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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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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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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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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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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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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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