Regular Poetry Events

A compendium of poetry and storytelling events across the Midlands. Times, venues and frequency can be subject to the heavy hand of fate, checking with the venue, or the link/email contact if it is your first visit may be wise. As of February 2012, these were all live:

“42″ Open Mic Night (Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy) Lunar Bar, New St Worcester, 7.30, Free in:Glen James hosts.last wed monthly E-mail:

Bad Language, The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE , last wednesday monthly,7.30. Set Bill, hosted by Daniel carpenter,If you wish to take part in the open mic section, please e-mail to book a FOUR MINUTE MAXIMUM SLOT.

Bang said the Gun ManchesterThe Old Nag’s Head Pub, Jacksons Row (off Deansgate) 7.30pm Thursdays weekly

If underpants, sex, gravy and Keith Moon giving the Queen Mother drumming lessons are more your thing, then this could be the verbal romp you’ve been waiting for…..

Bang Said The Gun in London is considered one of the best poetry nights in the country and has recently …been reaching over 4 million viewers on Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Rod Tame and Kieren King are repeating this winning formula with Manchester’s first weekly poetry night. The night will celebrate the best in local and national poets as well as offering audience members the chance to compete…… for the coveted Golden Gun prize in the Top Banana Open Mic.

Each week’s Golden Gun prize winner is offered a guest set at a future Bang Said The Gun: Manchester!

First come, first on open mic so get down early if you wanna be on. Or, just come join the crowd to listen and cheer. It’s a top notch night out

Blackdrop Blackdrop,Canalhouse bar, Canal Street, Nottm , First Thursday 8-10pm £3 @ NAE,with Mother Hubbard…. And of course YOU in the open mic if you want to brave the final stage at NAE.ALL WELCOME OVER 16.

BLACKDROP Spoken Word Project 2015
(Poetry, rap, comedy, hip-hop, storytelling, monologues, song)

Blackdrop, the spoken word specialist, sees its rebirth back at the beautiful Canalhouse bar, Canal Street, Nottm on the *first Thursday of every month from 8.00-10.00pm £3
*Apart from February when it falls on the second Thursday so we can ‘love you up’ with our lyrics! … or not (lol).

Regards from The Blackdrop Crew. Further info 07977 804 858.

Bilston Voices</ Fourth Thursday 19:00 Cafe Metro 46 Church Street, Bilston WV14 0AH Only booked poets closed, final performance was September 2013

Buzzwords, Leckhampton,Cheltenham First Sunday (ex August) 1900- 2200 Exmouth Arms in Leckhampton, Cheltenham, £5in. Worksop 7pm-9pm. Open Mic and guest poet after

Buzzwords meets regularly for a poetry reading, open mic and workshopping session. See our program for venues and dates.

Buzzwords meets on the first Sunday of each month (except for August) upstairs at the Exmouth Arms in Leckhampton, Cheltenham. Start time 7pm for the workshop or 8pm for the poetry reading. Finish time is 10pm.

“A warm, intelligent – and going on the evidence of the floor readings – a very talented group, Buzzwords was a great venue for reading and listening.” – George Szirtes

“Had a really exhilarating evening as guest poet at Buzzwords in Cheltenham last night.
It’s meticulously organised by Angela France, with everything running smoothly and to time, and with such a friendly, enthusiastic group of poet-participants. I was really impressed with the quality of the first draft poetry that was produced during the workshop and the standard of the open mic readings was also extremely high.” – Susan Richardson

“I had a fun night reading as guest poet at poet Angela France’s Buzzwords series, in Cheltenham last night – it’s a tight-knit group of serious, local poets, who gather for workshops, open mics, and guest readings, every month, back of a pub. The sound system is professional, and the listening mostly very attentive. The poets presented a strong field during the open mic. They also buy books, a good sign.” – Todd Swift

Catweazle Club East Oxford Social Club, 44B Princes Street, Oxford OX4 1HU, 8pm, weekly: Acoustic music and poetry open mic

Cannon Poets Post office Building,147 Alcester Rd, Moseley 2-5pm, first Sunday,monthly.Technically a reading group, but partcipants bring along their own poems for critique, and published poems for pleasure, both read out loud. House magazine Cannons Mouth and competitions.

Confab Cabaret,The Mount Pleasant Hotel,50 Belle Vue Terrace, WR14 4PZ Malvern, Wednesdays bi monthly

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

Down the Rabbit Holesecond thursday,Esquires Cafe, Cov Transport Museum ,Coventry,Cv1 1JD

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!
Find the Right Words Upstairs at the Western, Western Ph, Wertern Rd, Leicester LE3 0GA ,7.30pm £5in third wed

Flying Donkeys Second Wed 8.15pm Voicebox, Forman St, Derby, Performance Storytelling (Verse welcomed) free street/car park after 8pm!
Fourth Wed 19.30 The Brunswick Pub, 1, Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU (just down from Derby Railway Station).Informal Story Circle

Flying Donkeys do not meet August/September. Details:

Find the Right Words, The Cookie Jar,68 High Street, Basement, LE1 5YP Leicester,3rd wed, 7.30pm

The Half and Half Folk and Poetry Club The Halfway House, Hall Lane, Donisthorpe on the 2nd Monday of the month.
This is a brilliant venue – private room, very comfortable and sympathetically warm, a real proper pub with proper beer, terrific food available and a very helpful landlord!!
I do urge you to come along and sample out first night which is on Monday 13th May and henceforth the group is renamed “The Half and Half Folk and Poetry Club”

The event is hosted by Brian B. Langtry, who ran a poetry and folk club in the Black Country in the Mid 1970’s, which ran until the pub closed down. Brian has always been keen to mix the arts and has decided to give the Folk and Poetry format a revival in Ashby. As Brian’s flyer says the Performers are from the audience.

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

Hit the Ode Last Thursday 19:30 The Victoria 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BN 3 featured acts + limited open mic

Mouth & Music Boars Head Gallery,39 Worcester St, Kidderminster Second Tuesday of every month. 8.00pm start. Open mic sign up on the night from 7.30. £3 admission, free for performers.

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

Open Resistance The Vault, Church St, Rugby, CV21 3 PT, 7.30pm, £3 in, Words, music and film shorts, first Weds

facebook- Open resistance

Ouse MuseHarpurs, 46-48 Tavistock St Bedford, MK40 2RD.Third Thursday, 7.30pm start Open mic. Ian McEwan organises

Packhorse PoetsThe Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote, near Longnor,Derbys on the fourth Wednesday of each month

Poetic Essence Confession Box 65-66 Dale End, Birmingham City Centre, B4 7LS)Talk Bar, Priory Queensway, Birmingham City Centre, 7.30pm 1st Wed
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!!!

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)

There will also be a chance to network (Meet and Greet session) at the beginning of the night so mark your calender, bring a date or ride solo, whatever you choose to do be ready to “Reveal Your Soul”

*like the page to stay update on featured acts*

Poetry Alight Quarterly at the Kings Head, Bird st Lichfield. Gary Longden hosts in association with Licfield Poets, Staffordshires leading poetry event. Four headliners plus open mic
7.30-pm start
March 17th
July 7th.
Oct 6th
Dec 1st Jo Bell, Sean Colletti, Matilda Houston Brown

May 24th
July 5th
Oct 4th
Dec 6th



Feb 7th

May 23rd

July 4th

Oct 3rd

Dec 5th



May 22nd

July 3rd

Oct 2nd

Dec 4th


Poetry Alight dates
Feb 5th
May 21st
July 2nd
Oct. 1st
Dec. 3rd

Poetry Alight 2020

> Antony and Tanya Chitunhu for Feb. 4th
> Sophie Sparham and Margaret Torr (5 min slot) – May 19th
> Helen Calcutt – July 7th
> Clare Walker – October 6th
Xmas – Dec 1st






Poetry Bites Fourth Tuesday 19:30 Kitchen Garden Cafe 17 York Road, Kings Heath B14 7SA Open mic + guest
Poetry Bites dates for the first half of 2013. 22nd January – Saleha Begum and Spoz 26th March – David Calcutt and Nadia Kingsley 28th May – The Decadent Divas

Poetry BreakfastTea on the Square, Much Wenlock, Shropshire.Cost is £6 to include coffee and croissants. Every second Thursday (except August) at 9am at We read published poetry on a different theme each month and have occasional guest readers (Chris Kinsey in July, Jean Atkin next month, October)

The Poetry Evening CSONS, 8 Milk Street, SY1 1SZ Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Born in London in 1964, Liz now lives in Shrewsbury and was recenly awarded the Roy Fisher Prize – a new poetry prize endowed by the Poet Laureate. Attendance is FREE, 8pm start

Poetry Jam Urban Coffee House, Church St, Birmingham, 7.30pm, open mic, first Thursday
Poetry LoungeThe Sitting Room,3 Upper Galdeford (above Thai Box),Ludlow SY8 1QD, third tues, 7.30pm

Poems and Pints The Swan Inn,18 Stafford Street Town Centre, Stone ST15 8QW, 4-6pm, Third Sunday

Poets Place, Yorks Bakery2pm-4pm, free in, second Sat monthly:

Poets’ Place is a monthly informal gathering of poets. It is an opportunity to meet like‐minded people, give and solicit feedback on your poetry, or just sit back and write for a couple of hours without interruption. You can use the Poets’ Place to make new friends, discover new poets, share and have your work critiqued, make useful connections, set a writing schedule… The Poets’ Place can be whatever you as a poet decide to make of it. Whether you are a published poet, a slam champion, or someone who is just wondering whether poetry might be worth a try, stop by. There is no need to sign up or book a place: just show up with your poems or a blank notebook. There will be someone there to make you feel welcome and advise you on how to make the most of your time there.

For more information contact: Nikki Bi, Birmingham Reader, Development Support Officer (, or Bohdan Piasecki,
West Midlands Coordinator, Apples & Snakes (

The Poetry Train* New Venue* the Lych Gate Tavern, 44 Queens Square Wolverhamtpton, it’s down the walkway by Barclays bank the leads to the Civic Centre. We will be starting there on Wednesday 30th January 2013 at 8pm, upstairs in their function room….It’s a great little pub last Wednesday

Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH,8pm, 2nd monday : Free in, Open micContact Nick on

PureandGoodandRight 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:

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,

Rhymes Bi- monthly 20:00 Check Rogue Play for Details Headline Bill

Scribal Gathering The Upstairs Room at The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1BE, 2nd tuesday monthly,Entry: free; open mic poetry and music with featured acts,”Stony Stratford’s première spoken word and music performance event. This monthly meeting of minds will bring together writers, musicians and performers of all kinds to share their talents, entertain each other and evoke the spirit of gathering. Join us…” Sign up for the open mic on the night, or reserve a slot by email:

Shindig The Western PH, Western Rd Leicester, 4th Monday bi-monthly,7.30pm: Headliners and open mic,
Monday 14th January
Monday 18th March

Monday 20th May

Monday 15th July

Monday 16th September

Monday 18th November

Shipping ForecastThe Great Gatsby, Division St, Sheffield,7.45pm An open mic night of poetry, prose, music, performance, raffles and fun.

This is a very informal cosy monthly night of joy in the snug environs of the marvellous Rude Shipyard in Sheffield (UK). The night provides a platform for established and first-time performers to play to a warm and appreciative audience.

Always a surprise, always a treat, grab yourselves a cuppa, some tasty homemade cake and join the miss piggy or stan skinny host.

Show and Tell Last Thursday (bi-monthly) 17:30 Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield St, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 1DU Open mic

Spam at Bad Edit,Bad Edit Venue, The Old Post Office 12 Wedgewood St, Stoke on Trent, ST 6 4JH ,Open mic with Tracey Henham, 2nd Wed

Speak Up, Hareand Hounds, Moseley, Birmingham, 3rd Thursday, monthly, 7.30pm: headliners plus open mic,£5in

Speech BubbleCognito, Students’ Union, Loughborough University 7pm Second Mondays monthlyin term time, check for details:

Spire Writes Spire Writes, White Swan 16 St Marys gate, Chesterfield 8pm: 7 Free in first Wednesday, Helen Mort, organises.Open mic. Spire Writes facebook page

Spoken Worlds Third Friday 19:30 The Old Cottage Tavern , Byrkley St,eet, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ Open mic



Stories, songs and samosasNirankari Bhavan in Potters Lane, Wednesbury, 7.30, first Tuesday bi monthly

Poet and songwriter Brendan Hawthorne has teamed up with fellow poet Surjit Dharmi to host a bi-monthly event at the Nirankari Bhavan in Wednesbury. Stories, Songs and Samosas (Celebrating oneness together through poetic words and music) invites performers and audiences to share in the written and spoken word that reflect our culture and diversity today.
Surjit Dhami said: “This is a great opportunity to celebrate diversity. It’s also a chance to invite the world to share in its stories under one roof.” Brendan Hawthorne added: “By sharing our stories I believe we can build bridges of respect.”We are looking for traditional songs and stories from all cultures as well as newly written ones that record today’s feelings to be performed.”We also need an audience so why not come along and share in this celebration of life!”
Dates for 2013 events at the Nirankari Bhavan in Potters Lane, Wednesbury, are as follows and will take place between from 7.30 – 9.30pm:
7 May
2 July
3 September
5 November

All are welcome. The events are free of charge with light refreshments being available on the night.

Storytelling, poetry, a tune or a song, take part in the open sessions or just sit back and enjoy the variety of performance. Most sessions are open spots but approximately every three months there is a performance in the second half by a professional artist (supported through donations).

The club meets in the upstairs room at the Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0DW.

For further details please contact Peter Chand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

It takes place at The Y Theatre, Leicester on the first Tuesday of each month and attracts audiances of between 70 and 150 people. In addition to programming such diverse artists as Patience Agbabi, Mimi Khalvati, Zena Edwards and Pete Sansom we are unique in the country for being supported by live sound and film visuals. Format.
The evening commences at 8pm and consists of an open mic and booked act. In the first half there are 10 open mic slots of 3 mins each. After a 15 minute interval there are 10 slots more. A quality booked artist performs at around 10pm. The evening concludes at around 10.30pm. Multimedia.
To our knowledge WORD! is currently unique in the country for being supported by consistent live film feed and bespoke film visuals.
Film visuals are provided by a resident filmmaker and consist of live feed and bespoke visuals. These are provided free of charge and on demand, capacity allowing. To take advantage of this service, artists performing on the open mic should enquire by email, sending the piece they plan to perform, 2 weeks or more before the event. At the event they will then be able to perform against a backdrop of live, personally tailored visuals. Individual trailers of performances are also available. For more information email the organizers, see ‘Contact Us’.
Live music and audio is provided by our resident DJ. In addition to finely crafted music in-between halves, there is the option of having your work supported by any audio you may happen to have. Again, for more information, see ‘Contact Us’.
A handy rundown on the night:
1. WORD! is the longest running spoken word night in Leicester.
2. It always features an open mic AND an exciting pro booked act.
3. If you want to perform on the open mic, arrive for 7pm – the list fills fast.
4. The night kicks off at 8pm. The interval’s around 9pm. We’re done by 10.30pm.
5. We’re really sorry, we can’t pre-book slots.
6. We love you. We love your work. Your ORIGINAL work…leave the Keats and Hegley for the interval, read your own – poetry/spoken word – over the mic.
7. Slots are maxium of 3 minutes each, including introductions,
8. WORD! is constituted voluntary group, run entirely on its ticket price. Your ticket price pays for the booked act – without whom the night would be less of a night.
9. For reasons of continuity WORD! is presented by a small and devout band of poet comperes. These are: Lydia Towsey, Tim Sayers and Pam Thompson. Like crops, we work on rotation.

Wordsmiths Warwick Arts Centre, third Monday, With your host Jo Bell and Featuring poets:Inua Ellams, Chris McCabe, Jess Green, Ruth Larbey, Patience Agbabi, Kate Tempest, Andrew Frolish, Deborah Stevenson, Daljit Nagra, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Angela France & Charlie Jordan.
A 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!In partnership with Apples & Snakes and supported by Warwick Arts CentreThis is live poetry. Not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co.

Monday 21st January

Monday 18th February

Wednesday 13th March

Word Up Poetry- The Drum Open Mic plus headliners,The Drum Arts Centre,The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU,0121 333 2444, Seasonal monthly, first Thursdays, 8pm, £
Thu 2 Feb, Thu 1 Mar, Thu 5 Apr, Thu 3 May,

Word Up – Yorks Bakery cafe, 1 newhall st, Birmingham, 6.30pn Fourth Thursday,Word Up’ is a spoken word night with a difference. Created and run by Mark Watson and Rosina Caldwell.

‘Word Up’ focuses predominantly on showcasing the spoken word talent in and around Birmingham as well as other artistic talents that we disperse throughout the night to provide a varied night of entertainment.

Our main idea is to provide a platform for both distinguished acts, but more importantly for first-timers. We hope to complement the other spoken word nights that are on in Birmingham and help strengthen the artistic scene in this city.

We hope you’ll enjoy what we have to offer and may even want to perform at some point?

We can be contacted on here or by email at: word—

Word Wizards New venue* Buckingham Hotel, opp the Pavillion Gdns , Buxton last Tuesday Monthly 19.30. Open mic three minute slam format More info 01298 77362/ 0781 3289358

Writers Bloc, Boerma Bar, University of Birmingham, Students Union , Edgbaston, 7.30 free in with Ben Norris, open mic poetry, third Fri in term time

Storytelling Only

Flying Donkeys Voicebox, Foreman st Derby, 8pm, £3in:Flying Donkeys are a group of storytellers who put on performance storytelling events in Derby – primarily at The Voice Box, Forman Street, and with a season which runs from October – July. Our guest nights take place on the second Wednesday of the month

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.

Storytelling Cafe Kitchen Garden Cafe,York Rd, Kings Heath, 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm) Third Wednesday

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.

Hear tales, myths and legends from all over the world in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you are new to storytelling, an experienced teller or just enjoy listening to stories. There is no charge for admission.

For more details contact: Mike Rust 01694 771 379.

“Tell me on a Sunday” Storytelling, Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS, Sundays monthly,4pm – 6.30pm; Free in, We know you have a story in you. Unleash it. Conjure a memory, recent or ancient, good or bad. Tell it to yourself, re-tell it, hone it, cut it, embellish it. Pitch it to us. Get on stage and tell it.

Sunday 19 February,Theme: Off the beaten track,Guest storyteller: Peter Chand

Sunday 25 March,Theme: Hope and glory

Sunday 22 April Theme: Feathers and bones

Sunday 27 May Theme: Secrets and lies

Ikon, in collaboration with the Birmingham Book Festival presents a new series of free literary events. Hosted in Café Ikon, Tell Me On A Sunday is storytelling from life. Participants tell stories based around a specially selected theme, all with truth (and a good performance!) at their heart. Each month, five storytellers will be chosen to perform a seven minute story live.The events feature special guests and are curated by Cat Weatherill, one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers, who will also tell her own story.

These events begin at 4pm with Story Supper, a chance to meet fellow audience members and story tellers over a special Cafe Ikonmenu. Performances commence at 5pm, finishing at 6.30pm.
Find out more about these events by visiting our website..

How to pitch your story:Please visit the event page on our website for details of how to pitch your story, you are also advised to read through the story guidance for writing and performance page
Please note these events are intended for adult audiences. Places to attend the performances are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708.

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’ 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.

The Club meets at Mythstories, the Morgan Library, Aston Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5AU.

Utter , Storytelling Night,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Bearwood,B67 5RJ 7-10pm, Cath Edwards hosts, fourth Thursday
Utter Bearwood is a new performance storytelling venue for adults in Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick B67 5RJ. 0121 429 2039. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start, until 10pm.

Katrice Horsley, the National Storytelling Laureate will perform Song of the Selkie, an entrancing combination Celtic myth and Japanese ghost stories. There will also be tales from host Gavin Young and resident storyteller Cath Edwards.

Stafford Knott storytelling Club, Ye Olde Rose And Crown,10 Market Street, ST16 2JZ Stafford
If you are already a lover of performance storytelling or if you’d like to find out more – or if you have a story to tell, here’s some great news! Tuesday April 23rd sees the opening of a new storytelling club and venue in one of the best pubs in Stafford. Brazilian storyteller Ana Lines and English storyteller Cath Edwards are the hosts at The Olde Rose and Crown and are thrilled with plans to welcome some wonderful tellers over the coming months.


Day by Day Gazeteer

The Half and Half Folk and Poetry Club, 2nd Monday
Pub Poetry Nottingham The Canal house, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, 2nd Monday
Shindig The Western PH, Western Rd Leicester, 4th Monday bi-monthly
Speech BubbleCognito, Students’ Union, Loughborough University 7pm Second Mondays monthlyin term time, check for details:
Wordsmiths – Warwick Arts centre 3rd Monday

City Voices, Wolverhampton Second Tuesday
Goblin poetry, Bowling green Pub, Ashby, third Tues
Listen Ere, Warwick, First Tuesday
Mouth & Music Boars Head Gallery,39 Worcester St, Kidderminster Second Tuesday

Poetry Bites, Kings Heath Fourth Tuesday, bi monthly
Poetry Lounge, The Sitting Room,3 Upper Galdeford (above Thai Box), SY8 1QD
Ludlow, third Tues
Scribal Gathering Bull Hotel , Stony Stratford, 2nd Tuesday
Stafford Knott Storytelling, Old Crowne, Stafford, 4th Tuesday
Stories, songs and samosas, Nirankari Bhavan in Potters Lane, Wednesbury, 7.30, first Tuesday bi monthly
Tales at the Edge, White Lion Inn, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 2nd Tuesday
The Telling Space, Mythstories,The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse, 4th Tuesday
Word Wizards Buckingham Hotel, Buxton last Tuesday
Word, Y Theatre Leicester, First Tuesday

42 Worcester, last Wed
Bad Language, The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE, last Wed

Find the Right Words, Cookie Jar, leicester, 3rd Wed
Flying Donkeys, Voicebox, Foreman St Derby. 2nd wed ex Aug/Sept
Open Resistance, The Vault, Rugby, 1st Wed
Packhorse Poets,Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote, derbys, fourth Wed 7.30pm
Poetic Essence, Confession Box (65-66 Dale End, Birmingham City Centre, B4 7LS) Birmingham City Centre, 7.30pm 1st Wed
Poetry Party Vegged Out, Fletchers Walk, Paradise Circus Birmingham: Bi monthly , 4th Wed
Poetry train, the Lych Gate Tavern, 44 Queens Square Wolverhamtpton, Last Wednesday,
Quad Derby Second Wednesday
Spam,BAD EDIT VENUEmThe Old Post Office, 12 Wedgwood Street, st64jh Stoke,2nd wed
Spire Writes, The White Swan, chesterfield, Second Wednesday
Storytelling Cafe, Kitchen Garden Cafe, York rd, Kings heath, third Wed.
Templar Poetry, Lamb & Flag, The Tything, Worcester, , third Wednesday

Find the Right Words, Upstairs at the Western, Western Ph, Wertern Rd, Leicester LE3 0GA ,7.30pm £5in 3rd wed

Bang said the Gun, Manchester, weekly every Thursday
Blackdrop,, Canalhouse bar, canal st Nottingham, first thurs
Bilston Voices Fourth Thursday
Down the rabbit hole, Eclipse cafe, Coventry second thurs
Poetry Breakfast, Tea on the Square, Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Every second Thursday (except August) at 9am
PureandGoodandRight ,The fox Clarendon rd L Spa , Second thursday
Find the Right Words,> Embrace arts, .Leicester LE1 17A, last Thursday
Ten open mic spots available, 5 before hand and 5 on the door.

£5/£4 conc entry
Good Impressions , Hinckley, first Thursday
Hit the Ode , Birmingham, Last Thursday
Ouse Muse, bedford, third Thurs

The Poetry Evening, The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse,.First Thursday
Poetry Jam, Urban Coffee ho, Church st, brum, 1st thurs
The Shipping Forecast Sheffield, Second Thursday
Speak Up, Hare and Hounds, Moseley, Birmingham, 3rd Thursday
Utter, Thimblemill Library, fourth Thursday

Worcester Speakeasy , second thurs
Word Up , Aston, Birmingham, first Thursdays
Word Up – Yorks Bakery cafe, 1 newhall st, Birmingham, Fourth Thursday

Spoken Worlds , Burton on Trent Third Friday
Writers Bloc- Uni of Birmingham SU, Boerma Bar, Third Friday
Wedensbury open Mic, Wednesbury Art gallery and Musem, third Friday

Notes From the Underground , Hollybush, Cradley Heath ,Second sat, monthly
Poets Place, Birmingham Central Library, alternate Sats twice monthly:

Artournament, Cheltenham Sunday Chill, first
Buzzwords, Leckhampton,Cheltenham First Sunday
Poems and Pints, Stone, third Sun
Rhyme and Tells at the Six Bells in Bishops Castle, Shropshire, 4th Sunday
Sunday Xpress, Digbeth, Fourth Sunday

‘GO AND SEE’ – For Free

Go and See does what it says on the tin: it allows West Midlands poets to attend spoken word events (regular nights, one-off shows, slams, etc.) in other parts of the country by covering the price of travel and tickets to the event.

If you are a performance poet, this could be a wonderful opportunity to hear new voices and discover new styles; to finally catch your favourite artist live; to chat with successful event organisers and use their experience to improve your own night; or to make contacts in a part of the country you haven’t had the chance to visit yet.

We will ask those who take part in the scheme to write a short blog entry about their trip (or record a video response), to be posted both on the Punch Records website and the Apples and Snakes blog.

Here’s all you need to do to apply:

1. Download the Application Form.
2. Find an event you would like to attend.
3. Figure out exactly how you think you will benefit from it.
4. Email Waqar Azam from Punch ( with a completed entry form and the words “Go and See” in the subject line.
5. Hope for the best!

The deadline is the last day of each month. By the 7th of the following month, we will pick one or two lucky applicants and send them off to see the event(s) of their choice. This project will function every month until further notice.
So, no more excuses. Don’t just sit there. Go and See!

Go and See is a partnership between Apples and Snakes and Punch Records. For more info click here:

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