April 2013- What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

The festival season kicks in strongly this month with a very strong bill at Much Wenlock and Cheltenham, amongst others.


Fri 5th-7th April Much Wenlock Poetry Festival


April 10th- May30th Leek Arts Festival


Sat 20th -28th Apr The Cheltenham Poetry Festival;


Sun 2ist Apr Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival -until 5/5:


30th April -6th May Chipping Campden Lit Festival


Day by Day

Mon 1st The Poetry Train , Slade Rooms,Broad St Wolverhampton, Open mic, £3 in details from ts@tonystringfellow.com

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

Tues 2nd Nightblue Fruit at Playwrights Cafe Bar & Bistro-,7:30pm until 10:05pm.

An eclectic mix of talented regular performers plus regular new guests bring Coventry alive with verse, verve and style.
Playwrights Cafe is a friendly and welcoming Cafe with fantastic food & drinks in a lovely setting on the cobbles near the ruins of Coventry Cathedral. Now in our 10th year we continue to attract new and existing poets, some of those who have visited over the years are: Mike McKimm, Mario Petrucci, Jon Morley, Kei Miller, Jen Hadfield to name but a few !
Requests to read and perform poetry are taken on the night. We advise you arrive no later than 7.30pm to stand a good chance of reading.Lots of reasonable and free car parking nearby (tariffs often end at 6pm but please check on http://www.coventry.gov.uk/carparks


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. http://johndonneday.eventbrite.co.uk/ 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!

Tues 2nd Word ,Y Theatre, East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY, just opposite Leicester Train Station7pm performers, 8pm, Audience, Open mic plus kim Moore. £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-
Thur 4th Gorilla Poetry – Rutland Arms, Brown st, Sheffield, S1 4El, (Off West St) 8pm (7.30 doors) with Dave Atrill, Adolfus (Addie P. Abbott) and Supernova.

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)

Thurs 4th Good Impressions Spoken word, Cafe Impression, Atkins Building Hinckley, LE10 1QU,7.30pm £5in Hosted by Tom Phillips,ist Thursday Monthly

Thurs 4th Parole Parlate, Farewell event, Little Venice, St Nicholas st , Worcester, 730 pm, £3 in:

Fri 5th Esquires open mic, Hales St Coventry, CV1 1Jd- 7.30pm free in,poetry, music and performance
Sat 6th Poets place, York st , Birmingham 4pm-6pm with Carl Sealeaf

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.

Sun 7th Oct Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic plus Chrissie Gittens, £5/£3

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

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 http://www.trch.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20115 or Tel 0115 989 5555

Mon 8th pure and good and right, Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa, CV32 4NX, with Ash Dickinson

Tuesday 9th ‘City Voices’, City Bar, King Street, Wolverhampton. WV1 1ST 7.45pm Free admission.

Tuesday 9th ‘Mouth and Music’, the Boars Head Gallery, 39 Worcester Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1EW. 8.00pm Tickets £3.00 with Dhotti Bluebell

Tues 9th Spire Writes, Havana Whites,12 Corporation St, Chesterfield. 7.30pm, Open Mic, Matt Black, Dwane reads

Tues 9th City Voices’ in Wolverhampton. 7.45pm Free, with Liz Lefroy

Tues 9th 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.

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 info@flyingdonkeys.co.uk.

Wed 10 th The Quad Derby QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS Second Wednesday 19.30 Free in, A monthly night of performed poetry for everyone, new performers always welcome or just come and listen, More details from QUAD or contact Les on T: 01332 206 734, http://www.derbyquad.co.uk

Weds 10 The Kingdom of the Heart , Guildhall Theatre, Market Place Derby.7.30pm is an evening of storytelling and music based on two rarely heard Czech wondertales. Storyteller Katy Cawkwell, returning to performance storytelling after a few years bringing up her young family, has partnered with a wonderful cellist, Sarah Llewellyn-Jones, to tell a story of keeping hold of the meaning in life, amidst the everyday. Three age-old characters – a hard-working fisherman, a restless young king and the youngest son of twelve, find doorways into a shining golden kingdom where the cares of this world fall away. What happens when they reach through into this other world, what strange sights and challenges await them and will they ever be happy if they go back to their previous lives?
Tickets for Flying Donkeys regulars are specially discounted to the usual price £7 full price, £5 concessions.
However, this offer is only available if you book online BEFORE the day of the show.
To book click this link: http://www.derbylive.co.uk/Public_Event.aspx?ID=1520

Fri 12th Wednesbury Art Gallery and Museum, open mic poetry, 7.30pm, free admission

Fri 12th solihull Poetry Slam, solihull artys complex, homer rd, solihull, 7.30pm, £7,50pm, with marcus moore and sarah jane arbury

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.

Sun 14th tell me on a Sunday, ikon gallery, Birmingham with Cat Weatherill and Jane Campion Hoye. Fur and Fin 5pm, free in.

Wed 17th , Storytelling Cafe Kitchen Garden Cafe,York Rd, Kings Heath, 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)

Wed 17th Templar Poetry, Lamb & Flag, The Tything, Worcester, 8pm; Open mic, third Wednesday, Alex officiates contact:Alex McMillen, Alex McMillen,Templar Poetry, PO BOX 7082, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 9AF,Tel: 01629 582500, Mobile: 07918166975

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







E: bob.doughty@btconnect.com or postems@btconnect.com T:01270 663802

Fri 19th word up, Yorks bakery Cafe York st, Birmingham, 6.30pm, open mic, free in. Have a question? Want a slot? Message us on here (fb), email us at: word–up@hotmail.com, to tweet us: @wordup_brum

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

Sun 21st Sunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic

Sun 21st 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 23rd Purple Penumbra Open Mic poetry,Langley Theatre Oldbury:7,30pm, free in

To all good folk of England, brave and true,
(And those unblessed with such a glorious state)
An invitation here is sent to you
To fill your soul with sonnets on this date.
The twenty-third of April is renowned
The day of our Saint George and cross of red
And William Shakespeare’s Birthday can be found
To occupy the calendar’s same bed.
Purple Penumbra brings this happenchance
For spoken word adherents far and near
To tread soft in a fine poetic dance
With wisdom, wonder, wit and charm and cheer
So join us as we trip the purple haze
And touch the sky-creative to amaze.


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:
6 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
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.

Tues 23rd Stafford Knott storytelling Club, Ye Olde Rose And Crown,10 Market Street, ST16 2JZ Stafford
If you are already a lover of performance storytelling or if you’d like to find out more – or if you have a story to tell, here’s some great news! Tuesday April 23rd sees the opening of a new storytelling club and venue in one of the best pubs in Stafford. Brazilian storyteller Ana Lines and English storyteller Cath Edwards are the hosts at The Olde Rose and Crown [LINK] and are thrilled with plans to welcome some wonderful tellers over the coming months.
In an amazing example of synchronicity, our opening …night, April 23rd, is both St George’s Day and Ogun Day, so bringing together English and Brazilian culture! No, we couldn’t believe it either! So
for this special occasion we will be telling multicultural stories and inviting tellers from the floor to contribute stories (of around 10 minutes) around the theme. Chain mail is optional, bring your own
Our future events will bring enthralling performances from some of the best professional tellers,
with an opportunity to tell your own stories in the first half of the evening.
Note the date, the fourth Tuesday of the month. 7.30pm to 10pm, £5 on the door

Wed 24thPackhorse Poets,The Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote, near Longnor,Derbys on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm

Wed 24th Poetry train,Lyche Gate Tavern, Queen Square, Wolverhampton , 8pm poetry open mic

Thur 25 Bilston Voices Café Metro, Church Street, Bilston. 7.30pm start. £2 admission.Ann Hastings, Maggie Doran, Jackie Evans and David Calcutt with Nadia Kingsley who will be reading from their new collection ‘road kill’).

Thur 25th Hit the Ode, Victoria PH, Birmingham City Centre 7.30pm. Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Birmingham. Join us! We have poems. Poems which taste of burnt eggs and black coffee; poems hot like summer afternoons should be; poets quietly buzzing like the wires on a pylon. Good poems. Come and get them.
Featuring Jess Green, Tim Clare and Lillian Allen.

Tues 25th 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.

Wed 24th “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

Thurs 25th The White Shining Land, Mac Birmingham, 7.30pm £8
Newman University College Presents

The White Shining Land (By David Calcutt)

WORLD PREMIERE A group of travelers is crossing the ocean, heading for the ‘promised land’ of their dreams. To pass the time, they tell stories… about their lives back home… or folk tales that have been passed down to them… stories they will always carry with them, wherever they go… David Calcutt’s astonishing new play blends stories in different styles – from slapstick comedy, to the fantastical and the macabre. It is bo…th a powerful visual spectacle, and a moving meditation on the themes of migration, exile, hope, and loss..

Tickets available from:


Fri 26th The White Shining Land, Mac Birmingham, 2pm/7.30pm £8
Newman University College Presents

The White Shining Land (By David Calcutt)

WORLD PREMIERE A group of travelers is crossing the ocean, heading for the ‘promised land’ of their dreams. To pass the time, they tell stories… about their lives back home… or folk tales that have been passed down to them… stories they will always carry with them, wherever they go… David Calcutt’s astonishing new play blends stories in different styles – from slapstick comedy, to the fantastical and the macabre. It is bo…th a powerful visual spectacle, and a moving meditation on the themes of migration, exile, hope, and loss..

Tickets available from:


Fri 26th Spoken Worlds 19:30 The Old Cottage Tavern , Byrkley St,eet, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ Open mic gajwriter@btinternet.com

Sat 27th Luke Wright at the Audlem Festival

sat 27th Smart Poets at Yorks bakery,2pm, Newhall St, Birmingham

Sunday 28th Sunday Xpress, Adam and Eve PH, Bradford st Digbeth, 3pm. poetic mayhem open mic

Mon 29th Earlsdon Poetry Festival,Kendall’s of Earlsdon in Coventry 54 Earlsdon St Coventry CV5 6EJ,024 7667 5575 8pm, free in, Antony R Owen, Barry Patterson

Tues 30th Word Wizards Buckingham Hotel Buxton 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format More info Poetryslamuk@aol.com


Thurs 2nd May shrewsbury Coffee House,Pauline Fisk, supported by Steve Thayne, Ros Trotman, Ruth Cameron, Steve Harrison

Fri 3rd Artist Reveal Yourself, AE Harris Building, Jewellery Quarter: Artist Reveal Yourself is a multiple art form festival hoping to shine a spotlight on locally produced art and performance. They got in touch with me
recently to ask whether I may be able to help put together a spoken word programme. It certainly looks like a great chance to perform in a new space, in front of a new crowd, and to meet local musicians, photographers, visual
artists, theatre performers.

There will be two 2-hour spoken word poetry events (both to be held at AE
Harris in the Jewellery Quarter):

– Friday 3 May from 20:00 to 22:00
– Saturday 4 May from 18:00 to 20:00

On each of these two days, there will be 8-min support slots for the taking.
Please email bohdan@applesandsnakes.org if you would like one; we’ll be
allocating them on a first come, first served basis.

If you think you know anyone who might be interested, please help us spread
the word and forward this message to them. For more details about the event,
visit https://www.facebook.com/events/485060818229224/?

Sat 4thArtist Reveal Yourself, AE Harris Building, Jewellery Quarter; as above

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