July 2013, What’s on, Midlands Spoken Word


Thur 4th -14th July Lichfield Festival

Fri 5th July- 14th July Ledbury Poetry Festival

Fri 5th -21th July Buxton Festival

July 6th Wirral Festival of Firsts – Poetry Proms, New Brighton, Wirral,
For more details, or to register as a performer on the day, just drop an e-mail to mailfordjc@gmail.com and nikkibennett27@hotmail.com.

July 12-14th Litton Poetry Festival Derbyshire


Day by day

Mon 1st Gorilla Poetry, The Bowery, Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SG
Prolix fatigue guaranteed! A night that will charm the inside poetry pixies with a relaxed family vibe. An open mic for poets, acoustic musicians, comedians and storytellers. We celebrate good writing of any form and we encourage others new the event to perform if they choose too.

Our previous Slam Winner and poetry ninja Davy Charles will headlining. Davy blew us all away with hes unique style and flow of poetry. Poetry Man Davy will entertain you and will rupture your minds. Plus Bongo’s yes bongo’s It…s going to be one not to miss.

Set List So Far:
MC Anil
Mikey Joe Spikey
Martin Christie
Bo Meson
MC Jake AKA: Jacob Kennedy
Charlene Otieno
Kath Whitehead
Wayne Palmer-Dyson
Cian Sleepy Stanworth
Joe Caldwell
Dave A

Music from Pro Verb and more to come.


Check Out the venue http://www.thebowerysheffield.co.uk/



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 Songs stories and Samosas, Snm centre,Gt Western St Wednesbury WS10 0AS,Music and poetry to inspire unity in the community celebrate oneness and cultural diversity under one roof. Time 7:30pm – 9:30pm

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- Monbowie Snowchild

Mombowie Starchild was gone. Now she is back! Having performed and compered at festivals, including Summer Sundae, slams, events, open mics, and even WORD! itself, Mombowie Starchild slunk away from the bright lights and big money (!?) to find herself-and a whole lot of other stuff -in distant continents. She returns to her heartland Leicester, at her soulplace, Word! to refurnish the spoken word stage with her very own brand of poetic parleying and rhythmic rousing.

7pm performers-sign up with compere, Lydia Towsey, in the bar

Visuals by our resident film-maker to Word!, Keith Allott

Wed 3rd The Vault, Church St, Rugby, CV21 3 PT, 7.30pm, £3 in, Three poets, two DJS,one musician three film shorts.


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


Featuring John Blood and Ngozi Fulani and Aaron Highly – collectively delivering you some African niceness (song, chanting, drumming, guitar playing) like you have never heard before! This creative collective with lift your soul and make you smile! And John’s amazing song voice will leave you absolutely speechless!



Thurs 4th Find the Right Words,68 High Street, Basement,Leicester LE1 5YP The next Find The Right Words is now in our permanent venue, the brilliant Cookie Jar.

This month we’re featuring Maria Louise Ferguson and Cecilia Knapp.

As always, 10 open mic spaces available, 5 before hand and 5 on the door.

£5/£4 conc. on the door

Thurs 4th Parole Parlate, The Old Rectifying House, North Parade, Worcester 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!

There will be a loose theme of “American Independence” as we celebrate the fourth of July, but you don’t have to read on this theme if you don’t want to 🙂

Confirmed performers so far include:

Ruth Stacey
Maria Chippendale
Brian Comber
Sylvia Herbert
Andy Kirk
Andrew Owens
Cass Osbourne & Michelle Crosby
Timothy Stavert (1 poem)
Alison Absolute – the Worcestershire Poetry Slam Champion 2013

Headlining will be The Poetry Magicians (proper name TBC). If you missed this at the April PP you are in for an absolute treat, they are quite simply NOT to be missed!


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 costs £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 visitwww.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.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Shrewsbury Coffee House, castle gates, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, free in.Adam Horovitz, along with his collection ‘Turning’. Plus Roy Fisher 2013 Prize Winner Gwen Smith, and runners up Adrian Perks, Jo Flynn, and (if she can spare time from her world tour) Deborah Alma. This’ll be good. Well, it’s always good. But it’ll be worth passing up invitations to Independence Day celebrations.

Fri 5th5 – 14 July 2013, Ledbury Festival,www.poetry-festival.co.uk

0845 458 1743

Highlights include: Eavan Boland making a rare UK appearance – she is one of the finest Irish poets writing today. C.D Wright, Forrest Gander and Naomi Shihab Nye – three fine and varied American poets. Kate Tempest and Mr Gee – leading performance poets. Scottish poet Andrew Greig, also performing with Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band. Scotts Makar Liz Lochhead – funny and approachable (she reminds me of Billy Collins!) Jah Wobble performing poetry and music with Clive Bell and Philip Jeck – a complete one-off performance for Ledbury! Jacob Polley performing with Sean Borodale and Julia Bird paired with William Letford – four strong voices. Plus perform at the Bang Said the Gun open mic and workshop places still available for ‘Small and Perfectly Formed’ with Mike Barlow and Jane Routh. Lots of free events and happenings including a series of 20 minute readings, Split Screen and Newspaper Taxis: Poetry and Music After The Beatles and Pub Stuntman Tim Clare at The Retreat Pub and much more. Finally a bit of fashion frivolity with Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman discussing her life and career and the poems that have travelled with her along the way!

Fri 5th-13th Poetry at the jazz shop, Great Western Arcade Birmingham,1pm daily for half an hour.

POETRY AT THE JAZZ SHOP is a series of 8 lunchtime shows held in an adapted shopping unit at the Great Western Arcade, as part of the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival. Each show is curated by a different local poetry group or community.A real celebration of local talent. An unparalleled opportunity to sample new artists and take in some nourishing poetry during your lunch break. A welcome break from the daily grind.

Poetry at the Jazz Shop. It would be silly not to.

SCHEDULE (All gigs start at 1pm and last roughly 30 minutes):
Friday 5 July: Write Down Speak Up
Saturday 6 July: Poetry Alight
Monday 8 July: Writers’ Bloc
Tuesday 9 July: Naked Lungs
Wednesday 10 July: Speak Up
Thursday 11 July: Cannon Hill Collective
Friday 12 July: Hit the Ode
Saturday 13 July: Word Up

Free entry!

Sat 6th Poets place, York st , Birmingham 4pm-6pm with Carl Sealeaf

Sun 7th Oct Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm,Workshop, led by Philip Rush 7pm,Guest readings and open mic 8pm,Guest poets: Philip Rush and David Clarke,£5 waged, £3 unwaged

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 Shindig, Wetsern PH,Western Road, Leicester,LE3 0GA 7.30pm, free in:Crystal Clear Creators & Nine Arches Press present Shindig! Open-Mic Poetry evening in Leicester, featuring guest poets Kate Fox, Zeandrick Oliver, David Morley and Matt Merritt. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

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

PUREandGOODandRIGHT is an Open Mic poetry event taking place at The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX.Every second Monday of the month except December. Our next event is on Monday, 8 July,7.30 p.m start.This Month’s feature guest poet is the dazzling… Mani7est.

Daniel Abbabio, ( A.K.A Mani7est), is one of the UK’s most creative lyricists. As a rapper, he has worked with a host of leading producers and DJs on the way to releasing in excess of 100 tracks, that have been viewed more than 300 000 times on YouTube.

At PGR Mani7est will be sharing his potent spoken word creations, that combine dazzling rhyme, with a powerful message that the combination of love and creativity is a much needed and powerful force for social positive change.DEFINITELY AN EVENING NOT TO BE MISSED!
You can book an Open mic slot on the night!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

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

Tues 9thPoetry Alight, Spark Cafe Bar, 19 Tamworth St, Lichfield, WS13 6JPArrive early , 7.30pm prompt start -10pm Free Entry ,

“A terrific evening of poetry” – Mal Dewhirst,Staffs Poet Laureate

Lichfield Poets proudly present the third Poetry Alight of 2013 in this quarterly series of poetry evenings, hosted by Gary Longden . Guest Headline poets are:

James Sheard
Deborah Alma
Naomi Paul
Jack Edwards

It comprises visiting guest poets and an open mic section. Great pride is taken in introducing new poets to the audience, and new audiences to poets. Open mic spots, at 3mins each, may be booked in advance, a very few may be made available on the night, e-mail: Lichfield.Poets@hotmail.co.uk

Please note that our advance slots are always over-subscribed, all requests may not be successful.

The Cafe, as well as offering coffee, teas and light refreshments is also licensed to sell alcohol and offers a range of hot food, I can personally vouch for their Cumberland sausage sandwich! The audience is encouraged to arrive early, and the Spark is ideal to enjoy a supper with friends before proceedings. The Cafe is open all day.

This month’s distinguished guest poets include:

James Sheard- is a published poet and creative writing lecturer at Keele University. Jim is a performing regular on the festival circuit . His work has been shortlisted for various poetry and literary prizes such as the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2005,(“Scattering Eva,” published by Jonathan Cape) ,and he is the current first ever Poet-In-Residence at the Dorothy Clive Garden. He has been writing and publishing poetry for over 20 years. Hotel Mastbosch,won the Ictus Prize, and went on to be the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice for Winter 2003.His current collection – Dammtor – was published in September 2010 and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Dry, wry and engaging, he is a distinguished visitor to Poetry Alight.

Deborah Alma- aka “The Emergency Poet” is an alumni of Keele University and omnipresent at events around the country armed with her vintage ambulance, and a poem to address all ailments. Her poetry is accessible and sometimes racy. Deborah’s Facebook Barbie avatar, changed with bewildering speed to reflect Barbie’s hitherto secret peccadilloes, is the stuff of social networking legend.

Naomi Paul – is a multi artistic discipline performer whose art includes poetry, storytelling, acting and stand-up comedy. She has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival and is fresh from her recent triumphant appearance at the Ludlow Festival with her “Women at the Edge” show.

Jack Edwards- Jack Edwards is a poet who has just completed his dissertation on East-Asian poetic forms at Wolverhampton University. Erstwhile host of Black Country poetry event “Notes from the Underground”, Jack is a battle hardened veteran of the Midlands poetry circuit .His remarkable resemblance to Marc Bolan and his witty fresh verse have endeared him to all who have been fortunate enough to hear him perform.

Tuesday 9th ‘Mouth and Music’, the Boars Head Gallery, 39 Worcester Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1EW. 8.00pm Tickets £3.00
We also welcome back RED SHOES with their emotionally charged music combined with thought provoking lyrics. Red Shoes are promoting their second album “All The Good Friends”.

“Sad and beautiful well crafted songs”
R2 – Rock’n’Reel

MC Heather Wastie

Here are some comments after our June gig:

“Fabulous night at Mouth & Music last night – nice mix of new and experienced performers, spoken word, music and weirdness!” Suz Winspear

“I love the atmosphere of everyone welcome, every voice heard and appreciated… it’s a special thing!” Elena Thomas

Looking forward to another electric night made even more special by quality open mic performers, whether experienced or first-timers. Open mic sign-up from 7.30. Get there early to secure a spot.

Admission £3 (free to performers)

Presented by KAF Creatives

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

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 Spire Writes White Swan Chesterfield
We’re back, upstairs at the lovely White Swan for a July reading with Sheffield-based poet Suzannah Evans. Suzannah is studying for an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam. She runs regular writing workshops at the Stanley and Audrey Burton gallery in Leeds, and in January 2013 started a residency at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield which explores the relationship between location, poetry and maps.

Her poetry has been featured in magazines including Magma, The Rialto and Iota. Suzannah’s pamphlet ‘Confusion Species’ was one of the winners of the 2011 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet competition.

Joining Suzannah will be Spire Writes stalwart John Mills, all the way from Staffordshire, reading a longer set in Chesterfield for the first time – and about time too. John’s poems are entertaining, moving and always thought-provoking. We expect oatcakes to feature somewhere.

As usual, there will be short open mic slots (contact me to reserve one, or sign up on the night), it’s FREE ENTRY and everyone’s welcome to come along.

Starts at 8, drinks in the bar downstairs beforehand…

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

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

Fri 12th Litton Poetry Festival Nell Farrell, Kathy Towers, Conor ‘Callaghan,JOHN HEGLEY (£6 only)

12th – 13th July – The Litton Poetry Festival – In Memory of Ann Atkinson Friday night – John Hegley. Saturday Open mic`s – Readings and workshops – Cathy Grindrod, River Walton, Matt Black and more – Film Shows – Events for the whole family – Come along to this lovely village, with a picnic and juggle with Word Wizards on the Green.

Sunday coffee and Team Poetry Slam – Word Wizard` s team Rob Stevens, Tess Moore, David Siddon and Lisa Cauldwell take on a team of super-poets from Chesterfield and the Litton All Stars. Followed by a meeting of Derbyshire Stanza

http://littonpoetryfestival.wordpress.com/ or http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/descriptions2013.html#spok

16th July Buckingham Hotel 7.30pm – Revenge of The Sixth – The Sixth Open Fringe Slam –

Come along to read and/or support local poets as they battle all-comers for the title.

Expect the unexpected AND the Spanish Inquisition. http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/descriptions2013.html#spok

Email me if you need any more info – or to book for the slam / open mic

Sat 15th Litton Poetry Festival ,Cathy Grindrod, River Wolton, Matt Black (£6 only)

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

Tues 16th Purple Penumbra,In the Theatre Bar of The Barlow Theatre,
(Oldbury Rep) Langley, B69 4SP, 7.30pm Spoken word from some regulars and one or two others and featuring, in particular. the Dylanesque voice of Tom Wyre introducing his new book.Free in (donations accepted)
Bar drinks available.

Tues 16th Confab Cab 3,Recon,4 Church Street, WR14 2AY Great Malvern

8:00pm until 11:00pm.

ConFab Cabaret is back! Malvern’s tip top fun packed variety night with lashings of spoken word! With poetry, song, storytelling, juggling, Fox Pops, the silliest raffle, musical journeyings, socialist moustaches and lots lots more.

Will our resident Beardy Bar Bard shower us in poetry or merely beer? Will YOU be the winner of the much coveted ConFab Toilet Roll of Love? Will your friends volunteer you to show off your two minute talent in our regular feature Prepare to Share? There’s only one way to find out, folks. Roll up, roll up to the best cabaret night on earth! Or at least on Church Street.

This month’s beautiful performers:
Jonny Fluffypunk
Kate Walton
Steve Kaos
Will Coleman
Catherine Crosswell

With supporting roles from hostess Amy Rainbow and the marvellous Myfanwy Fox.

Entry by donation. Pay what you think we’re worth. Can’t say fairer than that.

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

Thur 18th Jadis Shadows Productions present ‘Electra’, at 8:00pm,Unit 8, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

Thur 18thShorelines – uist Writers Group Pamphlet Launch, Taigh Chearsabagh Museum and Arts Centre, Lochmady,Uist, Outer Hebrides,This year’s publication includes a wide-ranging selection ofprose and poetry composed by ten contributors, most of whom will be present to read from the £4 publication.

Entrance £3, incl. of light refreshments.

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

Fri 19th Spoken Worlds , Old Cottage Tavern, Burton DE14 2EG, 7.30pm, free in, open mic with “three halves”.Hosted by Gary Carr, all welcome

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 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.).a fabulous line up for you which this month includes music from Sharam Gill and a reading by Tindal Street Press author Jeff Phelps.

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.

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

Fri 26th 100 Lifetimes, The Bridge Inn,1 Greasborough rd Rotherham

Following on from the success of the 100 Lifetimes show at Chesterfield Labour Club, Matt McAteer takes it to The Bridge….

A Spanish Civil War Volunteer from Chesterfield leaves his childhood sweetheart to fight against fascism. At the point of death in Aragon, he wills his physical body to die whilst keeping his mind alive. His spirit visits a suicidal writer on a Chesterfield hospital ward. 100 LIFETIMES follows the spirit and the writer as they travel through time, meeting…the crew of the Red Dragon performing Shakespeare in Sierra Leone in 1607…the ones left behind…Clockwork Orange droogs contemplating leaving behind rioting in the streets for the killing fields of financial markets…a leader of the Australian Suffragettes born on Packers Row…A Glaswegian Lou Reed up for a fight on Beetwell Street…a Picasso painting floating from Germany to New York back to Europe…football hooligans at Millmoor 1970…the Clay Cross rent rebels fro 1974 and the rioters from 1868…a leader of the miners’ wives establishing women’s rights day…a fresh faced copper born in June 84 searching for a burglar in a former mining community…the spirit of a town rising up from the underground through the gaps in the gravestones piled up around the Crooked Spire to infuse the town’s people now…YARBLES

Further acts to be confirmed

Sat 27th Luke Wright at the Audlem Festival

Sat 27th Listen ere COMES TO THE WITHIN REACH CAFÉ,The Market Square, Warwick
Come along and enjoy a free couple of hours of sung and spoken words with
Special guest

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

Sunday 28th Within Reach Café 9a Market Square, Warwick, 5 to 7pm . Campbell Perry and Michael Thomas will be performing ‘The Outcast Within’, a themed sequence of songs and poems.

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

Mon 29th Gorilla Poetry, The Bowery, Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SG, 7.30pm

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

Wed 31st Poetry Train Lych Gate Tavern, Queen Square Wolverhampton , Stu Favill has kindly agreed to be station master for the evening, see you next time….


Coming Up

Friday 2nd August Old Cottage Tavern (Byrkley Street, behind Town Hall).An evening of Culture, Real Ale and Poetry, This will be a special event in conjunction with the Burton Washlands Festival.

The next “Culture, Real Ale and Poetry” Burton Pub Poetry night will take place on Friday 2nd August at the Old Cottage Tavern (Byrkley Street, behind Town Hall). Starts 8pm.
Usual format. Please bring along your favourite light-hearted poems, monologues or limericks to share. Original or borrowed equally welcome. Do invite any interested friends.
Check http://www.pubpoet.blogspot.com for up to date info.Join in or just sit back and enjoy!
August 13 Win Saha at City Voices at the City Bar, King Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1ST, 7.45pm. Free

Monday 12 Pure and Good and Right, The Sozzled sausage, Leamington Spa 7.30pm. Summer Slam!
Thanks to the devoted and supportive atmosphere of the PGR crowd, this is one of the most enjoyable slams you’ll ever encounter!

There will of course be the usual open mic slots…but the fact that there will be actual prize money and the chance to win a feature slot at a future PGR event is surely enough to tempt even performance newbies to come and join the fun.
The guidelines are as follows:

● The slam will take place over 3 rounds.The first round will be on the theme of SPORT; the following 2 rounds will be free choice.

● Each poem should be no longer than 3minutes.

● Each poet will be appreciated according to their content, delivery and audience response.

● The top 4 scoring poets from the first round will go through to the semi finals.

● The victor and the runner up will share the door takings in some fitting proportion.

● The winner will also be offered the chance to feature at a future PGR event, assuming that they have not featured numerous times before! If you have any further questions or wish to register, contact pgrpoetry@gmail.com

With open mic support from…….yes……YOU!

Come and share your poems or enjoy the talent of others- seasoned poets & first time performers most welcome!

Admission £3 (£2 Student/OAP)

If you’re planning to come along, or would like to know more about the night, please email

Fri 16th Spoken Worlds , Old Cottage Tavern, Burton DE14 2EG, 7.30pm, free in, open mic with “three halves”.Hosted by Gary Carr, all welcome

Fri 20th Sept Spoken Worlds , Old Cottage Tavern, Burton DE14 2EG, 7.30pm, free in, open mic with “three halves”.Hosted by Gary Carr, all welcome

Wed 9 October 2013 Brendan Hawthorne,
Streetly Library
Come celebrate National Poetry Day with
popular Performance Poet and Songwriter,
Brendan Hawthorne who will be reciting poetry from
his books, singing and engaging with his audience.
Brendan is also a Poet in Residence at Wightwick
Manor, Wolverhampton and The Crystal Tea Room,
Stourbridge. Signed copies of his books will be
Free Event

Fri 18th Oct Spoken Worlds , Old Cottage Tavern, Burton DE14 2EG, 7.30pm, free in, open mic with “three halves”.Hosted by Gary Carr, all welcome

Fri 15th Nov Spoken Worlds , Old Cottage Tavern, Burton DE14 2EG, 7.30pm, free in, open mic with “three halves”.Hosted by Gary Carr, all welcome

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2 Responses to July 2013, What’s on, Midlands Spoken Word

  1. Hope you won’t mind me adding the info for 42 Worcester, Gary:

    Gothic, Horror, Sci-fi & Fantasy event “42 Worcester” last Wednesday of the month at Drummonds, Worcester 7pm for a 7:30pm start. MC Andrew Owens.
    Wednesday, 31 July 2013
    19:00 for prompt 19:30 start

    Confirmed performers include:

    Suz Winspear
    Andrew Owens
    Holly Magill
    Damon Lord
    Andy Kirk
    Kevin Brooke
    Carmen Capuano
    Michael R. Brush
    Io Osborn
    Jodie Rose McLoughlin
    Catherine Gardner

  2. Wow! what a lot’s going on up there!!

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