Tuesday, February 26, 2013

LEEDS: Poetry By Heart

Wednesday, 27th February, 2013, 7.30pm, FREE

Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre (HEART) Ltd,
Bennett Road,

A reading featuring three Ward Wood poets - Keith Armstrong, David Cooke and Joy Howard.

Monday, February 25, 2013

LONDON: Kid, I Wrote Back

Monday, March 11th, 2013, 7.30pm-10.30pm, £3 on door, free to perform
Bar Kick
127 Shoreditch High Street,
E1 6JE

Artists: Chimene Suleyman, Dylan Sage, Open-Mic
Ticket link: http://www.cafekick.co.uk/bar-kick/contact.html

'Kid, I Wrote Back' is London’s most diverse, eclectic, and progressive poetry and spoken word open-mic night feat. the finest guest poets.
Are you ready? First-timers and stage-virgins, perform alongside featured acts in just about the only place you can get a lucky-dip of the best poets and writers around.

KID, is a platform for all poets and spoken word artists. It is the brainchild of Chimène Suleyman a writer and poet, and host Dylan Sage, a writer and emcee who has entertained with the likes of 'The Nextmen' and Breaking Bread.

If you would like to perform, email kidiwroteback@instorage.org.uk or get there early on the night to sign up!

EDINBURGH: Inky Fingers Open Mic

Tuesday, 26th February
, 2013, 
8pm-11pm, FREE

The Forest Café,
141 Lauriston Place,

This month we’re bringing you a feature from Ghostboy, the Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde of Australian poetry. Ghostboy won the Performance Poetry World Cup (2005) establishing him as one of Australia’s most innovative "spoken weird" artists. He has been Queensland's  “slammaster” since 2005 coordinating two of the nations biggest slam events in the Australian Poetry Slam (Queensland) and the WordFood slam at the Woodford Folk Festival. Ghostboy also fronts punk kabaret act Ghostboy with Golden Virtues and has performed his work on ABC & Triple J radio. Festivals featured at include the Brisbane Writers Festival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and ‘NightWords’ at the Sydney Opera House. His new collection of poetry And the Ringmaster Said… was released by Small Change Press in 2008. http://www.ghostboy.net

The Inky Fingers Open Mic takes place every fourth Tuesday of the month, from 8-11pm. It’s free to come and free for anyone to perform, regardless of style, experience, or identity.
We want to hear from everybody. We want your poems, your rants, your ballads, your short stories, your diaries, your experimental texts, your heart, your mind, your body. We want the essay on your summer holidays you wrote when you were four, your adolescent haiku, and extracts from your eventually-to-be-completed epic fantasy quadrilogy. We want to hear your best new work as well. And we want people to care about the way words are performed.

Open Mic slots are five minutes long; e-mail inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com to sign up and be sure of a slot, and check our website at http://inkyfingersedinburgh.wordpress.com for more details.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday, 10th March, 2013, doors 6.30pm, show 7.30pm, £8 (tickets on the door only)
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs),
47 Frith Street,

Jazz Verse Jukebox digs deep into ‘the word’, both poetic & sung. Special Guests include: Nuyorican Poets Café 2007 grand slam champion Aja Monet; Multi award-winning poet Dean Atta;  2002 London Mayors Poetry Slam Champion Anthony Anaxagorou; ‘mind-altering poet’ Mark Gwynne Jones & music from 2012 Mobo Nominee Zara McFarlane.

Since its inception in 2009, the Jazz Verse Jukebox, (the brainchild of broadcaster & Vocalist Jumoké Fashola), has welcomed established poets & musicians such as Lemn Sissay, Soweto Kinch, Michael Horovitz, David Grant, Anthony Joseph, Colin Salmon, Jacob Sam-La Rose & Katrina Naomi.  Join us for what promises to be a thrilling night of diverse spoken word & jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene.  They’ll be cushions to lounge on, cocktails to imbibe & surprises!

PLUS Jukebox Open Mic:
Come & sing with our amazing house band (Simon Wallace -Piano / Oli Hayhurst - Bass/ Winston Clifford-Drums) or perform some poetry.

Special Guests
Aja Monet /Dean Atta / Anthony Anaxagorou / Mark Gwynne Jones /
plus music from Zara McFarlane

Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola

LONDON: Velvet Tongue - Erotic Soiree

Monday, February 25th, 2013, 7.30pm-10.30pm, £5 on door, £3 concessions, FREE to perform

Bar Kick
127 Shoreditch High Street,
E1 6JE

A literary soiree dedicated to erotic writing and performance! You have to see it to believe it. Hosted by award-winning poet Ernesto Sarezale.

Our featured authors and performers for February 2013 are Coffee+Sponge
, Steven Pottle
, René L'Amour
 and Roz Kaveney

Plus... the usual open mic slots and other surprises still to be confirmed. To get one of the OPEN MIC slots (5 mins): email Ernesto ernesto@sarezale.com or send him a facebook message.

Velvet Tongue is dedicated to erotic writing and performance, with poetry, fiction, spoken word, plays, stand-up, comic strips, cabaret, monologues,… Velvet Tongue celebrates the hot, the sweet, the viscous, the carnal, the sexy, the racy, the provocative, the lustful, the voluptuous, the libidinous, the playful, the flirtatious, the teasing, the suggestive, the explicit, the cheeky, the bold, the brash, the brassy, the flashy, the risque, the pervy, the licentious, the queer, the depraved and the downright kinky. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Updates to this site might be a bit sporadic until March 5th or 6th - normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

LEWES: Lewes Poetry 5th Birthday Party

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

LONDON: Camden Poetry Series

Friday, 1st March, 2013, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm), £5/£4, Wine
Trinity United Reform Church,
1 Buck Street,
Camden Town

Ruth O'Callaghan presents the launch of Soaring Penguin Poet Annmarie Cooper, supported by Miriam Halahmy, Anna Meryt, Jonathan Portman.

Poets from the floor very welcome.

Please bring a copy of the poem if you wish to be considered for the new anthology.

GALWAY: February Over The Edge Open Reading

Thursday, February 28th, 2013, 6.30pm-8pm, FREE
Galway City Library

The Featured Readers are Mia Gallagher, Dawn Wisniewski and Ruth Quinlan. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are especially welcome. The evening will also see the announcement of details of this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which will then be made available on our website http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com

Ruth Quinlan is from Tralee, County Kerry. She worked in IT before taking a break in 2011 to try and scratch the writing itch and graduated from the MA in Writing at NUI Galway in 2012. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Cúirt New Writing fiction prize and longlisted for last year's Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition. Her work has been published by Emerge Literary Journal, Thresholds, SIN, Scissors and Spackle and she is longlisted for the current Irish Independent Hennessy New Irish Writing awards. She recently contributed towards two group anthologies, Abandoned Darlings (fiction) and Wayword Tuesdays (poetry). You can find her blogging occasionally at ruthquinlan.wordpress.com

Despite a lengthy career in the logical world of information technology, Dawn Wisniewski has carved a tunnel into the creative side of her brain, allowing her to formulate everything from poetry to fantasy worlds, and even a little artistry on the side.  With the help of Kevin Higgins’ poetry workshops, she has gained not only confidence in her poetic ventures but better skills to craft her prose.  Also aided by Susan Millar-Dumars’ classes, Dawn has developed a portfolio of short stories and enhancements to the series of fantasy novels she has written.  With the first of the series of novels finally ready for submission, Dawn is actively seeking an agent or publisher.

Mia Gallagher is a writer and performer based in Dublin. She has written many short stories and is working on a third novel. Her short fiction won the START Short Fiction award (2005) and was shortlisted for the Fish, Hennessy and William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Awards. Her debut novel HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006) was critically acclaimed and received the Irish Tatler Literature Award. An extract from her second novel Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland appeared last year in Literary Imagination (Oxford University Press).  In September 2012, Carpet Theatre produced The Trick and Burning Love, two of her adaptations of plays from the classic if schlocky Grand Guignol Theatre of Horror! In 2012 she appeared as the female lead in TG4 docudrama The Enigma of Frank Ryan, which has shown at film festivals internationally. Mia was writer-in-residence at IADT/dlr Arts Office in 2009-2010.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome at the open-mic. THE EVENING WILL ALSO SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S OVER THE EDGE NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of Galway City Council & The Arts Council. http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com 

GALWAY: North Beach Poetry Nights

Monday, 25th February, 2013, 6.30pm, €5/€3
The Crane Bar,
Sea Road,

with special guest Kimberly Campanello (Dublin)

Kimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart, Indiana. She now lives in Dublin. Her chapbook 'Spinning Cities' was published by Wurm Press in 2011. She was featured poet in the Summer 2010 issue of The Stinging Fly; her poems have appeared in magazines in the US, UK, and Ireland, including Tears in the Fence, nthposition, Burning Bush II, Abridged, The Penny Dreadful, and Irish Left Review. In 2011, she was selected to read as part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Kimberly's first full collection 'CONSENT' will be available from Doire Press in May 2013.

Poets wishing to enter the Slam on the night need 2 max. three minutes poems. The poem for the 2nd round should be performed without script. The prize for the winner is a bottle of wine and entry to the North Beach Grand Slam in December.

Info: john @091/593290 
North Beach Poetry Nights wishes to acknowledge the continued support of Galway City Council.