Simon and Schuster and Dirty Work by Walker Books. Massive has also been translated into ten languages, including Thai. I also wrote and co-edited the bestselling Creative Writing Coursebook while I was working at the University of East Anglia, which is also published by Macmillan.

I am a Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck, University College of London where I teach on the MA Creative Writing and co-ordinate the annual publication The Mechanics’ Institute Review and the new web portal The Birkbeck Writers’ Hub.

I am currently working on my fourth novel – Bad Faith – collaborating on work for the screen, taking photos and writing poems. Come back for regular updates and project portfolios.


Thurs Feb 7th Poetry Jam, Urban Coffee House, church st, Birmingham, 7.30pm,First ever Poetry Jam to be held at Urban Coffee Company on Thursday 7th Feb 2013.

Coffee, cake and real talk. Everyone is invited to share, create, perform or listen and appreciate. Please spread the word!

Featuring poets from the region and the “mic” is open for anyone to share.

Special offers on coffee&cake. This event is FREE!

More info message me or email anisa@beatfreaksacademy.co.uk

Look forward to jammin’ with you on the 7th!

Thurs 7th Down the Rabbit Hole second thursday,Esquires Cafe, Cov Transport Museum,Coventry,Cv1 1JD
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!

Mon 11 thKidsgrove Library , Win saha (1.30pm) and Whitchurch Library on February 12 (2pm). Both readings are free. The videos of Emma Purshouse and Win Saha performing on Youtube have been very popular so do check them out through the home page of our website: http://www.offaspress.co.uk.

Mon 11thPUREandGOODandRIGHT is an Open Mic poetry event taking place at The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX.7.30 start,This month’s guest poet is the wonderful…Kate Walton,Kate Walton is a Performance Poet and Lyrical Storyteller, who was winner of the ,Warwick Words Poetry Slam 2012.

With rhymes that chime, she tells her tales from the real to the ridiculous, mixing light with shade to create her own heartfelt, humorous and macabre take on life, through unique observations, experiences and imagination!DEFINITELY AN EVENING NOT TO BE MISSED!With open mic support from…….yes……YOU!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 12th Whitchurch Library, Win saha on February 12 (2pm). Free entry The videos of Emma Purshouse and Win Saha performing on Youtube have been very popular so do check them out through the home page of our website: http://www.offaspress.co.uk.

Thurs 14th Blackdrop Canalhouse bar, Canal Street, Nottm. 8-10pm £3 age 16+ ,Featuring the Ninja of words- Sai ‘Samuria’ Murray from Leeds. Theme: What’s Love Got To Do With It!? … And of course YOU in the open mic. (Write/perform for our theme if you can handle the challenge)?! 🙂

Fri 15th Spoken Worlds, the Old Cottage tavern, Byrkley St, Burton, 7.30pm, free in Gary Carr hosts, open mic, sign up on the night. Friendly relaxed, three sections, a good place to try out material.

Tues 19th Wordsmiths,Warwick Arts Centre, ( Studio Theatre), Coventry, CV4 7AL
£5.50 The UK’s first live poetry talk show, featuring 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.

This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Featuring: Kate Tempest, Patience Agbabi, Deborah Stevenson and Andrew Frolish.

Hosted by the wonderful Jo Bell.

Tues 19th Purple PenumbraPurple Penumbra is primarily a spoken word, open mic (without mic) event that takes place within the friendly and relaxing confines of the theatre bar at Oldbury Rep (The Barlow) in Langley.> Run by Al Barz, with assistance from Walsall’s Poet Laureate, Ian Henery, it is a continuation of the Purple Patch evenings of the late, and much missed Black Country poet, Geoff Stevens, probably the most widely published English poet of the past century.

Currently it is a free entry evening of poetry and prose, sometimes with a touch of mostly acoustic music, on the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 7:30 pm and continuing until the words run out or 10:30 arrives, whichever is the sooner.

It is open for anyone and everyone to listen and/or to perform their own writings. Come and be entertained by some of the best in performance poetry available in England today, or at least in Langley. 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 in, have a drink from the bar, relax at table and have a delightful evening.

The next event will be on 19th February.

Search for Purple Penumbra event on Facebook, or email to albarz@albarz.co.uk

How to get there…..

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 and 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.

Wed 20th FebStorytelling Cafe 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)Keeping Up With The Gods – Tales from the Odyssey. Take one extraordinary 3000 year old story, a puffed up war weary hero and mix with tormenting goddesses and a six headed monster. Shake it all up and sprinkle with narcotic petals from the exotic lotus flower. Encounter magical adventures in the playground of the gods where wine, feasts, stories and songs give release from love’s pain, loss and betrayal. Food Served from 6.30, Stories start at 7.30.tickets: £7

Tickets available from the Cafe or http://www.wegottickets.com

Wed 20th Mar Storytelling Café with Dominic Kelly 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm) ,Dominic Kelly is a storyteller with a dynamic and compelling style that has captivated audiences in schools, theatres and festivals around the world. His storytelling is powerful and entertaining combining compelling composition with high-energy performance. Food Served from 6.30, Stories start at 7.30.Tickets: £7 Tickets available from the Cafe or http://www.wegottickets.com

Tues 5th Mar Night Blue Fruit, * New Venue* Playwrights Cafe Bar & Bistro 4/6 Hay lane, Cathedral Quarter, CV1 5RF, free in, 7.30pm-10pm,Open mic, sign up on the night.

Tue 26th Mar Poetry Bites with David Calcutt and Nadia Kingsley,7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm),David is a poet, novelist and playwright; Nadia is a poet and visual artist. They have just published a joint poetry collection Road Kill. “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 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

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2 Responses to Jan 2013 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

  1. Gary, a magnificent harvesting here, thank you

  2. Liz Lefroy says:

    Thanks so much for this, Gary. Zero 😉

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