August 2013- What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

Thur 22nd-25th Aug Shambhala Music and Arts Festival Northants – Poetry Tent

Aug 23rd – Sept 1st Bridgenorth Festival

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Please note that some events take an August break, such as Buzzwords in Cheltenham and Parole Parlate in Worcester, unlike the aforementioned, not everyone tells Garyswordz in advance, so do check with venues in advance before attending on spec.SW@N in Wolverhampton, which ran for seven years has now wound up,Poetic Essence at the Talk Bar, Priory Queensway, Birmingham City Centre, 7.30pm 1st Wed had itd debut night in July.

The Poetry events scene is very robust, but is invigorated by new events starting up, old events calling it a day, and changes of date, venue, and format. If you are aware of any inaccuracies do let me know on the comments section.

Thurs 1st Blackdrop,, Canalhouse bar, Canal st Nottingham, first thurs, 7.30pm start.

Thurs 1st Shrewsbury Coffee House Poetry, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, 8 slots, 8 poets, 8 reasons to come. No, 9. to be hosted by the excellent Paul Francis in the absence of Liz Lefroy

Friday 2nd 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 for up to date info.Join in or just sit back and enjoy!

Tues 6thNight Blue Fruit First Tuesday * 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.

Tues 6th 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-

Come to Word! In August when we have fabulous poet, Tiffany Atkinson as our guest

Tiffany Atkinson was born in 1972 in Berlin to an army family and has lived in Wales since 1993, when she moved to Cardiff to take an MA and PhD in Critical Theory, researching Contemporary Writing and Theories of the Body. She is now a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. Atkinson has toured widely in Eastern Europe for the British Council, leading both writers’ workshops and academic seminars.

In 2000 Atkinson won the Ottakar’s and Faber National Poetry Competition, and in 2001, the Cardiff Academi International Poetry Competition. Her poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies, and her first collection, Kink and Particle (Seren, 2006), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writer’s Award 2007 and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize (2007).

The publication of her award-winning debut collection, ‘Kink and Particle, ‘ introduced one of the most promising of the crop of younger UK poets. Certainly, like many of her generation, she is commendably various in her concerns, adept at recording the experiences of childhood, family, ageing, love and, of course, the ubiquitous detritus of twenty-first century life. But what sets her apart from the crowd is her unstinting and penetrating gaze, a take-no-prisoners scepticism that somehow never loses its quite particular purpose, and a warm accessibility married with a cool intelligence. Whether writing about difficulties in love or liberty, Tiffany Atkinson is smart, sexy and often very, very funny.

Tiffany’s latest collection is ‘Catulla et al’ from Bloodaxe and in a Guardian review was described as ‘a smart, sardonic and vulnerable updating of Catullus.’

You can hear Tiffany read from Catulla and her other works at WORD!

Come down at 7pm to sign up for the open-mic with compere, Pam Thompson.

Entrance: £4/£3

Music from The Y and film-effects from Keith Allott.

Wed 7thPoetic Essence, Talk Bar, Priory Queensway, Birmingham City Centre, 7.30pm 1st Wed (Opening 3/7/13

Wed 7th Spire Writes, White Swan 16 St Marys gate, Chesterfield 8pm:
We’re back at the White Swan for August with a cracking line up of guest readers, including Tim Wells, all the way from Stoke Newington…. A rare chance to see him gig in Chesterfield.

Tim Wells has cultivated a laugh that’s more like a caress. He walks properly. He does not slouch, shuffle or stumble about. He knows that wide, floating trousers are only good for wearing on a veranda with a cocktail in your hand. His latest collection, Rougher Yet, is published by Donut Press. According to The Guardian, he’s “the suedehead bard of N16” – don’t miss him here in S41.

Karl Riordan is currently based in Sheffield after stints around the UK & Ireland. Previous publications have appeared in Dream Catcher, Drey, James Kirkup Memorial Anthology & The Sheffield Anthology. He is studying the MA Creative Writing at Sheffield University & works as a Scribe for Disability Support Services at Sheffield Hallam.

See you at The White Swan, in the shadow of the Crooked Spire, where the ales are too many to list.

OPEN MIC slots available as usual. If you want to reserve one, email me or sign up on the night.

Thurs 8th Down the Rabbit Holesecond thursday,Esquires Cafe, Cov Transport Museum ,Coventry,Cv1 1JD

Coffee, tea, wine and beer available all night!

Thurs 8th Cafe Ort 500 Moseley rd, Birmingham,7.30pm a fun evening of spoken word, poetry, stories, comedy and just a little bit of music 😉
the event is free but all donations will go to Birmingham Mind
a few open mic spots will be available on the night

Fri 9th Wednesbury Art Gallery and Museum, open mic poetry, 7.30pm, free admission
Fri 9th Storytelling at Wolverhampton Libraries,Central Library at 11am-12pm and Whitmore Reans 2-3pm with Peter Chand.

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

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

Mon 12th Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH,8pm, 2nd monday : Free in, Open micContact Nick on

Tuesday 13th ‘City Voices’, City Bar, King Street, Wolverhampton. WV1 1ST 7.45pm Free admission. Win Saha headlines.

Tuesday 13th ‘Mouth and Music’, the Boars Head Gallery, 39 Worcester Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1EW. 8.00pm Tickets £3.00 Gloves off


An entertaining no holds “bard” battle of the sexes


Ddotti Bluebell
Maggie Doyle
Kate Wragg

Al Barz
Humdrum Express Ian Passey
Gary Longden
William Shatspeare

The audience picks the winning team. Get there early for a ring-side seat!

Including limited open floor spots. Sign up from 7.30.

Admission £3 (free to performers)

This is a special event, part of Kidderminster Arts Festival. Download full programme here

Tues 13th 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.

Wed 14 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,

Thurs 15thOuse MuseHarpurs, 46-48 Tavistock St Bedford, MK40 2RD.Third Thursday, 7.30pm start Open mic. Ian McEwan organises

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 16thWednesbury Open Mic Open Mic Poetry,Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery ,7.30 pm, £3, with Den Payne, third friday

Sat 17thPoets Place,Birmingham Central Library, 2-4pm,Poets’ Place is an informal gathering of poets that happens twice a month. It is an opportunity to meet like‐minded people, give and solicit feedback on your poetry, or just sit back and write for a couple of hours without interruption.

Monday 19th ,Shindig at The Western Pub, Leicester, LE3 0GA, from 7.30pm – free and all welcome
Crystal Clear Creators and Nine Arches Press presents Shindig!: Open-Mic Poetry Evening at The Western Pub, featuring guest poets Ian Parks, Dragan Todorovic, David Cooke, and Jo Bell. Sign up for open-mic slots at the door. Free and open to all

Wed 21st 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 22nd Bilston Voices Café Metro, Church Street, Bilston. 7.30pm start. £2 admission.Set bill with Emma Purshouse.

Thurs 23rd Word Up ,Yorks Bakery cafe, 1 newhall st, Birmingham, 6.30pn free in,Thursday,Word Up’ is a spoken word night with a difference. Created and run by Mark Watson and Rosina Caldwell.

Haven’t we all been spoilt lately with the glorious heat wave? Well, prepared to be further indulged as we bring August’s edition of Word Up, held at Yorks Bakery Café (

If you still haven’t tried Word Up yet? Now is the time! For those who have? We expect you there! The usual awesomeness will be provided. We can assure you there will be no regrets ☺

Have a question? Want a slot? Message us on here (fb), email us at: word–, or tweet us: @wordup_brum

Sun 25th 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.

Sun 25thSunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic

Tues 27th Purple Penumbra, Langley theatre Oldbury:7.30pm free in

Spoken word from some regulars and one or two others.
Music from the magical guitar and voice of Sam Cooper.

August themes for poets –
East Anglia (Nora Lofts)
Derby (Rolls Royce)
Hollywood (Sam Goldwyn)
Oz (Donald Bradman)
(plus Mexico/Germany – if you must)

In the Theatre Bar of The Barlow Theatre,
(Oldbury Rep) Langley, B69 4SP

Free in (donations accepted)
Bar drinks available.

Time to forgive the German occupation
of poolside spaces on a Spanish beach –
born today, Hegel and George The Bearded.
Also Mexico’s Manuel Acuna.
And born this day were Rolls and CS Forester
and Nora Lofts, Sam Goldwyn and Don Bradman.
So, if you have eschewed an August getaway
plunge in – let the muse enthrall, excite.
Let thoughts of places ripple on your tides
and bring a sense of being far from home.
Bring, with you, your importance to express.
No Christy towels needed to reserve these seats!

Tues 27th Poetry Bites, Litchen Garden Cafe, York Rd, Kings Heath, 7.30pm, £5in, Jonathan and Maria Taylor headline.

Tues 27th Word Wizards Buckingham Hotel Buxton 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format More info

Tues 27thStafford 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 and are thrilled with plans to welcome some wonderful tellers over the coming months.

Wed 28thPoetry train, the Lych Gate Tavern, 44 Queens Square Wolverhamtpton, Last Wednesday,

Wed 28thPackhorse Poets,The Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote, near Longnor,Derbys on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm

Wed 28th, 42 Swan with two NicksLunar Bar, 28 New Street, Worcester, WR1 2DP, 7.30pm, “42″ Open Mic Night (Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy) Free in:last wed monthly E-mail:

Thurs 29th Find the Right Words, Embrace arts, Behind Regent college, Lncaster Rd.Leicester LE1 17A, 7.30 pm,last Thursday
Ten open mic spots available, 5 before hand and 5 on the door.
Utter , Storytelling Night,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Bearwood,B67 5RJ 7-10pm, Cath Edwards hosts, fourth Thursday
Thurs 29th Utter Bearwood is a new performance storytelling venue for adults in Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick B67 5RJ. 0121 429 2039. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start, until 10pm.

Thur 29th 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.


Sun 1st Sunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic with special guest performance by Al Hutchins’ The Courtesy Group and (tbc) Louis Campbell’s Citizen X

Wed 4th SeptOpen Resistance The Vault, Church St, Rugby, CV21 3 PT, 7.30pm, £3 in, Words, music and film shorts, first Weds,facebook- Open resistance,

Sun 15thOpen mic sundays, La Reference Bar,160 hockley hill, Birmingham B18 5AN: 5pm till late.07445231492 free in Get in touch before it’s too late!

Wed 18th Storytlling Cafe, Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings heath, 7,30pm £5in, reyurn to Lyonesse with Mike O Connor and Barbera Griggs

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

Tues 24th Poetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings heath, 7,30pm £5in,Dave Reeves and Andrew Barnes headline.

Sun 29th Sunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic

Wed 2nd Oct Well versed, The Muffin Man, Cheltenham, 7pm free in with dan Sluman and Michael Scott

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

Wed 6th NovWell versed, The Muffin Man, Cheltenham, 7pm free in with Angela France

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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1 Response to August 2013- What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

  1. lizlefroy says:

    Ah, Gary … good to get this.  Next time, I’ll see if I can persuade you to let me have it before I go on air which I did last Saturday.  I’ll be doing the last Saturday of the month on radio Shropshire from now on so let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to highlight in particular.  I can’t mention loads because of the time limit, but would have liked to have mentioned the Bridgnorth event .  If you’re around for the bank holiday weekend you could come over and talk to Ryan yourself … 9am on the Saturday.  Or another time?  It’s a long shot, but I’m just asking as I know you’re expert on radio.   x


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