Midlands Poetry What’s On August 2014

Tues 5th, Word, Y Theatre, East St Leicester
We’ve got the amazing George Szirtses as our guest poet!

George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956. He was brought up in London and studied Fine Art in London and Leeds. His poems began appearing in national magazines in 1973 and his first book, The Slant Door, was published in 1979. It won the Faber Memorial prize the following year.

By this time he was married with two children. After the publication of his second book, November and May, 1982, he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Since then he has published several books and won various other prizes including the T S Eliot Prize for Reel in 2005.

Having returned to his birthplace, Budapest, for the first time in 1984, he has also worked extensively as a translator of poems, novels, plays and essays and has won various prizes and awards in this sphere. His own work has been translated into numerous languages.

Beside his work in poetry and translation he has written Exercise of Power, a study of the artist Ana Maria Pacheco, and, together with Penelope Lively, edited New Writing 10 published by Picador in 2001.

George Szirtes lives near Norwich with his wife, the painter Clarissa Upchurch to whose website this is linked. Together they ran The Starwheel Press. Corvina has recently produced Budapest: Image, Poem, Film, their collaboration in poetry and visual work.


LAUREN FOSTER-local guest act

George is supported by talented local guest act, local guest act, Lauren Foster.

Lauren’s early scribblings were mostly about ponies but thankfully things have moved on. She has performed at Lyric Lounge, Nottingham Women’s Centre, supported John Hegley at Leicester Comedy Festival, as well participating in other events around the East Midlands, and has just completed the first year of a part-time Creative Writing degree at Leicester University. Lauren will read a selection of poems from a work-in-progress chronicling a barmy Derbyshire childhood.

Come along at 7pm to sign up in the bar for the open-mic.


Visuals by resident film-maker to Word!, Keith Allott.
Music and technichal support courtesy of The Y.heatre, Leicester

Wed 6th, Spire Writes, Whie Swan. 16 St Marys Gate, Chesterfield,
In August, we’re lucky enough to have a guest reading from Kayo Chingonyi.

Kayo was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK in 1993. He holds a BA in English Literature from The University of Sheffield and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and works as a writer, events producer, and creative writing tutor.

His poems have been published in a range of magazines and anthologies and in a debut pamphlet, ‘Some Bright Elegance.’ He has also won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize.

‘Kayo weighs each vowel and syllable as if it’s a thing of beauty, which it is, even when the words themselves are breaking your heart’ – Apples and Snakes

There’ll also be the usual open mic slots (one poem each) which you can sign up for in advance or on the night.

As usual, it’s free entry, great bar and we’ll finish in time for last trains to Sheffield.

Thurs 7th Eat up, Shearmans Hall, Milk St, SY11SZ Shrewsbury, Shropshire Shrewsbury, 7..30pm, Readings from: Jonathan Day, Meg Cox, Robert Harper, ; Bethany Rivers, Liz Roberts, Barry Tench Lucy Aphramor and Ledbury Poetry Festival slam champion, Steve Harrison

Tues 12th Mouth and music, Boars Head, Kidderminster, KIDDERMINSTER ARTS FESTIVAL SPECIAL,“WAR AND PEACE”, Boxer and Poet, MATT WINDLE, SIRKEL, Scandinavian influenced folk duo , sax, flute, violin, accordion, guitar & mandola , plus guest appearance from clog dancer Ayliffe Edwards!, MC Sarah Tamar, open mic sign-up from 7.30 (5 mins spoken word or 2 songs), Admission £3 (free to performers)

Thurs 14th Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club,B13 9LB 6pm -9pm
Ashfield Cricket Club is a beautiful pavilion in an idyllic setting, first opened in 1914. There are two 1st WW memorials so an ideal place for our poetry evening.Free.

Thurs 14th Worcester SpeakEasy” at: ****THE OLD RECIFYING HOUSE**** , Worcester, at 7.30 pm, all invited.“Worcester SpeakEasy” is a monthly event of poetry and prose from the page and the stage (and a little music now and then), which takes place on the second Thursday of each month. The event promotes, showcases and encourages writers from the whole of Worcestershire and further afield; there is an invited headline poet each month. If you’d like to book a slot for September, please email Maggie and Fergus at speakeasy.litfest@gmail.com, or leave a message on our Facebook page.

August’s running order will be shown below. If you haven’t got a slot and would like to take part then four, two-minute open mic slots will be available on the night: whether you are a seasoned performer or a complete novice – we want to hear from you!

The event is brought to you by your very own Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe, via Poet Laureate Emeritus Maggie Doyle and the Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2014 Fergus McGonigal, SpeakEasy’s host and MC.

Doors open at 7:00pm for a prompt 7:30pm start; we aim to be finished by about 9.45pm.

Fri 15th Word Up , Coffee Lounge.11 Navigation Street, B2 4BS, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S Word Up’s 2ND BIRTHDAY YAY YAY!!. It has taken leaps and bounds to come this far and we hope that you’ll all be joining us in celebrating this momentous occasion.
Join us for Word Up AUGUST 15TH @ OUR NEW VENUE COFFEE LOUNGE right OPP NEW ST STATION 11 Navigation St B2 4BS

There WILL be cake. Let’s make it a night to remember – get your dancing shoes on, put on your best threads, and we’ll see you there!

Have a question? Want a slot? Message us on here (fb), email us at: word–up@hotmail.com

Wednesday, 20th at 11:00am – 2:00pm,Gas Street Basin,Gas St, B1 2JT Birmingham, United Kingdom
Join Bridge the Gap powered by Beatfreeks on the Birmingham canals for this never done before, intergenerational tea party on a boat with spoken word open mic! Expect free tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches! All ages welcome! We will be joined by Northfield’s ‘Other Side of the Door’ and ‘The Kings Norton Seniors’ for this epic intergenerational afternoon of story-telling, poetry, water, history, conversation and fun! Please arrive at Gas Street Basin on Gas Street off Broad Street by 10:45am latest to board and leave on the boat for 11am. This will be a 3 hour boat trip, touring the canals of Birmingham, dropping you back off at Gas Street Basin. The first hour will be an awesome poetry workshop lead by Seasick Fist, followed by light conversation, story-telling and free food. Finishing off with an exciting open mic, where all are welcome to sign up and grab a slot! Tickets are £5 (booking fee of 78p) which will cover your place on the boat, food along with tea and coffee (extra drinks are available to buy on deck). Limited ticket availability due to the size of the boat (grab yours before they sell out!) Hope to see you there! Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bridge-the-gap-tickets-12450169793

Wednesday, 20th, at 7:30pm – 9:00pm,Centre for oneness, Great Western Street, Wednesbury, WS10 0AS,Unity in the Community event is to inspire unity with songs and poetry on the theme of happiness. Enjoy and share oneness in the rich diverse celebration called life. Seeing past all divisions, we can see there is so much to see.

Thursday, 21st,at 7:00pm – 9:30pm,The BHG ( Boars Head Gallery, Kidderminster),DY10 1EW Kidderminster,A Night of Spoken Word with Heather Wastie and Sarah Tamar. A chance to listen to short sets of spoken word with plenty of time to browse the art in between. To book a performance slot, email info@kidderminster-creatives.org.uk. Plus a market with a difference, a wide range of Art, T shirts, prints plus a selection of the weird and wonderful for sale. Admission free – donations welcome.

Thursday, 21st at 7:20pm,Akamba,Tythe Barn Lane, Shirley, B90 1PH Solihull
A Limited Edition Poetry Anthology about the Natural World and how it is Declining. Poems from Born Free’s Poet in Residence Richard Bonfield and Virginia McKenna. Poetry From- Antony Owen, Caroline Gill, Chris Fewings, Claire Walker, Clare Power, David Barber, David Calcutt, Elaine Catherine Christie,Eugene Egan, Giovanni ‘Spoz’ Esposito, Helen Calcutt, Jade Phipps, Jan Watts, Janet Jenkins, Janine Allen, Jude Ashworth, Matt Nunn, Mike Alma, Nina Lewis, Rangzeb Hussain, Sarah James, Tessa Lowe, Tom Wyre. Poems from Animal Liberation Front, Famous Quotations and poems from Wordsworth, Blake, Dickinson, Browning etc. Fantasy Art from Josephine Wall too! This is a collection not to be missed, all funds go to fight the fur trade. Our Fabulous HOST for the evening is TESSA LOWE

Sunday, 24 th, at 4:30pm,Adam and Eve,Bradford Street, Digbeth, B12 0JD Birmingham, United Kingdom
We love it when our friends become successful. The Dollcanoes feature one of the Sunday Xpress’ founding mothers Lizzy Piffany and much-loved regular going here by the name of PC ‘Fingers’ McGee.

Since forming last year, the Dollcanoes have been asked to perform alongside very important Birmingham bands such as Miss Halliwell and Misty’s Big Adventure, supported Jeffrey Lewis and the Jrams at the Actress and Bishop, and recently appeared at One Beat Records’s One Beat Weekender at MAC Birmingham.

The Dollcanoes are a fab combination of lo-fi indie and riot grrl sensibilities (is that right?) combining their sounds with eye-popping DIY aesthetics – home made costumes, paper chains, gaudy plastic toys – everything. A splendid time will be guaranteed for all. Free in as well.

Open mic for all – remember to book your place here.

Monday, 25th at 11:00am,Workhouse Gallery Presteigne,This year’s Workhouse Gallery exhibition features prints from Os, a work in progress by Presteigne-based photographer Alex Ramsay, considering bones and the various meanings they hold for us. At this event he is joined by poet Liz Lefroy , winner of the 2011 Roy Fisher Prize, who will read from her recently published pamphlet Mending the Ordinary. £6

Wed 27th, 42, Swan with two Nicks, 28 New Street, WR1 2DP Worcester

42 Worcester, the Worcestershire gothic, horror, sci-fi and fantasy event, returns on August 27th . Open theme this month. Sign up on the night. Any subject, any genre.

Held at Drummonds, The Swan with Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP on the final Wednesday of each month, 42 Worcester starts at 19:30. For further information leave a message on the Facebook page: or email Andrew at andrew@42worcester.com

Wed 27th , Inspire Cafe and Bar, Christchurch Spire, New Union Street, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2PS 7.30pm This edition of Fire & Dust will be held in Coventry’s third-biggest spire (out of three) – Inspire Bar and Cafe! All writers are welcome for readings of poetry, spoken-word performances and short stories (keep them to 10 mins) Inspire is a venue with great atmosphere and an extensive range of ales and continenta lager beers! Doors open from 7.30pm – FREE To get a reading spot, please arrive early and we’ll add you to the list. Come with an open mind and an open ear! Venue details:

Inspire Cafe and Bar
Christchurch Spire,
New Union Street,
West Midlands


Check out http://www.silhouettepress.co.uk

for more event info!

Sun 31st, Swan with two Nicks, 28 New Street, WR1 2DP Worcester 7.30pm, and we’re back! Have you missed us? We’ve missed you, ever so much!! Come along to the Swan with Two Nicks and lets get re-acquainted…Worcester’s wonderful open mic event wants poet-people, prose-people, music people and audience people for one heck of a night! We are part of the lovely, stupendous Worcester Music Festival and all money raised goes to their fabulous charity for young carers in Worcester. Come on in, you know you want to!

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1 Response to Midlands Poetry What’s On August 2014

  1. Elaine Christie says:

    Thank you Gary for promoting ‘Restless Bones’ Poetry Anthology, it will also be available from http://www.bornfree.org.uk in a few weeks time and all funds go to fight the fur trade.

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