March 2013 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word


Mar 1st- 10th Independent Bath Literary Festival

Sat 16th -24th Mar, Oxford Literary Festival, a superstar laden event:

Day by Day

Fri 1st March Poets in the Bookshop, Malvern Book Cooperative,2 St Ann’s Road, WR14 4RG Great Malvern
Ali Oxtoby, Amy Rainbow, Catherine Crosswell and Jenny Hope

Malvern Book Co-Operative present an evening of four local poets performing their work against a backdrop of lovely shelves packed with lovely books on Friday 1st March at 7.30pm

Please note that this is a ticketed event. In order to secure a FREE ticket for the night, please ring or call in to reserve yours. Numbers strictly limited to shop capacity.

01684 564788

Delicious cakes and hot drinks available
before, during and after the show. FREE glass of wine at the start of the night.
Shop doors are open from 7pm.

***Also special guest appearance by Meg Oxtoby
singing with the help of a plastic cup!

Fri 1st March Poems in Pubs, Bath Lit Fest, Raven PH, Queen St, Bath
Poems in Pubs returns as Bath’s one and only poetry pub crawl for the fourth year in a row.

Marvel as masters of the spoken word magically mix sonnets with satire, comedy with couplets and poetry with pints!!

Follow the whole route or dip in and out as you please.

Poets welcome for the open mic finale slam for a chance to win your own PiP’s T shirt and a chance to perform at next years show! Admission is free.

The Route

1st of March 2013

The Raven : 7pm – 8.20pm

The Salamander : 8.30pm – 9.20pm

The Huntsman (upstairs back lounge) : 9.30pm – 10.15pm

The Raven : 10.20 – onwards for open mic finale

You can download the brochure for the festival from the following link:

The event takes place in room 2.30 of the Clapham Building in De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH. You can see a campus map here:

Click to access 2012-dmu-access-map.pdf

Here is a blurb about the book: “Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012),” ed. Jonathan Taylor: “From village storytellers to nineteenth-century serialisations, from pub anecdotes to dramatic monologues, storytelling is an enduring and ever-popular art form. This collection of stories reconnects storytelling with its oral roots — each story is designed to be read aloud. It includes work by some of today’s most influential story-tellers, including Louis De Bernières, Blake Morrison, Kate Pullinger, Adele Parks, Michelene Wandor, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi, and over 30 others.” See for more details.

Sat 2nd Mar Arts March, Weoley Castle library, 11-3pm a range of arts activities

Sat 2nd Mar , Funny Women, Hereford Library, 2pm, free in, Funny Women are performing at Hereford Library this Saturday (March 2nd) at 2pm. If you’re in the area do go along and support Emma, Jane and Win. The event is supported by Writing West Midlands through its admirable Literature on Your Doorstep project.

Sat 2nd Mar Power Plant with Zena Edwards at the Mac Birmingham, 2pm:
Apples and Snakes presents
Power Plant: Zena Edwards

Power Plant is a series of free poetry masterclasses delivered by established pracitioners, designed to cover every facet of life as a performance poet, from writing and performance techniques to the intricacies of successful freelancing. It does not matter how experienced you are: whether you’re new, emerging, or a household name, if you’re seriously considering a further career in spoken word, the Power Plant is for you. Plug into the grid!

… The monthly sessions can be booked through the mac Birmingham website – although they are free of charge, places are strictly limited, so reserve yours early to avoid disappointment.

This session is led by Zena Edwards and is on ‘Writer/Producer/Director Relationship’.

When: Saturday 2 March, 2pm
Where: mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Tickets: FREE

Sun 3rd Buzzwords Workshop, Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham led by Sue Rose 7pm,Guest readings and open mic 8pm,Guest poet: Sue Rose,£5 waged, £3 unwaged,

Mon 4th Mar Speech Bubble.cognito, LSU, loughborough uni,LE11 3TU ,7.30pm. Jodi ann Bickley and Harry Baker headline plus open mic, £3in
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.

Wed 6th Mar Open Resistance,The Vault ,Church St, Rugby, 7.30pm, free in, open mic spoken word and music with Augustus Stephens

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

Tues 5th Word Y Theatre, East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY, just opposite Leicester Train Station7pm performers, 8pm, Audience, Open mic plus headliner. £6in
WORD! is the longest running poetry and spoken word night in Leicester. Based at The Y Theatre, Leicester, it takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, between 8.00 and 10.30pm. The evening is composed of an open mic, followed by a booked act.
Celebrate International Women’s Month AND the Green Light Festival ( with renowned lyricist and performer, Mellow Baku.

Mellow has performed alongside International and UK artists including, Courtney Pine and featured everywhere from The Barbican, London to The Knitting Factory, New York.

Check out Mellow’s web-site.

Word! is brought to you by a committee of volunteers, has stunning visuals by film-maker Keith Allott and music from The Y.

Entrance: £4/3

Sign up with compere Pam Thompson at 7pm for the open-mic.

Tues 5th 5Minutes, MAC, birmingham
5Minutes. One stage. One audience. One chance to do whatever you want. What would you do with yours?
5Minutes invites performers from across disciplines to do something. That’s it. There are only two rules. The first is that we respectfully request performers refrain from doing something they have ever performed on stage before.The second is that the entire performance must be encapsulated within the performer’s five minutes, with the timer ticking as soon as they begin.
If this sounds like something you’d like to try, message the organisers to enquire after a slot.
Tuesday 5 March, 7.30pm | Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

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.

Wed 6th Gorilla Poetry Slam Competition, Rutland Arms, Brown St, Sheffield .
Poetry Slam – Hosts Adolfus (Addie P. Abbott) and Supernova

Poets in the slam so far:
Anil Boury
Jacob Kennedy
… Bo Meson
Nathan Thomas
Luke Archer
Daniel Massey
Mikey Joe Spikey
Adam Morris
Sam Parker
Cheryl Reid
Dave Attrill
Sarah Thomasin (Arrriving at 8’ish)

Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction.
Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem.
If the poet goes over the time, points will be deducted from the total score(half a point for every ten seconds)
Five judges will then score the poet and the points will be added up.The scores will range from 0.0 to 10.9, with the highest score being 54.5. The best scoring poet will go through to the next round.
To ensure impartiality, judges cannot be related in any way to the poet.
If the audience disagrees with a judge’s decision on a poet’s scoring, the audience get involved by either booing or cheering as the scores are being read out. Judges will have a final chance to change their scores at the end of each round if they become swayed by the audience.
No costumes or props.

Each poet builds up their score by competing in slams throughout the year. The scores are tallied on a leader board on the website, showing all participants their current position-
encouraging them to compete more! At the end of the year, all their points are added together for the final score. The poet with the top score will go straight to the final. Poets from the 2nd to 7th positions will go the semi-final.

The semi-finalists will compete in a slam until there are only three poets left. Those three poets, together with the overall slam winner from the year, will compete in the final slam.
They will battle for the distinctive title of “The Grand Bard of Sheffield” and receive a commemorative trophy. They will also be encouraged to be involved in more Gorilla Events
projects with the aim of promoting poetry to the community.

* For a Bonus Point and is optional (It’s just some fun).


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

Thurs 7th Parole Parlate, Little Venice, St Nicholas St, Worcester. £3in, Set bill
Parole Parlate : The Spoken Word” is back on Thursday 7th February 2013 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:

Ellie Stevenson
Timothy Stavert
Sheila Cox
Chardonnay Jade
Math Jones
Mike Alma
Heather Still

Headlining this event will be Notes From The Underground compere and host Jack Edwards.
Future dates;

Thursday 4th April 2013
Thursday 2nd May 2013
Sunday 16th June 2013 – Festival Special

Thurs 7th Coffeehouse Poetry – The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE Shrew sbury:7.30-9pm,with Liz Lefroy- set bill, all welcome to listen, free in.

Thurs 7th Poetry slam, Bham v Cambridge v Cardiff unis, Bristol Pear, Bristol road Selly oak, Birmingham:
On Thursday 7th March, teams from the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge (Pembroke College) and Cardiff are going head to head in an unprecedented multi-team inter-university poetry slam. A slam to end all slams. A megaslam. A superslam.
Whatever you call it, it’s going to kick your literal or figurative balls into next week.
The audience get to vote for the winners of each round, and the winners of most rounds at the end of the night win the slam overall. Simple power to the people. Pure democracy. Pure… sweet poems. Pure sweet things that you didn’t think were poems.
Come to the Bristol Pear and let Writers’ Bloc redraw the borders of your ears.

Your University of Birmingham team:

Lily Blacksell
James Grady
Ben Norris
Elisha Owen

after a sacrificial round including:

Ben Jackson.

With resident Writers’ Bloc DJ Miles Bradley and host Chazz Redhead.
• Bristol Pear
676 Bristol Road, B29 6BJ Birmingham

Thurs 7th Good Impressions Spoken Word open Mic, Cafe Impression, Atkins Building, Hinckley, LE10 1QU,7.30pm £5in Hosted by Tom Phillips,1st Thursday Monthly

Thur 7th Blackdrop’s Lyric off,@ NAE Gregory Boulevard, Nottm. 8-10pm, £3:
ft Honey Williams- poet and singer/song writer. A night themed Women Marching On,(Note this is Not a women only event). All welcome.

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

Thurs 7th Yard of Tales,Joules Yard, rear of 53-55 High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7AF. Joules Yard is a unique venue with a licensed bar after 7pm, also serving tea and coffee. If you would like to order a vegetarian meal for the evening, provided by ‘The Green House’ please telephone 01858 463250. Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Meets first Thursday in the month.Yard of Tales is a performance storytelling club hosted by Kevin Walker!Tickets £6 at door (includes nibbles).For further information – 0116 259 2233 or 01858 463250

Fri 8th Open Mic, Bookmark Bloxwich, Bloxwich Library,8pm, free in, Poetry, songs and performance

Fri 8th Let’s get Together, The Oxfam Bookshop, 101 High Street, Worcester,8pm.
An evening of celebration in poetry, prose, song, performance to mark International Women’s Day

Sat 9thPoets Place, Yorks Bakery Café, Birmingham,4-6pm,Organised by Birmingham Libraries and Apples and Snakes, Poets’ Place is an informal gathering of poets set to happen 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.

Mon 11th Speech BubbleCognito, Students’ Union, Loughborough University 7pm Second Mondays monthly in term time, check for details:

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

< Mon 11thPUREandGOODandRIGHT is an Open Mic poetry event taking place at The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX.7.30 start
Admission £3 (£2 Student/OAP)

Mark Niel and the Antipoet headline

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:

Tues 12th Spire Writes, Havana Whites, Chesterfield
After a brief break, Spire Writes is back in March with some very special guests. Come along and support Chesterfield Young Writers performing their work for the very first time: you can tell everyone you heard them here first.

There’ll also be a performance from the fantastic River Wolton, former Derbyshire Poet Laureate and author of ‘The Purpose of Your Visit’ (Smith/Doorstop, 2008).

As usual, there’ll be open mic too (please let me know if you’d like a slot) and it’s completely FREE to attend. Doors open just before 8pm.

Havana Whites is 2 minutes from Chesterfield train station and we finish in time for the last train back to Sheffield. Parking is available at nearby Spa Lane.

Tues 12th City Voices Second Tuesday 19:30 City Bar King Street, Wolverhampton WV 1ST booked poets

Tues 12th Mouth & Music 6,Boars Head Gallery, Kidderminster 8pm, £3 in:
Acoustic spoken word & music night
Boar’s Head Gallery

This month we have two superbly entertaining features both of whom received a resounding cheer when we announced them at our February gig:

EMMA PURSHOUSE – “poetry which is quick-witted, sharp, bouncy, poignant and funny”

AL BARZ – can only be described as poet with keyboard (which has a mind of its own)

MC Heather Wastie

Our chosen theme for this month is “Giving up”. Performers are invited to interpret as they see fit …. or ignore completely!

Open floor sign-up from 7.30
Slots are 5 mins for spoken word and slightly longer for music, to allow for 2 songs.
Admission £3 (free to performers)

“A wonderful mix of poetry, prose and music. Highly recommended!”
Lisa Ventura, Director, Worcestershire Literary Festival

Presented by KAF Creatives

Tues 12th Tales at the Edge, White Lion Inn, Bridgnorth, Shropshire,Tales at the Edge is one of the country’s oldest and most established storytelling clubs, meeting in Bridgenorth on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except August) at 8 pm.
Hear tales, myths and legends from all over the world in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you are new to storytelling, an experienced teller or just enjoy listening to stories. There is no charge for admission.
For more details contact: Mike Rust 01694 771 379.

Tues 12th MarThe Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE,doors open 7.30 for 8.00 start.
Spring is here, spring is here, life is skittles and life is beer. I think the loveliest time of year is spring, I do. Don’t you? Course you do.As the year casts off her ermine gown in favour of a more verdant, strapless little number, and puts the woolly tights back in the wardrobe in anticipation of days lengthening, sap rising and hares leaping, what better way to welcome in the new season than with an evening of open mic music and poetry with special guests?

This month’s headline performers are The Screaming House Madrigals, returning to share their distinctive sound, and the legend in his own lunchtime that is Poeterry, along with the open-minded, open-ended, open-floodgates open mic, welcoming all performers of any style, genre or level of wanton abandon to share their music and words before a warm, receptive, often bemused yet surprisingly tolerant audience.

This month also sees the return of the Post-it Note Poetry competition, back by popular demand – that is, back because we’ve got some more pens after I threw the last lot away by mistake. What else are you going to be doing on the second Tuesday of the month? Join us…

Wed13thTea for two, Stapleford, Notts:
Five times Young and Wood:
Dave Wood and Richard Young’s Community Spoken Word night
at Stapleford goes from strength to strength.

Poets, storytellers and linguistic twiddlers are ready to gather at
… Two for Tea, 92 Derby Road, Stapleford on
Wednesday 13th March 2013.

Come in at 7pm to settle down ready to read, perform or
be a member of the audience at 7.30pm.

Usually finishes 9.15pm. All are welcome, professional or amateur.

Open Word night is (as far as we know), Stapleford’s only poetry
and storytelling night.

We ask you to buy a drink for admission (plenty of delicious choices!)

Clare Stewart, of DIY poets, & Ray and Terri Holland, of Burton Spoken World’s fame, will be the main acts for the evening

Wed 13th Wordsmiths and Co, Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick
Presented in partnership with Warwick Arts Centre, Nine Arches Press, Bloodaxe Books and Apples and Snakes


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.

GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators!

This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Jo Bell invites conversation and memorable performances from:

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze has released five poetry books, Riddym Ravings (Race Today), Spring Cleaning (Virago), and On the Edge of an Island, The Arrival of Brighteye and The Fifth Figure (all Bloodaxe), as well as several records and CDs. Third World Girl: Selected Poems (with DVD, Bloodaxe 2011). She has performed her work throughout the world and now divides her time between Jamaica and Leicester. She received a NESTA Award in 2003.

Daljit Nagra currently lives in Willesden where he works in a secondary school. His first collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover!, won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. In 2008 he won the South Bank Show / Arts Council Decibel Award. His second collection Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! was published by Faber and Shortlisted for the 2012 TS Eliot Prize.

Angela France has had poems published in many of the leading journals, in the UK and abroad and has been anthologised a number of times. She has an MA in ‘Creative and Critical Writing’ from the University of Gloucestershire and is studying for a PhD. Publications include Occupation (Ragged Raven Press) and Lessons in Mallemaroking (Nine Arches Press). Angela is features editor of Iota and runs a monthly poetry cafe, Buzzwords. Her new collection, Hide will be published by Nine Arches Press (March 2013).

Charlie Jordan is a familiar radio voice, with a 20 year career presenting programmes for national and local stations. As a former Birmingham Poet Laureate, and ‘Writer in residence’ at WBA football club, Charlie runs dynamic workshops in schools that lift words off the page to engage pupils with literacy. She’s a regular on the local live poetry circuit and has appeared at festivals such as The Big Chill and Manchester’s Literature Festival. Charlie is also a founding member of poets’ collective Write Down Speak Up.

When: Wednesday 13 March, 7.45pm
Where: Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Tickets: £5
Booking: 024 7652 4524 /
Tweet: @WordsmithsandC

Wed 13th The Quad Derby QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS Second Wednesday 19.30 Free in, A monthly night of performed poetry for everyone, new performers always welcome or just come and listen, More details from QUAD or contact Les on T: 01332 206 734,

Thurs 14th Tales and Veils, Eat Up, Shearmans Hall, Milk St Shrewsbury,7.30pm
” The Stories that Shakespeare forgot”
Be Bold be bold but not too bold……Come listen to the stories that the Bard used to create his masterpieces with dancing and live music from Pauline and Asif Qu and JudeeTee to lift the spirits and soul. Stories from The Birmingham Storytelling Cafe.

At Eat Up Milk Street Shrewsbury
SY11SZ Tickets £10 ( includes a drink and nibbles) available in advance from-
Eat Up- or phone 01743350505

Wed 13th March – Flying Donkeys “Spread the Word”, open night at the Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ – with special “hot spot” guest Gary Cordingley. Gary is bringing his drums and sharing a few African tales, and we will have our usual captivating mix of tales from the floor (and scrumptious cakes)! Tickets £7 at the door or Tel 01332 840007

Thurs 14th The Shipping Forecast Open Mic, Second Thursday Monthly Rude Shipyard Cafe,89 Abbeydale Rd Sheffield, S7 1FE:7.45 Hosted by miss piggy or stan skinny, message for slots.!/pages/The-Shipping-Forecast-spoken-word/276780052333840?sk=info

Thurs 14th 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!

Thurs 14th Paul Francis, Book launch of “Boxed Set”, Guildhall, Much Wenlock, 7.30pm, Paul Francis is launching Boxed Set, his collection of poems about film and TV.

Fri 15th Wednesbury Open Mic Open Mic Poetry,Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery ,7.30 pm, £3, with Den Payne, third friday

Fri 15th Spoken Worlds Third Friday 19:30 The Old Cottage Tavern , Byrkley Street, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ with Gary Carr Open mic

Sat 16th Mar 10.30- 4.30pm Clapham Building, Leicester DMU, Free and open to all: States of Independence 4: Independent Publishers’ Fair: Bookstalls, Readings, Book Launches, Panels, Performances, Workshops, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Plays, Artist Books, Magazines, Journals

Sun 17th Poems and Pints The Swan Inn,18 Stafford Street Town Centre, Stone ST15 8QW, 4-6pm, Third Sunday

Sun 17th If walls could speak. Mac, Birmingham at 8pm, then again on Monday 18th at 9pm.
Soul City Arts presents a story of an inner city neighbourhood told through the eyes of an artist driven to redefine himself, his community and the space around him. World renowned graffiti artist Mohammed Ali (AerosolArabic), teams up with a diverse line-up of artists to paint the story around you. The tale unfolds in Sparkbrook focussing on how it became a gateway into Birmingham for generations of migrants.

If Walls Could Speak is an explosive collage of tales woven together using live graffiti, vocal… looping, spoken word, rhythm and rhyme, to create a unique theatre experience.

The show is directed by celebrated theatre maker Leo Kay (Unfinished Business) underpinned by a live musical score, performed by jazz legend Cleveland Watkiss working with artists Martin Stannage, Stephen Morrison-Burke, RT and Conrad Thompson.

IMPORTANT NOTE: there is TWO showings, March 17th AND March 18th….



Sun 17th Tell Me On A Sunday 3: Little me,The Ikon Gallery Cafe, B1 2HS Birmingham, with Cat weatherill
“Just been mentoring three people who are hoping to tell at the next Tell Me event. It’s amazing what a difference the theme makes to the type of stories pitched. ‘Little Me’ is making people reminisce bigtime, but the memories (beautiful though they are) are small and random – ‘a satchel full of ink stained memories’ as one put it. I’m helping people to link memories, find the emotional DNA, spin around a strong image, make sense of it all. I think there will be some gorgeous stories coming out of this one, full of heart and wisdom and warmth”
Story supper from 5pm. Show from 6 – 7.30.

The event is free but seats MUST be reserved – it packs out!! To reserve call the Ikon Gallery: 0121 248 0780

To pitch a story, you can message Cat via the Tell Me page x

Mon 18th Shindig, The Western PH, Western Rd, Leicester, 4th Monday bi-monthly,7.30pm: Headliners and open mic, with Crystal Clear Creators and Nine Arches Press

Tues 19th Find the Right Words ,Upstairs at the Western,Western rd Western PH, Leicester
New spoken word night in Leicester. Not boring. No books or flowers. (Maybe some books).

Two brilliant spoken word poets, Izzy Brookes and Sean Mahoney (of Channel 4’s Random Acts fame) and 10 open open mic spaces. 5 available by email. 5 on the door. Free CDs and good pints.

Make this one a success, there will be lots more.

£5/£4 conc.

Doors at 7.30

If you’re keen, tickets are here
Tues 19th Giggling Goblin Open mic Poetry, The Bowling Green Pub, The Green Ashby New Vwnue, new day, 7,30pm start. on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month starting Tuesday 19th March then-
tuesday 16th april
tuesday 21st May
tuesday 18th june
tuesday 16th july
and so on.
probably miss out august but will decide formally later.
Thank you all for your support and hope to see you tonight (last at the Giggling Goblin) and subsequently at the new venue.
keep smiling ,brian langtry

Tues 19th I am Blackbird, Storytelling with kate walton, Spark cafe, Tamworth st, Lichfield,7.30pm:
A lyrical storytelling extravaganza, celebrating the misadventures of finding love and ultimately finding freedom.

Paying homage to the greats, aka – the parents, the men and Casablanca! ‘I am Blackbird’ celebrates the divine discontent of love, loss and ridiculous adventures.
With heart and humour, the show hopes to remind – That if we have faith, live for the moment and learn to love and accept ourselves for all our glorious f@*k-ups, we may just find more than we were looking for…

Written & Performed By Kate Walton, Performance Poet and Storyteller

Supported by the amazing poetical talents of Christian Watson
Music by Jake Morgan with his one man bandalism Folk Blues

The Spark Cafe Bar & Events, Lichfield
Get there early for food and drinks, show will start at 7.30pm sharp!

It aims to be a great night, so please do come along.

Please Note – Unfortunately, Ben Norris will not be performing despite what the flyer says, but we still love him anyway!

Tues 19th Mar Confab Cabaret, recon, 4 Church st, Malvern, WR14 2AY. 8pm

A fun packed variety night with lashings of Spoken Word.
Featuring: Spoz, The Very Grimm Brothers, Dolly Grip, Salma,
Tim Cranmore & his freshly carved Carrot, Four Tart Harmony, The Silliest Raffle, resident cocktail shaker, your hostess Amy Rainbow

and maybe YOU!!

Malvern Magic Hatters cordially invite you to the Launch Night of ConFab Cabaret on Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 8.30pm.

Join us for a night of frolics and frivolity, merriment and jollity!

ALSO Introducing ‘Prepare to Share’ 2 mins of stardom from YOU. Tell a joke, do a teeny poem, Explore the rubic cube, assemble flat pack furniture, play a ditty, show us a card trick, tell us how to get rid of a stain, gurn to the masses. do your shadow puppet wizardry, juggle blunt stuff, Impersonate Russell Crowe, balance a moustache, flare Nostrils while yodelling and hopefully MUCH MUCH MORE!!
******WARNING******** 120 seconds MAX.
If you are hooted you will get booted from the sharing area.
Beware the whistle!!.

Entry is by donation. The Malvern Magic Hat will be passed around during ecstatic crowd bursts of laughter and applause.

This wonderfully delicious line up will be found at Re-con,
Malvern’s brand new entertainment venue.

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

Tickets available from the Cafe or

Wed 20th Double Takes, Shrewsbury Library, Castle gates, Shrewsbury 7.30pm, £3in, Gareth Owen, poet and all round entertainer, reads, supported by Liz Lefroy..

Wed 20th I am Blackbird, Storytelling with kate walton, Six Eight Kafe 6/8 Temple Row, B2 5HG Birmingham,
A lyrical storytelling extravaganza, celebrating the misadventures of finding love and ultimately finding freedom.

Paying homage to the greats, aka – the parents, the men and Casablanca! ‘I am Blackbird’ celebrates the divine discontent of love, loss and ridiculous adventures.
With heart and humour, the show hopes to remind – That if we have faith, live for the moment and learn to love and accept ourselves for all our glorious f@*k-ups, we may just find more than we were looking for…

… Written & Performed By Kate Walton, Performance Poet and Storyteller

Supported by the amazing poetical talents of Ben Norris, Stephanie Dogfoot and Christian Watson.

The 6/8 Kafe, Birmingham.
Doors open at 7pm for drinks, show starts at 7.30pm sharp!

It aims to be a great night of spoken word, so please do come along.

Wed 20th Templar Poetry,Lamb & Flag, The Tyhthing, Worcester, 8pm; Open mic, third Wednesday, Alex officiates contact:Alex McMillen, Alex McMillen,Templar Poetry, PO BOX 7082, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 9AF,Tel: 01629 582500, Mobile: 07918166975

Wed 20th 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

Thurs 21st Angela France, University of Gloucestershire:room TC007, Francis Close Hall Campus, Swindon Road, CHELTENHAM, Gloucestershire GL50 4AZ, 7.30pm.It is the entrance opposite the refectory but there should be an ‘A’ board pointing the way.Nigel McLoughlin will also be reading; no tickets or entry fee, wine and nibbles provided.

Thurs 21stOuse Muse, Harpurs, 46-48 Tavistock St Bedford, MK40 2RD.Third Thursday, 7.30pm start Open mic. Ian McEwan organises

Thurs 21 Speak Up, Bulls Head, Moseley, Birmingham, 3rd Thursday, monthly, 7.30pm: headliners plus open mic,£5in

Thurs 21 Hit the Ode, The Victoria, Birmingham, 7.30pm brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Birmingham. Join us! We have poems. Poems which look attractive in their passport pictures; poems rough like sandpaper; poems your tongue sticks to if you try to lick them. Good poems. Come and get them.

Featuring: David Morley, The Chill Pill Collective, Yasmin Hafedh (Austria).

fri 22nd Cover Up (a rehearsed reading),The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside Deritend, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 0QH
Cover Up
… (a rehearsed reading)
By Jane Campion Hoye
Directed by Jouvan Fucinni

The streets of West London, a knife-crime and a teenage boy charged with murder. Jo, a work-weary criminal lawyer from the Midlands has seen it all before. But this time it’s different. Through a series of interviews with young Notting Hill socialite Tamara, Jo finds herself drawn into a social world very different from her own…yet where the parallels with her own story, as a child of the seventies, has a shocking resonance.

Cover Up is an arresting noir styled play in development with local emerging artists, writer Jane Campion Hoye and director Jouvan Fucinni (artistic director Future Theatre, writer of Empty), who met at Theatre Exchange. An exciting cast includes;
Nadia Kemp-Sayfi (Twelfth Night Blue Orange Theatre)
Caroline Frewin (Silver Street BBC Radio Drama)
Philip Jennings (Brimstone & Treacle Tread the Boards Theatre Company)
Laurence Saunders (BBC’s EastEnders).

Jane Campion Hoye originally based in London relocated to the Midlands and recently completed a Masters in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham. Since graduating at the end of 2009, she has had a variety of short scripts successfully performed in Birmingham and Bristol, winning competitions and “audience favourite” votes. Cover Up is her first full-length play for the stage.

Tickets: £2.50 on the door Call: 0121 772 6160

Find out more:

Sat 23rdPoets Place, Yorks Bakery Café, Birmingham,4-6pm,Organised by Birmingham Libraries and Apples and Snakes, Poets’ Place is an informal gathering of poets set to happen 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.

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

Mon 25th LAMP, starring Dreadlock Alien and shabz ahmed, 7pm, free in,Leamington Live Art & Music Project
Riverside, Adelaide Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AH

Tues 26thWord Wizards New venue* Buckingham Hotel, opp the Pavillion Gdns , Buxton last Tuesday Monthly 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format More info 01298 77362

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

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

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 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

Tues 26th Purple Penumbra Purple 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

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 27thThe Poetry Train* New Venue* the Lych Gate Tavern, 44 Queens Square Wolverhamtpton, it’s down the walkway by Barclays bank the leads to the Civic Centre. 8pm, upstairs in their function room….It’s a great little pub last Wednesday

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

Wed 27th Packhorse PoetsThe Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote, near Longnor,Derbys on the fourth Wednesday of each month

Thurs 28th South & City College, Birmingham, 5.30pm Level Up – and explosive night of spoken word in performance, featuring some of the country’s very best poets alongside local rising stars. Besides sets from our special guests, you can expect open mic slots for you to share your work, poetry video showcases, and time to socialize and share your work with like-minded people.

This is a chance to make your voice heard. So what are you waiting for? Write the words. Grab the mic. Level up! Featuring: Dreadlock Alien and Amerah Saleh.

When: Thursday 28 March, 5.30pm

Thur 28th Bilston Voices Fourth Thursday 19:00 Cafe Metro 46 Church Street, Bilston: £3in, set bill. Emma Purshouse hosts, top performance poets Alan ‘Kurly’ McGeachie and Heather Wastie on the bill. There’s Daniel Shelley Smith making his Bilston Voices debut, Eileen Ward-Birch will be doing a turn, Roger Jones is coming along

Bilston Voices starts at 7.30 and takes place, as usual, at Cafe Metro, 46 Church Street, Bilston. It costs £2 to get in.——————————————————————————————————————–
Tues 2nd John Donne Day, Polesworth Abbey

John Donne Day 2013. John Donne Day 2013. 2pm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 2 April 2013.
The 400th Anniversary of Donne’s Poem – Good Friday 1613 Riding Westwards (written after staying in Polesworth)
The Abbey Church, Polesworth Abbey, High Street, Polesworth, Warwickshire, B78 1DU.

Workshops, talks, walks, discussions from 2pm. Gala performance of poetry of John Donne and newly commissioned work from 7pm.
£9 afternoon & evening. £5 just afternoon or evening. Twitter @johndonneday

Polesworth Abbey CIC; Birmingham City University: Institute of Creative and Critical Writing; Writing West Midlands.
Made in the Midlands.

The Programme

John Donne Day 2013, Tuesday 2 April, 2013, The Abbey Church, Polesworth, Warwickshire. A Made in the Midlands afternoon/evening of talks, walks, readings and performances.

2pm – 2.45pm. Reading ‘Riding Westward’: a seminar on John Donne’s poem, ‘Good-Friday, 1613, Riding Westward’ and related poems – Dr Anthony Mellors, Reader in Poetry and Poetics, Birmingham City University
3pm – 4.15pm. Writing in Response: a poetry writing workshop in response to John Donne’s poems and Polesworth Abbey Church – Dr Gregory Leadbetter, Director, Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, Birmingham City University
3pm – 4.15pm. In the Footsteps of Poets: a walking tour of Polesworth Poets’ Trail – Malcolm Dewhirst, writer and developer
3pm – 4.15pm. Reading On: Some Poems to Read in Response to John Donne – Dr Anthony Howe, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University
5pm – 5.45pm. Reflections on John Donne and his poetry: a chance to share personal views on his work
5.45pm – 7pm. Break: food will be available in Polesworth and nearby villages
7pm – 8.30pm. Riding Westward: A Gala Performance of Poems by John Donne, read by Dr Derek Littlewood and newly commissioned poems from Jane Commane, Malcolm Dewhirst, Jacqui Rowe and Greg LeadbetterThurs 4th April Blackdrop @ Canalhouse Bar, Canal Street, Nottm 8-10pm. £3. Event open to age 16+
A night themed ‘Teach it’ featuring the hit sensation Rap Battle Teacher – Mark Grist!… Plus YOU in the open mic!

Thurs 4thBlackdrop Open Mic @ Canal House Bar, Canal Street, Nottm featuring Mark Grist the rap Battle Teacher (youtube wonder).8-10pm £3

Our event has an open mic, slots are approx 5mins long. Blackdrop is open to over 16s.

Poetry. Story. Comedy. Rap. Hip-hop. Song. Must be own original material. ALL WELCOME.

*(Thanks to Writing East Midlands for kindly agreeing to support our 4th April event)

Sat 6th Lichfield Cathedral library tours:
and- April 24,
May 11 and 29
and June 22.
Tours to offer rare glimpse of Lichfield Cathedral’s historic library
Visitors to Lichfield Cathedral will be able to get a behind the scenes look at the historic building with a tour of the main library.

A number of bound treasures are housed on the site, including Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (c1420) and Henry VIII’s Great Bible (first edition – 1539).
A trained guide will showcase some of the theological, literary geography, philosophy and natural science texts.
Canon Anthony Moore, Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral, said: “It is only on very rare occasions that we are able to give the general public access to this atmospheric space.
“The range of rare manuscripts and early printed works in our library is quite staggering. It’s an opportunity not to be missed for anyone with a love of architecture, history or books”.
The tours will run on
April 6 and 24,
May 11 and 29
and June 22.
Tickets cost £9 and can be booked by calling the Cathedral Shop on 01543 306150.

Mon 8th April – a special event – Flying Donkeys have been invited to perform at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Join Sophie, Mel and Roy for a specially devised show “Strange Tales from the Flying Donkeys”, with music, song and stories from around the British Isles. First half features a few open mic floor spots – book tickets in advance direct with the Theatre Royal or Tel 0115 989 5555

Tues 9th Scribal Gathering,The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford.7.30pm
Was it because we suggested last month that the year had cast off her ermine gown in favour of a strapless verdant little number, that we have been cast into the coldest spring since 1963? You all remember 1963 – it was the winter of love: Hypothermia began in 1963, which was rather late for me, between the end of the Chatterly ban, and the Beatles’ first LP, or something like that.

Anyway, enough larkin’ about, Scribal Gathering is back on the second Tuesday of April for a sub-Siberian snowcase of music and poetry, assuming the food parcels have arrived by then and we’ve all been able to dig our way out of our emergency shelters and the polar bears haven’t got us.

This month’s special guests are Alan Bainbridge, taking the mic as the featured poet, and Ernest Herb, the one-man house band, covering themselves in deep-heat oil and getting up against the radiators. Plus the shut-that-door open-mic will be welcoming all performers of any style, genre and especially those with Antarctic survival skills, to play, perform, set fire to the furniture and generally try to stay alive until the Red Cross gets here.

So if you want to have one last evening of open mic music and poetry entertainment before facing the very real prospect of dying of frostbite whilst wearing all your coats at once with the central heating full on, then wrap yourself in goose fat and tin foil and try and get to the Crown for a gathering that the archaeologists will be talking about in years to come.

Wed 10th Apr – Flying Donkeys storytelling club, “Bluebeard” with Cat Weatheril in the second half, 8pm at the Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby, DE1 1JQ. Be prepared to be thrilled! Tickets £7 at the door or Tel 01332 840007 or email

Friday 12th April, 7.45pm, tickets £7.50. Part of the Solihull Comedy Festival, so poets will be asked to perform humorous verse only. The evening also includes a Quick Quip Quiz. Fabulous prizes. Twelve places on a first-come-first-served basis.

Wed 17th April,NANTWICH POETS @ WILLASTON,WILLASTON SOCIAL CLUB, 7 WISTASTON RD, WILLASTON,CW5 6PU, Great venue, plenty of secure parking. 7 30pm (new earlier start time!!!) OPEN MIC, Come along and share your best poems,Guest poet: Gill McAvoy

Sat 20th April – “Seven Deadly Sins” at Cromford Mills Cafe, Cromford, Derbyshire, 7.30pm. Info on show as above. Tickets £7. Book direct with Cromford Mills, Tel 01629 829555

Tues 23rd April Purple Penumbra .

Saturday 11th May, 17th Swindon Slam at the Arts Centre on as part of the Swindon Festival of Literature, the brochure for which will be unveiled on 21st March. Fifteen places available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Thurs 23rd May Audlem Festival Poetry Slam, Emma purshouse writes:After the succes of the first Audlem Slam last year, I’ve been asked to organise a second pub slam as part of Audlem Music Festival 2013. The winner of the slam will get £50 and the opportunity to do bits and pieces amongst bands over the festival weekend if they want to. The slam will take place in The Bridge Inn, Audlem on the opening night of the festival Thursday 23rd May 2013 at 8pm.

Would you be interested in being one of the slammers? It’ll be over 3 rounds/3 minutes per round.

To give you a bit more information about the event…it’s a small village festival in a beautiful canalside location. Three pubs and various other venues in the village put on free music and exhibitions for the whole of the May bank holiday weekend 23rd May – 27th May. Check out the website on to find out more. Audlem is between Market Drayton and Nantwich…you’d need a car (or a boat) to get there…but if you are interested and haven’t got transport I could try and link you up with someone who might be able to give you a lift (perhaps car drivers who are intending to come could let me know if they would like to offer lifts in order to share travel costs and also from which area they’ll be travelling from).

Fri 3rd/ Sat 4th May Mary Rochford Trilogy,– where Salsa Sizzles, Tennis Thrills and Football (almost) Kills at
The Crescent Theatre, Brindley Place, Birmingham,7.45, £10in.

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