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Fire and Dust meets: Roy McFarlane

  • The Big Comfy Bookshop, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, CV1 5ED Coventry, United Kingdom (map)

Monthly poetry open mic event. All welcome - poets, performance poets, slammers, MCs and anyone happy to listen to some poetry. (We're also open to very short flash fiction.)

Open mic slots available on the night (approx. 5 minutes).
If you're travelling far to get to us, contact Raef Boylan ahead of time to book a slot.

Bring friends, bring poems, or just come along for a listen.

Tea/coffee/beer/wine/pop and cakes available for purchase.

Special guest poet:


Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton and the surrounding Black Country. He has held the role of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and presently the Birmingham & Midland Institute Poet in Residence.

Roy’s poems have appeared in anthologies; Filigree (Peepal Trees 2018), It All Radiates Outwards (Verve Poetry Press 2018), Disonance (Hesterglock Press 2017), Somewhere to keep the rain (Winchester Poetry Festival 2017), Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe 2012),
His previous publications include 'Celebrate Wha?' (Smokestack Books 2011) and 'Beginning With Your Last Breath' (Nine Arches Press 2016).

His latest collection 'The Healing Next Time' is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Winter 2018 and he’s a graduate of the MA in Writing Poetry with The Poetry School and Newcastle University.

Working with the Poetry School, Roy Mcfarlane will be leading on a course Poetry as a Witness. Please see below for details.

Link to the course:

All people have to do to get their 25% discount is enter the voucher code 2019sale at the checkout stage.