Midlands Poetry What’s On October 2014

Fri 2nd- 5th Oct Swindon Festival of Poetry

http://swindonfestivalofpoetry.co.uk/

Fri 2nd- 5th Oct Warwick Words

http://www.warwickwords.co.uk/

Swindon Festival of Poetry | October
swindonfestivalofpoetry.co.uk

Oct Birmingham Book Festival

http://www.birminghambookfestival.org/
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Tues 30th Sept Word Wizards Poetry – On the final day of September ,7.30pm – 10.00 at the Buckingham Hotel Buxton SK17 9AS.What have you got? . . . A farewell to Summer – A countdown to Christmas – An Autumn villanelle. We`d like to hear them all. Everyone reads in every round so expect at least 5/6 three minute slots .JOIN US AND BEAT THE BLUES – Looking forward to it – Rob Stevens word wizards – catch us on facebook

Wed 1st Spire Writes, White Swan, 16 St Mary’s gate, Chesterfield,S41 7tj 7.30pm free in,On the week of National Poetry Day, we’ve a treat in store with a guest reading from Katharine Towers, whose debut collection ‘The Floating Man’ was published by Picador in 2010. Kathy was born in London and now lives in the Peak District. She has an MA in writing from Newcastle University. Her pamphlet Slow Time was published by Mews Press in 2005 and her poems have appeared in publications including Mslexia and The North.

As usual, there will also be plenty of open mic slots (one poem each) available to book in advance or on the night, it’ll be free entry and there’ll be more real ale than you know what to do with at the bar downstairs.

Starts at 8pm (arrive early if you want a seat) and finishes in time for the last trains to Sheffield.

Thurs 2nd National Poetry Day

Bond Company,180 Fazeley St Digbeth, noon till 6pm

Join us for ‘The Poetry, Performance (and everything else!) Festival’ 2nd – 10th October 2014.

By working with you, we can tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.

We aim to bring people together to experience and enjoy a series of meaningful and exciting events, including an interactive arts exhibition, pop up events and workshops.

Day One includes –

‘The Digbeth Poetry Trail’ – 12.00pm

‘The Grand Opening’, meets, greets and eats with Poetry Beats – 1.15pm – 2.00pm

‘Think of a Poem’, National Poetry Day Workshop – 2.00pm – 4.00pm

‘The Mad Hatter’s Clay and Stay’, experiment with ceramics – 2.00pm – 4.00pm

‘Soulful Poetry’, ease away the day with inspiring and meaningful verse – 4.00pm – 6.00pm

WORD! ‘DEAD LOCAL’ NATIONAL POETRY DAY – EXTRAVAGANZA!

Thursday, October 2nd – Leicester Adult Education College, Wellington Street, Leicester, 2pm-10pm
Details as below…For more see http://www.wordpoetry.eu & http://dawnoftheunread.wordpress.com/

In October, WORD! temporarily hitches it’s skirts and moves to LEICESTER ADULT EDUCATION COLLEGE – to present an extravaganza of ‘dead local’ writers, visuals and cake – in association with: Everybody’s Reading 2014; Dawn of the Unread and the Brothellian Movement. Celebrate reading, Leicester’s local literary heritage, WORD!‘s 13th Birthday – PLUS – National Poetry Day and it’s 2014 theme of ‘Remember’. Come on down to workshop, perform and party across the day – and night…

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DEAD LOCAL WORD!SHOP…WITH ANDREW MULLETPROOF POET
2-4pm. FREE!

Join Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves for a poetry workshop with a twist. A series of practical exercises will help you strip away the flesh and explore the very bones of creative writing, structure and form. Don’t allow those poems to die, let those long forgotten ideas come bursting from the grave. Bring a pen, some paper and a weapon of your choice – the apocalypse is only a few words away…

TO BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE email WORD! via: secretagentartist@hotmail.com.

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DEAD LOCAL WORD!…WITH DAVID ‘STICKMAN HIGGINS – PLUS ANDREW MULLETPROOF POET
7pm (performers sign up with the compere from 6pm)
£3/£5. Box Office: 0116 454 1887 (16+/Parental Guidance).

Come on down to this gala edition of WORD! with David ‘Stickman’ Higgins and Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves. Listen to top class work and share your own, inspired by: dead writers, undead people, birthdays, the National Poetry Day theme of ‘Remember’ – or anything goes…! David ‘Stickman’ Higgins is a world class poet, percussionist, actor and conceptual artist. He has been comissioned by Channel 4 and performed internationally. Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Poet: “Blisteringly brilliant. One of the funniest and sharpest stand-up poetry sets I have ever seen.” Anna Saunders (Cheltenham Poetry Festival co-ordinator).

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WORD!’s Dead Local Special will be followed by ‘The Poetry Brothel’. For more information, visit: http://www.graysonscarnival.com

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Supported by Everybody’s Reading – and taking place as part of the festival. For more information see: http://www.everybodysreading.co.uk

Shrewsbury Poetry @ Eat Up, shearmans Hall, Milk St, SY11SZ Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 7.30pm free in

Readings from Matthew Stewart, Michael Thomas, Pauline Fisk Graham Attenborough and Paul Francis and Ian Lakin will be performing Condition Critical. Music from Martin Thomas of Grey Wolf

Birmingham Poet Laureate announcement ceremony

Cafe Mezz Birmingham Central Library 6pm, free in

FIRE & DUST – Big Comfy Bookshop Launch!

For this edition of Fire & Dust, we will be the guests of the newly-opened bookshop on the FarGo development.

Doors open 7.30pm – FREE

To get a reading spot, please arrive early and we’ll add you to the list.

All writers are welcome for readings of poetry, spoken-word performances and short stories (keep them to 10 mins)

Come with an open mind and an open ear.

Venue details:

The Big Comfy Bookshop
Fargo Village
Far Gosford Street
Coventry
CV1 5EA

Learn more about shop-owner, Michael McEntee and the creation of shop on his blog:

http://thebigcomfybookshop.blogspot.co.uk/

e: contact@thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk
Website: http://www.TheBigComfyBookshop.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/thebigcomfybookshop | Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/bigcomfybooks

Find out more about:

HCE magazine – http://www.herecomeseveryone.me

Silhouette Press – http://www.silhouettepress.co.uk

Inauguration of Staffs Poet Laureate, Shire Hall Gallery, Market Square, Stafford Stafford, 7pm, free in

Plenty of poetry from past PLs and the new one, including the young PL.

Jackie Kay: Poems for National Poetry Day
7.30 – 8.45pm, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham

October 2 Jeff Phelps and Simon Fletcher will be giving a reading from the Poetry of Shropshire to the Friends of Ludlow Library, Ludlow, Shropshire, 2.30-4pm.

Fri 3rd
Dylan Thomas and Me: Hannah Ellis, Guy Masterson & Sian Lloyd
6 – 7pm, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham

Fern Hill & Other Pieces by Dylan Thomas
7.30 – 9pm, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham

Fri 3rdWord @ Western PH, Western St Leicester, 7.30pm, free in, upstairs

Word! Presents a one night only double bill of two powerful poets – Andrew Mulletproof Graves, performing comedy spoken word and Leicester launching his new collection, Light at the end of the Tenner – and Maria Taylor, with work from her recent collection, Melanchrini – plus more…

The night will be compered by poet and performer, Lydia Towsey and also feature guest performances from rising stars, Shruti Chauhan, James Mccatear and Jitendra Bhatt. Due to the nature of some material a 14+ is suggested.

The Performers

ANDREW MULLETPROOF POET.

Featured on 6 Music’s Cerys Mathews show and BBC Four’s recent documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke, Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves has been cited as “The hardest working poet in the East Midlands.”

Favoured by comic book legend Alan Moore, he can often be seen performing on stages up and down the UK. His last collection Citizen Kaned was released in 2012, whilst his latest collection, Light At The End Of The Tenner, was released in May 2014.

Mulletproof’s work is raw and gritty containing a dose of adroit comedy, which champions the underdogs and underclass. His distinctly left wing view, is tinted by the dark lenses of the coolest shades in the shop.

He is truly a troubled poet for troubled times.

PRAISE FOR ANDREW:

“Blisteringly brilliant. One of the funniest and sharpest stand-up poetry sets I have ever seen.” – Anna Saunders (Cheltenham Poetry Festival co-ordinator)

“Citizen Kaned is the first poetry collection I’ve devoured cover to cover since Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife …. Graves celebrates the unsung, the lost souls, the anti-heroes and misfits of this world, and gives them their moment, whether seedy or sublime.” – S.C. Maxfield

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MARIA TAYLOR

Maria Taylor is a Leicestershire-based poet. Her debut collection, Melanchrini, was published by Nine Arches Press in Summer 2012 and subsequently shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Her writing has been published in The North, The Guardian, The TLS, Staple and others.

In her debut collection, Melanchrini, Maria Taylor’s distinctive poetry slips fluently amidst the worlds and underworlds of classical mythology and modernity; between her own Greek Cypriot heritage and British urban upbringing; among betting shops, schools, bar-rooms and hospitals.

Lively and ebullient, from moments of quirky humour to poignancy, these poems demonstrate a poet who isn’t afraid to leap into the heart of circumstance and treasure what she finds there. Melanchrini finds personal histories at the kitchen table, tears in the soapsuds, and a moment’s sensuality in the midst of a city market. Maria Taylor’s poems are deceptively plucky; as entertaining as they are inventive and quietly determined.

PRAISE FOR MELANCHRINI:

“Enjoyable, engaging, serious but unpretentious, confident and well-crafted, this is a debut collection that should attract attention – and ought to win Maria Taylor a lot of readers. Above all the book is full of life, of real lives. It has variety and surprise but is very clearly by one voice – a voice that it is good to listen to because it sees so much.” – Peter Sansom

Praise for Maria Taylor: “The writing is at once clear-sighted and fully realised. In its mystery, precision and surprise, Melanchrini shows the truth of a powerful new writer.” – David Morley

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JITENDRA BHATT

Jitendra Bhatt is a tabla player with over 10 years of experience. Originally from Bhanvad, India but living in Leicester for over 30 years, music has been a constant presence in both his upbringing and later life. He particularly practices within a classic tradition of tabla – and sees the instrument as a metaphor for life. In addition to his work as a musician he is also a member of the Showcase Collective Showcase Smoothie) and has toured both poetry and music across numerous venues, including: The Drum, Birmingham; The Core At Corby Cube and Embrace Arts and most recently as part of the Cosmopolitan Carnival, performing at St Martins Square, Leicester. He is a keen visual artist, exhibiting work across his home city. He loves to cook – a skill he inherits from his father, who was a professional chef for much of his working life.

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SHRUTI CHAUHAN

Shruti Chauhan is an up-and-coming poet, writer and spoken word artist based in Leicester. She has opened shows for Lydia Towsey, Alison Dunne & Jean Binta Breeze MBE (Three the Hard Way) and John Berkavitch (Shame) and has performed at festivals including An Indian Summer, Barefoot, and Inside Out at Curve theatre.

She has also been a featured act at WORD!, the Midlands’ longest running spoken word night.

She is interested in working across mediums and languages. Aside from writing, Shruti takes vocal training in Indian classical music and enjoys dancing.

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JAMES MCCATEAR

Is a poet, performer and ex-solidier, formally serving with the Royal Signals. He has performed his work both with music and without across a range of venues – from Duffy’s Bar in Leicester – to Nottingham Playhouse and The Core, London. As a member of the Showcase Collective he has been anthologised within ‘Poems to Read – before u die’ (Edited by Roy Mcfarlane, 2012) and also featured within a companion EP ‘Poems to Hear – b4 u Die’ (Edited by Jean Binta Breeze MBE). He is a dog owner and a Leicester City fan…

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Supported by Everybody’s Reading – and taking place as part of the festival. For more information see: http://www.everybodysreading.co.uk

Sat 4th Poetry Afloat with Jo Bell, 10am – 12pm, Aboard the narrowboat Frederick, Gas St Basin Birmingham
Poetry Afloat with Jo Bell

October 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
| £10 / £8

Jo on boat 2Jo Bell is the UK’s canal laureate for the Poetry Society and Canal and River Trust. As a professional archaeologist her love of canals began in Birmingham and the West Midlands, where she managed a fleet of historic narrowboats and got to know the backwaters of the city. Join Jo on a comfortable two-hour narrowboat cruise around the city. Hear poems and tales of canal boat life, and learn a little about the canal capital of the UK. Joining us will be fellow Nine Arches Press poet Tony Williams, whose latest collection The Midlands looks at (amongst other things) the weird and wondrous side of walking and journeying and what it says about our history and ourselves.

Please wear suitable footwear. We regret that there is no wheelchair access for this event.

Sat 4thRoger McGough and Liz Berry: Poetry in Performance
8 – 9.30pm, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham 8;00 pm – 9:30 pm | £10 / £8

Roger McGough comes to the Festival with his wonderful new book of poems, As Far As I Know. Hilarious and surreal, he is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but there’s plenty of Roger’s characteristic wit and wordplay too.

Newly elected President of the Poetry Society, Roger has a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for good behaviour. He presents the long-running Poetry Please programme on BBC Radio Four.

Roger will be joined by up and coming poet Liz Berry, whose new collection, Black Country, is published by Chatto & Windus this summer. Liz was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. She is a wonderful performer of her poems, revealing the subtlety and resonance of Black Country dialect to dazzling literary effect.

Sat 4th Friends Meeting House 16 Queens Rd Leicester LE3 WP 3pm free in

A joint HappenStance/Soundswrite Press book launch. Come and enjoy high-quality new poetry from two well-respected East Midlands poets. Jayne Stanton reads from her debut poetry pamphlet, Beyond the Tune (Soundswrite Press), and D.A. Prince reads from her second collection, Common Ground (HappenStance Press).

This is a free event, open to all, as part of Everybody’s Reading Festival.

Saturday 11th< Life and Times of the Tat Man New Art Gallery Walsall 2pm

Black Country theatre at its absolute finest. For the second time this year Regional Voice Theatre brings The Life and Times of Tat Man to Birmingham.

Described as a 'tour de force' of regional drama, we invite you to be a witness. Tickets cost just £6. There is also a bar and food.

To book please follow the link below. Any questions or queries, just get in touch:

regionalvoicetheatre@gmail.com
Also please see the Life and Times of the Tat Man facebook page for other autumn dates.

http://livebrum.co.uk/moseley-dance-workshop/2014/10/11/the-life-and-times-of-the-tat-man

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

Thur 9th Speakeasy, Old Rectifying House, Worcester 9th Join curators Maggie Doyle and Fergus McGonigal for SpeakEasy’s first birthday at The Old Rec Thursday 9 Oct starting at 7:30pm – performers from the first year have been invited to perform again! This will be an first rate experience with headliners Antony Owen and Spoz

Thur 9th Chaucer Night: Lavinia Greenlaw & Patience Agbabim, Studio Theatre, library of Birmingham @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
| £8 / £6 as the spirit presiding over English poetry for the last six hundred years, Geoffrey Chaucer’s vivid characters and gift for storytelling continue to inspire. Two of our most inventive poets, Patience Agbabi and Lavinia Greenlaw, have written new versions of Chaucer’s best loved poems. Patience Agbabi’s Telling Tales is a re-telling of The Canterbury Tales for 21st century readers in multicultural Britain – boisterous, funky, foul-mouthed, sublimely lyrical and bursting at the seams, one of Britain’s most significant works of literature is given a thrilling new life.

Lavinia Greenlaw’s A Double Sorrow is a new take on Chaucer’s version of Troilus and Criseyde – itself based on previous versions. The result is a breath-taking and shattering read – contemporary and timeless – that builds into an unforgettable telling of this most heart-breaking of love stories. Join us for an evening of poetry performed with real verve and passion.

This event is part of Patience Agbabi’s Telling Tales tour produced by renaissance one.

Thurs 9th PUREandGOODandRIGHT is an Open Mic poetry event taking place at,The Fox,
32 Clarendon Ave, Leamington spa, CV32 4RZ,Every second THURSDAY of the month,
(except December) ,Next event:Thursday 9 October,7.30 p.m start
This month’s guest is the quick-witted, refreshing ,Jimi Sharpe
Jimi Sharpe is a poetic interloper. With a combination of a decade’s worth of performance experience and a special arrogance available only to a young man, he’s decided that he’s just the man to flip the poetic world on its backside, whether it’s interested in him or not.His interests include long walks on the beach, shouting about his emotions to crowds of strangers, and attempting to legitimise white, middle class, English rappers.You can book an Open mic slot on the night!
Definitely a night not to be missed! 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

Fri 10th Malvern Slam, The Cube,Albert Road North, WR14 2YF Malvern, Worcestershire

Fri 10thThe Boat that Rocked: Poetry & Music, @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
| £10 the Narrowboat Frederick

Ahoy there readers! Come and join us for an evening of story, music and poetry inspired by the swinging sixties. We’d like to welcome you aboard our special chartered canal boat leaving Brindleyplace for an event to remember. We will journey along Birmingham’s canals to Selly Oak via Edgbaston. Dipping into the sixties as we go and pulling out extracts of some of our favourite poems and prose. Hosted by storyteller Gavin Young and featuring poet and short fiction writer, Roz Goddard and music from our resident guitarist, Rich Stokes; we encourage you to comb your beehives high and put on your patent boots – there will be a prize for the best sixties-inspired outfit. Did we mention the first drink’s on us?
If you’d like to share a sixties inspired piece, either original or published, please feel free to bring it along on the night. From poems to short stories and memoir, there will be open mic slots available.

Gavin Young is a South African-born storyteller with a passion for Birmingham and the Black Country and it totally floats his boat to experience and promote local poetry, plays, music, comedy and new writing. He is known for compering and telling stories at anything from National Trust properties to belly dancing nights and, along with his crafty wife, runs Utter Bearwood, a storytelling evening for adults. After regular performances at Writing West Midlands’ sell out event Tell Me On A Sunday he now goes on to host a hot new spin-off storytelling event at York’s Bakery Café.
Rich Stokes is an actor, writer, stand-up comedian, singer and storyteller. He played Jesus in this year’s critically acclaimed Passion play, and his first full length play, Three Days In The Dark, will be performed at The Old Joint Stock Theatre in April next year.

Saturday 11th Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam
” We’re doing something a bit different at Cheltenham this year. In celebration of our and the festival’s close involvement with poetry slams since their arrival in the UK in 1994, we’re hosting two events on Saturday 11th October – an invitation-only Qualifier at 3.30pm, from which five poets will proceed to join ten previous UK Allcomers and UK All Stars winners in the Grand Final at 8.45pm. Early booking is strongly advised.”

Saturday 11th Life and Times of the Tat Man Dance Workshop Theatre, 132 Alcester Rd, Moseley, Brum 7.30pm

Black Country theatre at its absolute finest. For the second time this year Regional Voice Theatre brings The Life and Times of Tat Man to Birmingham.

Described as a ‘tour de force’ of regional drama, we invite you to be a witness. Performance runs on October 11th, 7.30pm at The Dance Workshop theatre venue. Tickets cost just £6. There is also a bar and food.

To book please follow the link below. Any questions or queries, just get in touch:

regionalvoicetheatre@gmail.com

Also please see the Life and Times of the Tat Man facebook page for other autumn dates.

Sun 12th Seeds of Destruction book launch St Swithuns Inst, Worcester
Celebrity Chef in First Novel

Lovers of a good read will be coming back for more after devouring Frances Bennett’s first novel ‘Seeds of Destruction’. The novel features celebrity chef, Hester, whose orderly life is thrown into chaos by her stepson, Simon.

Hester views Simon with maternal affection, unaware that he harbours a dangerous obsession.

The seeds of destruction have their roots in Simon’s bitter and lonely childhood. On the death of his grandfather he becomes wealthy enough to abandon his teaching job and, with ruthless determination, plans to remove anyone who stands between him and the attainment of his dream. Gradually losing all touch with reality, his behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre, with terrifying, destructive consequences.

‘Seeds of Destruction’ will be launched at St Swithun’s Institute, Sunday 12 October, 16:00-18:00. Free admission. Make a note in your diary!

Tue 14th Mouth and Music Boars Head Kiddermisnter
**** NB 7.30 start! ****

“GHOSTS & ANCESTORS”

Poet
JASMINE GARDOSI

“A prolific performer blending brutal human insights
with wit and humour.”
Carl Sealeaf

Singer/songwriter
PTR WILLIAMS
“Pure honesty … humble yet magnetic with soul.”
Nick J. Townsend, Ryan’s Gig Guide

MC
Heather Wastie

open mic sign-up from 7.00 (spoken word 5 mins / 2 songs)
Admission £3 (free to performers)

Tues 14th Kendall’s of Earlsdon Delicatessen,54 Earlsdon Street , Earlsdon, CV5 6EJ Coventry, United Kingdom 8pm

A unique, one off event! Barry Patterson’s Wild Man of the Woods performs his work The Giant Albion’s Nightmare with music & other poetry Including works of William Blake. Supporting poets include Antony R Owen, Leanne Bridgewater , Matt Merritt, Tom Wyre Adam Steiner

£4.50 on the door.

Tues 14 City Voices, Lychgate Tavern, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TX, 7.30pm. Tickets £2.50 (under 16s £1) on the door. Two new Offa’s Poets plus Iris Rhodes, Roger Noons & Romalyn Ante.

Wed 15 ‘Here, there and everywhere’ Dave Reeves, Jane Seabourne, Jeff & Simon will be at Oswestry Library, 7-9pm. Poetry on Loan funded.

wed 15th Tea for two ,Poets and storytellers gather at Two for Tea, 92 Derby Road, Stapleford on Wednesday 15th October 2014. Come in at 7pm to settle down ready to read, perform or be a member of the audience at 7.30pm. Usually finishes 9.15pm. All are welcome, professional or amateur. Open Word night is (as far as we know), Stapleford’s only poetry and storytelling night. We ask you to buy a drink for admission (plenty of delicious choices!)

Thurs 16th Poetry Club, Library, Ashby DLZ, 8pm, free in, open mic with Brian Langtree, third Thursday of the month

Thurs 16th Giggling Girder Club Church Inn The Church, 22 Great Hampton Street, B18 6AQ Birmingham

This Autumn we welcome back The Giggling Girder Club to cheer up our darker nights with their own brand of first class comedy and music!

The line up for October 16th –

Comedy

– Graham Milton
– Peter Allen
– Fatique Byrne

Improv

– Improvocation

Music

– Joe Smith

All of that for £3 entry or £10 for a meal ticket, show starts at 8.00PM. See you there, folks!

Fri 17th Poetry Launch Anthology, Library, Castle Gates Shrewsbury Sy1 2aq 7.30pm

An evening of poetry readings from some of Shropshire’s
best poets. Shrewsbury Poetry Stanza is excited to be launching the first anthology of poetry by members of Shropshire’s official Poetry Society Stanza group.

Members of the Shrewsbury Poetry Stanza will read from the anthology along with special guest poet Roger Garfitt.

Tickets can be purchased from the library in advance or on the door. Tickets are £3 and include refreshments.

Copies of the anthology will be available to purchase for £5.

Poetry readings from:
Carol Caffrey
Graham Attenborough
Roger Garfitt
Dorothy Prescott
Julia Butler
Mary Williams
Pam Green
Sue Avery
Penny Simpson
Eleanor Forrester
Bethany Rivers
Sam Fleet
Robert Harper

Fri 17th Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage Inn, Byrkley St Burton on Trent, 7.30pm free in, open mic with Gary Carr

Wed 22 The Chatter of Crows by David Bingham will be launched at the Greenwood Centre, Station Road, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Telford, TF8 7DR, 7-8pm. Free glass of wine/ fruit juice! Polly’s café will be open from 6! Bookstall. All welcome. Arts Council funded.

Sun 26th Sunday Xpress, Adam & Eve PH, Digbeth 4-6pm free in Making their Sunday Xpress debut will be COSMIC JERKS – who feature ace promoter Pete Reeves, known to some as the Dodgy Poultry in the Acoustic Who-Band. Pete’s a good friend of the Xpress, and along with Xpress semi-regular Ian Coyote, will open the show at around 4pm with some excellent acoustic rock (sorry, Mid-Morning Matters is on and I’ve gone a bit Partridge).

Headlining October’s show are The Crooked Hooks, featuring ex-members of Mills & Boon and The Courtesy Group. First time they’ve played with us – psychedelic blues and folk…monologues, falsettos, good teeth and nice clothes worn handsomely.

Open mic is available, but it’s going to be a tight show. More details tbc. If you haven’t been to a Sunday Xpress before, or haven’t in a long time, come to this one.

Tues 28th Word Wizards Poetry – 7.30pm – 10.00 at the Buckingham Hotel Buxton SK17 9AS.What have you got? . . . – An Autumn villanelle. We`d like to hear them all. Everyone reads in every round so expect at least 5/6 three minute slots .JOIN US AND BEAT THE BLUES – Looking forward to it – Rob Stevens word wizards – catch us on facebook
Can you help us find our certificate???As you know we were awarded the Festival Fringe Award in the Spoken Word Category – But never got our certificate. We`ve contacted the Fringe Organisers who say it was given to someone in the audience on the last night of the performances.Can anyone shed any light on this mystery??

wed 29th Packhorse Poets, Packhorse Pub, Crowthorne, 7.30pm

wed 29th 42 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. You can book a slot via the Facebook page or email Andrew at andrew@42worcester.com

Worcester, the Worcestershire gothic, horror, sci-fi and fantasy event.

Thur 30 Thought-Apples by Bert Flitcroft, published by Offas press, will be launched at Lichfield Library, The Friary, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6QG, 7-8pm. Free glass of wine/ fruit juice. Bookstall. All welcome.Arts Council funded.

Wed 12th Nov Opn Mic William 4th Alrewas 8pm

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