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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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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

Voluntary Donation

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

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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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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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Jackie Hagan: This Is Not A Safe Space
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Jackie Hagan: This Is Not A Safe Space

Benefit cuts are hitting disabled people the hardest. Half of people in poverty are disabled or live with a disabled person. The future looks grim, so how can we get people to sit up, listen and care and not keel over with empathy-fatigue?

Award-winning poet and theatre maker Jackie Hagan's way has been to make a new solo show that features the real voices of proper skint disabled people she knows. Jackie has conducted interviews with people from all over the country living on the fringes and the spaces in between. These are not sob stories – they are well rounded lives full of the spiky humour and the complicated weirdness of being human. Jackie weaves these narratives together with poetry and anecdotes, celebrating the weird, the wonky, the unruly, and the resilient.

Expect audience interaction, DIY puppetry, poetic comedy, comedic poetry, and one underclass amputee steering the show.

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Grizzly Pear : 'Beginnings'
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Grizzly Pear : 'Beginnings'

We are very excited to be holding the first Grizzly Pear of this academic year!

Grizzly Pear is Writers' Bloc's very own spoken word night, held at the Bristol Pear in Selly Oak.

This month’s headliner lineup includes Nafeesa Hamid, and our featured duo, James Kearns and Jack Crowe.

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 “Beginnings”, which we thought was apt to kick off the new year, and welcome newbies to the Grizzly Pear 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 £5/£3 for 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:

James Kearns is a poet and performer from Birmingham. His work has a focus on experimentation and collaboration and is interested in how people communicate, and what they struggle to communicate in day-to-day life. He is currently a poet-in-residence on Northfield Arts Forum's 'Crossing Bridges' project, and a member of Free Radical's BAIT cohort of art activists. James runs experimental poetry night 'Every Name Under The Sun', which gives open micers the chance to anonymously read the work of other attending poets, and have their work read in turn.

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‘Jack Crowe’ is a term most widely used in reference to a Birmingham-based poet wearing quite a colourful shirt. In the past, the term ‘Jack Crowe’ has applied in poetry scenarios such Howl, Grizzly Pear (!) & Stirchley Speaks. Once or twice ‘Jack Crowe’ has been overheard further afield, at junctures like the RSC’s ‘Bright Smoke’ and The Hammer & Tongue Poetry Slam Finals. Contemporary examples of ‘Jack Crowe’ in speech include: “Saw Jack Crowe perform Thursday, couldn’t contain my joy/apathy/bladder”, and “Hey Jack Crowe, what’s that name of that excellent Jazz & Poetry collaboration event you run, again? Funkenteleky? Eh? How do you even say that? … Oh cool, right, now I know, and may well attend the next one.” Here, in a period of around 20 mins, we shall create circumstances to which the term ‘Jack Crowe’ is most applicable. We hope this is a well awesome, super worthwhile endeavour. So does he.

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Nafeesa Hamid is a British Pakistani poet and playwright based in Birmingham. She has been writing and performing for 6 years at nights around the UK, featuring at nights such as Outspoken (London), Poetry is Dead Good (Nottingham), Find the Right Words (Leicester) and Hit The Ode (Birmingham). She was invited as a performer at TedxBrum 2016 (Power of Us). Nafeesa has also performed at Cheltenham and Manchester Literature Festivals as part of The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a recent (2017) anthology publication by Saqi Books, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. She is alumni of Mouthy Poets and Derby Theatre Graduate Associate Artists. She runs Twisted Tongues, an open-mic only poetry night at The Station in Kings Heath. Her debut poetry collection 'Besharam' has been published with VERVE Poetry Press (2018).

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Mixtape: poetry and Music
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Mixtape: poetry and Music

Join dub poetry stars Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson for Mixtape – a unique show combining poetry and music.

Hear poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems… all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, reggae and soul.

Weaving music and writing together, with the friendship between the performers at its heart, it's a show about the struggle for your identity, both personal and political.

The event will also showcase local poets Casey Bailey and Jasmine Gardosi.

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Mixtape with Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson @BhamLitFest
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Mixtape with Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson @BhamLitFest

Dub poetry stars Roger Robinson & Nick Makoha present Mixtape – a unique evening of poetry and music mosaics.

With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities.

Poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems… all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.

Through a heartfelt, humorous and honest exploration of two individual lives, Mixtape will inspire audiences to compile the definitive track list of their own experiences.

This event will also include performances from local poets Casey Bailey and Jasmine Gardosi.

'Mixtape is a sonic CV … the closest thing to understanding how we put words together'

Roger Robinson and Nick Makoha

Produced by Speaking Volumes,funded by Arts Council England.

 Tickets: £8.00, £6.40 conc

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COAT by Yomi Sode @ REP Studio
Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

COAT by Yomi Sode @ REP Studio

“I don’t know my grandparents’ names, how embarrassing is that? But I can name all of Kanye’s albums.”

Picture this – Nigeria: A grandmother passes. London: a son cooks a pot of stew for his mother hoping to uncover hidden stories and unanswered questions.

“Home is no stranger, you are an African man and you have responsibilities as the eldest grandchild.” COAT is the honest and emotional story of Junior. Born in Nigeria, he leaves at the age of 9 and heads to London, leaving behind a life that he loved and was settled in.

During the performance, we meet Junior at various points in his life, trying to find his way whilst treading the line between what he knows as a Nigerian and what he is learning in Britain, each experience with its own life lesson. This hit show from writer and performer Yomi Sode tackles immigration, identity and displacement. The story of how the mistakes of an elder generation can impact on the younger one today, COAT will move you to tears of both sadness and laughter.

Yomi Sode is a Nigerian British writer, performer and facilitator. Shortlisted for a Jerwood Compton 2017 Poetry Fellowship, his show COAT has been programmed at the Southbank Centre and Roundhouse to sold-out audiences.  And is coming to Birmingham for the first time Programmed as Part of Bham Lit Fest.

His writing has been published in Rialto Magazine, Bare lit and 10: Poets of the New Generation.

Age guidance: 14+ Written and performed by Yomi Sode Directed by Thierry Lawson Supported by Arts Council England Commissioned by Apples and Snakes

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A Night at the Cabaret Voltaire @ Bham Lit Fest
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

A Night at the Cabaret Voltaire @ Bham Lit Fest

Fumms bö wö tää zää Uu, pögiff, kwii Ee… Join us for a night of disruptive and provocative poetry, performance & music, celebrating all things Dada! Showcasing the absurd and anarchic, this soirée will feature just some of the varied wonders and eccentricities of the Dada and Merz movements.

tickets: £10.00, £8.00 conc

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Hit the Ode (October 2018)
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Hit the Ode (October 2018)

Every month Apples and Snakes flagship Midlands event, Hit the Ode, brings one regional, one national and one international poet to the Birmingham Hippodrome Patrick Studio. Join us for a unique performance poetry night bringing world-class poets to the heart of Birmingham. This month we're part of Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Shimmy on down. We have poems shaking every table. Poems to make you dirty cackle all evening. Poems that Milly rock on the 2 & 4. Poems warmer than the coat you just lugged out of the closet. Good poems. Come and get them!

This month our features are:

From Birmingham, Joe Cook
Joe Cook a.k.a Cookie is a spoken word artist and musician from Birmingham UK. 
Joe delivers social commentary in lyrical rhythmic style. Joe has gigged heavily across the UK in venues such as The South Bank Centre, The REP, Birmingham Town Hall, Rainbow Warehouse, Midlands Arts Centre and worked alongside Apples & Snakes, Burn After Reading and Mouthy Poets. 
Joe was part of BBC 1XTRA Words First series and has released a video for BBC Arts entitled ‘How To Be A Poet With Dyslexia’. Most recently Joe opened for Holly McNish at Birmingham Town Hall as part of Birmingham Literature Festival.


From London, Michelle Tiwo 
Michelle is an actor, poet, poet educator and co-founder of Sistren podcast. She’s run poetry workshops in schools and colleges that incorporate drama and game exercises to aide in performing and storytelling for over five years now. Michelle’s work reflects the effects of being a first-gen British-born queer woman, from Nigeria & Togo via South East London. 

Previous commissioned work has included: BFI x GALDEM, Eastside Education x Armed Forces Service Children, Goldsmiths University, The Royal College of Art, National Youth Theatre, Lemonade Money Productions, Channel 4 Random Acts, Barbican Centre.

From London via New York via London, Usaama Minhas
Usaama Minhas is a poet, rapper and actor. Usaama started writing in his teens and later spent a year in New York on an actor training conservatory for Theatre, Film and TV. While in New York, he began performing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Pyramid Club. On returning to the UK, Usaama moved to London to pursue a career in Hip Hop. In 2013, he released the Hand in Hand EP, a self-produced album combining Rap music and Spoken Word poetry.He was long-listed for the Outspoken Prize For Poetry in 2017 and 2018. 

Usaama is the 2017 Hammer and Tongue Hackney Slam Champion and the 2018 Hammer and Tongue National Slam Champion. He recently released the Forgot About Rap mixtape and is currently completing his first book of poetry.

Open mic slots are ONLY available on the door and will be chosen at random so get down early to grab a slot.
Hosted by the incredible Bohdan Piasecki.

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Matt Abbott's Two Little Ducks - Performance and Book Launch by Verve Poetry Press
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Matt Abbott's Two Little Ducks - Performance and Book Launch by Verve Poetry Press

From bingo halls and council estates to hand-built homes in the Calais Jungle, Matt Abbott brings us a personal and political spoken word show exploring the chaos behind Brexit.

Around the time of the referendum which saw his native Wakefield vote 66% Leave, Matt was volunteering at a refugee camp just 22 miles from Dover. Reflecting on the deep-rooted reasons behind the vote, whilst recounting his eye-opening experiences at the Jungle, the show is sewn together with kitchen-sink realism, and a fictionalised story of Maria.

Humorous, harrowing, celebratory and confrontational: a vital poetry journey of our times.

Matt recently shared the stage with Jeremy Corbyn, Paul Weller, Sara Pascoe, Ken Loach and Sleaford Mods and is rapidly establishing himself as a leading political poet.

This special event hosted by Verve Poetry Press at Waterstones Birmingham during National Poetry Day Week kicks off Matt's 22 date Autumn tour of this excellent show. It also marks the launch of the book of the show, published by Verv,e which features a selection of additional poems written by Matt during the same period as the writing of Two Little Ducks.

This will be a powerful 'must-see' event. Two supporting poets to be announced once confirmed.

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Poetry Jam
Oct
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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National Poetry Day with Liz Berry, Roy McFarlane and Jane Commane @BhamLitFest
Oct
4
5:30 PM17:30

National Poetry Day with Liz Berry, Roy McFarlane and Jane Commane @BhamLitFest

Happy National Poetry Day! Join us for a fantastic evening of poetry to mark this annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems.

As part of our National Poetry Day celebrations, we are delighted to present three of the best contemporary poets from across the West Midlands – Liz Berry, Roy  McFarlane and Jane Commane – who will be reading poetry from their latest collections.

We will also be announcing our new Birmingham Poet and Young Poet Laureates 2018 – 2020.

Come and be part of our 2018 National Poetry Day celebrations and enjoy an evening of inspiring and thought-provoking poetry, from some of the most exciting established and emerging contemporary poets from across the region.

This event will be hosted by Jonathan Davidson.

#NationalPoetryDay

Tickets: £10.00, £8.00 conc

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Birmingham Literature Festival 2018
Oct
4
to Oct 14

Birmingham Literature Festival 2018

Welcome to the October 2018 Birmingham Literature Festival!

@BhamLitFest are delighted to present 10 days of inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining events in venues across Birmingham city centre, which not only showcase great books and writers from the UK and abroad, but also create space to bring people together for great conversation and ideas.

Our programme is packed with events celebrating words, books and ideas in many forms. We've sought out the most exciting up-and-coming writers alongside well-established names, with events including panel discussions, author talks and new book launches, writing workshops, nature walks and a trip on-board a narrowboat. Performance also plays a huge part in this year’s festival, with shows that fuse theatre, music and storytelling, and others that combine poetry and even live cooking on stage. 

As part of this year’s festival, it has also been a joy to work with journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera who has curated some very special events with key writers from the West Midlands, about which you can see more below.
We hope you feel as excited by this programme as we are, and we look forward to seeing you in October.
 

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Stirchley Speaks - Birdspeed, Luke Kennard and Sean Colletti
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Stirchley Speaks - Birdspeed, Luke Kennard and Sean Colletti

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

Stirchley Speaks is baaaack! We hope you've missed us because we have definitely missed all of you.

Extra info: 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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Festival Of Audacity: The Tour by Free Radical
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Festival Of Audacity: The Tour by Free Radical

  • New Street Station Birmingham B2 4PX (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Festival Of Audacity is a multidisciplinary festival of activist art making all of Birmingham its stage from Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th September.

Festival of Audacity exists because for art to have a real impact, it needs to be bold.

We want to make space for young creators to take risks and reach people beyond traditional arts venues. After almost a year of planning, over 100 applications, and an unfathomable amount of meetings, we are so excited to introduce you to the programme. Enjoy. Share. Most importantly, have fun exploring new spaces, discovering new art, and seeing the city differently.

Festival Of Audacity spans three days; kicking off on Thursday with Pass The Mic and HEADSPVCE X BLAB, followed by a selection of artists performing throughout the city centre, disrupting traditional spaces and making the city their stage on Friday and Saturday.

The Tour:

The primary way to take everything is to join us on The Tour - a guided walking trip through Birmingham with stops at each festival act. The tour is led by BAIT*, with exclusive performances in between stops and plenty of time to pause and rest when needed.

Please note: We will begin at New Street Station, and end on Moat Lane in Digbeth. You can join the tour at the halfway mark or stick around for the whole journey. There will be access support during the whole tour.

Artists:

The tour will feature work from Duncan Robertson, DYSPLA, James George Monaghan, Edalia Day, Lanre Malaolu, Liz Ord, louise and kia yee, Sarah Maple, SHADE, Maconchy String Quartet and BAIT*.

Find out more about the artists here and what's on here.

*Birmingham Artivists In Training: a group of multi disciplinary art activists from Birmingham. They will be guiding you on the tour as well as providing ‘entertainment’, or provocations, as they like to call it through different ways.

Don’t forget to tell us what you think using #FestivalOfAudacity and @FreeRadicalUK.

To find out more visit: www.beatfreeks.com/festival-of-audacity

 

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Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: WORD! with Vanessa Kisuule at Beeston Library
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: WORD! with Vanessa Kisuule at Beeston Library

WORD! – the longest running poetry night in the Midlands - returns to Beeston Library for this very special festival edition, featuring the mighty Vanessa Kisuule. Hear her read from her latest spellbinding collection, Recipe for Sorcery, along with guest poets.

To perform on the open mic, email compere and WORD! organiser, Lydia Towsey in advance via secretagentartist@hotmail.com. Some spots will also be available on the night.

Vanessa Kisuule has won numerous slam titles and featured everywhere from the Southbank Centre, RADA and Radio 4's Woman's Hour to The Guardian, Sky TV and Blue Peter… Lauded by her peers her performance credits include: Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall, The British Library and internationally - Vienna, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Germany, Bangladesh and New York.

Find out more about Vanessa on her website.

 

£7 / £5

Booking strongly advised

Age guidance: 16+

Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

Please note that this event will take place at Beeston Library, tel: 0115 925 5168

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Verve Poetry Press Launch - Rupinder Kaur
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Verve Poetry Press Launch - Rupinder Kaur

Help Verve Poetry Press launch its first Autumn collection of poems at this up-tempo launch event for Rupinder Kaur's glorious debut Rooh. Featuring guest reading spots from VPP poet Nafeesa Hamid and Poetry Jam Anthology poet Nadia Khazan, followed by an extended reading by Rupinder!

After the reading, Rupinder will sign copies of her new book for all who want one, or two, or three! It really is a wonderful collection!

Tickets are £5 but are refundable against a purchase of the book.

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