October 2013- What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

October boasts numerous excellent events, and two changes from the norm. “Parole Parlate” is no more and is reincarnated as “Worcester Speakeasy” which debuts in the same venue on 10th October, rebooted. Check it out, under the waspish custodianship of Fergus McGonigal ( below in typically unassuming and understated pose) this will be special. Secondly, and sadly, “Bilston Voices” is no more, but there is plenty going on in Wednesbury and Wolverhampton to make up the gap.



Fri 3rd- 6th Oct Warwick Words


Swindon Festival of Poetry | October 3rd – 6th 2013

Oct Birmingham Book Festival


Wellington Literary Festival October



Day by day

Tues 1stWORD! Presents: Horovitz’s Blake Klezmatrix Jam. Starring Peter Lemer & Annie Whitehead.
Also Vanessa Vie & Leicester Troubadours, in association with Everybody’s Reading & The Y Theatre Leicester. 7pm till late,£7/£10. Box Office: 0116 2557066

For one night only, a unique opportunity to experience the song-poet/anglosaxophonist, Michael Horovitz – performing alongside acclaimed musicians from his group, The William Blake Klezmatrix – Peter Lemer & Annie Whitehead. Please note, this is a change to the previously scheduled bill, due to a temporary setback in Stan Tracey’s health. The evening also features singer-songwriter Vanessa Vie, AND Leicester’s own musici extraordinaires – Mike Sole, Ola Szmidt, plus rising star, poet-performer, Anna Cheetham.

MICHAEL HOROVITZ (dubbed “Popular, experienced, experimental, New Jerusalem, Jazz Generation, Sensitive Bard” by Allen Ginsberg):

Horovitz, pioneer of jazz poetry, New Departures editor and Poetry Olympics torchbearer, was characterised by Martin Amis as “A dreamer, a maverick … transmedial crusader” – and by Vogue as “The worst-dressed poet in Britain”. He recently recorded for Gearbox Records with Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller (www.poetryolympics.com)

PETER LEMER (Piano, Synthesiser, producer, engineer and trainer):

Recorded and performed with Mike Horovitz, Mike Oldfield, Ginger Baker, Annette Peacock, 7th Wave, Barbara Thompon’s Paraphernalia, In Cahoots, and most Jazz outfits since the 60s. Career has run from the first Free Jazz in the UK, Jazz and Poetry through rock, prog rock and beyond, with special delight in multigenre experimentations via the William Blake Klezmatrix Band with Michael H, Annie Whitehead et al.

ANNIE WHITEHEAD (trombonist-composer-singer):

Worked with many well known artists including Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, Elvis Costello, Carlene Carter, Pete Brown, Paul Weller, Jerry Dammers, Amazulu, The Communards, Jennifer Maidman and Bananarama….

“Annie Whitehead has emerged as one of the brightest and most versatile musicians in Britain” (The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Jazz)

“The Sly and Robbie of British brass, The woman everyone turns to when they want a class trombone player….for her work on the reggae label Fashion, she would warrant an honourable mention in any history of British reggae. The same goes for her work in African music, Latin and Salsa, Jazz and Pop.” (Beat International magazine)

VANESSA VIE is a visual artist, singer-songsmith, guitarist, harmonica player, lyricist-poet (although she would gracefuly shun any category or labelling):

She was born in Asturias, North Spain, & moved to London in 2000. In 2005 she co-formed the London based-alternative rock band Rockatron, which dissolved in 2009. Since then, Vanessa has been on the road as a solo troubadour, also collaborating with various musicians, artists & poets. At the Y Theatre she will be presenting her own material, and accompanying/collaborating with Michael Horovitz.

MIKE SOLE, studied from the age of 5 on piano, later taking up the organ with Alex Gillies ARCO Ah2SM RSCM. He has worked alongside musicians including, Greg Abate and Soweto Kinch, and supporting Courtney Pine – and with local artists including, Free Control, Mellow Baku, Michael Brome (Sureshot) and Fosse Singers (Community Choir). His own home grown bands are, The Illusive Trio/Quartet, Accortrumn, Elastic Band & Steam Trio.

OLA SZMIDT, flautist, looper and vocalist of Polish descent. In addition to performing across the UK and Europe, Ola is a Kindermusik educator, improvisor, installation artist and BOSS looping contest Finalist (performing at The JamHouse, Birmingham, 2012).

ANNA CHEETHAM, has been writing poetry since the 70s concerned with CND, peace, art and relationships. Following a mature degree – Loughbrough, Fine Art Sculpture – has displayed poems alongside art works; read them on Lincoln Memorial steps and outside Congress, Washington. In Coventry Cathedral and, by others, Norwich Cathedral. Publication include – Leicester CND’s newsletter + pinned to the fences at bases; Sanity Magazine National Poetry Comp. -2nd Prize for “40 Year Vigil” – 1989; Cat Lovers Against the Bomb Calendar /February, USA 1990 – and more…


This event promises to be a rare, immersive and one-time-only occasion.

Advance booking recommended – contact The Y Box Office: 0116 2557066

Tues 1st Night Blue Fruit, Playwrights Cafe Bar & Bistro 4/6 Hay lane, Cathedral Quarter, CV1 5RF, free in, 7.30pm-10pm,Open mic, sign up on the night.

Tuesday 1st October 2013, Poetry Alight” at the Spark Cafe Bar, 19 Tamworth St, Lichfield WS13 6JP

Arrive early , 7.30pm prompt start -10pm Free Entry ,

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

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

Julie Boden
Bohdan Piesecki
David Calcutt & Nadia Kingsley

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 hot meals 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:

Julie Boden- Julie Boden is a UK poet, based in the Midlands, who travels nationally and internationally delivering workshops, conducting readings, performing, lecturing, mentoring and judging poetry competitions. She is currently Poet in Residence at Symphony Hall Birmingham, is “big in India” and has had several collections published.

“Her poems are a ‘must read’ for you. Realistic and gritty her poems are grounded in the everyday urban life of Birmingham.”(Paul Newnham, Birmingham Libraries)

“It is a delight to find a poet of this quality who is blessed with a flexible and expressive voice.” (The Raw Edge Magazine)

“Her poetry allows the reader to journey through the alienation of urban life, to emerge with hope for the future. The poetry is multi-dimensional, and stretches the reader in the true Bardic tradition.” (Poetry Pals)

“Julie Boden’s poetry speaks for the urban heart of Birmingham. The poetry, written with wit and intelligence, has a dreamy quality. It is a fascinating new look at Birmingham through the eyes of a highly original poet.” (Helena Rudge)

Bohdan Piesecki- Bohdan is a poet from Poland currently based in the UK. Since moving to England, he has featured at some of the country’s topmost spoken word nights and festivals, written for BBC Radio 3, and worked as visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Birmingham University, proving conclusively that Poles really are taking over. Glastonbury was wowed by his performance, even the Rolling Stones felt compelled to attend. He feels equally at home with a rowdy festival crowd and at more sedate poetry readings. He does what he can to offer the former something to think about and to inject a little anarchy in the latter.Bohdan enjoys strong coffee and inflicting poetry in Polish on unsuspecting audiences.

David Calcutt & Nadia Kingsley – reading from their new collection “Road Kill”. The title is somewhat macabre, But the pieces individually , are elegiac and celebratory. A carcass of a fallen animal can be magnificent, and can be pathetic, both scenes are captured in this collection.
David Calcutt is a much published poet, novelist and playwright. Nadia Kingsley is a poet and scientist.
They d0 not read every poem, incentivising the listener both to return to future performances, and read the collection in full, providing a sense of spontaneity. Both writers pieces are stylistically, as well as thematically, complimentary. Sometimes they split up poems to offer contrasting voices in a performance, other times they simply read their own work. “Road Kill” is available from http://www.fairacrepress.co.uk/

Reviews of past Poetry Alights are available here:

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

Wed 2nd Oct Spire Writes, 16 St Marys Gate White Swan, Chesterfield

Spire Writes is back in October with a guest slot from fantastic performer Gevi Carver:

There’ll also be the usual open mic slots and usual selection of good ales at the bar…

All welcome, upstairs at the White Swan.

Wed 2nd Listen Ere, Town House, George Street, Leamington Spa 7.30pm.
Just a quick reminder – the theme (a very loose one) is linked to Nat Poetry Day’s theme of ‘Water’ but poems, spoken word and music on other themes are very welcome. Do come to listen or come and share a poem/story/song or two.The Folks at Listen ere (Dave Reeves, Julie Boden & Three’s a Crowd)

Wed 3rdClephan Building (De Montfort University) Room 0.01 (ground floor), 5.30pm – 7pm:
Ian Parks, Kim Moore and Rory Waterman read from their work at a FREE event to celebrate National Poetry Day. There will be drinks and nibbles from 5.30 and the poetry begins at 6.00.

De Montfort University’s Leicester Centre of Creative Writing and the Centre for Learning and Study Support (Directorate of Library and Learning Services) are hosting an evening of poetry with three highly-acclaimed poets.

Ian Parks is RLF Writing Fellow at De Montfort University. His collections include Shell Island, Love Poems 1979-2009, The Landing Stage, and The Exile’s House. He was writer in residence at Gladstone’s Library in 2012. His latest collection is a Poetry Book Society Choice.

Kim Moore lives in Cumbria. She won both a Gregory Award and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2011. Her first collection, If Wolves Could Only Speak, was winner of the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition judged by Carol Ann Duffy. It was chosen as an Independent Book of the year in 2012.

Rory Waterman is Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University and co-editor of New Walk Magazine. He received a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2012. A critic and regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, his first collection, Tonight the Summer is Over is published by Carcanet in 2013.

Everyone is welcome: no need to book.

Thurs 3rd Launching the Festival and Birmingham’s New Poet Laureate,Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham,
Centenary Square, Broad Street Birmingham,B1 2DN @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
|Free, Join Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Literature Festival on National Poetry Day 2013 for an hour of poetry and promise as we whet your appetite for the ten days of events, workshops and discussions ahead.

After a few words from the Festival and Library teams to mark the moment and the flourishing partnership it represents, we will hand the stage over to some of the city’s own poets: Birmingham poets laureate past, present and future.

We will be announcing the 18th Birmingham Poet Laureate who will be the first ever laureate for the Library of Birmingham.

The new Poet Laureate will be expected to play a vital role in promoting the enjoyment of reading and writing of poetry whilst also taking forward the work of previous Poets Laureate and engage with diverse audiences to make poetry accessible and available to all.

With poetry from Stephen, including responses to the final stages of the three year library construction process, and appearances from some of the other great poets who have held the city laureate title during its seventeen years.

Thurs 3rd Carol Ann Duffy & Imtiaz Dharker:Library Studio, Library of Birmingham,
Library Studio, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square Birmingham,B1 2ND United Kingdom a National Poetry Day Celebration,@ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
|£10 / £8
To celebrate National Poetry Day we are delighted to present this gala performance by two of our most inspiring and entertaining poets.

Carol Ann Duffy is UK Poet Laureate. Her poetry is both dazzlingly witty and deeply moving. In her widely read poems of public life she voices the concerns of the many – about how our country is run and civic life. And in her poems of love and personal reflection she so often finds the words we all need to keep on keeping on. Her poetry performances – perfectly paced and poised – remind us why poetry needs to be heard in public spaces.

Carol Ann will be joined by Imtiaz Dharker. Born in Pakistan, raised in Scotland and working for many years in India, Imtiaz Dharker’s childhood provides the material for many of her poems; exile, journeying, home and religious strife. Finding the universal in the particular, her poetry transports readers while offering wit in abundance. Audiences love her warmth and generosity and her performances are truly captivating.

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

Thurs 3rd Word, Lyric Lounge, Y Theatre Leicester.7pm Celebrate National Poetry Day with Jean Binta Breeze and Daljit Nagra! It’s also WORD!’s 12th Birthday!

Join WORD! on a Thursday in October as the night takes place as part of Everybody’s Reading, headlines The Lyric Lounge and celebrates National Poetry Day and WORD!s 12th Birthday! Featuring the formidable, Jean Binta Breeze MBE – first female dub poet in the world and award winning author of six books – AND – the hugely acclaimed, Daljit Nagra – first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry – and its title poem, ‘Look, We Have Coming to Dover!’. Sign up to perform with the compere from 7pm. There will be cake and a full day of activity in advance. For full details, please see http://www.lyriclounge.co.uk


8pm performers -sign up with compere, Lydia Towsey.
£6/£4 concessions
Box office: 01162557066

WORD! is the longest running poetry and spoken word night in the Midlands. Based at The Y Theatre, Leicester, it usually takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, between 8.00pm and 10.30pm. The evening is composed of an open mic, followed by a booked act. Film visuals are provided as standard by our resident filmmaker, Keith Allott. In addition to curating a regular night, WORD! also delivers regular workshops, events and projects. For more details see our website: http://www.wordpoetry.eu WORD! is an entirely voluntary organisation, delivered and supported by a dedicated voluntary committee.

Thurs 3rd National Poetry Day at the Shrewsbury Coffee House, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm Fortunately Seren Poet Vuyelwa Carlin can read. Fortunately performance poet Jack can perform. Fortunately the young poets and Natalie White can still come. Fortunately this is going to be a wonderful evening.
Life is good. Poetry makes it better. See you there.

Thurs 3rd ‘Funny Women’ (Emma Purshouse & Jane Seabourne) at Hanley Central Library, Stoke on Trent, 7.30pm.

City Central Library
Bethseda Street,
Stoke on Trent
Telephone 01782 238455
Email central.library@stoke.gov.uk

Tickets £3 (refreshments included).

Thurs 3rd Blackdrop Canalhouse bar, Canal Street, Nottm , First Thursday 8-10pm £3 @ NAE,with Mother Hubbard…. And of course YOU in the open mic if you want to brave the final stage at NAE.ALL WELCOME OVER 16. . AGE 16+ as we feature Matthew ‘ShortMAN’ Burke as he takes us back in time 10 years to our very first ever evening at BRB Stone on Thurland Street in Nottm… Were you there? 🙂
Returning to his solo stand alone street poetry/hip-hop style vibes Matt ‘shortMAN’ will deliver a performance NOT TO BE MISSED!

Write something special to celebrate our experience together if you wish.

National poetry day theme is WATER out theme for the night is CELEBRATION …

Will you use these themes or go with your own?

What ever you chose to speak/rap/rant/sing/SPIT/poem/story-tell about … WE WANT TO HEAR IT! 🙂

Bring along any old photos you may have taken over the last 10 years. tell us who your FAVOURITE feature artists have been. JOIN IN THE FUN!

We can’t wait to see you there! PARTY TIME!



Michelle ‘The Mother’ Hubbard

Freelance Cultural Arts Practitioner and Consultant

(Lyricist, Poet, Storyteller, African drummer, Workshops facilitator, Performer)
mobile: 07977 804 858

Fri 4th Offa’s poets Emma Purshouse and Nick Pearson will be reading at the Birmingham Literature Festival, Central Library 5-6.30pm, tickets £8/£6. http://www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org.

Tues 4th West Midlands Poets: Joel Lane, Charles Wilkinson, Nick Pearson & Emma PurshouseRoom 101, Library of Birmingham,
Centenary Square, Broad Street Birmingham,B1 2DN @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, £8
An evening of contemporary poetry curated by Flarestack Poets and Offa’s Press, hosted by Flarestack Poets. These four poets represent the high quality and variety of poetry being created and published in the West Midlands by two of the region’s best loved poetry publishers. Emma Purshouse is a poetry slam champion and performs across the UK. Her appearances include The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Much Wenlock Poetry Festival, Bang Said the Gun, Manchester, and Solfest.

An evening of contemporary poetry curated by Flarestack Poets and Offa’s Press, hosted by Flarestack Poets. These four poets represent the high quality and variety of poetry being created and published in the West Midlands by two of the region’s best loved poetry publishers.

Emma Purshouse is a poetry slam champion and performs across the UK. Her appearances include The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Much Wenlock Poetry Festival, Bang Said the Gun, Manchester, and Solfest. She has undertaken poetry residencies for Wolverhampton Libraries and The New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. Emma has been published in a variety of small press magazines and poetry anthologies. Her CD Upsetting the Apple Cart appeared from Offa’s Press in 2010.

Nick Pearson is a Forward Prize nominated poet who has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. Made in Captivity is a collection that draws together work written over the last ten years. Urban, sharply observed and often humorous his poems catch some of the voices of contemporary disconnection and the search for certainty. Readers will recognise day to day characters and confusions. He lives in Shropshire.

Joel Lane is the author of three full-length poetry collections, The Edge of the Screen, Trouble in the Heartland, The Autumn Myth (all from Arc) and Instinct (Flarestack Poets). His other work includes two novels, a novella, a booklet of crime stories and three collections of ghost stories. He lives in Birmingham, where he works as a journalist.

Charles Wilkinson was born in Birmingham. His publications include The Snowman and Other Poems (Iron Press) and The Pain Tree and Other Stories (London Magazine Editions) and Ag & Au, (Flarestack Poets), the latter an exploration of the history of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and the qualities of the elements of silver (Ag) and gold (Au) illustrated by students from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.
Apples and Snakes, with support from Birmingham Libraries and Yorks Bakery Café present

Saturday 5th & 19 October,Poets’ Place, Yorks Bakery café, Birmingham 4-6pm,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 6th Buzzwords,Sunday,Workshop, led by Julia Deakin, 7pmGuest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet: Julia Deakin Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
£5 waged, £3 unwaged Do visit our blog:http://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.com/

Mon 7thArc World Poets ,Room 101, Library of Birmingham,Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street Birmingham,B1 2ND, @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm £8

An evening of poetry from across continents: Cheran (Sri Lanka), Ludwig Steinherr (Germany) and Michael Hulse (England). From civil war to fatherhood, climate change to love, this evening ranges widely geographically, culturally and emotionally. A one-off event bringing these extraordinary poets together that will leave you energised and inspired. Michael Hulse was born in England and lived for twenty-five years in Germany before returning in 2002 to teach at the University of Warwick.

An evening of poetry from across continents: Cheran (Sri Lanka), Ludwig Steinherr (Germany) and Michael Hulse (England). From civil war to fatherhood, climate change to love, this evening ranges widely geographically, culturally and emotionally. A one-off event bringing these extraordinary poets together that will leave you energised and inspired.

Michael Hulse was born in England and lived for twenty-five years in Germany before returning in 2002 to teach at the University of Warwick. His poetry has won first prizes in the National Poetry Competition and the Bridport Poetry Prize (twice), and Eric Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards from the Society of Authors.

Ludwig Steinherr lives in Munich. He is a freelance writer and lecturer in philosophy at the University of Eichstätt and has written his way into the front rank of contemporary German writers. His poems have received a number of awards, including the’ Leonce-und-Lena-Förderpreis (1993), the Buchpreis des Verbandes Evangelischer Büchereien (1999) and the Hermann-Hesse-Förderpreis (1999).

Cheran is one of the best known Tamil poets, born in Jaffna in Sri Lanka in 1960. He worked for Saturday Review, an English language weekly known for its stand on press freedom. Cheran refused to align himself with any of the several Tamil militant groups active in Jaffna at the time and as a result was harassed both by the Sri Lankan army and, later, by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In 1987 he left for the Netherlands and now lives in Canada. In a Time of Burning charts the civil war in Sri Lanka of more than three decades, and its aftermath, as well as displacement, exile and the experience of diaspora.

Tues 8th City Voices Second Tuesday 19:30 the Lych Gate Tavern, 44 Queens Square Wolverhamtpton, it’s down the walkway by Barclays bank the leads to the Civic Centre with Simon Fletcher, set bill.

Tues 8th
Slam Axis Arts |centre MMU Crewe,Snakes and Ladders, with Axis Arts Centre Crewe present…

A fast paced open competition for spoken word artists, featuring special guest appearances from two internationally renowned poets. Gasp at the poems! Boo the scores! Wonder at the humanity of it all! This guarantees to be an entertaining evening, filled with unexpected gems, unacceptable scores, and
undeniable brilliance. In collaboration with Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for spoken word poetry.

Vanessa Kisuule has won several slam titles including Slambassadors 2010, Poetry Rivals 2011 and Next Generation Slam 2012 and has been invited to support the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Dizraeli and Kate Tempest. She has performed at an array of festivals, including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party, at many renowned poetry events, and her poetry was featured in Burning Eyes Rhyming Thunder anthology of Young Poets.

Mike Garry makes his very welcome return to Axis Arts Centre, having performed throughout the UK and Europe. His first book, Men’s Morning, tells the tale of an inner city sauna and his second book, Mancunian Meander, takes a poetic journey around a city. A supremely talented writer and a charismatic
performer, Mike has been described by the Happy Mondays Shaun Ryder as “the best street poet ever”.

£8 Admission (£5 concession)

To sign up please email 11053801@stu.mmu.ac.uk with “SLAM” in the subject box. You’ll receive a reply confirming your spot

Tuesday 8th scribal gathering The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE,Doors open 7.30 for 8.00 start ,How: Free entry.With the Autumnal Equinox in our hindsights, and the dark nights drawing close, October brings horse chestnuts, all hallows and an all new Scribal Gathering, with a Rrrants Collective takeover and guest hosts the Antipoet! Sign up on the night for open mic. Speak to Paul Eccentric to get your name on the list.

Following their recent appearances at Glastonbury Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, the next obvious step is Scribal Gathering and we are delighted to have them running the show for a one-off diversion in to the realm of Rrrants. There will be a special featured showcase with performances from some of the Rrrants Collective’s rising stars, as well as the usual open-ended, open-minded, open-heart rending open mic, welcoming our homegrown performers to share their talent in a bit of a mixed bag with the visiting rabble of rrrantin’ rrreciters. It’s a bit like the open mic version of a friendly away game.

Wed 9th Postcard Poets: Home-made, Home-grown, Room 104c, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street Birmingham,B1 2DN, @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Free,

Twenty poets were commissioned to write poems on the theme Home-made, home-grown. Six have been chosen to appear on specially-designed postcards, with thousands of copies in libraries throughout the West Midlands. This year’s chosen poets, Fergus McGonigal, Roz Goddard, Emma Purshouse, Spoz (Giovanni Esposito), Jane Seabourne and Brenda Read-Brown will be appearing at the launch of the Poetry on Loan postcards – and they’ll all be performing their work for you.

Wed 9th Two for Tea, 92 Derby Road, STAPLEFORD, NG9 7AD An evening of poems and stories featuring Dave Wood and Janet Devereux and hopefully you?Those wishing to read/perform are welcome to for approximately 5 minutes. Anything spoken word is fine. A great chance to try out your writing in a fun way.There will be no microphones and all seating will be in the round. Entrance is ‘buy a drink for admission’ arrive 7pm for 7.30pm start

Wed 9th scribble and nibble,16:30 – 18:30, Revive Café at the POD
1A Lamb Street, Coventry, CV1 4AE for poets to write and perform

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

Wednesday 9th OctoberPoems and Pints,The Old Wrekin Tap (The Cock Inn, Haygate Rd),7.30pm wellington
Come along with your words or just enjoy the readings, it’s a good laid back evening.with Tony Stringfellow

web:- http://www.tonystringfellow.com

email:- ts@tonystringfellow.com

Thurs 10th Poetry Breakfast,Tea on the Square, 21 Barrow St, Much Wenlock 9am 10am,Jean Atkin will be reading from The Hen Keepers Almanac and other works. £6 to include coffee and croissants. Absolutely the BEST way to start the day!

Thurs 10th ,Worcester SpeakEasy, The Old Rectifying House, North Parade, Worcester WR1 3 NN,

Clear a space on the calendar! Worcester’s brand new spoken word event, Worcester SpeakEasy, opens its doors at The Old Rectifying House, Worcester, at 7.00pm for a 7:30pm start on Thursday, October 10th … and you’re all invited!

The event is brought to you by your very own Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe, via Poet Laureate Emeritus Maggie Doyle and the unforgettable Fergus McGonigal, SpeakEasy’s host and MC.

Worcester SpeakEasy is a monthly event of performance poetry, with some prose thrown in for good measure (and a little music now and then), which will take place on the second Thursday of each month. The event is primarily to promote, showcase and encourage writers from the whole of Worcestershire, but we also welcome those from further afield; there will be an invited headline act each month.

If you want to take part, and we hope that you do, then several open mic slots (of six minutes each) will be available by prior arrangement. All slots for the opening event have been taken – watch this space for a list of performers.

For the 14 November 2013 SpeakEasy, whether you are a seasoned performer or a complete novice, we want to hear from you! If you would like a slot, please contact either Maggie or Fergus at speakeasy.litfest@gmail.com, and we will get back to you within the hour (okay, maybe not that quickly, but you shouldn’t have to wait too long).

To launch our first ever Worcester SpeakEasy we have:

Part One

Introductions from your host Fergus McGonigal, and Martin Driscoll, your Festival Director. Then it’s down to business proper, with:

1. Tim Cranmore, the current Worcestershire Poet Laureate.

2. Maria Chippendale, who will be reading from her latest book, “Skin, Bones & Random Leaps of Faith & Foolishness”, steeped in Spikemilliganesquence and full of sillyillystrations.

3. TBC (there’s always one)

4. Maggie Doyle, Worcestershire’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, and one of the few poets who can truly be said to give Pam Ayres a proper run for her money.

There will be an INTERVAL of approximately twenty minutes, after which:

Part Two

1. Claire Walker, a local poet of great promise who has been published in several distinguished poetry magazines; Claire was also third in this year’s Laureate competition.

2. Tim Cranmore returns!

3. Fergus McGonigal. Multiple slam-winning pink-haired performance poet Fergus headlines our inaugural night.

We’re aiming for a 9.30 pm finish, but please do hang around afterwards and mingle. We look forward to seeing as many of our prose and poetry friends, both old and new, as can possibly make it.

Doors open at 7:00pm for a prompt 7:30pm start

fri 11th Art for Arts sake, zelig, Custard Factory, digbeth,To celebrate her Residency at Arts 4 Art Sake, PhotoGiraffe would like to invite you to a Photography Exhibition Open Night
A Night of Art I Poetry I Music Free Entry with complimentary drinks & refreshments

**** Spots for Poetry & Musical Performances Now Open*****
email: najma_hush@hotmail.com or pop your name down here.

12th OctoberTHE UK ALL STARS POETRY SLAM, Cheltenham.The annual mother of all UK poetry slams, the All Stars Slam, is all set to happen at Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday 12th October, 8.15pm, The Salon in Montpellier Gardens, £8. Fifteen brave bards will be champing at the bit to perform championship poetry for a chance to win the ultimate accolade.The winners of all the slams we have hosted in the past year will join qualifying poets from the Slam Qualifier held in the afternoon on the same day, 4pm, The Salon in Montpellier Gardens, £5. To be a member of the applaudience, visit the Cheltenham Literature Festival website for more details or Box Office information. It will be a night to remember. Be sure to book early for the evening event, which has been a sell-out gig in recent years.

Mon 14th Jane Seabourne will be at Northfield Library, Birmingham, with Roz Goddard and Spoz, 11am-12 noon. Free event.

Mon 14th Poetry is Life, The Bowery Sheffield,open Mic, 7.30pm.

Mon 14th Pure and Good and Right, THE WHITE HORSE,4-6 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5PZ 7.30pm: £3 in,Every second Monday of the month (except December) This month we are excited to welcome back the Very Grimm Bros boasting recent appearances alongside the Peatbog Faeries, Attila, John Hegley & Roger McGough.

…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

Tues 15th Simon Fletcher will be MC at the new ‘City Voices’ venue The Lych Gate Tavern, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, 7.30pm. Tickets on door £2.50/ £1 (under 16s). The programme includes Nick Pearson.

Tues 15th Brewers’ Troupe presents:Dialects, Boars Head, Kidderminster,A night for sharing dialects
– the more different ones the merrier!

with Heather Wastie & Brendan Hawthorne

5 minute open mic spots
– an intro to where the dialect is spoken
followed by stories, poems, jokes, songs, in fact anything to celebrate the richness of the English language …. and entertain.

Add your words to the Dialect Wall

Or just …. listen!

The evening includes an extract from Brewers’ Troupe’s show “Black Country Double Spake”

Admission £3 (free to performers)
Open mic slots bookable in advance by email info@brewerstroupe.co.uk or on the night.
Depending on how many sign up, performers may get chance to have a second slot.

Wed 16th Find the Right Words The Cookie Jar,68 High Street, Basement, LE1 5YP Leicester

It’s cold and dark and rubbishly not summer anymore so luckily October’s Find The Right Words will cheer you up with two lovely poets, Roundhouse poet, radio presenter and funny lady, Laurie Bolger and Radio 4 Slam Champion, Ben Mellor.

As always, 10 open mic spots, good beer and good poetry.

£5 on the door


Thursday 17 October, Hit The Ode The Victoria, Birmingham 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! Featuring: from Birmingham – Hannah Silva, from London – Sabrina Mahfouz, from the USA – Aja Monet

“Three years ago, I was sitting in an empty room at The Victoria, worried sick. I had just set up a new poetry night, and I had promoter’s anxiety. “What if nobody comes?” I kept thinking. Well, people turned up, and saw Ian Keteku, Kim Trusty and Tony Walsh deliver scorching sets at the very first Hit The Ode. Three years on, the night has provided countless wonderful moments of poetry, comedy and community. Join us on Thursday 17 October for our anniversary: we have three incredible poets and some special surprises planned. You do not want to miss this.” Bohdan Piasecki
Friday 18 Oct Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery open mic.7.30pm, free entry

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

Friday, October 18,Seamus Heaney Night at the Spotted dog, Alcester St Digbeth, Birmingham:8:00pm.An evening of poetry, music, song and film/video clips. It is allowed to have the same poem read more than once by different people. You may also read more than one poem if you wish.

The legendary Paul Murphy will be providing music along with a group of traditional musicians.

Confirmed so far

Reader / Love Poems

Rosie Pocklington -Excerpt from Casualty
Matt Fitzpatrick – Docker
Maura Fitzpatrick – Requiem for the Croppies
Louise Palfreyman – Bye-Child
Sarah Bartlett – Beowulf Excerpt
Maura Judges – TBC
James Fair – Digging
Chris Amies – Bone Dreams
Mary Ellen Flynn – Blackberry Picking
Brendan O’Neill – Mid-term Break

Fri 18th Poetry in Performance, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 6-7pm.Join poets David Morley and Bohdan Piasecki as they discuss how poetry might best be performed. They will be joined by Jonathan Davidson, Producer of BeingHuman Poetry, and one of the performers involved in this show. This will be an interesting opportunity to share ideas and experiences. Poets, performers, theatre-makers, academics and audiences all welcome. No need to book but useful to know numbers.
Fri 18th Open Mic Poetry,Wednesbury Open MicWednesbury Museum and Art Gallery ,7.30 pm, £3, with Den Payne, third friday

Saturday & 19 October, Poets’ Place, Yorks Bakery café, Birmingham 4-6pm,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.
Public Address ll brings together a group of five talented spoken word poets from five different regions on a breathless tour of five different venues. Expect a variety of styles, a range of voices, and an evening of brain-teasing entertainment. Featuring Tommy Sissons, Jack Dean, Selina Nwulu, Lorna Meehan and Chris Stewart. Hosted by Rob Casey

Mon 21stThe Word Factory The Case Restaurant, 4-6 Hotel Street, Leicester, LE15AW,2nd Floor Private Room,7 for 7.30-9.30pm .The Word Factory Leicester invites you to
an intimate evening of readings, wine and conversation hosted by Cathy Galvin and Lindsay Waller-Wilkinson.get close to your favourite authors as they read their stories:

Jacob Ross

Jonathan Taylor

Rod Duncan

Alison Moore

The Case – central Leicester’s loveliest space

has table seating and full bar facilities.

Ticket price: £10.00

Please Pre-Book your ticket with Eventbrite–click on the Featured Events Button

Payment will be taken on the door (cash only)

Please contact: Lindsay Waller-Wilkinson with any queries


Scroll down for full profiles on each of our magnificent inaugural quadrilogy:

Jacob Ross:
Jacob Ross
Jacob Ross is the author of two short story collections, Song for Simone, and A Way to Catch the Dust. His novel, Pynter Bender, was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (2009), Society of Authors ‘Best first Novel’ and ‘Caribbean Review of Books ‘Book of the Year.’ He is Associate Editor for Fiction at Peepal Tree Press and SABLE Literary Magazine and a reader/tutor for The Literary Consultancy. He has Judged the Scott Moncrieff Translation, the VS Pritchett and Tom Gallon prizes. An established tutor of Narrative Craft, he runs writing masterclasses in the UK and abroad. He co-edited Voice, Memory, Ashes; Riding and Rising, andTurf and co-authored with Kwesi Owusu, Behind the Masquerade: The Story of Notting Hill Carnival. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2011, he received Grenada’s highest award for his contribution to literature.

Three Books That Have Inspired Me:
1.Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau.
Probably one of the most innovative novels to arrive on the French scene since Céline. A wonderfully sensuous depiction of French Antilleans in particular and humanity at large.
2.Jazz by Toni Morrison.
The second in Morrison’s Trilogy set in 1920s Harlem. Formally daring and profound.
3.Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
‘I’ve done my damndest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags,’ said Steinbeck. It took courage and conviction to write this book in 1930s America.

Three Books I Have Enjoyed Reading Recently:
1.Legend of a Suicide by David Vann.
Interconnected stories: beautifully written, highly textured and heartfelt. The story, Sukkwan Island shocks.
2.Seduce by Desiree Reynolds.
A dead prostitute looks on at her own funeral and comments on the ‘mourners’.
In the vein of Marlon James’, The Book of Night Women and Zora Neal Hurston’s, Their Eyes were Watching God. Beautiful, transgressive and just as powerful.
3.The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín.
The (silenced) mother of Christ tells her story

Jonathan Taylor:

Jonathan Taylor is a fiction-writer, memoirist, poet, critic, editor and lecturer. He is author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), which was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award, and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007). His poetry collection isMusicolepsy (Shoestring, 2013), his short-story collection Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman Books, 2013). He is editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012), winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Fiction Anthology. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University in Leicester, and co-director of arts organisation and small publisher Crystal Clear Creators. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, he now lives in Leicestershire with his wife, the poet Maria Taylor, and their twin daughters, Rosalind and Miranda.

Three Books That Have Inspired Me:
1.Blake Morrison, As If.
The words ‘brave’ and ‘important’ are awfully over-used in the literary world, but how else to describe Blake’s book about the Bolger case and our culture’s treatment of children? ‘To understand is to forgive’ is the ‘brave’ and ‘important’ message here.
2.Thomas Mann, Death in Venice.
Some stories are so powerful – without being too Jungian about it, so archetypal – that, retrospectively, they seem like a kind of fable for their culture. Very few ‘fables’ haunt me, and, indeed, my writing like Mann’s – I sometimes find its fossil outline hidden in a story even after I’ve finished writing it.
3.Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son.
What can I say? This is what novels should be: not ‘well-crafted’ or ‘polished’ or ‘unified,’ but crazy, grotesque, funny, horrific, poetic, comic, tragic, bathetic, silly, sublime ….

Three Books I Have Enjoyed Reading Recently:
1.Louis De Bernières, Red Dog and Notwithstanding.
These are beautifully written stories which are, well, just fun to read. It’s easy for writers of so-called ‘literary fiction’ (and I dislike the term and categorisation) to forget that a writer’s job is, first and foremost, to entertain – and that’s exactly what these stories do.
2.Jenn Ashworth, The Friday Gospels.
Which is wonderful for all the reasons and more I gave in my original review of the novel.
3.Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia.
Sacks’s work is unfailingly remarkable, shocking, bizarre, and I’ve been deeply affected by it, on a personal as well as a literary level. If fiction writers are (by definition) people who are fascinated by ‘characters,’ this fascination can no longer be just a matter of psychology, but, in the twenty-first century, neurology as well. Writers, that is, need to engage with both the psychological and neurological bases of character.

Rod Duncan:

Rod Duncan writes prose and screenplays. His first novel, Backlash, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasy Dagger in 2003. Breakbeat (2004) and Burnout (2005) completed the trilogy. The Mentalist was published in 2007. His work has been described as showing that “…modern British crime fiction is alive and kicking over the traces.”

Three Books That Have Inspired Me:
1.Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
Sumptuous prose and dark humour pull me back repeatedly to this grotesque fantasy.
2.Polar Star – Martin Cruz Smith
A haunting setting and a fascinating protagonist carried along by the geopolitical flood tide. I have yet to read a better crime novel.
3.Under Milk Wood – Dylan Thomas
Reading this aloud, I can hear the rhythms of speech from my childhood on the Welsh coast. It always makes me smile.

Alison Moore:

Alison Moore is a novelist and short-story writer. Her first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and in the New Writer of the Year category of the National Book Awards 2012 before going on to win the McKitterick Prize 2013. Her debut collection, The Pre-War House and Other Stories, was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2013. She is an honorary lecturer in the School of English at Nottingham University.

A few recent favourites:
•Flannery O’Conner – Complete Stories
•Tony Parker – Lighthouse
•Kurt Vonnegut – Letters

Alison is currently reading:
•Lionel Shriver – Big Brother

So as you see, we have an amazing line up for our first event and we do hope you can join us. Take in the pigeon’s eye view of St Martins, enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea, chat to our writers and other like minded peeps and we’ll all have a very jolly evening. As much as anything in this life can be guaranteed, this is a cert…

Wed 23rd Purple Penumbra,Old rep, Oldbury:7.30pm No it isn’t a mistake!
Purple Penumbra will be on Wednesday this month. That way it won’t clash with several Tuesday events but will give you something good to do while awaiting the next weekend.
Do come.
Give voice to your writings or bring friends and family just to enjoy another splendid relaxing evening of spoken word with a bit of music.
Last chance before British Summer Time ends!
63 days to Christmas.
October 23 in1707 was the very first British Parliament,
in 1958 was the first appearance of the Smurfs in ‘La flute à six schtroumpfs’, and one year ago the last ever teletext ended.

Also on October 23 was born:
Anita Roddick, Pele, Diana Fluck, and Gummo Marx.
That should give some inspiration to the writers, and if you don’t know who the last two are, come along and find out.

Saturday 26 Public Address 11 Mac Birmingham , 7.30pmPublic Address ll brings together a group of five talented spoken word poets from five different regions on a breathless tour of five different venues. Expect a variety of styles, a range of voices, and an evening of brain-teasing entertainment. Featuring Tommy Sissons, Jack Dean, Selina Nwulu, Lorna Meehan and Chris Stewart. Hosted by Rob Casey

Saturday 26Double takes, Oswestry Library, 2pm,£3 in,John Gareth Owen and Liz Lefroy will be performing their work in a complementary way … it’s fun, it’s £3, it’s in aid of libraries, it’s accessible, it’s a Saturday.

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

Sun 27th Oct Unislam ,Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham ,4.30pm (semi-finals), 7pm (grand final) As part of Book To The Future, the University of Birmingham’s first ever literary festival, Writers’ Bloc is proud to present UniSlam!, the UK’s first ever national inter-university poetry slam championships. Watch the best student poets, including a team from UoB, battle it out for the title of UniSlam! Champions, judged by Luke Kennard, Helen Monks, Martin Glynn and Matt Windle, and hosted by Bohdan Piasecki. It’s going to be big. And poetic. And big. And it’s free!

Monday 28 Helen Mort, Wirksworth Library at 7pm as part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days Festival.

Helen Mort is the new Derbyshire Poet Laureate.She is the fifth Derbyshire Poet Laureate and her two year term is until September 2015.

The laureate project was developed by us to celebrate Derbyshire places, people and traditions through poetry.

It also aims to encourage people to read and have a go at writing their own poetry.

Helen was born in Sheffield in 1985, and grew up in Chesterfield.

She has an impressive track record in the world of poetry having been the five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award for a start.

She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 – an accolade given to poets under the age of 30 in memory of a man who wanted to encourage young poets.

The following year she won the Manchester Young Writer Prize.

During 2010, she was Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust at Grasmere in the Lake District but she is now living in Derbyshire again.

Her latest collection ‘Division Street’ has just been published by Chatto and Windus and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Councillor Ellie Wilcox, our Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Helen as the new Derbyshire Poet Laureate.

Her work with us will celebrate all that our vibrant and diverse county of Derbyshire has to offer and attract interest from far and wide.

I hope it will also spark more interest in the wonderful opportunities that reading and writing offer to us all.”

Tues 29th Word WizardsNew venue* Buckingham Hotel, opp the Pavillion Gdns , Buxton last Tuesday Monthly 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format More info Poetryslamuk@aol.com 01298 77362/ 0781 3289358

Tuesday 29 Oct Poetry Wednesbury with Brendan Hawthorne.

Wed 30th The 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. We will be starting there on Wednesday 30th January 2013 at 8pm, upstairs in their function room….It’s a great little pub last Wednesday ts@tonystringfellow.com

Wed 30th 42 at Drummonds, Worcester: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. PM Andrew if you want a performance slot via this event page.

Confirmed performers include:

Suz Winspear
Andrew Owens
Holly Magill
James Walpole
Andy Kirk
Catherine Gardner
Sally-Anne Grainger
Jd Grant
Ian Ward


Friday 1st November. 5th Malvern Slam plus Atilla the Stockbroker is to be
This years slam will again be a 2 round affair followed by a set from Attila.

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

Sat 9th Nov Poetry Festival ,Central Library, Coventry, all day,On 9th November this year Central library will be hosting a poetry festival which will be run by a local poet Jana Greasley.

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

Tue 26thPoetry Bites ,Kitchen garden cafe kings heath 7.30pm (Doors 6.30)

“One of the top 10 venues for poetry in the UK” (Susan Richardson, Radio 4). Poetry Bites also includes floor spots – arrive early to book a spot. Tickets on door or by email from jacquirowe@hotmail.co.uk (07971 018 825). Food Served from 6.30, Readings start at 7.30.

Tickets: £5 (£4 Conc.) on DoorFood served from 6:30pm, Readings start at 7:30pm

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