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 Juicy by Robert Garnham - Exeter
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Performance Event

 
  Venue: The Bike Shed Theatre
    162/3 Fore St, Exeter, Devon
    EX4 3AT
     
 
Date:
Wednesday 17th January
     
 
Time:
9pm
     
 
Price:
£8
 
 
  Details:

Life can be so juicy at times. Juicy like a sweet apple, filled with goodness. It's the small things that make it so ripe for exploration, for prodding and poking. Robert Garnham's new show is an hour of performance poetry and spoken word, comedy rhymes and whimsy by the bucket full.

With poems about life, LGBT rights, being envious of beards and the pitfalls of fancying a surfer, Juicy culminates in an extended theatrical piece set at an airport departure lounge.

Multiple Slam champion and long listed as Spoken Word Artist of the year in 2016 and 2017, Robert has performed everywhere from the WOMAD festival to London Gay Pride. He has recently featured in a TV advert campaign for a building society, and headlined at the Duplex Cabaret in New York.

'What I love most about Robert Garnham is that he seems naive and childish enough fro believe that poetry can be for the actual pleasure of the reader. His work is an invitation to spend time in his world. He's an excellent poet with an inimitable voice and a nice smile'. Matt Harvey

'Robert Garnham is a larger than life, spectacular, scene-stealing tornado of a performer. He can say serious things moe seriously through apparently absurd and whimsical verse than most po-faced 'intellectual' poets can through 'serious' poetry. A joy to watch'. Melanie Branton

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info: www.facebook.com/events/2045960059024285
     
 
Website:
www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk
     
 
Tickets:
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 Taking the Mic - Exeter
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue: Exeter Phoenix
   
Gandy St, Exeter
    EX4 3LS
     
 
Date:
Wednesday 20th December
     
 
Time:
8pm
     
 
Price:
Free
 
 
  Details:

Another evening of open-mouthed open-mic mayhem featuring the superb Bath Young Poet Laureate Polly Denny and the absurd genius of Spikey Tim, ably supported by a star-studded cast, including: Annie Fisher, Robert Garnham, Christina Turley, Lou Hoskins, Alexander Rhodes, Bill Drayton, Dan Sewell, Chris White, Ruth Butler, Ross Bryant, Elsie Katz, Sophie Land, Shane Wolfland and Matthew Hammond

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
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    Poetry Unlimited

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue: The Arts House
    108a Stokes Croft, Bristol
    BS1 3RU
     
 
Date:
Tuesday 2nd January
     
 
Time:
11.30am
     
 
Price:
 Contributions to hire of room appreciated.
 
 
  Details:

Bring a couple of poems to share, another poet's or your own.

Please try to keep each poem to 3 minutes or less, to include your introduction.

This months theme is innovation (not a strict theme, just a guide)

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info:
     
 
Website:
www.poetryunlimitedbristol.weebly.com
     
 
Tickets:
Contributions to hire of room appreciated (plus, buy a coffee)
 

 

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   Sacred Poetry Night and winter gathering - Bristol
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Reading Event

 
  Venue:
Cafe Connect
   
114 St Marks Rd, Easton,  Bristol
   
BS5 6JD
     
 
Date:
Thursday 18th January
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
Donation
 
 
  Details:

The South West Sacred Poetry Cafe is an informal group for anyone interested in hearing and reciting poetry of the Heart. Bring your own poetry to share, read from others who inspire you, or feel free just to come and listen. Sharing words to transport, transform, refresh, refuel, laugh, cry and re/connect to the sacred/spirit (whatever that means for you). 

Café Connect is the creation of Bristol Reconnect, a local charity supporting vulnerable people with complex needs. The Cafe will be open from on the night for tea/coffee. 

The SW Sacred Poetry Cafe is run on a donation basis - please contribute what you wish to/can. 

Join us here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/703887949792806

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info: www.facebook.com/events/488173944899545
     
 
Website:
www.facebook.com/groups/703887949792806
     
 
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  Raise the Bar Spotlight Bath - Melanie Branton
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue:
Komedia Arts Cafe
   
22-23 Westgate St, Bath
    BA1 1EP
     
 
Date:
Monday 29th January
     
 
Time:
7pm
     
 
Price:
 £3
 
 
 

Details:

In January is the book launch of 'My Cloth-Eared Heart' by RTB favourite Melanie Branton!

Our ’Spotlight’ events have an extended poetry open mic aiming to champion, nurture and platform local artists putting the spotlight on Bath and the South West's outstanding emerging talent pool, providing a relaxed and welcoming environment for newbies, veterans and anybody in between to perform their work in a safe space. It’s a perfect opportunity to perform to a warm and intimate audience at the lovely Komedia Arts Cafe in the centre of Bath, or to just sit back and watch some great poetry for a cheap price.

Tickets are available on the door only for this event. Please arrive promptly if you wish to sign up for the open mic on the door!

ARTS CAFÉ: Rowed Seating. Arrive early for the best seats. Please contact us if you have specific access requirements.

Melanie Branton:

Melanie Branton writes and performs poetry, and is a multiple slam winner. Melanie came second in the Bristol Poetry Festival Slam in 2014 and 2017, won the Hammer and Tongue Bristol regional final in 2015 and won Superheroes of Slam Bristol 2017. Her combination of comedy and more serious work have made her a popular headliner at numerous poetry nights across the South West and beyond. Her debut collection 'My Cloth-Eared Heart', the same title as her hit 2017 Edinburgh Fringe show, was recently published by Oversteps.

“When I first saw Melanie perform a set in Bristol, I was laughing out loud and leaning in on the edge of my seat intently to hear more all in the space of 20 minutes. A fantastic poet with a great mix of dry humour and real-life heart and emotion " - Harry Baker

www.melaniebranton.wordpress.com
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  Info: www.facebook.com/events/159296454687173
     
 
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Bath Spa Poetry Reading Series presents Luke Kennard

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Reading Event

 
  Venue:
Burdall's Yard
   
7A Anglo Terrace, Bath
    BA1 5NH
     
 
Date:
Tuesday 30th January
     
 
Time:
7.45pm
     
 
Price:
 £5/ £3 concs / Free for Bath Spa students
 
 
  Details:

Bath Spa Live presents....

Luke Kennard’s poetic work embraces absurdist humour and surrealist satire, with his talent for storytelling creating an evident framework for unconventional explorations. (He answered in a Guardian interview in 2008, to the question “What made you want to write when you were starting out?” – “The desire to write a science-fiction epic, told backwards by eight unreliable narrators.”)

In 2005, Luke Kennard’s first collection of prose poems, The Solex Brothers, won the Eric Gregory award, and Kennard went on to become the youngest poet ever nominated for the Forward Prizes. His second collection, The Harbour Beyond the Movie, was shortlisted for Best Collection in 2007. 

Two further collections were published by Salt in 2009 (The Migraine Hotel), and 2012 (A Lost Expression), and Kennard released two pamphlets entitled The Necropolis Boat and Planet-Shaped Horse in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In 2014 he was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets.

The publication of Kennard’s fifth collection, Cain, has drawn high praise and awards recognition. Cain was longisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, declared a Best Book of the Summer by the Guardian and the Observer, and named one of the Guardian Best Books of 2016. Alan Hollinghurst remarked ‘[Cain] is the cleverest and funniest thing I’ve read this year’, and Jeremy Noel-Todd states in The Sunday Times that, “At its heart is a dazzlingly ingenious, anagram-driven sequence of prose poems about an imaginary American television series, which reads like Nabokov watching Netflix with the poet John Ashbery.”

Kennard’s first fiction publication, Holophin (Penned in the Margins, 2012), won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella 2013. He saw the publication in 2017 of his novel, The Transition, by Fourth Estate.

Luke Kennard was born in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1981 and grew up in Luton. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Exeter and lectures in creative writing at the University of Birmingham.

“Kennard's work is witty, extravagant and provocatively genre-bending.” The Poetry Archive

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
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  Raise the Bar 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue:
Watershed
   
1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol
    BS1 5TX
     
 
Date:
Wednesday 24th January
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
 £5 earlybird / £7 adv 
 
 
 

Details:

Raise the Bar is back at Watershed for the new year and kicking off by presenting Vanessa Kisuule’s book launch of her brand new collection ‘A Recipe For Sorcery’, with support from the outstanding Hollie McNish, Ngaio Aniya, Esme Worrall and other guest poets. 

Vanessa says:
'Gird your loins, folks. This is the launch party to end all launch parties. Oh, and place a vatful of emphasis on the word PARTY cos a staid reading of poems accompanied by some warm Sauvignon and stale Kettle Chips this ain’t. This night is gonna be a raging, pulsing, silly, obnoxious, loud, crass, sexy night of antics that truly represents everything I love about life, poetry and women. Please note: this collection is inspired by all the incredible women I know, have known and will come to know. Everyone of all walks and genders is welcome, but I’d so love for all you women and women of colour to come and truly make the place your own - wear whatever you’re comfortable in but please take the opportunity to dress the fuck up if that’s your bag. That floor length gown you’ve never had an occasion for? Those beautiful heels you can’t really walk in? (You’ll be sitting down for the most of the eve, anyway) That shirt/lipstick/corset/PCV lederhosen you love but are scared is a bit loud? WEAR IT, MY UNICORN FRIEND. This night is the night. And what a night it will be. Here’s the line up: 

I’ll be having a support slot from some poet called HOLLIE MCNISH. She’s only one of the most sought after and viral poets in the country (and one of the nicest, coolest, smartest humans ever) How I managed to finesse a support slot from such a huge star, I don’t know. Let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth! 

NGAIO ANIYA is a multi gifted goddess who wears many hats but on this night she’ll be on the decks DJing with some incredible tunes from an exclusively female artist playlist. Tailfeathers will be shook and they’ll be shook HARD. 

I’ll also be bringing extra special guest ESME WORRALL on stage with me to perform an exclusive pole art piece because that’s how rock ’n’ roll we are out here. Esme is amazing - she’s a burlesque and pole artist who performs in strip clubs and festivals and has campaigned heavily against the closing down of strip club establishments in Bristol. She’s a bad ass, sex positive feminist force of nature and I love her. 

Then there’ll be yours truly delivering some poems from the new collection. Expect laughs, expect words and definitely expect costume changes. 

I don’t hope to see you there. I KNOW I’ll see you there.'



   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
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    Milk Christmas Open Mic - Bristol
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Performance Event

 
  Venue:
The Room Above
    133 St Michael's Hill,  Bristol
   
BS2 8BS
     
 
Date:
Monday 18th December
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
£4 on the door
 
 
  Details:

Featuring: Byron Vincent

“Byron Vincent plays with language like it lives, he has the ability to stretch words almost to breaking point then snap them back to meaning like nothing ever happened. He tells funny hard poems about things that are true” - Kate Tempest

Byron Vincent has performed on Channel 4’s Random Acts, Radio 4’s Bespoken Word and BBC 3’s The Verb. He has written and presented several documentaries, including ‘Hell Is Other People’, a self help guide to social anxiety, ‘How To Turn Your Life Around’ and ‘The Glasgow Boys: From Chaos To Calm’ for BBC Radio Four. 
Byron was co-founder, compere, producer and programmer for Blahblahblah, one of The UK’s most highly regarded Spoken Word nights at The Bristol Old Vic. He was poet in residence for the South West of England for Apples and Snakes' ground breaking poetry project My Place or Yours.
His first collection Barking Doggerel was released May 2010 by Nasty Little Press. 

Byron is a proud ambassador for mental health charity Rethink, an organisation that tackles stigma around issues of mental health.

Plus

A host of gifts under the tree for you to unwrap. Look forward to festive surprises from Sharp Teeth Theatre's director, playwright (and undercover MC) Stephanie Kempson, Satellite of Love's Pauline Seawards, poet/playwright Tom Dewey and lyrical songwriter Ed Lofstedt

Naughty or Nice OPEN MIC

Give yourself the gift of sharing your poetry with a friendly audience. Bring along your nicest or naughtiest poem (creative interpretations of the theme encouraged!) PLEASE NOTE: Spaces are limited so arrive early to sign up on the door.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info: www.facebook.com/events/383513308738821
     
 
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 To Helen Back - Exeter
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Performance Event

 
  Venue: The Bike Shed Theatre
    162/3 Fore Street, Exeter
    EX4 3AT 
     
 
Date:
Monday 18th December
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
£5
 
 
  Details:

Apples and Snakes Presents: To Helen Back by Helen Seymour

A one hour spoken word / comedy / performance art show written and performed by Helen Seymour, directed by Hannah Silva.
Analysing sickness, health and what it really means to recover, Helen Seymour admits you into a surreal hospital to create a funny, unique and powerful theatrical experience. 
Directed by Hannah Silva, To Helen Back blurs the boundaries between spoken word, comedy and performance art. So come on, be on the look-out while Helen sneaks around wards, X-Ray Rooms and cupboards to discover the bizarre, the bemusing and the ba….ah, well, that would be telling.

Nominated for “New Writing South’s Best New Play” at Brighton Fringe, 2017. 

Audience Feedback:
“Humorous, witty, dark and thought provoking.”
“Really something special and unique…like nothing I have ever seen before”
“Hilarious, important, relevant and moving.”
Age: 14+ (swearing)

Sketch and Slam

In the first half of the night Rob Casey hosts our quick fire, 2 round, audience judged slam!

With prizes!

* Automatic entry into our 1ST ever South West Grand Slam in spring 2018

* Career chat with Gina from Apples and Snakes 

* A performance slot on the Bike Shed Theatre Sketch night (last Monday of the month) 

* A bespoke hand selected tongue and cheek gift courtesy of our host Robert Casey

* A poetry book or C.D

Sign up in advance and find out more: gina@applesandsnakes.org

PLUS

Workshop with Helen Seymour - Slammers are invited to join Helen for an hour of writing, ideas and play.

Monday 18 Dec, 5.30pm- 6.30pm- (before the main show) at The Bike Shed Theatre

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info: www.facebook.com/events/161628851109387
     
 
Website:
www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk
     
 
Tickets:
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 Stanza Extravaganza - Torquay
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue:
Artizan Gallery
   
7 Lucius Street,  Torquay
    TQ2 5UW
     
 
Date:
Monday 18th December
     
 
Time:
7.45pm
     
 
Price:
Free
 
 
  Details:

Stanza Extravaganza returns with a line up of fantastic locally sourced poets, but this is a night with a difference - not only is it the book launch event for Robert Garnham's new collection, Zebra, but it will be absolutely free to attend!

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info:
robertdgarnham@gmail.com
     
 
Website:
www.facebook.com/events/139545660038382
     
 
Tickets:
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Raise the Bar / Lower the Bar 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue: The Crofters Rights
    117 - 119 Stokes Croft, Bristol
    BS1 3RW
     
 
Date:
Tuesday 19th December
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
 £3 on the door
 
 
  Details:

Raise the Bar Christmas Special

"The worst poetry event in Bristol's calendar. An offence to the artistic integrity of this city." - The general consensus. 

A special event that includes the very best of terrible poetry. Poets will be delivering the worst material you've ever seen, in what will be by far the worst poetry show you've ever witnessed. Expect uncomfortable hilarity, bizarre variety, crappy metaphor and terrible performance. Surprisingly, one of RTB's biggest successes of 2016, and back this year by popular demand.

Featuring Miserable Malcolm, any possible shred of a good vibe or slight hint of skilful poetic endeavour will be immediately torn apart in this feature set of guaranteed gloom and despair, a fitting end to a night of poor performances from some of the worst poets from Bristol and surrounding areas. Brought to you on the night by your awful host Craft-D

Plus invitational open mic featuring Tom Sastry, Melanie Branton, Tom Denbigh, Hannah Teasdale, Tim Ledwitch, Malaika Kegode, Imogen Downes, Claire Guest, Rohan Wolsey, Burt Williamson, Josie Alford and Tom Hunt

[NOTE: The bad poetry does not include any material that is offensive and derogetory. It's still a safe place to be!]

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
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Website:
www.rtbspokenword.bigcartel.com
     
 
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 Can Openers - Bristol
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Reading Event

 
  Venue:
The Dance Studio
    The Station, Silver St, Bristol
    BS1 2AG
     
 
Date:
Friday 5th January
     
 
Time:
12.30pm
     
 
Price:
Suggested donation £3 (or what you can afford)
 
 
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A chance to listen to and meet with poets in a relaxed atmosphere.

Open mic platform for poetry with special guest reader.

Come along to listen or share.

Hosted by Colin Brown

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info:
info@poetrycan.co.uk
     
 
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Suggested donation £3
 

 

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