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Grizzly Pear: Magic

  • The Bristol Road 676 Bristol Road Birmingham, England, B29 6BJ United Kingdom (map)

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 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, 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.


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


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

See you all there!

Earlier Event: October 5
Birmingham Launch: Planet In Peril
Later Event: October 12
Lunchtime Poetry Reading - Dudley