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 Wonderzoo presents Waterfront Writers Open Mic
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Performance Event

 
  Venue:
The China House
   
Sutton Wharf,  Plymouth
    PL4 0DW
     
 
Date:
Wednesday 25th October
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
£3 on the door
 
 
  Details:

WonderZoo welcomes to the China House Plymouth’s Waterfront Writers for an open mic session which will be full of poetic and prose promise. Be ready for an evening of humour, stories, and many other kinds of shenanigans. Food and drink, as always will be available at the bar.

Compered by WonderZoo’s very own resident poet: Nick Ingram.

Anne Colins Writes insightful observational poetry based on a lifetime of diverse experiences.
Natalie Molyneux A keen walker, she writes poetry about the people and things she sees, not afraid to tackle difficult subjects.
Carol Butson Writes mostly poetry on humorous or agricultural subjects, but also prose and a biography.
Thea Bruten Describes herself as the Kiwi who didn’t fly home and writes keenly observed humorous poetry.
Sarah Boulton-Way Writes poetry in the classic style reminiscent of John Donne, ethereal and haunting.
Joyce Matthews Writes humorous poetry based on everyday life and people closely observed.
Jan Stalker Writes stories of everyday life and is inspired by having such a vast subject to choose from.
Jackie Wacha Writes poetry both rhymed and free verse on subjects many people would be afraid to tackle, also recently had first novel published.
Annie Jenkin Writes poetry on a wide range of subjects and in a variety of different styles, frequently published both domestically and internationally.
Heather Grange Writes poetry, short stories and plays which are published and performed frequently.
Nick Spargo Writes poetry, short stories and monologues.

 

Part of PlyLit 2017 Festival www.plymouthliteraturefestival.co.uk

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
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Website:
www.wonderzoo.org
     
 
Tickets:
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Bath Poetry Cafe - Voices: 1917
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Event

 
  Venue:
BRLSI
   
16-18 Queen Square, Bath
    BA1 2HN
     
 
Date:
Monday 6th November
     
 
Time:
7.15pm
     
 
Price:
£3 (donation)
 
 
  Details:

‘Voices 1917’

Readings and songs for 1917, the year of the battle of Passchendaele. 
Using letters, diaries, memoirs and poems, Bath Cafe Writers and Singers from Walcot State Choir present a moving portrait of the fourth year of the Great War. 

Suggested donation £3 in support of The Royal British Legion

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info: Ann Cullis (01225) 396455
     
 
Website:
 
     
 
Tickets:
Suggested donation of £3
 

 

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 Rhyme & Reason - Bath
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Performance Event

 
  Venue: The Bath Brew House
   
14 James Street West, Bath,
   
BA1 2BX
     
 
Date:
Wednesday 25th October
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
Free
 
 
  Details: Featuring Gecko! Fresh from his Edinburgh Fringe show 'A Lizard Goes a Long Way'.

Gecko is a London-based artist who fuses wit with music to give you the best songs about iPhones, Rapunzel, and Guanabana juice! He has performed at big events like Glastonbury and Bestival, and has even shared the spotlight with Ed Sheeran.

As usual, there will also be an open mic for poetry, so be ready to wow with your best poems!
Slots are five minutes long, with one poem per performer (unless you do very short poetry!).

We’ve got a limited number of spaces, so grab your slot while it’s hot!

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info: rhymeandreasonpoets@gmail.com
     
 
Website:
www.rhymeandreasonpoets.wordpress.com
     
 
Tickets:
Free
 

 

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 To Be Frank - Bath
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue: The Westgate
   
Bath High St, Bath
     
     
 
Date:
Thursday 19th October
     
 
Time:
8pm
     
 
Price:
£3 on the door
 
 
  Details:
Monthly poetry open mic with special guests.

Season 2 of To Be Frank is starting.

Sign up for the open mic via the Facebook event page or come along to sit back, relax and enjoy an incredible night of good company, great beer and some amazing poetry.

With feature guests: Sam Grudgings and Alex Carver

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info:
     
 
Website:
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Tickets:
£3 on the door
 

 

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 Poetry & a Pint - Bath
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Event

 
  Venue:
St James Wine Vaults (off Julian Rd)
   
Bath
    BA1
     
 
Date:
Wednesday 18th October
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
£2 / £1
 
 
  Details:

Featuring

Ruth Sharman reading from Scarlet Tiger
and
Rosie Jackson reading from The Light Box
plus usual open-mic floor spots
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info:
Richard Carder 01225 313531
     
 
Website:
 
     
 
Tickets:
£2 /£1 on the door
 

 

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Raise the Bar presents - The Outspoken Press Tour
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Event

 
  Venue:
The Bristol Improv Theatre
   
50 St Paul's Rd, Bristol
    BS8 1LP
     
 
Date:
Wednesday 18th October
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
£10
 
 
  Details: Out-Spoken Press is an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing founded in 2013. Its first national tour featuring several of its acclaimed poets will begin this Autumn.

The book tour in Bristol will feature an incredible line-up of nationally and internationally acclaimed poets including Anthony Anaxagorou, Joelle Taylor, Bridget Minamore, Raymond Antrobus, and Fran Lock. All artists will be performing live poetry from their Out-Spoken collections, and all books (including poets not at the event) will be available for sale and for signing.

The show will be opened by a poem from two local talents Kathryn O'Driscoll and Tom Denbigh.

Anthony Anaxagorou
Anthony 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 and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Hospital Club’s H-100 award for most influtential people in writing and publishing.

Joelle Taylor
Joelle 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.

Raymond Antrobus
Raymond is a British-Jamaican poet, performer, editor and educator, born and bred in East London, Hackney. He is one of the world's first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. In 2017 he was awarded 1 of 3 inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships.

Bridget Minamore
Bridget is a poet, writer and journalist from south-east London. She has worked with the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, and read her poems at places including the Roundhouse, Latitude Festival, the Bristol Old Vic and the Southbank Centre. In 2011 she represented the UK at the International Biennale in Rome with Point Blank Poets, and in 2013 was shortlisted to be London’s first Young Poet Laureate. Bridget was chosen as one of The Hospital Club’s Emerging Creatives in 2015, and more recently, as one of Speaking Volumes’ ‘40 Stars of Black British Literature’. She runs writing workshops around the country, and is currently working on a BBC R4 documentary on the history of women's revolutionary poetry.

Fran Lock
Fran is a sometime itinerant dog whisperer and author of three poetry collections, 'Flatrock' (Little Episodes, 2011), 'The Mystic and the Pig Thief' (Salt, 2014), and 'Dogtooth' (Out Spoken Press, 2017), as well as 'Laudanum Chapbook Anthology: Volume Two' (Laudanum, 2017) with Abigail Parry and Kim Campanello. Her work has appeared in various places, most recently The Morning Star, POETRY, Poetry Review, and in Best British Poetry 2015.
 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info: www.facebook.com/events/179683519243581
     
 
Website:
 www.outspokenldn.com/outspokenpress
     
 
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    The Mic Shack
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue: Creative Innovation Centre
   
Paul St, Taunton
    TA1 3PF
     
 
Date:
Thursday 19th October
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
£3
 
 
  Details: This is an open mic for poets, rappers, comedians and singer-songwriters.

The Mic Shack returns on the 19th October with 10-15 minute slots (depending on numbers) on a first come, first serve basis.

To book a slot email rossthepoet@gmail.com.

There is a bar, comfortable seating, like minded people to talk to and good entertainment.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info:  rossthepoet@gmail.com
     
 
Website:
 www.facebook.com/events/332810760463530
     
 
Tickets:
£3
 

 

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  Poets Talk Poetry - Stop All The Clocks
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking Event

 
  Venue:
The Suffolk Anthology
   
17 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham
    BA1 1EP
     
 
Date:
Thursday 19th October
     
 
Time:
7pm
     
 
Price:
 £4
 
 
 

Details:

W H Auden - a talk by Aled Thomas

Entry includes a glass of wine
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info:
annasaund@yahoo.co.uk
     
 
Website:
 
     
 
Tickets:
£4
 

 

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Tongue Fu featuring Dizraeli and guests
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue:
Arnolfini
   
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol
    BS1 4QA
     
 
Date:
Sunday 22nd October
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
£14 / £11 members (plus booking fee)
 
 
  Details:

Bristol Jazz and Blues festival brings you Tongue Fu the UK’s leading spoken word and music show. 
Writer, musician and founder, Chris Redmond, invites extraordinary poets, storytellers and rappers to take risks, re-working material live with improvised soundtracks from a crack team of quick witted, genre-hopping musicians. 

This special show will include performances from:

Dizraeli – award winning rapper who has toured with Saul Williams and Eliza Carthy
Anna Freeman – stand up poet, novelist and host of Bristol Old Vic’s Blah Blah Blah
Malaika Kegode – poet and promoter who has worked with Apples and Snakes, Roundhouse and the BBC. She runs Milk Poetry, an event named “One of the best spoken word events in the UK” by Picador.
Vanessa Kisuule – writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag based in Bristol
Riaan Vosloo – bass player and arranger for Nostalgia 77 and Jamie Cullum
Dan Moore – keyboards who has worked with Roni Size and Fred Wesley

No two shows are the same and this irreverent blend of well crafted words, improv and music have earned them critical acclaim at music, poetry and literature festivals across the UK and around the world.
Tongue Fu is a high energy, big hearted show.
Part gig, part experiment, all fire.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info: www.facebook.com/events/1616315498442862
     
 
Website:
www.facebook.com/events/1616315498442862
     
 
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  Raise the Bar Spotlight Bath - Launch!
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

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

Details:

Raise The Bar Spoken Word run Spoken Word events across the South West, bringing performance poetry to life on stage with a mixture of feature sets and open mic for all!

Our ’Spotlight’ events have an extended open mic event and champion and nurture local artists – and now, RTB are coming to Bath!

This months feature artists is Pete the Temp
Pete (the Temp) Bearder is a former UK National Poetry Slam Champion whose work has been featured on BBC national and international TV and radio. He has toured a one man show ‘Pete (the Temp) vs Climate Change’ and performed at over 20 UK festivals. In 2014 he toured with Slamboree, performing poetry - and stage diving into - audiences of over 3000 people. In 2015 he did a TED Talk in London about his work as a spoken word educator. He has toured Europe with the British Council and others. 2016 saw the release of his first book Numbered Boxes.

 

The event puts the Spotlight on Bath’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.

Please arrive promptly if you wish to sign up for the open mic on the door!

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info:
     
 
Website:
     
 
Tickets:
www.komedia.co.uk/bath/spoken-word/raise-the-bar
 

 

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  Raise the Bar 3rd Birthday Special
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Event

 
  Venue:
Watershed
   
1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol
    BS1 5TX
     
 
Date:
Wednesday 25th October
     
 
Time:
7.30pm
     
 
Price:
 £5 early bird / £7 advance
 
 
 

Details:

Raise the Bar is back at Watershed for the October edition of its acclaimed spoken word event, and this month also marks Raise the Bar’s 3RD BIRTHDAY!

To celebrate the occasion an all-star line-up will be coming to Bristol including MiKo Berry, Sara Hirsch, Daniel Piper and Maria Ferguson!

Miko Berry:
One of the most influential UK spoken word performers, MiKo Berry has performed all over the world and won both the Scottish Poetry Slam Championship and the European Slam Championship, arriving fourth in the World Slam the same year. His incredible storytelling, energetic stage presence and natural command of language make him one of the best live spoken word performers in the world.

Sara Hirsch:
Also a former European Slam Champion (2016) and winner of the UK Slam Championship, as well as a finalist in the BBC Slam this year, Sara Hirsch is an immense writer and performer aiming to gradually dismantle the patriarchy, one poem at a time. Her second collection ‘Louder Than Words’ was published by BX3 this Summer following her debut collection ‘Still Falling’ with Burning Eye the year before.

Maria Ferguson:
Maria is a writer and performer from Essex who has toured her poetry extensively across the UK at festivals such as Latitude, Bestival and Secret Garden Party. Her debut show ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’, a deeply moving and comical narrative centred around body image, was one of the most successful spoken word shows at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, with sell-out performances, 5 star reviews and critical acclaim all-round.

Daniel Piper:
Daniel Piper is a comedian, writer and poet, who this year was crowned the Scottish National Slam Champion, and went on to finish runner-up in the World Slam Championship. He has been seen/heard on national TV/radio and has performed across the UK at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and Edinburgh International Book Festival, as well as written and performed two smash-hit Edinburgh shows - Daniel Piper Is In Four Gangs (2016) and Daniel Piper's Day Off (2017).


Hosted by Craft-D and Connor Macleod.

With its regular monthly slot at Watershed, each Raise the Bar show promises to be a completely different and unique experience.
As there are FOUR headliners this month for an extra special event, there will be no open mic on this occasion.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
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Website:
     
 
Tickets:
www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/8573/raise-the-bar
 

 

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Spoken Word Family Hour - Bristol
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Event

 
  Venue:
Cafe Bar
   
The Watershed, 1 Canons Rd, Bristol
    BS1 5TX
     
 
Date:
Wednesday 25th October
     
 
Time:
3 to 4pm
     
 
Price:
Free (first come, first served)
 
 
  Details:

As part of Raise The Bar’s third birthday celebrations and the Bristol Family Arts Festival, this extra special spoken word event for families gives you a chance to create and share your own works as well as hearinf performances from MiKo Berry and Sara Hirsch.

Suitable for kids aged 6-11, though the whole family are welcome to attend.
Drop in for as long or as little as you like, but please note that spaces for this event will be allocated on a first come first served basis. So grab a drink and settle in!

MiKo Berry is the former Scottish Poetry Slam Champion and European Slam Champion, an energetic performer and one of the most influential UK spoken word poets.

Sara Hirsch is the former UK Slam Champion, and recently published her first children's poetry collection 'Louder Than Words'.

Raise the Bar is a live events organisation, YouTube channel, artist development and online media platform providing artists with a high quality platform to perform their work, as well as showcasing some of the best spoken word poets in the world.

Part of the Bristol Family Arts Festival - a month long citywide celebration of family creativity, with a packed programme of events for all ages. Taking place throughout October, join in at venues across the city for music, theatre, storytelling, drawing, making and much more.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
  Info: www.watershed.co.uk/spoken-word-family-hour-with-raise-the-bar
     
 
Website:
www.watershed.co.uk/spoken-word-family-hour-with-raise-the-bar
     
 
Tickets:
 Free (drop in, but limited spaces - first come, first served)
 

 

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