February 2014, What’s On Midlands Spoken Word

Sun 2nd Poets with passion, Ort Cafe,500-504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9AH 3.30pm, free in open mic.

Tues 4th Night Blue Fruit, Coventry,7.30pm start, free in, Tony Owen hosts-open mic sign up on the night.

Tues 4th 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 5th Spire Writes, White swan, 16 St Marys Gate, Chesterfield,7.30 pm with rising star Helen Mort at a Real-ale specialist pub The White Swan and guest Roy Marshall

Wed 5th feb Poetic essence,Confession Box (65-66 Dale End, Birmingham City Centre, B4 7LS) 7.30pm
Please note that we have moved to a bigger home. Poetic Essence will no longer be at Talk Bar and will now be at Confession Box (65-66 Dale End, Birmingham City Centre, B4 7LS). A brand new venue to accommodate our growing family

You have your keys so come home February 5th.

wed 5th Confab cabaret 6, Mount Pleasant hotel, Malvern, 7.30pm

Confused? So are we. But the show WILL go on. ConFab Cabaret VI is still on this Wednesday 5th February, but this time we’re in The Harcourt Room (upstairs) at The Mount Pleasant Hotel, Belle Vue Terrace, Malvern, WR14 4PZ. We have our own private bar and everything!

ConFab VI will be bringing you the poetic delight that is Peter Wyton, former Gloucestershire Poet Laureate and smooth-tongued stalwart of page and stage, PLUS wonderful singer songwriter Heather Striplin, AND Worcestershire Poet Laureate Tim Cranmore, NOT with carrot, NOT with poetry, but with… ah well, you’ll have to wait and see.

There will also, of course, be tap dancing, birds, air triangle appreciation, The Silliest Raffle, Myfanwy’s Fox Pops, and your chance to take to the stage and share your Two Minute Talent in Prepare To Share. All are welcome to sign up for Prepare To Share on arrival and we’d particularly love to see the more unusual of your talents – break dancing, magic tricks, contortionism – which we may then book for future ConFabs!

FREE entry to all on production of their air triangle.

Please invite others, tell them about the change of venue and share the event details to spread The Joy of ConFab far and wide.

See you there? 🙂

Thurs 6th Good Impressions Spoken word, Cafe Impression, Atkins Building Hinckley, LE10 1QU,7.30pm £5in Hosted by Tom Phillips,ist Thursday Monthly

Thurs 6th Blackdrop Open Mic @ Canal House Bar, Canal Street, Nottm .8-10pm £3

Our event has an open mic, slots are approx 5mins long. Blackdrop is open to over 16s.

Poetry. Story. Comedy. Rap. Hip-hop. Song. Must be own original material. ALL WELCOME.


He’s worth every penny! Come on down and bring ya friends.

Thur 6th The Poetry Evening, The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,Castle Gates, Shrewsbury. 7.30pm, Liz Lefroy officiates, with Katrina Naomi , Rosie shepherd and Jean Atkin

Rosie Shepperd’s poems have been published on both sides of the Atlantic. She was a finalist in the inaugural Manchester Poetry Prize, in the 2010 Cinnamon Press award and the 2010 Templar Pamphlet Prize, and won second prize in the 2013 Cardiff International Poetry Competition. She won the Ted Walter’s/Liverpool University Prize in 2009. Her Salt Modern Voices pamphlet will be out in 2012. Rosie’s pamphlet, That So-Easy Thing, was a winner in the 2011 Book & Pamphlet Competition, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy.

Katrina Naomi is a poet based in south London and is originally from Margate. She is working towards a Creative Writing PhD at Goldsmiths, with a focus on violence in poetry. Her first full collection, ‘The Girl with the Cactus Handshake’ (Templar Poetry), was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council England writer’s award.

Jean Atkin works as a poet, writer and educator, and lives in Shropshire. In 2011 her pamphlet from Roncadora Press, ‘Lost at Sea’ was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Prize. She was shortlisted for the Magma Poetry Prize 2012, and Commended in the William Soutar Prize 2013.
Her poetry has been anthologised by Offa’s Press in The Poetry of Shropshire, Grey Hen Press in Running Before the Wind (2013), by Cinnamon Press in The Book of Euclid, and in Shropshire Butterflies (Fair Acre Press 2010). Her first collection Not Lost Since Last Time was published by Oversteps Books in spring 2013.

Saturday 8th FebruaryTo celebrate National Libraries’ Day Simon Fletcher will be reading from his poetry and talking about the importance of libraries at Wolverhampton Central Library, 10-11am. Free event

Saturday 8th February Poetry Love Slam at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton. 7.30pm.

It’s a great night of entertainment…

“Follow the pheromones and check out the competition as Valentine versifiers declare their most passionate poetry in a cut and thrust contest to woo and win the hearts of the applaudience.

Heavenly hosts Sara-Jane Arbury and Marcus Moore compère thee to a slammer’s way, while judges rate the writing, measure the performances and find the wordster with the X-factor.”

Tickets: £10 full price/£8 concessions (concessions are usually available if you are under 16, a student in full time education, over 60, a recipient of Job Seekers Allowance, University of Wolverhampton staff and/or alumni. Please bring proof of status.)

Sun 9th Buzzwords, Exmouth Arms,Bath Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7LX, 7pm Workshop, open mic with Ros Barber

Mon 10th Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH,8pm, 2nd monday : Free in, Open micContact Nick on pubpoetry@nottscomedyfestival.co.uk

Thurs 13th Pure and Good and Right with Sean Kelly, THE fox 4-32 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 4 RZ 7.30pm: £3 in,Every second Thursday of the month (except December) If you would like to know more about the night email: pgrpoetry@gmail.com This month not one, but two
guest poets!

Introducing… Laura Yates

One of Birmingham’s most beloved poets, and a champion of young poets through her work with the award winning Beatfreeks, we are delighted to welcome Laura for her PGR debut.

And welcoming back… Lorna Meehan

Scourge of vacuous celebs, alter ego of Melinda Deathgoth, professional actor and reluctant Morrissey convert, Lorna never fails to delight with her blend of humour and poignancy.DEFINITELY AN EVENING NOT TO BE MISSED!

You can book an Open mic slot on the night!

Admission £3 (£2 Student/OAP)

From time to time we are located upstairs, so please let us know if you require disabled access before the event.
If you would like to know more about the night email: pgrpoetry@gmail.com

Tuesday 11th ‘City Voices’, Wolverhampton. WV1 1ST 7.45pm Marion Cockin will be performing at ‘City Voices’, Lych Gate Tavern, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, 7.30pm. Tickets £2.50/ Under 16s £1 on the door. Should be a great evening with Ash Dickinson top of the bill.

Tuesday 11th ‘Mouth and Music’, the Boars Head Gallery, 39 Worcester Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1EW. 8.00pm Tickets £3.00

Tues 11th Scribal Gathering The Crown Stony Stratford:7.30pm,Get ready for another fantastic feast of musical mastercraft and poetical proficiency, bringing together lachrymatorially lyrical local live talent and perfervid performers from perfurther afield. . Doors open at 7.30 for a prompt 8.00 start.
Where: The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE.
How: Free entry. Sign up for open mic on the night. Arrive early to avoid disapproval.

Tues 11th Tales at the Edge, White Lion Inn, Bridgnorth, Shropshire,Tales at the Edge is one of the country’s oldest and most established storytelling clubs, meeting in Bridgenorth on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except August) at 8 pm.

Wed 12 th The Quad Derby QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS Second Wednesday 19.30 Free in, A monthly night of performed poetry for everyone, new performers always welcome or just come and listen, More details from QUAD or contact Les on T: 01332 206 734, http://www.derbyquad.co.uk

Wed 12 th Tea for Two, Stapleford, Cotgrave. 92, Derby Rd, Stapleford, Nottingham , NG9 7AD
An evening of poems and stories hosted by two local
performers – Dave Wood and Richard Young.

This time the featured act is: Jackie Brewster

Those wishing to read/perform are welcome to. Slots of approximately 5 minutes are available. Any spoken word, whether stories, poems or jokes is fine.

This a good chance to try out your writing in a relaxed environment.

Entrance : ‘buy a drink for admission’

There will be no microphones and all seating will be in the round.

Wed 12 th Spread the Word Flying Donkeys, Voicebox, Forman St Derby 8pm. DE1 1JQ.
Our popular open night – bring a tale or a song or a poem or just listen in! With Mel Blount as our featured Hot Spot in the second half.

Tickets £7 / £5 (<18). Advanced bookings Tel 01332 840007 or email Sophie on robandsophie@hotmail.com. Tickets also available at the door.

Thurs 13th The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,Castle Gates, Shrewsbury.
7pm – 9pm
Poetry Open Mic: theme = ‘Nature’ – hosted by Liz Lefroy and Pip Bayley as part of Shrewsbury’s Darwin Festival (slots still available)

Thurs 13th Worcester Speakeasy, Drummonds 28 new st Worcester 7.30pm. £3*CHANGE OF VENUE for one month only* Open mic with guest Byron Vincent

Tues 18th.Poetry Alight” at the Kings Head PH ,21 Bird St, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6PW, upstairs function room. 7:30pm until 10:30pm.
*NEW VENUE* Arrive early , 7.30pm prompt start -10pm ish finish Free Entry ,
“A terrific evening of poetry” – Mal Dewhirst, Staffs Poet Laureate…

Lichfield Poets proudly present the first Poetry Alight of 2014 in this quarterly series of poetry evenings, hosted by Gary Longden . Guest Headline poets are:

Jo Bell
Matt Merritt
Michelle Crosbie

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 Kings Head, offers a range of hot food, as well as tea, coffee and booze! The audience is encouraged to arrive early, and the Kings Head is ideal to enjoy a supper with friends before proceedings.

This month’s distinguished guest poets include:

Jo Bell is one of the UK’s leading poets, a past Director of National Poetry Day, incumbent National Canal Poet Laureate, a doyenne of the festival circuit when performing, and a stalwart supporter of festivals, not least in her capacity as trustee of the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Jo’s poetry is accessible but never dumbed down, challenging but always within reach. This is a rare chance to catch her in Lichfield, you will not be disappointed.

Matt Merritt is a journalist, historian, ornithologist and poet. He lives near Leicester, England, and writes (and reads lots of) poetry. His new collection, The Elephant Tests, is out now from Nine Arches Press. Hi previous collection, hydrodaktulopsychicharmonica, was published by Nine Arches in 2010. His first collection, Troy Town, was published in March 2008 by Arrowhead Press, and his chapbook, Making The Most Of The Light, was published in 2005 by Happenstance Press. Pithy and rounded his writing is a delight.

Michelle Crosbie is an emerging Midlands poet whose stage presence and rehearsed reading has delighted audiences from Worcester to Wolverhampton, engaging and compelling, Michelle is an irresistible live performer.

Reviews of past Poetry Alights are available here:

Tues 18th Poetry Lounge The Sitting Room,3 Upper Galdeford (above Thai Box), SY8 1QD
Ludlow’s new Poetry Open Mic Night!

Join us in the quirky comfort and abundant lampshades of The Sitting Room. Take poetry with your glass of wine from the depths of an armchair…
Your compere for the evening with his frilly cuffs peeping, will be James Sheard

Wed 19thLeicester DMU,6-7.30pm in room 2.30 of the Clephan Building at De Montfort University, we’re holding an evening of readings and talks to celebrate the 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF CRYSTAL CLEAR CREATORS. The event is free and open to all. You can see more details here: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/cultural-exchanges-festival/2014/19-wednesday-crystal-clear-is-10.aspx – it’d be lovely to see you there!

Thur 2oth Hit the ode, Victoria PH, Birmingham City Centre,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 you’ve played tag with when you were younger; poems dug up by puzzled archaeologists; poems seen racing down the ringroad on big wheel tricycles. Good poems. Come and get them. Open mic and booking on the door.

Julie Boden – from Leamington Spa
Ann Porro – from Alnmouth – Slamalgamate winner,

Fri 21st Spoken Worlds 19:30 The Old Cottage Tavern , Byrkley St,eet, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ Open mic gajwriter@btinternet.com

Thur 20th The Shipping Forecast Spoken Word, the riverside Sheffield 1 Mowbray St, Sheffield, S3
Hello forecasters

more sea themed spoken word cabaret this month


February the 20th

Byron Vincent

One of BBC poetry season’s New Talent Choices, Byron Vincent is a regular at the nation’s most prestigious literary and music festivals. He has performed several times on television and national radio, including Channel 4’s Random Acts, Radio 4’s Bespoken Word and BBC 3’s The Verb. He was poet in residence for the South West of England for Apples and Snake’s ground breaking poetry project My Place or Yours. His first collection Barking Doggerel was released May 2010 by Nasty Little Press. He was co-founder, compere, producer and programmer for one of The UK’s most highly regarded Spoken Word nights at The Bristol Old Vic. Byron has worked as a writer and performer on several theatre projects including The RSC’s Midsummer Night’s dreaming. He is also co-creator of bespoke story telling project Made Up, which in its first year won commissions from both MAYK’s Mayfest in Bristol and Escalator East in Norwich. He is currently devizing his debut solo theatre show Talk About Something You like.

“He’s a geeeeenius” John Cooper Clarke
“The most precocious talent on show” The Times


Plus Genevieve Carver

Genevieve Carver is a locally renowned poet based in Sheffield, and has performed at festivals and events from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Off the Shelf Festival of Words. She writes about the realities of the everyday in a rhymical, lively and thoughtful way, sometimes playing her own piano compositions aong with her work. Genevieve’s poems have appeared in Now Then magazine and a recent anthology of Sheffield Poets, and she was recently longlisted for the Poetry Society National Competition and shortlisted for the York Literature Festival Poetry Competition. plus open mic ask for slots hosted by Stan Skinny and George the shark tickets £5 7.45pm start

Fri 21st Diverse dancers- Ort Cafe, 500 Moseley Rd Balsall Heath,7.30pm an evening of poetry, art, music combined with a photo exhibition from Najma Hush

Sun 23nd Rhyme and Tells at the Six Bells in Bishops Castle, Shropshire,Meets every 4th Sunday of the month (except for public holidays) at 8 pm – 10.30 pm. It is free admission and an open session for poetry, prose and storytelling.
For further details please contact Mike on 01588 680685.

Mon 24th Poetry Open Mic, calahouse, Nottingham, 8pm

Tuesday 25thPurple Penumbra Open Mic, Barlow Theatre, Oldbury:7.30pm
Bring your poetry and your pals to this open mic event, or just come and be entertained.
Those with a musical bent who can fill in a gap or two with something melodic and acoustic are particularly welcome.
Enliven, enrich and enhance the experience of the famous Barlow Theatre bar with your presence, why not?

Tues 25th The Telling Space, Mythstories, *NEW VENUE* (relocated from Wem) Mythstories,The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,5 Castle Gates, SY1 2AE,Wem, Shropshire,The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month unless otherwise stated. Please check the website under ‘opening hours and events’ http://www.mythstories.com or contact Dez or Ali on 01939 235500 for further information.
Meet at 7 pm for refreshments (bring food to share) or at 7.30 pm for stories. A chance to listen or an opportunity to tell. Admission is free.

Tues 25th Word Wizards Buckingham Hotel Buxton 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format More info Poetryslamuk@aol.com

Tues 25th Poetry Wednesbury,Wednesbury Library, 7.15pm with Brendan Hawthorne, open mic,brisk 10 min walk from metro, wednesbury great western street or five from wednesbury bus station

Wed 26th The Poetry Train Open Mic @ the Lyche Gate Tavern Queen Square Wolverhampton last Wednesday of the month 8pm dept. http://www.tonystringfellow.com/index.asp?pageid=506170

Wed 26th “42″ Open Mic Night (Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy) Lunar Bar, New St Worcester, 7.30, Free in:last wed monthly E-mail: 42openmicnight@42genrearts.co.uk

Wed 26thPackhorse Poets,The Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote, near Longnor,Derbys on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm

Sunday, 2nd March Buzzwords,Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
£5 waged, £3 unwagedWorkshop, led by Peter Daniels, 7pm Guest readings and open mic 8pm,Guest poet: Peter Daniels,Do visit our blog:http://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.com/

Friday 7th Threesome poetry,The Pod, 1a Lamb Street which is central Cov,7.30pm with Liz lefroy

Friday 28 March 2014, An Evening with Ian McMillan and Gareth Owen,Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University

An evening of poetry and other delights with Ian McMillan and Gareth Owen. Ian McMillan is a prodigiously talented solo performer and writer and presenter of BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’ and Gareth Owen is poet, playwright and former presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Poetry Please’. Both poets are guaranteed to make the audience of whatever age laugh and see life from quirky angles.

This is an exciting opportunity for everyone to hear and be inspired by these two writers performing their poetry, and to hear them speak about the process of writing and what makes them tick.

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