November & December 2013, What’s On Midlands Spoken Word

Working out which dates are on, and when, in December is no easy task, so I am publishing this a week early for December, listing only those events I am certain of. Could my loyal readership please message me with any events for December I have missed?

There is no let up to the action in the last full month of 2013. Highlights include the Leicester Literary Festival, the Cork Poets performing in Coventry, Lichfield and Birmingham and Andrew McMillan doing a Sunday morning show in Shrewsbury.

Festivals

Leicester Literary Festival November 13th – 16th
http://www2.le.ac.uk/uol/institution/literary-leicester/

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Day by Day
Fri 1st Spooky Poetry Mystery Gig ,Gleadless Valley Community Centre Sheffield.1pm free:
13.00 – 13.45 Poetry Showcase (Halloween Themed)
13.45 – 15.00 Poetry Workshop (Halloween Themed)
Fri 1st Words at Wheatcrofts wharf, Cromford Mills, Mill Rd, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3RQ 7pm free in. Another Spoken Extravaganza organised by those wonderful people at the Arkwright Society, hosted by Gary Carr in the style of Spoken Worlds. Come along early, it was packed last time around. We all had a great time, and nearly finished by 9.

Fri 1st 5th Malvern Poetry Slam with Attila the Stockbroker , The Cube Malvern, 7.30pm This year’s Slam is over Two rounds with a set by Attila in the second half….Always excellent…Bar from 7.30 the action starts at 8.00pm.Entrance £7.00 on the door

Sun 3rd  Buzzwords Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham £5 waged, £3 unwaged
Workshop, led by Bobby Parker, 7pm Guest readings and open mic 8pm Guest poet:  Bobby Parker Do visit our blog: http://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.com/

Tues 5th Nightblue Fruit with the Cork Poets, Playwrights, Coventry, 7:45pm until 10:15pm.Now in its 6th year the coveted twin city poetry link between Coventry and Cork sees 2013 bring two more exciting poets from Cork to grace our great new venue at Playwrights Coventry.Open Mic spaces only available on arrival (5 mins max).**This is the busiest night in our calendar so arrive by 7.30pm to assure you get a space to read**Free Entry !Playwrights Coventry, Hay Lane, Cathedral Quarter, Coventry, CV1 5RF

POET BIOGRAPHIES
Edinburgh-born poet Rab Urquhart has been Cork-based for nearly two decades, and is known for delivering enigmatic performances at many spoken-word venues. For years he has hosted open-mic events including as MC of the open-mic nights The Slam, Fun club, The Vox, The Tikki Sunday Social and with Mike Burgess, the Cheeky Sunday Social in the Slate bar, Cork. Rab’s poetry crosses into Experimental / Lyrical / Punk genres and he mostly performs off-page.

Julie Field (a.k.a. Julie Goo) is a Cork-born performance poet, singer, and songwriter who writes and performs in both English and Irish (Gaelic). Having been invovled in theatre for most of her life, she performs her socially conscious, politically driven poetry with ease and grace. Julie studied at University College Cork for many years, where she completed an MPhil in modern Irish, and also taught. She performs regularly around Ireland, and is currently completing training to teach primary school children. Julie is the 2013 Munster Slam Champion, and will compete in the All-Ireland Slam in December. Lots of free or low cost parking after 6pm, for more info check Coventry City Council website.

Tues 5th Word Y Theatre, East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY, just opposite Leicester Train Station7pm performers, 8pm, Audience, Open mic plus headliner. £6in
WORD! is the longest running poetry and spoken word night in Leicester. Based at The Y Theatre, Leicester, it takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, between 8.00 and 10.30pm. The evening is composed of an open mic, followed by a booked act.

Wed 6th Poem in Your Pocket, Birmingham Rep, 7pm Do you have a favourite poem which you always turn to in good and bad times?

If so, come to a reading of popular Stress Busting poems by a team of trained readers including me, Polly Wright, Mandy Ross and Alison Belbinfrom the Hearth Centre’s incredibly successful Speaking Out project. The project uses literature to spark conversations about mental health. You can bring your own Poem in Your Pocket or you can track one down using our resources. A member of the Hearth’s team will share your poem with the audience in the second half of the evening.
EVENT FREE BUT BOOK SOON – TO GET A SEAT

http://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/poem-in-your-pocket

Wed 6th Poetic Essence Talk Bar, Priory Queensway, Birmingham City Centre, 7.30pm 1st Wed
Poetic Essence is home to all spoken word artists, musicians and singers to express themselves freely to a diverse crowd jam packed with networking opportunities and a platform to success!!!

Ready for a different kind of night out in Birmingham? Held at the newly refurbished ‘Talk” bar every 1st Wednesday.

This night promises to speak to your inner soul and whisper to your heart featuring Special Guests Performances, Poetry, Eccentric/Jazz Music and Spoken Word.

Want to show off your talent for music or poetry, then sign up for our ‘Lucky 7′ Competition (Free house drink to anyone who signs up) You can come and listen to a mixture of Spoken Word, Eccentric, Neo-Soul live music, take on our #Roots lyrical challenge and just relax and chill with us on November 6th from 7pm-11pm

Will held at TALK B4 7LL.

£3 Entry all night

We can’t wait to see you 🙂

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Wed 6th The Cork Poets and Open Mic at the Kings Head, Bird St, Lichfield, 7.30pm, £3 inc buffet
The Lichfield Poets are proud to announce an open mic poetry evening at the historic Kings Head pub in Bird Street,Lichfield , at which two representatives of the Cork Poets will be headline guests as part of a short Midlands tour taking in Coventry, Lichfield and Birmingham.
Commencing at 7.30pm, the evening will comprise an open mic section for poetry , lasting three minutes a slot, sign up on the night, a featured slot from the Lichfield Poets ,and two headline spots for the Cork Poets with the odd break for a drink or two. £3 admission to include a light buffet:

The Cork Poets are:

Edinburgh-born poet Rab Urquhart has been Cork-based for nearly two decades, and is known for delivering enigmatic performances at many spoken-word venues. For years he has hosted open-mic events including as MC of the open-mic nights The Slam, Fun club, The Vox, The Tikki Sunday Social and with Mike Burgess, the Cheeky Sunday Social in the Slate bar, Cork. Rab’s poetry crosses into Experimental / Lyrical / Punk genres and he mostly performs off-page.

Julie Field (a.k.a. Julie Goo) is a Cork-born performance poet, singer, and songwriter who writes and performs in both English and Irish (Gaelic). Having been invovled in theatre for most of her life, she performs her socially concious, poltically driven poetry with ease and grace. Julie studied at University College Cork for many years, where she completed an MPhil in modern Irish, and also taught. She performs regularly around Ireland, and is currently completing training to teach primary school children. Julie is the 2013 Munster Slam Champion, and will compete in the All-Ireland Slam in December.

The evening will be compered by Poetry Alight host Gary Longden.

The Cork Poets perform at the legendary O’Bheal evening, Upstairs at The Long Valley, Winthrop Street, Cork. For more information follow the link to their blog.
http://www.obheal.ie/blog/

Do come along to welcome our esteemed Irish visitors and have a great time.
Wed 6th Spire Writes, The White Swan, Chesterfield, 7.30pm free in.
Join us again in November for another set of guest readings and some great open mic.

Sally Goldsmith was born in Oxfordshire but feels like a Sheffielder having lived in and around the city for nearly 35 years. Her pamphlet ‘Singer’ was a winner in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition judged by Michael Longley. Her first full collection, ‘Are We There Yet?’ Was published by Smith/Doorstop earlier this year.

Cora Greenhill’s new collection, The Point of Waking (Oversteps Books) comes out in October, and this will be it’s first outing! Cora has lived in Grindleford for over 25 years, and her poems reflects her life in Derbyshire as well as longterm working relationship with Crete. She has recently had work in The North, The Sheffield Anthology, The Best of Manchester Poets, The New Writer, MsLexia and other publications.

As usual, there’ll be open mic slots available for anyone who wants to read and real ale available at the bar!

We’ll be done in time for the last train back to Sheffield

Thurs 7th Coffeehouse Poetry – The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE Shrew sbury:7.30-9pm,with Liz lefroy,Readings from Graham Attenborough, John Crick, Mary Cunningham, Robert Harper, Carol Caffrey Witherow, Bethany Rivers and Three Men on Technology: Tom Wentworth, Barry Tench and Adam Rutter

Thurs 7th Poetry Jam, Urban Coffee Jam, Birmingham, with an open community of creative minds for yet another Poetry Jam!!!

FREE ENTRY starting promptly at 7pm to fit as many performers in as possible (advised to come early as seats have proven to fill up fairly quickly).

OPEN MIC, sign up on arrival we welcome poetry, spoken word, rap etc

For more info please email info@beatfreeks.com

Look forward to seeing many of you there,
Spread the word!

#TeamBeatfreeksn Coffee House, Birmingham

Thurs 7th Down the Rabbit Hole second thursday, Esquires Cafe, Cov Transport Museum,Coventry,Cv1 1JD
LIVE ART * LIVE MUSIC * LIVE POETRY * LIVE COMEDY * LIVE STORYTELLING*
Coffee, tea, wine and beer available all night!
If you have anything to offer, please don’t hesitate to contact the Down The Rabbit Hole page or Kathleen/Leena/Kathy Normington at any time to opt in to sharing something – anything!

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

Thur 7th Irish night featuring the Cork Poets at The Old Crown, Deritend, Digbeth, Birmingham, 8pm, free in
The” Irish in Birmingham” charity are proud to announce another Irish night at the Old Crown in Digbeth, the heart of the Irish quarter, at which two representatives of the Cork Poets will be reading as part of a short Midlands tour taking in Coventry, Lichfield and Birmingham.
Commencing at 8pm, the evening will comprise an open mic section for poetry, stories and song of Irish tradition lasting three minutes a slot, sign up on the night, and two featured spots for the Cork Poets with the odd break for a drink or two. Free admission. The Cork Poets are:

Edinburgh-born poet Rab Urquhart has been Cork-based for nearly two decades, and is known for delivering enigmatic performances at many spoken-word venues. For years he has hosted open-mic events including as MC of the open-mic nights The Slam, Fun club, The Vox, The Tikki Sunday Social and with Mike Burgess, the Cheeky Sunday Social in the Slate bar, Cork. Rab’s poetry crosses into Experimental / Lyrical / Punk genres and he mostly performs off-page.

Julie Field (a.k.a. Julie Goo) is a Cork-born performance poet, singer, and songwriter who writes and performs in both English and Irish (Gaelic). Having been invovled in theatre for most of her life, she performs her socially concious, poltically driven poetry with ease and grace. Julie studied at University College Cork for many years, where she completed an MPhil in modern Irish, and also taught. She performs regularly around Ireland, and is currently completing training to teach primary school children. Julie is the 2013 Munster Slam Champion, and will compete in the All-Ireland Slam in December.

The evening is by arrangement with The Irish in Birmingham (http://www.irishinbirmingham.com/) and is being compered by Gary Longden.
The Cork Poets perform at the legendary O’Bheal evening, Upstairs at The Long Valley, Winthrop Street, Cork. For more information follow the link to their blog.
http://www.obheal.ie/blog/
Do come along to celebrate, and contribute to, the rich Irish tradition in Birmingham, to welcome our esteemed Irish visitors and have a great time.

Fri 8th Lyric Lounge Corby featuring Kate Tempest, The Cube George St NN1 1QG, from5.30pm, £5 in
Headlined by KATE TEMPEST, Lyric Lounge is set to take Corby by storm with its heady mix of internationally renowned artists, live literature, music, film, open mics and workshops!

Friday 8 LAUNCH OF LEICESTER CENTRE FOR CREATIVE WRITING, and books by Jonathan Taylor, Simon Perril, Deborah Tyler-Bennett and Jane Adams

http://dmu.ac.uk/dmu-staff/hot-topics/november-2013/launch-of-leicester-centre-for-creative-writing.aspx

Fri 8th Lit Fuse Mac Birmingham, 7.30pm

How far can you push the boundaries of performance? See what happens when some of the most exciting spoken word poets leave their comfort zones.

Lit Fuse, developed jointly by mac birmingham and Apples and Snakes, is a series of events showcasing new work devised by UK poets in collaboration with top directors and producers. Don’t miss this opportunity to be there at the start of something big – help us light the fuse!

The November 2013 edition will premiere four brand new long pieces written and performed by four exciting Birmingham-based poets:

Elisabeth Charis, writer, allotment neglector, boater, thinker, watcher of people, obsessive noter.

Ben Norris, an actor, writer, and sadness fighter; a student, brother, and strong cheese lover.

Roy Mcfarlane, just walking the earth, delivering words, wherever he sees it and however he feels it.

Lily Blacksell: a word sayer and saxophone player, Lily studies English with Creative Writing. GSOH essential.

They will be working with director Polly Tisdall, who creates work which explores the relationship between spoken word, storytelling and theatre.

Sun 10th, Poets for Peace, Ort Cafe, Balsall Heath 7.30pm,Calling all poetry lovers and lovers of peace.
Come and share your favourite poems, on any theme …. your own or those of others… in the peaceful but stimulating and comfortable atmosphere that is Ort!

Mon 11th Speech Bubble Cognito, Students’ Union, Loughborough University 7pm Second Mondays monthlyin term time, check for details: http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/

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

Mon 11th Open Mic, the Bowery, Devonshire St Sheffield, 7.30pm with William Blake

Mon 11thPUREandGOODandRIGHT White Horse Clarendon av, Leamington Spa

PUREandGOODandRIGHT is an Open Mic poetry event taking place every second Monday of month (except December)

At THE WHITE HORSE 4-6 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5PZ

Next event: Monday, 11 November 7.30 p.m start

This month our special guest is…
PGR Slam Champion
Augustus Stephens

Augustus spent twenty-five years working in computers,
but has given up his day job to be a poet / musician / performer delighting audiences with his true-life adventures in funny and heart-rending poems. He’ll also throw in, at no extra charge, the occasional comic ditty accompanying himself on his small guitar. He has performed his one-man-show ‘This Way Madness Lies’ at the Birmingham Fest and will be taking it on the road, including Edinburgh Festivals, next year.

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 12th Scribal gathering The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE Scribal Gathering is back on the second Tuesday of the month to bring you a whole evening of open mic music and spoken word excellence, welcoming all performers of any style, genre or ability to take the stage, stand in the spotlight, get behind the mic and share their creativity before a receptive audience.That’s the plan anyway, but the best laid plans of musicians and poets go oft astray. So, to ensure that matters spiral wildly back into control, we have invited Allographic, Cambridge’s foremost poetry performance, promotion and publishing proponents, to take over for the evening and bring a new spin from the city of perspiring dreams. Allographic’s founder, poetess, promotrix and publisseuse Fay Roberts, will be special guest hostess for the evening, so expect the run of events to be pretty shiny.There is also a special performance from Bootleg Acoustic Zoo, who will be taking the warm up slot and keeping you entertained from 8.00 to 8.30 as you drift casually in and take ages figuring out where to sit before going to the bar. Join us!

Tues 12th City Voices Second Tuesday 19:30 City Bar King Street, Wolverhampton WV 1ST booked poets simon.fletcher@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Tues 12th Mouth & Music 6,Boars Head Gallery, Kidderminster 8pm, £3 in:What a great line-up of featured artists we have for you this month!

MOUTH ~ ~ ~
Poet IAN BOWKETT who first came along as an open mic performer and blew us away with his stunning verbal agility

and MUSIC ~ ~ ~
Black Country band THE DRIBBLERS “from the land of
chain mekin, nail mekin, faggots n pays”. They did  open mic too and we loved them!

As usual, anyone can sign up on the night for an open mic spot (spoken word 5 mins, music a bit longer …)
Sign-up is from 7.30, first come first served.

Admission £3 (free to performers)

MC Heather Wastie

www.mouthandmusic.co.uk
Tues 12thScribal Gathering,The Crown, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1BE,. Doors open 7.30 for 8.00 – 11.00

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

Wed 13th Unity in The Community, Centre for Oness, Gt Western st, Wednesbury 7.30pm

Share uplifting poetry and songs on the theme of unity and light. Lets break barriers and fly high as a kite. It will be sizzling with local and international contributions from Brazil to Black country. FREE event to delight FREE samosas to bite.

Thursday 14th Wordsmiths, Warwick Arts Centre Coventry, CV4 7ALat 7:45pm
With poets Tony Walsh aka Longfella poet, Luke Kennard, Helen Calcutt and Al Join us for the UK’s first live poetry talk show, featuring a crossover of poets you know from the pages of books and from the festival stages. Jo Bell, your host for this celebration of all things spoken, brings together four poets and encourages them to share secrets, tell tales and share the magic of words and wonderment with the audience in this intimate performance space.

This is a rare opportunity to witness some of the finest established and up-and-coming wordsmiths sharing their stories, poems and opinions as they engage in a no-holds-barred conversation and performance right before your widened eyes!

This series of events is collaboration between Nine Arches Press and Apples and Snakes, with support from Warwick Arts Centre.

Find out more about Wordsmiths and Co:

Twitter: @WordsmithsandCo
Wordsmiths & Co Films on You Tube
Wordsmiths & Co Podcasts on SoundCloud

http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/
http://www.applesandsnakes.org/

Start time: 7:45pm Running Time: Approx. 90 mins
Tickets: £5.50

Thurs 14th Threesome, the Coal vaults Coventry,7pm, £4,Contains adult themes.Not to be missed! Jay Walker, Someone’s Mum and Ms Beeton bring their feisty and fabulous  Edinburgh Fringe show to Coventry.  Join them for a rocky,  inspiring and ultimately triumphant journey culminating in a live demonstration of the liberatory potential of the microwaveable chocolate cake, and sprinkled with a few rude words. Tender, fierce and surprisingly tasty.

http://www.broadwaybaby.com/listing.php?id=20285

Doors 6pm – Starts 7pm

Date/Time Date – Thursday 14 November 2013 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location The Coal Vaults

Thurs 14th Worcester Speakeasy,The Old Rectifying House, North Parade, Worcester WR1 3 NN with Fergus Mcgonigal, open mic

Thursday 14 7.45pm : Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL Tickets: £5.50 Booking:          024 7652 4524       024 7652 4524 / http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk Info: wordsmithsand.coPresented in partnership with Warwick Arts Centre, Nine Arches Press and Apples and Snakes WORDSMITHS & CO.

The UK’s only live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.

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

This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Featuring: Al Hutchins, Helen Calcutt, Tony Walsh and hosted by Jo Bell.

Thur 14th  Voices, Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, 7.30pm

Voices of the Holocaust bring ‘Fragile Fire’ (the story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising) and Shonaleigh telling her Grandmother’s fairytale from Auschwitz ‘The Fool of the Warsaw Ghetto’ to Birmingham for the first time. This is a stunning evening of powerful theatre and beautiful storytelling about hope and survival, resistance and the triumph of the human spirit during one of the most difficult periods in human history.

Voices and Shonaleigh will not disappoint. They will set your mind ablaze and your heart soaring. An evening not to be missed. Buy tickets online now; http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/voicesoftheholocaust
Fri 15th Wednesbury Open Mic Open Mic Poetry,Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery ,7.30 pm, £3, with Den Payne, third friday

Fri 15th Spoken Worlds Third Friday 19:30 The Old Cottage Tavern , Byrkley St,eet, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ with Gary Carr Open mic gajwriter@btinternet.com

Sunday 17th Shrewsbury Coffee House Special, 5 Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, 11am with Andrew McMillan.

Relax with a Sunday morning coffee whilst Andrew reads to you in his mellow tones.  Perfect Autumn stuff.

Monday 18  SHINDIG: OPEN MIC POETRY EVENING, Western PH, leicester, 7.30pm, free in,FREE AND OPEN TO ALL! Crystal Clear Creators & Nine Arches Press present Shindig! Open-Mic Poetry Evening in Leicester. Featured writers include Angela France, Roy Marshall, Nigel McLoughlin & Charles Bennett. All are welcome and the event is free. Sign up for open-mic slots on the door.

Tues 19th Confab cabaret v at Recon, Church st,  Malvern, 8pm, donation on entry,Come marvel at the slamtastic Dan Duke and be knocked out by the marvellous Matt Windle. Poetry with punch. We have operatic diva Monserrat Carbonara for a rare UK performance, and Catherine Crosswelll with some magical musical musings. Other Vocal Locals include Maria Chippendale who will be launching her new book, plus Myfanwy with her Fox Pops and of course your hula hooping hostess, Amy Rainbow. Silliest raffle tickets and Prepare to Share slots available! Entry by donation. Wow.

Wed 20th Purple Penumbra Opne Mic, Barlow theatre, Oldbury 7.30pm

Come and join in probably the last Purple Penumbra of 2013, hosted once again by the Black Country poet and all-round good egg, Eileen Ward-Birch.
It’s free!  There’s drink available.  It’s warm and friendly. And it’s a joy to the ear.


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

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

Thurs 21st Hit the Ode, Victoria PH, Birnmingham,7,30 £5 in 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 used to be in bands, you know; poems which stay stuck between your teeth for ages; poems which display a beautiful, three-dimensional illusion if you stare at them long enough. Good poems. Come and get them!

Featuring From Nottingham:… Andrew ‘MulletProof’ Graves  is a Nottingham based performance poet, writer and mod, and he’s been hailed as a cross between “John Cooper Clarke and Roger McGough”. He has featured on Radio 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews Show and BBC 4’s recent documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke. He has been described by Leftlion magazine as ‘the hardest working poet in the east Midlands’. Poet and mentor Deborah Tyler-Bennett said that his performance poems worked equally successfully on the page and the ear, their hard edge quality belying their tenderness.

From London: Katie Bonna is a performance poet, playwright and actress. Her poetry play ‘Dirty Great Love Story’, co-written with Richard Marsh, won a ‘Fringe First Award’ at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she was also nominated for ‘Best Actress’ by The Stage. A little tea-leaf, unashamedly stealing from her own life and other peoples, Katie writes hopeful, heart-full, heart-flattening poetry. She creates word installations, as well as a number of interactive community-based events with her poetry collective, Dirty Hands, in public spaces in her local borough of Wandsworth.

From Singapore: Stephanie Dogfoot, also known as Stephanie Chan, is a poet and sometime law student from Singapore, currently based in London. Born in 1987, she has been writing poetry ever since her first gerbil died when she was 11, and has been performing since 2008. She believes her BA in Biology and Environmental Studies and current study of Law have greatly contributed to her pursuit of poetry, because most poets like nature and are good at making other people to believe what they want them to believe by manipulating words. Earlier this year, her ’Foreigner Go Home (With Me)’ show was named List Magazine’s Top 5 Spoken Word shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. There are a very few highly coveted open mic slots up for grabs. Email bohdan@applesandsnakes.org to claim yours – or just show up early on the night!

Sunday 24th Sunday Xpress Fourth Sunday Doors 1500, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic
jameskennedycentral@yahoo.co.uk Miss Halliwell will launch their new album at the Adam & Eve’s Sunday Xpress event in Digbeth, Birmingham on November 24 2013. A double CD package released on November 11 2013; one half is entitled ‘Fresh from the Holy Spring’ recorded at Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton and the other entitled ‘Miles Perhower’s Gusting Guests’, a collaborative effort featuring members of the band, guest producers and performers. As a taster for the album, the band have also released a video for ‘Rulerfueller’, the s…econd track on ’Fresh from…’, which has been directed by Miles Perhower and former Miss Halliwell bassist CN Support. A new blog on the bands website is also promised to tie in with the release of the album’s. 100 copies of ‘Fresh from the Holy Spring’ are being pressed and available at the event, and the album will also be available for independent digital download. Joining the band on the day will be a special one-off performance by the event’s compere Brendan Higgins, leading his free-jazz experience ‘Big Bren’s Combo.’ Also appearing will be the debut Birmingham appearance of ‘moneyisasinnocentasthegun’ – a poetry piece which played at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Many more special guests are being booked for what will be a great end to an excellent year for the Sunday Xpress. ***NB. Due to the amount of acts that are going to be on this day, the show will start at 4pm sharp. Doors will be open when the pub opens.*** There is also of course the open mic available by requesting a slot here, through me or on the day.  The Sunday Xpress is considered to be an ideal platform for the beginner, the seasoned professional and those who want to try out new material or something different.  For this event, the open mic afternoon will start at 4pm, with Miss Halliwell scheduled to perform at 7pm. Those wishing to take part in the open mic are advised to arrive early.
Sun 24 thSeven Deadly Sins – Sophie Snell,At the Poppy & Pint (upstairs), Pierrepont Road, Lady Bay, NG2 5DX.8pm

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned…” A young girl hiding in the confessional overhears her neighbours’ confessions – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride – whispered revelations of sinning and secret desires. As she listens with growing unease, stories unfold that should never be told…

By turns both dark and comic, this show by sumptuous storyteller Sophie Snell, offers you twisting tales from the stones and bones of the British Isles – where the Devil watches in delight, and Angels weep.

Based on the concept of a portmanteau of stories, here are seven tales, woven around the tale of the young girl herself, selected from the lesser known folk tales of the British Isles. As each story unfolds, more of the seven deadly sins are divulged – in all their glorious, sometimes comic and even darkly gruesome colours. Until finally our heroine overhears one final devastating revelation – and the penny drops… You’ll be hooked from the start, through each twist and turn, as you try to guess where each story is finally heading.

Sophie has a wicked sense of humour and a compelling presence that makes her storytelling gripping and absorbing. So be prepared for thrills and spills on this rollicking ride through the Seven Deadly Sins!

““Satisfyingly twisty. Truly brilliant!”
“Wow! That was wonderful! Spellbinding to the end!”
“Exquisite storytelling, Sophie made the whole experience very magical.” Audience comments 2013.

“I’ve attended many professional storytellings during the past few years, many of them delightful and memorable. I’ve never attended a better one than Sophie’s… Sophie’s voice alternately entertains and mesmerises. If you get a chance to see Seven Deadly Sins, or any other performance by Sophie Snell, please do yourself a favour and take it!” Mark Henderson, author, reviewing SDS for Facts & Fiction Magazine, August 2013.

“Deep, dark and delicious!” Martin Maudsley, Storytelling at the Brewery, Bristol, Nov 2013.

Tickets £7.50 (adults / >12 yrs) from Tel 07739 129714 or email contact@talesfromtheriverbank.org.

Sophie Snell Storyteller is a performance storyteller based in Derbyshire, known for her warm, engaging and animated style of storytelling. Sophie performs at festivals, theatres, storytelling clubs, tourist, educational, community and arts venues. Her show, Seven Deadly Sins, was nominated for two awards at the Buxton Festival Fringe 2010 under “New Writing” and “Spoken Word” and was also nominated for an “Audience Award”, since then it has been performed to sell-out audiences across England. Sophie was recently nominated for the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence under the category “Outstanding Female Storyteller 2013”.

Tues 26th Word Wizards New 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

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

The last poetry slam of the year at the Buckingham Hotel in Buxton
7.20pm start and as usual EVERYBODY gets to read in EVERY round
4 to 6 x 3 minute rounds = a 12 to 18 minute total set time for each performer.

Tues 26th Poetry Bites, kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath, 7.30pm £5 in, open mic plus Meredith Andrea and Gregory Leadbetter

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

Wed 27th “42 Flashes″ 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

We’re delighted to invite you to our second 42 Flashes event – remember the last one, last November? There were 50+ flash fictions read, it was a fab evening. Worcs LitFest Flash Fiction Competition organiser and judge Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn has agreed to be with us on the evening too, we’ll look forward to Lindsay’s set. So, get your pens scribbling and prep a 300-word flash fiction then get onto Andrew Owens via this page to book your performance slot, or get there early as there will be some open mic s…lots too – 42 flashes only this year! 🙂 Confirmed performers include: Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn Alison May Suz Winspear Andrew Owens Polly Robinson James Walpole Tana Durham Michael R. Brush Andy Kirk Brian Comber Kevin Brooke 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.

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

Thurs 28th Maurice Riordan: The Water Stealer – with Angela FranceWaterstones, 128 New Street, Birmingham B2 4DB. 7-8,30pmCost: Free but please book.
Join The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing and Writing West Midlands for an evening of superb poetry at the Birmingham launch of Maurice Riordan’s new collection of poems, The Water Stealer, published by Faber and Faber. Maurice will be reading with Angela France, whose most recent collection, Hide, is published by Nine Arches Press.

Maurice Riordan was born in 1953 in Lisgoold, Co. Cork. His first collection, A Word from the Loki (1995) was nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Floods (2000) was a Book of the Year in both the Sunday Times and Irish Times and The Holy Land (2007) won the Michael Hartnett Award. He lives in London and has taught at Imperial College and Goldsmiths College, and is currently Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. Maurice Riordan is Editor of Poetry Review.

Angela France has had poems published in many of the leading journals, in the UK and abroad and has been anthologised a number of times. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Gloucestershire and is studying for a PhD. Publications include Occupation (Ragged Raven Press) and Lessons in Mallemaroking and her latest collection of poems is Hide (both Nine Arches Press). Angela is features editor of Iota and runs a monthly poetry café, Buzzwords.
Wine and refreshments will be served.

Presented in partnership with the Institute of Creative & Critical Writing at Birmingham City University. The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing exists to cultivate the literary arts and the life of ideas, through its programme of public events and its support for the MA in Writing at Birmingham City University. http://www.bcu.ac.uk/iccw.

How to Book:
To book, contact the box office The Box on 0121 245 4455 0121 245 4455 or book online here.
Find out more about Writing West Midlands here.

Thurs 28th Shipping Forecast Spoken Word,the riverside sheffield 1 Mowbray St, Sheffield,S3

The Shipping Forecast, sails on this month to our new vessel at the Riverside pub and we kick off our tenancy there with a phenomenal line up that will have you eating off the ceilings.

Tim Clare

Tim Clare is a stand-up poet, musician and writer and performs all over the UK and internationally, both as a solo act and as a member of acclaimed poetry collective Aisle16 (‘Highlights of the spoken word scene’ – The Sunday Times). His debut solo show, Death Drive, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010, where Whats On Stage gave it 5 stars and called it ‘the most compelling solo show on the Fringe this year’. His follow-up show, How To Be A Leader, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011. It won a Brighton Fringe Best Show award, and the Independent called it ‘a wide-eyed, brilliant hour’. He has toured across the world, including Beijing, Shanghai, Melbourne, Sydney, Brunei, Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg. His first collection, Pub Stuntman, is published by Nasty Little Press.

‘without question, one of the most enjoyable hours I have ever spent’ ***** – ThreeWeeks

‘thoughtful, original and human… one of the best Fringe shows I’ve seen in ages’ ***** – Fringe Guru

‘the most compelling solo performance on the Fringe’ ***** – What’s On Stage

‘sublime… has the audience hooting in recognition’ – The Guardian

‘powerful, enjoyable and intellectually stimulating’ **** – Fest

‘astonishing, vivid… had me almost crying with laughter’ **** – The Scotsman

AF Harold-

‘A.F. Harrold is an English poet, performer, children’s author, bearded gentleman and occasional hat wearer. He has been Glastonbury Festival Poet-in-Residence and has performed in tents, on stages, at picket lines and above water around the world. He has published serious poetry, funny poetry, children’s poetry and non-poetry of various flavours, including in the first edition of Paris Lit Up. He does things that aren’t always normal with words and isn’t to be missed, unless you have somewhere better to be, in which case, nevermind. More or less information can be found at http://www.afharrold.com.’

pius

A firm of poets

A Firm of Poets are seasoned spoken word artists and writers, Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Ralph Dartford and Matt Abbott (Skint and Demoralised). Formed during an all night walk around the back fields of the Glastonbury Festival, and a sunrise epiphany that was soundtracked by badly played bongos, they set out their manifesto to bring vital, accessible and energetic spoken word to the masses. The ‘Firm’ not only showcase themselves, but have a desire to expose the best of emerging talent from the region and beyond.

all hosted by your inauspicious captain Birdseye impressionist
Stan skinny

with your usual forecast shenanigans of games, features, naff raffle and George the shark, message in the bottle, Paul the pirate and more.

tickets £5/3 for concessions

time 7.45pm

wear comfortable clothing

Fri 29thBeeston Poets, Beeston Library, Foster Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1AE
The final event of this season, Friday 29th November, 7.30pm brings a trio of poets to Beeston Library from over the Leicestershire border. John Gallas, Maria Taylor and Roy Marshall. They will be reading from their various collections.

Tickets, £5, are available via the online shop, from Beeston Library and on the door. For more detail see the EVENTS page.
http://beestonpoets.wordpress.com/

Sat 30th Stony Stratford Library,5-7 Church Street, MK11 1BD Milton
The Bard of Stony Stratford presents a showcase of spoken word entertainment in Stony Stratford Library from 1.00 – 4.00pm during the town’s Christmas Lights Switch On celebrations on Saturday 30th November. Poets from across the region will perform throughout the afternoon, with open slots available for you to share a poem too. With live music from The Screaming House Madrigals, this will be a feast of lyrical delight to suit all tastes.

This event is generously sponsored by local business Events & PR Ltd of Stony Stratford, whose support will provide a range of refreshments – snacks, hot and cold drinks and mulled wine will be available during the event, in return for a small donation. Entry is free, and all contributions for refreshments will be donated to the Friends of Stony Stratford Library, who are kindly enabling the library to stay open for the afternoon. So take a seat, take the weight of your feet, grab a treat and a glass of something sweet while you take in the entertainment. Please, at least come and drink the wine, otherwise it will be left to a collection of poets to deal with, and there only chaos reigns…

This event will also enable Stony Stratford Business Association to allocate further funding towards its campaign to turn the Christmas Lights green – replacing the bulbs with energy saving LEDs, which will benefit the environment and the local economy. So what’s not to like? Free music and poetry, food and drink, and all in support of the Library and the Christmas Lights. Join us!

Damian Cummins, of Events & PR Ltd, says “As a relatively new business in Stony Stratford we are very excited to support this excellent initiative.” That’s what happens when a Bard asks you for money to spend on booze!

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Sunday  1st  Buzzwords, Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham-  Workshop, led by David Morley 7pm,Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet: David Morley
£5 waged, £3 unwaged

Monday 2nd Wordsmiths, Warwick Arts Centre Coventry, CV4 7ALat 7:45pm
With poets Salena Godden, Helen Mort, Claire Trévien and Ben Norris

Join us for the UK’s first live poetry talk show, featuring a crossover of poets you know from the pages of books and from the festival stages. Jo Bell, your host for this celebration of all things spoken, brings together four poets and encourages them to share secrets, tell tales and share the magic of words and wonderment with the audience in this intimate performance space.

This is a rare opportunity to witness some of the finest established and up-and-coming wordsmiths sharing their stories, poems and opinions as they engage in a no-holds-barred conversation and performance right before your widened eyes!

This series of events is collaboration between Nine Arches Press and Apples and Snakes, with support from Warwick Arts Centre.

Find out more about Wordsmiths and Co:

Twitter: @WordsmithsandCo
Wordsmiths & Co Films on You Tube
Wordsmiths & Co Podcasts on SoundCloud

http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/
http://www.applesandsnakes.org/

Start time: 7:45pm Running Time: Approx. 90 mins
Tickets: £5.50

Mon 2ndPoetry Open Sandwich, Housmans Bar,27 high street, Church Stretton,SY6 6BX

An evening of poetry in Church Stretton. A delicious Open Mic Poetry filling sandwiched between two slices of our performance poetry production – A Play on Words.

Tickets are £1 from Housmans redeemable against a drink.

If you want to perform some poetry contact David or Ceri Wright for a slot.

Tues 3rd Open Mic, Nightblue Fruit , Playwrights, Coventry, 7:45pm until 10:15pm.Open Mic spaces only available on arrival (5 mins max).Free in Tony Owen hosts

Wed 4th Spire Writes White Swan,16 St Mary’s Gate, S41 7TJ Chesterfield
The nights are getting longer and it’s getting colder, but before the festive season kicks off properly, you can still cheer yourself up with an evening of live literature in Chesterfield. For December, we’ve got special guests Zaffar Kunial and Claire-Jane Carter.

Born in Birmingham, Zaffar Kunial currently lives in Sheffield. In 2011 he was placed third in the National Poetry Competition. At the Northern Writers’ Awards 2013, he was awarded £5,000 to support him to work on his debut poetry collection.

Claire-Jane Carter is a poet, climber and runner based in Sheffield. Her work has appeared in The Sheffield Anthology as well as other publications. She is interested in kinaesthetic and temporal experience in nature and has researched the links between poetry and choreography.

http://clairejanecarter.tumblr.com/

As usual, there’ll be an open mic (since it’s December, feel free to bring a festive poem, or just waft a sprig of tinsel about) and a fine selection of ales at the bar.

We’ll finish in time for the last train back to Sheffield and there’s a large car park next to The White Swan for drivers.

http://www.yell.com/biz/the-white-swan-chesterfield-3635345/

All welcome

Wed 4th Poetic essence. Talk Bar, Priory Queensway, Birmingham City Centre, 7.30pm
Poetic Essence home to all spoken word artists, musicians and singers to express themselves freely to a diverse crowd jam packed with networking opportunities and a platform to success!!!
Wed 4th Simon Fletcher and Jeff Phelps, a reading from The Poetry of Shropshire at Wolverhampton Central Library on Wednesday of next week (December 4). The event will be at 5.45pm and is free. All are welcome

Wed 4thBlack Pear anthology launch,Drummonds, The Swan with Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR5 1BU, 7.30pm

The stories in the anthology reflect the diverse talents of people living and writing in Worcestershire, the Black Pear County. Black Pear Press will regularly publish novels, poetry and short stories, with some of its publications originating from the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe. https://www.facebook.com/events/519594058148862/

Thurs 5th Dec, Shrewsbury Coffee House, Castle gates, 7.30pm;It’s a free event, but we will be asking for donations.  I had been thinking of selling tickets for £5 each, as a guide to what you might think of bringing along.
Still warm from our Edinburgh Fringe appearance, Someone’s Mum, Jay Walker and Ms Beeton will entertain, challenge and perplex with a mix of drama, poetry and baking. A fundraiser – details to follow.

Lilian Bates (aka ‘Gran’ to those of us who were her neighbours in Shrewsbury) died earlier this year at a grand age, and her family set up the charity in her memory.  Lilian’s Haven is part of a bigger project now called the Cedar Trust which works in an impoverished fishing community in Chennai. Gran’s part of the charity works with children (which is appropriate because she loved children, and used to work as a dinner lady, or lunchtime supervisor as I think the role is now called).  The charity offers some teaching to young children who wouldn’t normally get to school, plus very basic but essential care such as feeding and weighing.  Lilian’s son John, who has links with the charity, and others of her family will be coming along.I wanted to do something to honour Gran’s memory, and the themes of Threesome, and in particular the take on achieving liberation through baking (!) seemed appropriate as Gran was also known for her excellent Christmas Cakes and Victoria Sponges.  She may have been less impressed with some of the language we use – it’s not gratuitous, but expect some honesty, and don’t bring your young children.  Teenagers, however, would find it disappointingly mild.

Thurs 5th Poetry Jam, Urban Coffee Co. Birmingham.7pm
Poetry Jam is rocking up a storm in Birmingham. Come Jam on the first Thursday of every month at Urban Coffee Company (Church Street) and see for yourself. Come along for coffee, cake and real talk. Jam with a diverse array of poets and spoken word artists from across the region. Everyone welcome!

Fri 6th Word Smack,The Roland Music Academy at Rotherham College,Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, Eastwood Building, Eastwood Lane, S65 1EG Rotherham, 7.15 £5

The word Smack Cabaret finally returns to Rotherham in December with a fine cast of performers ready to entertain your socks off and then iron them and hand them back all toasty and warm. Featuring … Precious Cleaver is  a ‘folkish’ singer who has a song  about a dog on a bicycle and one about a little pig and one about the world coming to an end – that one’s a bit gloomy. People ask him “Why are you singing?” and he tells them “I sing to bring a little happiness into people’s lives…whether they like it or not.” So, bring along your tambourines and join in with the Precious Cleaver Folkish Sing-along! “Had everyone in stiches and singing along” Shambala Festival “Wonderful strange song and hilarious too!” Bakewell Festival “I laughed so much I nearly wet myself and then my face hurt.” Audience member – Cabaret BoomBoo Gav Roberts Rotherham’s heart and soul poetry activist, social commentator, founder of ROMP and  all round good egg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtzLWYTwspY ROMP Madame Zucchini-  vegetable theatre “My favourite Squash-based entertainer” – Tracey Johnson “what a triumph! She has turned a seed into a sumptuous harvest” “Loved it! The Romeo and Juliet denouement had me falling over with laughter” http://madamezucchini.co.uk/ Sean Morley alternative stand up comedian and night sparrow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXUIherUx0c Byran 200 robot from the future back to battle the forces of admin and Andrew Costa classical guitar supremo all hosted by Stan skinny www.stanskinny.co.uk doors open at 7.15pm cost £5

Sat 7th Hard Graft ,Wednesbury Town hall, 7.30pm
Debut performance of this new musical commemorating the centenary of the 1913 Tube Strike.

Standard tickets are £5 and Special Addition Tickets, which include a copy of the script are £10. All proceeds will be going to the Major’s Charity.

Tues 10th Mouth & Music, Boars Head,39 Worcester St Kidderminster

For our last Mouth and Music of the year, we welcome wacky Worcestershire Poet Laureate and musician Tim Cranmore who will entertain us with poetry – and a carrot. Tim has performed across the UK and on TV with the London Vegetable Orchestra playing a variety of vegetables and is skilled at turning carrots in particular into fully functioning, if short-lived, instruments.

Also featured is a popular Mouth and Music regular – singer/songwriter Humdrum Express, with his “up-tempo exasperation, poetic put-downs and bitter-sweet tales of delusion.”

This month’s MC is Sarah Tamar.

The theme for the evening is PANTOMIME and there will be a prize for the best fancy dress.

Open mic sign up is from 7.30 (5 mins spoken word or 2 songs) and the show starts at 8.00.

Wed 11thRoom 101, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad treet,Birmingham
B1 2ND, 7.15pm Cost:£6 / £4
Join Nine Arches Press and Writing West Midlands to celebrate the launch of Maps & Legends: Poetry to Find your Way By, edited by Jo Bell. Featuring poets Matt Merritt, Angela France, Maria Taylor, David Morley, Daniel Sluman, David Hart, Roz Goddard and others.

Take a poetry-pathway less travelled and enjoy this navigation through poems from a variety of new and established voices from the contemporary poetry landscape.

This anthology celebrates five years of independent publishing by Nine Arches Press, and features a selection of poetry that they have put on the map during this time. This is poetry from the leading edge, plotting points from urban backwaters, to landmarks of personal and public histories, and way beyond; out into the poem’s wild imagined spaces, shadow places that can’t be found on the official maps or surveys and are firmly off the beaten track.

Presented in partnership with Nine Arches Press. http://www.ninearchespress.com

All ticket holders will receive a 25% discount on the anthology on the night.

How to Book:

To book your place, please contact our box office The Box on 0121 245 4455 or you can book online here.

Wed, Dec 11th 2014, 7.30pm, The Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ.

Our popular open night returns for a seasonal themed pick and mix of tales and songs and music, with hot spot special guests, musicians Ron Middleton and Paul Kearns. Also featuring our pop-up restaurant, so evening meal included.

Tickets £10 (all) on the door, but as it is a meal, please book in advance if you can – at Tel

Thurs 12thChristmas SpeakEasy. Worcester SpeakEasy, The Old Rectifying House, North Parade, Worcester WR1 3 NN 7:30pm

fri 13th Wednesbury Open Mic Open Mic Poetry,Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery ,7.30 pm, £3, with Den Payne, third friday

Fri 13th Word Up Christmas Specal Yorks Bakery Café, Birmingham. More Info
Welcome to the Word Up Christmas Special – and what a special night it will be. This will be the last Word Up, both Mark and Ro will be hosting together. We urge anyone who has in any way, shape or form supported Word Up to come along and enjoy this last night with us. We want to see you all to celebrate something so special. If you fancy the usual Word Up shenanigans with an extra bit of sparkle, then join us!
Contact: email word–up@hotmail.com, or tweet us: @wordup_brum

Fri 27th Word Wizards Buckingham Hotel, opp the Pavillion Gdns , Buxton Monthly 19.30. christamas special, anythng goes More info Poetryslamuk@aol.com 01298 77362

Our once a year Free for All, – No Rules – No Time Limits – Songs – Group Poems – Comedy – Sketches – Juggling – Magic
Come along and strut your stuff – or just enjoy a great evening of live entertainment.

Friday 10th January 2014Culture, Real Ale and Poetry” Burton Pub Poetry night 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. Hosted by Adrian Thompson.
Check http://www.pubpoet.blogspot.com for up to date info.
Join in or just sit back and enjoy!

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One Response to November & December 2013, What’s On Midlands Spoken Word

  1. My apologies for missing sending you details of the newly named Worcester SpeakEasy, Gary. This is the gig that replaces Parole Parlate in Worcester – from Worcs LitFest & Fringe, curated by Maggie Doyle and Fergus McGonigal, takes place 2nd Thursday of each month at The Old Rectifying House, North Parade, Worcester WR1 3NN – car park right next to it – by Worcester Bridge. See http://www.facebook.com/worcsspeakeasy for more details. Will add you to notification list so you get details at end of month previous 🙂

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