Lunchtime Poetry Reading - Dudley
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00

Lunchtime Poetry Reading - Dudley

  • Priory Ruins, Priory Park, Paganel Dr Dudley DY1 4AP (map)
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Premier Events have partnered with Dudley bookshop Saturday Books.

We are bringing Diverse and distinctive poetry to Dudley. We have a broad scope of artists perform that appeals to people from all backgrounds, providing people with an insight into accounts and deliberation the human mind.

Saturday Books run by Francis, is a special little gem located just off Dudley High street. If you love books be sure to speak with Francis at our events. Every month a new team of local poets will be performing their best works for an exclusive audience.

Feel free to email us if you like to feature on a future event.

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Grizzly Pear: Magic
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Grizzly Pear: Magic

Writer’s Bloc presents their very own spoken word night, Grizzly Pear! Our solo headliner this month is the talented Antosh Wojcik, and our headline duo are the wonderful Bethany Slinn and Liz Ord!

Grizzly Pear is held in the function room at the Bristol Pear (feel free to ask at the bar if you can’t find us). The doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Entry is just £3 for students and £5 for non-students.

Our open mic format is changing! Instead of advance slots, this year all open micers will be decided randomly on the night, via a 'names out of a hat' style digital generator. Feel free to sign up any time.

Open mic slots are available by contacting Jonah Corren directly (by either messaging him on Facebook or email him at jonahcorren@gmail.com) or by posting on this event page. You can also sign up on the night. Both short prose pieces and poetry are encouraged for the open mic, but all slots are a maximum of 5 minutes long (this time limit will be strictly enforced).

The theme for this month is ‘Magic’, however, this is only for you if you need inspiration, you don’t need to read or perform to this specific theme.

Opening the second half of the evening will be our Haiku Slam! Whether you’re a first time or an experienced haiku writer, you can compete head-to-head in a slam judged by three members of the audience. Everyone who enters must prepare THREE haiku, because the finalists will have to compete in three heats altogether. Judges will be keeping an eye on syllables, so please stick to the 5/7/5 structure. The winner of the slam will win an amazing prize, so we suggest you haiku it up. Haiku slam slots are available by contacting Jonah Corren directly (by either messaging him on Facebook or email him at jonahcorren@gmail.com), or by messaging the Grizzly Pear Facebook page. If you enter the haiku slam you can still sign up for an open mic slot, so why not do both?

Our Headliners:

Antosh Wojcik is a poet, drummer & sound artist. His debut solo theatre piece, 'How To Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia', combines drumming & spoken word in an exploration of vascular dementia. It is produced by Penned In The Margins and has toured the UK throughout 2019.

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Liz Ord is a performance artist and photographer, whose performance work has featured at Funkenteleky, The Festival of Audacity and Digbeth Weekender. They are the current artist in residence of Shout festival as a part of the collective ‘softy spoken’ as well as being a part of Black hole cohort in Vivid projects a performance based gallery.
Liz's words mimic and/or mock situations they find problematic and repeat them until they are comical, and perhaps a little on the unhinged side. Concentrating mostly on internet culture and the space between being seen to be/do/believe and actually physically being/doing/ believing.
‘Liz’s work holds up a distorted mirror to what is around us and in it, we see our selves looking.’ - Jack Crow

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Bethany Slinn- creative-facilitator, poetry-performer, activist, human. Space for accolades ____________. Embracing radical softness.


See you all there!
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Birmingham Launch: Planet In Peril
Oct
5
1:15 PM13:15

Birmingham Launch: Planet In Peril

With talk by Rob Grant, Birmingham Green Party.

There has never been a more critical moment in this planet’s history. Ecosystems and species stand upon the precipice of extinction and await human action. Spurred by the urgency of the situation, Fly on the Wall Press has teamed up with WWF UK, The Climate Coalition, Dr Michelle Cain (Oxford University), former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, Helen Mort, and wildlife photographer, Emily Gellard Photography, to create an anthology for our future.

“Planet in Peril” combines beautiful photography and artwork of endangered species and delicate ecosystems, with poetry designed to increase public awareness of the complex issues surrounding climate change.

Free! Suggested donation only. Expect excellent spoken word and artist talks as well as lunch, nibbles and drinks available from the fantastic cafe!

20% of the profits from the book will go to The Climate Coalition and WWF

Hardback books will be available at the special launch price of £17.00 (RRP £18.99)

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Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal Presents: Autumn Issue Launch
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal Presents: Autumn Issue Launch

Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal Issue 1 launch : Words @ the Woodman

Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal is proud to present its inaugural issue. Celebrated with line up of poets published in the Autumn - issue 1 of Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal performing at the September edition of Words
@ the Woodman.

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 Lunchtime Poetry Reading - Dudley
Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Lunchtime Poetry Reading - Dudley

  • Priory Ruins, Priory Park, Paganel Dr Dudley DY1 4AP (map)
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Premier Events have partnered with Dudley bookshop Saturday Books.

We are bringing Diverse and distinctive poetry to Dudley. We have a broad scope of artists perform that appeals to people from all backgrounds, providing people with an insight into accounts and deliberation the human mind.

Saturday Books run by Francis, is a special little gem located just off Dudley High street. If you love books be sure to speak with Francis at our events. Every month a new team of local poets will be performing their best works for an exclusive audience.

Feel free to email us if you like to feature on a future event.

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Stirchley Speaks: Samiir Saunders, Jess Syposz and Cariss Auburn
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Stirchley Speaks: Samiir Saunders, Jess Syposz and Cariss Auburn

Doors: 7pm
Start: 7:30pm
Open mic: Up to 5 minutes, slots are given out on the door
Entry: £3 - this gets split between the featured acts

Open mic-ers go freeeeeee (but are given out on the door ONLY, and on a first come, first served basis. spaces are limited so be quick!)

Stirchley Speaks and Artefact continue to invite all perspectives, experiences, and ways of telling them, through its doors. No censors. All we ask is you be mindful of any content which may be traumatic for others in the room. Merci bicoup- Stirchley Speaks

🥁Cariss Auburn🥁

Cariss Auburn is a singer-songwriter and self-taught producer from Wolverhampton. Citing her musical influences as ranging from jazz to 80's soul and funk, she has brought her melodic and soulful sound to regular performances throughout the Midlands and beyond, notably opening for soul legend Alexander O’Neal at The Jamhouse, Birmingham.

Her debut EP ‘Unphased’, from which the eponymous track was named “standout” track of the week on BBC Introducing WM, is out now along with the accompanying music video for her single ‘Summer’.

Cariss is looking forward to releasing new music this year after gaining local media attention with the release of her Youtube music video series “Wolverhampton Wanders"

Check out the 'Wolverhampton Wanders’ Youtube Video Series by Cariss Auburn:

https://youtu.be/9kZaVzEaWTM

🔥Jessica Syposz🔥

Jessica Syposz is a writer and performer who is interested in how we can better cultivate empathy in the face of an uncertain future.
Incorporating Eastern European folklore, body horror and moments of everyday tenderness, her work highlights the historical narratives that fuel our fears and make us less able to care for each other. Most recently, she has performed sound-poetry on Birmingham's streets as part of Festival of Audacity 2019. She is currently writing poetry about a mysterious Russian radio station.

⚡Samiir Saunders⚡

Samiir is an artist, poet and filmmaker from Birmingham. His work explores the ambiguity of language and identity, through abstraction and visual fragmentation. Samiir’s drawings are characterised by a distinctive recurring contour line motif; a metaphor for the repetitive, subtly shifting processes through which we construct our reality. In February, Samiir had the first solo exhibition of his drawings and poetry; space/meaning, here at Artefact. This summer, he was an artist in residence for the 2019 Supernormal festival, where he developed and performed the interactive branching narrative poetry piece; Mind Control Victims Anonymous.


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TT Brum No.14
Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

TT Brum No.14

Twisted Tongues is a monthly open mic night for spoken word artists: poets, story-tellers, comedians, singers/musicians. Open to all level of performers.

Twisted Tongues is a Derby based open mic night but we are now bringing it to Birmingham!

TT Brum will have a bit of a different set up Sept-Nov 2019. We're still meeting at The Station, in the back room, but it will be a more relaxed setting without a mic and instead, an informal chit-chat/ feedback/ drinks session.

7:30-9:30pm

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Lunchtime Poetry Reading - Dudley
Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Lunchtime Poetry Reading - Dudley

  • Priory Ruins, Priory Park, Paganel Dr Dudley DY1 4AP (map)
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Premier Events have partnered with Dudley bookshop Saturday Books.

We are bringing Diverse and distinctive poetry to Dudley. We have a broad scope of artists perform that appeals to people from all backgrounds, providing people with an insight into accounts and deliberation the human mind.

Saturday Books run by Francis, is a special little gem located just off Dudley High street. If you love books be sure to speak with Francis at our events. Every month a new team of local poets will be performing their best works for an exclusive audience.

Feel free to email us if you like to feature on a future event.

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Word Out!
Jul
11
7:30 PM19:30

Word Out!

  • 1464 Pershore Road Birmingham, England, B30 2NT United Kingdom (map)
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Are you a storyteller, poet, spoken word artist, prose writer, performer or a musician that creates work full of StoryVibes?

If so, then we need you for our Summer Extravaganza Competition

WORD OUT

We are looking for performers who can wow us for 5 minutes with their work.

And we are offering a first prize of a longer open mic slot 15-20 minutes in our Autumn Season + a mystery prize and 2 runners up prizes of a guaranteed 8 minute slot.

Entry for all (including performers) £3

Apply to our email: storyvibes.night@gmail.com by June 1st 2019

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Ramblers Ball:  Blakesly Hall takeover
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Ramblers Ball: Blakesly Hall takeover

The Ramblers Ball is BACK this summer, and this time it is hitting the road! The popular open-mic poetry night created by Digbeth’s social enterprise café, Evolve, and friends, will return at 6pm on 11 July, taking over the stunning grounds of Blakesley Hall for one night only.



The Ramblers Ball will be bringing beats, eats, and treats with it, as well as three stellar headliners you will not want to miss. The stage will be set for three show-stopping main acts including Birmingham’s very own Casey Bailey; Hannah Swings, who you will recognise from Nationwide Building Society’s recent national advert; and ThinkWriteFly, aka Adrian B Earle.


Set against the beautiful backdrop of Blakesley Hall, the poetry event will bring together the history of Birmingham with the future of the UK’s spoken word scene. You will be able to enjoy one of the city’s most treasured sites, while taking in the unrivalled verse and even taking to the stage to give it a go for yourself.


The open-mic night is open to poetry amateurs and prose-fessionals alike, with pre-bookable spaces on the stage available for all (just email hattie@eastvillageagency.com for a slot!) as well as opportunities to sign up on the night. Whether its flash fiction, a short story, or poetry, this is the perfect platform to perform your work.


If you don't fancy taking to the stage, you can still join the fun as a spectator. Wood-fired, fresh pizza will be available, so grab a slice of the action and book your £5 ticket today. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to supporting the incredible work of Evolve, so your pizza and poetry will be completely guilt free.

@MrCaseyBailey

@HannahSwings

@Think_write_fly

++++ AND-you.

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Freeverse Poetry Festival
Jul
6
12:00 PM12:00

Freeverse Poetry Festival

  • Brownhills Activity Centre, Chester Road North, WS8 7JW (map)
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Freeverse is a free poetry festival celebrating poetry from Walsall, the West Midlands and Beyond.

Organised by Orators and their Opinions open mic and Walsall Poetry Society Freeverse Poetry Festival is a brilliant afternoon of poetry with great local performers and the chance for poets of all levels of experience to share their words at special open mic sessions.

Appearing at the festival will be Willis the Poet, Holly Daffurn, Rob Francis, Paul McDonald, Samantha Roden, Paul Elwell and Gerald Kells. Our headliners are the fantastic Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists, aka Steve Pottinger, Dave Pitt and Emma Purshouse.

We’re also pleased to announce Scarlett Ward and Sallyanne Rock will be running a free poetry workshop entitled, “Find your voice.” Sign up by contacting Scarlett directly or leaving a comment below.

Brownhills Community Centre will have refreshments and snacks for sale at their licensed bar, please note car parking is also free as well. All poets are welcome to bring any of their books and sell them at the event. Please note all open mics are sign up after the event opens on the day itself.

This festival is supported by the University of Wolverhampton and supported and sponsored by Creative Black Country.

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Poetry Jam
Jul
4
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Jam

Poetry Jam | First Thursday of Every Month | Wayland's Yard, Birmingham, 42 Bull Street, B4 6AF | 7 til 9pm

A monthly open mic platform to jam, perform and click with a community of creatives.

Free entry. Starting promptly at 7pm to fit as many performers in as possible (advised to come early to get the best seats).

Want an open mic slot? Arrive 15 minutes before the night kicks off to sign up to the open mic list.

We welcome everyone and embrace key principals of individuality, love, innovation and creativity! The night is a beautiful combination of first time & just-starting-out poets to established & confident poets. It's a non-genre specific open mic night where pieces can go from love, to comedy to very personal topics - we don't audit or alter the artistic work so be prepared and be aware that sensitive topics and explicit words may be used.

You may hear clicking throughout the evening, this is when someone in the audience agrees, feels a vibe and/or appreciates a particular flow, style or message. Poetry Jam is a safe space for people to have their first time on a mic, meet like minded people, or just get completely absorbed in unique, raw and honest spoken word pieces.

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Poetry Spa Day - celebrating wellness through poetry and reading June 2019
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Poetry Spa Day - celebrating wellness through poetry and reading June 2019

Welcome to the Poetry Spa - enjoy a wonderfully inspiring day devoted to poetry with the 'Emergency Poet' Deborah Alma and former Poet Laureate of Birmingham Roz Goddard in these historic surroundings.


Back by popular demand - please note that this is a repeat of our March event


Receive a free copy of 'Dirty Laundry', the much-celebrated daring and honest poetry book by Deborah Alma, and a Reading Spa gift pack as part of your ticket price and prepare for friendly discussions, absorption in poetry, a writing workshop and glorious afternoon tea.


Start the day gently with a spell of silent reading. Join a small group of other bookish people to experience the benefits of concentrated reading in quiet, conducive surroundings. We’ll be withdrawing to contemplate and read in a specially set up room. Bring your own text or borrow one on the day.


'Writing can be good for you' - this workshop is a gentle introduction into writing the self through poetry. Through a series of enjoyable exercises, sharing poetic texts and conversation, you will be helped to transform some of the material of the self into imaginative writing; focusing on the positive, to help achieve self-acceptance, calm and to be properly in the moment. There will be no pressure to share your writing. Just bring yourself.


Also on offer are a limited number of 15 minute poetry consultations from the Emergency Poet, a poetic first-aid service prescribing poems as cures, plus a free anthology to take away. (You can choose to book one of these when you buy your ticket - you will also be able to attend the rest of the first session as described below).


The day at a glance:
10.00 - 12.00 Roz Goddard hosts a silent reading spa session with poetry aplenty, mindful reading and meditation and a discussion in the cafe to follow (while Deborah Alma also offers the pre-booked poetry on prescription consultations)
12.00 - 1.00 Lunch: not included - but lots of options around B&MI
1.00 - 3.00 'Writing can be good for you' poetry workshop with Deborah
3.00 - 3.30 Afternoon tea with cake - included in the ticket price
3.30 - 4.00 Roz hosts an in-conversation with Deborah about her work, with readings

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Stirchley Speaks: Kimberley Knaggs, Lucy Barka and Lauren Hoyle
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Stirchley Speaks: Kimberley Knaggs, Lucy Barka and Lauren Hoyle

Doors: 7pm
Start: 7:30pm
Open mic: Up to 5 minutes, slots are given out on the door
Entry: £3 - this gets split between the featured acts

Open mic-ers go freeeeeee (but are given out on the door ONLY, and on a first come, first served basis. spaces are limited so be quick!)

Stirchley Speaks and Artefact continue to invite all perspectives, experiences, and ways of telling them, through its doors. No censors. All we ask is you be mindful of any content which may be traumatic for others in the room. Merci bicoup- Stirchley Speaks

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TT Brum No. 13
Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

TT Brum No. 13

  • 7 High Street Birmingham, England, B14 7BB United Kingdom (map)
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Twisted Tongues is a monthly open mic night for spoken word artists: poets, story-tellers, comedians, singers/musicians. Open to all level of performers.

Twisted Tongues is a Derby based open mic night but we are now bringing it to Birmingham!

Come on down to The Station in Kings Heath for an evening of poetry, drinking and chatting. Watch Birmingham's bardic talents strut their verbal stuff, or get behind the mic yourself and read us your own words.

Open mic slots will be available to book on the night, but 6 pre-bookable slots will become available a week before the event!

SLOTS ARE 5 MINUTES.

Doors open 7:30pm/ 8pm kickoff

£2 entry for students (bring your student ID!)
£3 entry for everyone else

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Verve Poetry Press Launch - Jasmine Gardosi & Ben Norris
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Verve Poetry Press Launch - Jasmine Gardosi & Ben Norris

Join us for our second Verve Poetry Press launch event of 2019!

Jasmine Gardosi and Ben Norris are both poets known for their amazing performance ability. And while on this occasion they’re pamphlets Hurtz and Some Ending are written very much for the page, we know they will be brought to vivid life on this wonderful night.

Supporting them are two top stalwarts of the Birmingham poetry scene – one who we see all the time and one who we don’t see nearly enough - Sean Colletti and Hazel Sealeaf!
Jasmine Gardosi is a Birmingham based poet of national and international standing and renown. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, BBC Asian Network and Glastonbury Festival. As well as performing regularly around the UK, she is expanding her international reach. Most recently, she had been featured by Button Poetry, the world’s largest spoken word platform, after being awarded an Honourable Mention for Oustanding International Entry in their 2018 video contest.

A Ledbury Poetry Festival board member, she also runs West Midlands Poets’ Place for Apples and Snakes, and regular school and community workshops, where she continues to combine sex education and creativity. Verve are thrilled to help finally bring this important poet to print.

Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry champion – 2017 BBC Poetry Slam and 2013 UK All-Stars Poetry Slam – and has appeared everywhere from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. His debut solo show. ‘The Htichhikers’ Guide to the Family’ won the IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring the UK and Australia, and his first short film, commissioned by Channel 4, was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award. He is currently developing a new show about elite sport, ‘The Distance’.

Ben is from Nottingham and is currently poet-in-residence for Nottinghamshire Libraries, and a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse. He also plays Ben Archer in ‘The Archers’ on BBC Radio Four. Verve are so happy to be working with the amazing poet.

Tickets are £5 but can be refunded against the purchase of either pamphlet.

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The Noise
May
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Noise

THE NOISE

... A spoken word evening in aid of the International Humanitarian Charity, SKT Welfare.

-All proceeds from the evening will go toward providing emergency food, water and sanitation to those affected by Cyclone Idai-


FEATURING :
JEMIMA HUGHES
An up and coming poet taking Birmingham by storm. Jemima has been in the performance poetry space for only a year, her themes focus around mental health and the passion found in her delivery is second to none.

Next Featured act TBC


The When's & Where's etc.:

•Doors will open at 19:30 and we're due to start at 20:00

• Hosted by Birmingham's beautiful Cherry Reds we'll be upstairs in the Bosta Room

•Tickets are £5 on the door in aid of Cyclone Idai survivors


What better way to spend your Tuesday evening?

So come along, share some thoughts, watch creativity and observe language leaving peoples mouths while supporting a fantastic cause!

It's NOT to be missed.


To book your open mic slot drop me an email: lydia@sktwelfare.org

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TT Brum No. 12
May
14
7:30 PM19:30

TT Brum No. 12

  • 7 High Street Birmingham, England, B14 7BB United Kingdom (map)
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Twisted Tongues is a monthly open mic night for spoken word artists: poets, story-tellers, comedians, singers/musicians. Open to all level of performers.

Twisted Tongues is a Derby based open mic night but we are now bringing it to Birmingham!

Come on down to The Station in Kings Heath for an evening of poetry, drinking and chatting. Watch Birmingham's bardic talents strut their verbal stuff, or get behind the mic yourself and read us your own words.

Open mic slots will be available to book on the night, but 6 pre-bookable slots will become available a week before the event!

SLOTS ARE 5 MINUTES.

Doors open 7:30pm/ 8pm kickoff

£2 entry for students (bring your student ID!)
£3 entry for everyone else

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The Launch of Primers Vol. Four in Birmingham
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Launch of Primers Vol. Four in Birmingham

  • Margaret Street, Birmingham, Birmingham, B3 3, United Kingdom (map)
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Join us for the launch of Primers Volume Four

The fourth in a series of anthologies produced as part of the annual Primers scheme, run in partnership by The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press, featuring three new and emerging voices.

Edited and chosen by Kim Moore with Jane Commane

ABOUT THE POETS:

Lewis Buxton was born in London in 1993. He is a poet, performer & arts producer. His poems have appeared in Ambit, Ink, Sweat & Tears and Oxford Poetry as well as coming third in the Magma Poetry Prize. He lives in Norwich.

Amelia Loulli lives in Cumbria with her three children and an undisclosed, but significantly large, number of books. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2016 and 2017, and last year she was shortlisted for Primers Volume Three.

Victoria Richards is a journalist and writer. In 2017/18 she was shortlisted in the Bath Novel Award and the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, was highly commended for poetry in the Bridport Prize and came third in The London Magazine Short Story Competition. She was also longlisted in the National Poetry Competition.

The Primers scheme provides an important platform for emerging poets who are seeking to develop their writing and build towards a full collection of poems. With the involvement of a different guest poet each year as mentor and one of the selecting editors, Primers nurtures and supports new talent that may otherwise not find an outlet. It also aims to provide an important opportunity for poets to develop their skills, work on their poetry practice, receive mentoring and editing and find audiences for their work.

This event is hosted in partnership with Writing West Midalnds and Birmingham City University (Institute of Creative and Critical Writing)

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Raft Launch with Special Guests
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Raft Launch with Special Guests

  • 88-92 John Bright Street Birmingham, England, B1 1PU United Kingdom (map)
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The most recent publication from Bad Betty Press, ‘Raft’ “is a map and a prescription for healing, essential reading for anyone tunneling their way out of pain.” The debut pamphlet of Anne Gill will be launched in the Bosta Room of Cherry Reds in Birmingham, where copies will be available on the night.

Anne will be joined by guest readers, including Leon Priestnall, Jess Davies, Amy Acre, Jasmine Gardosi and Nafeesa Hamid. The reading will be hosted by Sean Colletti.

This event is free to attend, but donations will be taken for RSVP Birmingham.

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Stirchley Speaks: Kamil Mahmood, Jemima Hughes & Leon Chatterton
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Stirchley Speaks: Kamil Mahmood, Jemima Hughes & Leon Chatterton

  • 1464 Pershore Road Birmingham, England, B30 2NT United Kingdom (map)
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Doors: 7pm
Start: 7:30pm
Open mic: Up to 5 minutes, slots are given out on the door
Entry: £3 - this gets split between the featured acts

Open mic-ers go freeeeeee (but are given out on the door ONLY, and on a first come, first served basis. spaces are limited so be quick!)

Stirchley Speaks and Artefact continue to invite all perspectives, experiences, and ways of telling them, through its doors. No censors. All we ask is you be mindful of any content which may be traumatic for others in the room. Merci bicoup- Stirchley Speaks

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Funkenteleky VI
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Funkenteleky VI

  • 79-81 Cheapside Birmingham, England, B12 0QH United Kingdom (map)
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As Poetry & Music collaboration night Funkenteleky returns home to The Edge, nothing is quite as it seems… While Funk was on a city break to Verve Festival, rumours have been spreading over Digbeth. Whispers of poems you can’t dance to, tunes allergic to words, and worst of all a prohibition of barely planned shit happening. There can be only one thing behind this… that’s right, we fear this is the work of… FUN-CAN’T-ELEKY!

So, if you fancy helping quash/pacify/empathise-with this newly infamous force (or just having a lovely evening) come on down to Funkenteleky! We’ve amazing Poets and out-of-this-world Musicians making new things together live on stage for one night only. We’ve a Poetry Slam beyond compare. And most of all we’ve you and your love for all this and more (don’t forget it!).

Featuring...

Chris Young

Chris Young is an alto saxophonist and composer based in Birmingham. He is one of the most in-demand players on the scene, fronting his own bands including Orbits, JACKED, and countless dazzling [insert number]-tets. He has played in the award-winning Beats and Pieces big band, and co-promotes Jazz at the Spotted Dog, one of the country’s most well-regarded gigs. Chris is one of the city’s brightest stars – we’re super hyped he’ll be laying it down at Funkenteleky VI! "Lyrical – a real tour-de-force.” London Jazz News

Malaika Kegode

Malaika Kegode is a poet, promoter and workshop facilitator based in Bristol. She has performed at celebrated events around the UK such as Tongue Fu, Out-Spoken at The 100 Club, WOMAD, Boomtown Festival and BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. She was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Poetry Award 2019 and has acted as tour support for Saul Williams. Malaika works as assistant producer for Blahblahblah at Bristol Old Vic, and is a founder and director of Milk Poetry, a poetry organisation that produces innovative spoken word events in a supportive environment. In 2018, Malaika was included in the The BME Power List, celebrating Bristol’s 100 most influential black & minority ethnic people. Her overall themes of family, mental health, addiction and love always have an undercurrent of optimism and strength. Her performance style has been described as “filmic” and “musical”. Malaika’s debut poetry collection Requite was published by Burning Eye Books in 2017.

Luke Kennard

Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist who lecturers at the University of Birmingham. His last collection, Cain (2016), was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and his first novel, The Transition, was published by 4th Estate in 2017. His latest pamphlet, Truffle Hound, was published by Verve Poetry Press last year. In collaboration with our musicians, Luke will be performing brand new material from a yet-to-be-released work...!

Wuzzamill [Wuzza Razz]

Wuzzamill is an influential poet, songwriter and rapper from Birmingham. He has performed with THSH, supported Suli Breaks on his first UK tour, influenced the Birmingham does Bhangra weekend with Selfridges, channeled his inner Raphaelite working with BMAG; a resident Poetry Jammer, Wuzzamill’s infectious energy has no end. Wuzzamill uses poetry and rhythm to explore the seven deadly sins, although rarely name dropped, it is a constant theme that everyone lives through and understands but only to the extent that they want to understand it. Welcome to Wuzzamillia: a place where you can unapologetically feel, a reminder of what is real.

Jess May Davies

Jess May Davies is an artist from Redditch, and now a part of Birmingham’s poetry community. Jess is the founder of Stirchley Speaks – a monthly spoken word night in Stirchley, a writer and a workshop facilitator. As a self confessed introvert, Jess uses poetry to explore their own identity in relation to mental health, environment and their sexuality.

squidheart

In a Funkenteleky first, Funk VI will feature improv comedy (in live collaboration with improvised music) from the acclaimed squidheart! A two-person improvised comedy show created and performed by Kate Knight and Suzie Evans. Inspired by a single word from the audience, they create an entire world featuring a range of hilarious characters and compelling stories. The result is a satisfying blend of offbeat comedy and genuine emotional connection. With every scene created moment to moment, each show is a thrilling and unique experience, never to be repeated. Previous audiences have described their show as ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’ and 'surreal genius’.

Andrew Woodhead

Andrew Woodhead is an award winning composer and musician working across a wide variety of contexts, taking in jazz, free improvisation, electronica, folk and new music. As well as performing around the UK and abroad with his own and other peoples’ projects, he also curates Fizzle, an Improvised Music concert series. Andrew is co-director of Ideas of Noise festival, which celebrates experimental sounds from the Midlands and beyond.

We think this might be one amazing lineup. Hopes you agree :)

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THE FUNKENTELEKY POETRY SLAM

A space for spoken experiments, a chance to try something new, a platform to push the poetry boat out in front of peeps who are already on-board.

If the Funkenteleky Slam is a Pokémon it has evolved… At Funkenteleky VI, there are five slam entries available. Each poet will perform in a live collaboration with one of our musicians, paired together in a live draw on the night. These duos will be ‘assessed’ ‘via’ the time-honoured ‘criteria’ of Jeapoardy, Wha!? and Funkenteleky + an yet to be discovered metric represented by this question mark: ?

Time limit = 5 mins… we chill so no scores docked for going a bit over, but duos dropping an Iliad should be aware they risk ejection from the stage via the Funkblaster Funkthousand (an actual thing).

So excited to announce that our Slam Judges will be: Emily Dickinson, John Coltrane, Maya Angelou & LK.

3 advance entries for poets are available till the day before gig & 2 more on the night. These entrants will be chosen at random if we are oversubscribed. If you’re a musician and want to get involved, get in touch – we may be able to pair you with a poet for a freewheeling wildcard duo.

NOTE – our slam is not an opportunity to take oneself too seriously (seriously) + all breaking of slam conventions is highly encouraged. The winner will receive the coveted Funkenteleky Slam Trophy, endless kudos, and the ultimate mystery prize!

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And, after all of the (amazing) above, stick around as Wolva Meme his soulful self spins vinyl floorfillers till whenever you stop dancing.

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Funkenteleky VI is at The Edge in Digbeth
Doors open at 7:30pm
Entry = £6 (includes a £Priceless Funkenteleky badge)
There is a bar, there will be snacks – both are cash only.

All door takings go to pay our performers for their mad skills - and this is our biggest ever lineup! If you’re super skint, though, no worries – we really can empathise with that – if you wouldn’t mind dropping us a message a day or two in advance to get PAYF entry :) All are welcome to the funk.

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SATELLITE COMMUNICATION RECEIVED: Please send help STOP Fun-Can’t-Teleky invasion STOP crept up on me when sleeping in sousaphone STOP it’s everywhere STOP it says it wants answers STOP says uncertainty has to STOP my collaboration systems are failing STOP magic 8 ball reads ‘unfunky’ STOP ability to get down fading STOP please arrive soon STOP or at least by May 4th STOP arrgghhh STOP All the best, STOP Funkenteleky

n.b. https://youtu.be/tBAF3NNYAW4

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