Whisky & Words :: Poetry & Spoken Word Night @ The Whiskey Club on 20th Mar
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Whisky & Words :: Poetry & Spoken Word Night @ The Whiskey Club on 20th Mar

The Birmingham Whisky Club welcomes you to Whisky & Words…

This event is an evening of open mic poetry & spoken word, together with a headline set from one of the region's most exciting spoken word performers. 

There will be 12 open mic slots available - 8 pre-booked and 4 open on the door. To book a slot, please email us on amy@whiskyclubsgroup.co.uk. All slots will be allocated on a 1st come, 1st served basis so get in there quick! All open mic slots are 5 mins in duration - please be prepared so as not to go over your time limit!

Entry to the event is free, but this is a pay as you feel event and a collection bucket will be available for donations on the night. As this is an open mic event, there may be adult language and content - you have been warned!! 

The event will be held in the back room at the new bar. 

Set up for the event:-
- Doors at 7pm 
- 7:30pm start 
- 9:30pm finish 

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Isabel Galleymore, Significant Other: Book Launch
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Isabel Galleymore, Significant Other: Book Launch

Please join us for the Birmingham launch of Isabel Galleymore's debut collection, Significant Other, with an evening of celebratory readings from Isabel, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Richard O'Brien. Copies of the book will be available to buy. Please let us know you can make it by reserving a free Eventbrite ticket.

In her first book of poems, Isabel Galleymore takes a sustained look at the ‘eight million differently constructed hearts’ of species currently said to inhabit Earth. These are part of the significant other of her title; so too are the intimacies – loving, fraught, stalked by loss and extinction – that make up a life. The habit of foisting human agendas on non-human worlds is challenged. Must we still describe willows as weeping? In the twenty-first century, is it possible to be ‘at one’ with nature? The poems reflect on our desire to locate likeness, empathy and kinship with our environments, whilst embracing inevitable difference. As the narratives belonging to animal fables, Doomsday Preppers and climate change deniers are adapted, new metaphors are found that speak of both estrangement and entanglement. Drawing at times from her residency in the Amazon rainforest, Galleymore delves into a world of pink-toed tarantulas, the erotic lives of barnacles, and caged owls that behave like their keepers. The human world revises its own measure in the light of these poems.

Isabel Galleymore’s debut pamphlet, Dazzle Ship, was published by Worple Press in 2014. Her work has featured in magazines including Poetry, the London Review of Books and in New Poetries VII. In 2016 she was a poet-in-residence at the Tambopata Research Centre in the Amazon rainforest. In 2017 she received an Eric Gregory Award. She teaches at the University of Birmingham.

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a UK poet and academic who curates ecopoetics exhibitions. She is the author of a collection on wild swimming, swims (Penned in the Margins, 2017), and the forthcoming Dictionary of the Soil.

Richard O’Brien is the Birmingham Poet Laureate. He is the author of three poetry pamphlets and a playwright, as well as teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Creativity at the University of Birmingham, where he also studied for an MA and PhD with the Shakespeare Institute.

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A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn: Birmingham
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn: Birmingham

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When Jess joined the Labour Party at university in 2007 she doubled the number of members who met weekly in a Liverpool pub. Since then she’s stuck by the party through the downfall of Blair, the disappointment of Brown and the monolith of Miliband. Now, “after a decade of keeping her membership card firmly at the back of her wallet”, she’s fallen head over heels in love with Corbyn’s “raw socialist magnetism”. If only everyone else agreed...

A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn sees Jess ask how the party will ever win another general election when the left is so divided.

Following the success of her first poetry show, Burning Books which received 5* acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and on its national tour in 2015, Jess Green returns with a lyrical, powerful and humorous look at modern politics.

“I love the poetry. I love the spirit. I love the creativity. Fantastic” – Jeremy Corbyn

“Green’s voice is urgent, important and immensely enjoyable; she deserves to be heard” – Broadway Baby

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Yes, We Cant
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Yes, We Cant

Yes, We Cant featuring Janine Booth as our headliner for March. RM Francis takes the half ender slot. There will be the usual 8 line poetry competition and open mic slots are available (strictly five minutes). This is a pay as you feel event. It'd be great to see you if you can make it.

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The Caffe Grande Slam - featuring Brenda Read-Brown
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Caffe Grande Slam - featuring Brenda Read-Brown

In 2001, Brenda Read-Brown gave up a secure position as an IT project manager to be a full-time freelance poet and writer; it seemed like a good career move at the time. Since then she has performed her poetry in Texas and Denmark and the middle of the Atlantic; in the House of Lords and low dives and festivals all over the UK; in a pub with an audience of 2 people, including the barman, and on Radio 4.

Brenda has won more slams than Roger Federer and also written several award-winning plays. Her first poetry collection, Arbitrary edges, came out in 2013, and her new one, Like love, was published by V Press in November 2018. What she enjoys most is helping other people find their words.

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Spoken Trend ft. Nafeesa Hamid + Neil Richards
Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Spoken Trend ft. Nafeesa Hamid + Neil Richards

First event of 2019!!

Spoken Trend is a Birmingham based spoken word + poetry event. Giving the opportunity for writers and artists to share and perform their material with like minded people.

Meeting on the last Wednesday of every month, the night includes a variety of both Featured Artist sets and Open Mic slots. Open Mic slots are 5 minutes in duration and become available on the door, on a first come first served basis. There are also a handful of slots available in advance by getting in touch via our Facebook or Twitter Spoken Trend

Featuring this month...

Nafeesa Hamid:
Nafeesa Hamid is a British Pakistani poet and playwright based in Birmingham. She has featured at nights around the UK and has been a performer at TedxBrum. She is published in The Things I Would Tell You (...), a 2017 anthology edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. Her debut collection Besharam is available to purchase from Verve Poetry Press. She is founder and co organiser of Twisted Tongues (Derby/ Bham). She was a finalist in the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam 2018.

Neil Richards:
Neil Richards is a Worcester based poet and has been writing for three years. He has been published in Ink Sweat And Tears, Eye Flash and Snakeskin, and has had a pamphlet published by Frosted Fire press. He performs regularly on the open mic circuit, and is reading (along with Shaun Hill, Jack Crowe and James Kierney) at this years Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

Doors 7PM for a 7.30PM start.

£3 Entry.

@ The Bulls Head, 77 The Green, Kings Norton B38 8RU. Accessible via Kings Norton Station (5 min walk), 45, 47 bus routes. Full Parking available.

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Willis the Poet’s Comedy Extravaganza @ the Knight and Garter on 21st Feb
Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

Willis the Poet’s Comedy Extravaganza @ the Knight and Garter on 21st Feb

Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts Music, Comedy and Arts CIC present Willis the Poet’s Comedy Extravaganza

Willis the Poet’s Comedy Extravaganza is a free-wheel through the world of comedic poetry with 6 of the very best comic poets from around the UK. Expect mirth, expect laughter, expect the unexpected, because this is spoken word with an edge, and it’s so sharp who knows which bits you will lose in the performance!

Willis the Poet’s Comedy Extravaganza
Thursday 21st February 2019 
The Gallery Venue at Knight & Garter
7.30pm start, tickets £5
presented as part of Leics Comedy Festival 2019



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Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists Present Yes, We Cant @ the Lighthouse Cinema On 3rd Feb
Feb
3
7:00 PM19:00

Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists Present Yes, We Cant @ the Lighthouse Cinema On 3rd Feb

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poken Word and Poetry Extravaganza

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Walsall's regular poetry night comes to Wolverhampton for the Lit Fest! Expect headline poets, open-mic spots, a poetry competition, rubbish prizes, and the usual madcap Mcing from Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists! 
Entry (or rather, exit) by donation

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Grizzly Pear: 'Community' @ the Bristol Pear on 17th Jan
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Grizzly Pear: 'Community' @ the Bristol Pear on 17th Jan

  • 676 Bristol Road Birmingham, England, B29 6BJ United Kingdom (map)
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Grizzly Pear is Writers' Bloc's very own spoken word night, held at the Bristol Pear in Selly Oak.

Taking on our duo headline slot this month are Alex Calver and Mikey Barnes, and our solo headliner is Connor Macleod. 

Open mic slots are available in advance by contacting Jonah Corren directly or posting on this event page, and at least two slots will be available on the door. All open mic slots are 5 minutes long, maximum. This time limit will be strictly enforced. Both poetry and short prose pieces are highly encouraged!

If you don’t make it onto the open mic list, you will be placed on the waiting list and, if there's time, you may still be able to perform!

The theme this time is ‘Community’ , however this is only for you to use if you need some inspiration; you don’t have to read anything specific to the theme.

Entry is £3 for students and £5 for non students.

Doors open at 7pm and the event begins at 7:30pm.
We will be in the function room, upstairs in the Bristol Pear. (Feel free to ask at the bar if you can't find it).

We will also be opening the second half of the evening with a Haiku Slam! This allows any experienced or first time haiku writers to compete in a head-to-head 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 definitely be taking syllables into account so make sure it’s 5/7/5. The winner of the slam will win an amazing prize, so we suggest you haiku it up.

If you would like to sign up to compete, feel free to post on this event page or message Jonah Corren on Facebook / via email at jonahcorren@gmail.com. Those of you who compete in the Haiku Slam will still be allowed to sign up for an open mic slot!


Our headliners:

Alex Calver has been dominating the South West with their presence for the last two years, ransacking open mic slots as they go. Since then, they have branched out to London, joining the London Queer Writer's Collective and performing alongside Jordan Smith, Lowkey, Fay Roberts and National Slam Champion Ussama Minhas. President of the Spoken Word Society at Bath Spa University, Alex became part of Bath Spa's UniSlam 2018 Team where they placed second, before setting up their own Spoken Word event, Poetry+, which launched in Bath in April 2018. Their status as a trans poet has started turning heads across the UK, through performing at Edinburgh Fringe's acclaimed BBC Slam, Raise The Bar's Annual Showcase and the Roundhouse Slam with their heart-on-sleeve works surrounding love and heartbreak and their stronger focus on raw and moving poetry about mental health and LGBTQ+ issues. Returning to Bath Spa's UniSlam Team for 2019, and with an Edinburgh Fringe show in the works, Alex is continuing to infiltrate the scene for their own benefit, finding a platform for activism through personal and narrative-led poetry.

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Mikey Barnes is a University of Birmingham Modern Languages student currently undertaking a year of studying abroad - though he promises not to talk about that too much. Last year he was part of the University's winning team at Unislam, and had the opportunity to perform abroad as part of the CUPSI slam. Reflecting his firm belief in the personal within the political, his poetry explores his attempts to understand himself and his place in the world as a queer trans person. A degenerate postmodern neo-marxist, he hopes to question dominant narratives of identity, bring new perspectives, and open dialogues within and between communities.

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From humble beginnings reading passive aggressive complaint poetry on the backs of napkins in SU bars, to the giddy heights of being asked to host poorly attended open mics in those same SU bars, Connor Macleod has truly done it all! A Hammer and Tongue national finalist, Unislam runner up and Poetry Rivals highly commended finalist, everybody's second favourite poet just won't stop almost winning everything he turns up at. Macleod is a host, playwright and has recently completed a masters researching spoken word education and analysis.

“A real voice to contend with in spoken word.” – Vanessa Kisuule
"F*cking fire." - Jordan Stephens

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Find the Right Words (feat @MrCaseyBailey and @HannahSwings) On 16th Jan
Jan
16
7:30 PM19:30

Find the Right Words (feat @MrCaseyBailey and @HannahSwings) On 16th Jan

Created and compered by JESS GREEN, Find the Right Words is now firmly established as one of Leicester’s best spoken word and rap nights, which includes two nationally acclaimed headline acts, ten open mic spots (sign ups from 7.00pm) and the increasingly sought after speed poet spot. The show was nominated for the SABOTEUR AWARDS 2018 and Jess won the BBC EDINBURGH FRINGE SLAM 2018. With the support of the never knowingly mainstream BURNING EYE BOOKS, Jess makes sure you get to hear the UK’s top performance poets making the biggest noise in spoken word. The headliners this month are CASEY BAILEY and HANNAH SWINGS.

£8/£6

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Out-Spoken @ Birmingham REP  on 12th Jan
Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

Out-Spoken @ Birmingham REP on 12th Jan

One of London's premier nights for poetry and live music, Out-Spoken is coming to The REP for a special one-off performance with an amazing line-up.
Hosted by Joelle Taylor, the night will feature poetry from Anthony Anaxagorou ( @Anthony1983 ) and Malika Booker ( @Malikabooker ) two of the best-known names in UK poetry; having toured nationally and internationally over the last decade. They are joined by Nafeesa Hamid ( @NafeesaHamid ) whose debut collection Besharam has recently been published by Birmingham's own Verve Poetry Press. 

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Poetry Jam @ Waylands Yard  on 3rd Jan
Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Jam @ Waylands Yard on 3rd Jan

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 Jam 6th Birthday Special @ Town Hall on 7th Feb
Jan
2
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Jam 6th Birthday Special @ Town Hall on 7th Feb

We're making Poetry Jam history again. On Thursday 7th February, Town Hall is opening it's doors to mark Beatfreeks' 6th birthday with a massive Poetry Jam, an open mic night like no other - bringing together people from all over the city to jam, perform and support one another. Unfiltered, unapologetic and united. The night is a beautiful combination of first timers and established poets. Everyone is welcome.

You can expect:
• Open mic performances
• A resident DJ
• Cypher to bring the celebration late into the night
• A few surprises
• Plenty of vibes throughout the night

This is a night for all of us. Celebrating the people behind the journey, the movement, the legacy of Poetry Jam.

Open mic sign-up available: 5:45 - 6:15pm (meet in the foyer of Town Hall)
Doors open: 6:30pm
Start: 7pm - late



BSL Interpreted
We don't audit or alter the artistic work so be prepared and be aware that sensitive topics and explicit words may be used. Nibbles and drinks available to purchase from the cash bar. Film and photography will be taking place. Poetry Jam 6th Birthday Special is proudly presented by the Beatfreeks Collective and in association with THSH. More information: beatfreeks.com/poetry-jam

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THE VERVE POETRY PRESS: YEAR END BASH
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

THE VERVE POETRY PRESS: YEAR END BASH

Help Verve Poetry press celebrate it’s first anniversary at this celebration event featuring all of this year’s poets – Polarbear, Luke Kennard, Matt Abbott, Nafeesa Hamid, Rupinder Kaur, Amerah Saleh, Hannah Swingler, Casey Bailey and hosted by Verve host and poet, Leon Priestnall. This is sure to be a night to remember!  

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Outspoken Press | Live in Birmingham 2018
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Outspoken Press | Live in Birmingham 2018

UK publisher of poetry, Out-Spoken Press, brings its national tour to Birmingham this Autumn, featuring performances from acclaimed poets Joelle Taylor and Anthony Anaxagorou, as well as newly published writers Harry Josephine Giles and Ollie O'Neill. 

In association with Apples and Snakes Midlands.

Out-Spoken Press is an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing founded in 2013. All collections will be available for sale and signing on the night.
http://www.outspokenldn.com/press/

13th November 2018
Impact Hub, Walker Bldg, 58, Oxford St, Birmingham B5 5NR
7:00pm doors, 7:30pm start.
£7 advance tickets, £10 OTD (subject to availability).
Tickets: https://birmingham.impacthub.net/event/out-spoken-poetry-tour/

Joelle Taylor:

Joelle Taylor is an award winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana) taking in a diverse range of venues from the 100 Club, the 02 Arena, the Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Court, the Globe, the ICA, Buckingham Palace and various prisons including Pentonville and Holloway. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts in 2015 as well as being named as one of Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Change Makers for positively affecting cultural Britain.

Anthony Anaxagorou:

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories. His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts. He was commissioned by the Labour Party during the 2017 general election to write the poem for their campaign entitled Mark It Red.
In 2015, his poetry and fiction writing won the Groucho Maverick Award 

Harry Josephine Giles:

Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, based in Edinburgh, and studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Stirling. Their first book, Tonguit, available from Stewed Rhubarb Press, was shortlisted for the 2014 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and the 2016 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and they were the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion. Harry Josephine founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word and co-directs the performance platform Anatomy; their participatory theatre has toured festivals across Europe, including Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia) and CrisisArt (Italy); and their performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian's best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup – in the “But Is It Art?” category. www.harrygiles.org

Ollie O'Neill:

Ollie O’Neill is a young poet from NW London. She is the UK’s former National Youth Slam Champion. She is currently producing a pamphlet to be published with OutSpoken Press and has read original work at venues such as The Institute of Modern Art, Soho Theatre and The Royal Festival Hall.


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Twisted Tongues Brum No. 6
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Twisted Tongues Brum No. 6

Twisted Tongues is a monthly open mic night for spoken word artists: poets, story-tellers, comedians. 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

£1 entry for students (bring your student ID!) 
£2 entry for everyone else

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Verve Poetry Festival presents a TERRANCE HAYES Poetry Evening
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Verve Poetry Festival presents a TERRANCE HAYES Poetry Evening

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Verve Poetry Festival are thrilled to present Terrance Hayes' only Midlands event on his six day visit to the UK.

Don't miss this rare UK appearance from a US poet whose 'writing demonstrates a serious committment to revising, extending and advancing American poetry while recording, celebrating and mourning black American life.' - The Los Angeles Times

This is a must see event! Do not miss out!

Also performing are local poets, CYNTHIA MILLER and CASEY BAILEY.

Terrance Hayes is the author of 'Lighthead', winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are 'Wind in a Box', 'Hip Logic', 'Muscular Music' and 'How To Be Drawn' which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. His honours include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. His most recent book of poems is the stunning 'American Sonnets For My Past and Future Assassin', published by Penguin Books. Terrance will be signing copies of this book after his reading.

Cynthia Miller is an American Malaysian poet and brand consultant currently residing in Birmingham. Her poems have been published in 'The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018,' Primers Volume 2, The Emma Press Anthology of Love and shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. She is a trustee on the board of the Forward Arts Foundation.

Casey Bailey is a writer, poet, spoken word performer, rapper and secondary school senior leader from Birmingham. He released the short poetry collection 'Waiting at Bloomsbury Park' through Big White Shed in 2017 and this year his debut full collection, 'Adjusted,' was published by Verve Poetry Press. He is one of The Birmingham Mail's 30 Under 30 which names and celebrates young people with drive and who are an influence for good in the city.

Tickets: £5.98

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The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus

The Perseverance is the remarkable debut book by British-Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus.

Ranging across history and continents, these poems operate in the spaces in between; their haunting lyrics creating new, hybrid territories. The Perseverance is a book of loss, contested language and praise, where elegies for the poet's father sit alongside meditations on the d/Deaf experience.

This event will be BSL interpreted.

'His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted.' Kwame Dawes

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Poetry for Peace with Menna Elfyn, Pascale Petit and Ian Duhig @BhamLitFest
Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Poetry for Peace with Menna Elfyn, Pascale Petit and Ian Duhig @BhamLitFest

Wilfred Owen died exactly a week before the end of the First World War. His renowned poems documented the horrors of war, and he never actually lived to see the end of that bloody conflict, or the arrival of peace in Europe. But what if instead of a war poet, we remembered Wilfred Owen as a poet writing for peace?

We are delighted to welcome poets Menna Elfyn, Pascale Petit and Ian Duhig, who will be reading their poems from the Peace Poetry pamphlet and discussing writing for peace over the last century.

This event will be chaired by Dr Gregory Leadbetter,poet and Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University.

Tickets: £8.00, £6.40 conc

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