If you want to find more about What’s happening in poetry and the spoken word in and around the Midlands you can now listen to Behind The Arras on Radio Wildfire with views on individual events, what we think are the month’s highlights, and discover who our Poet to watch is for the month. The broadcast is available on a continuous loop so keep listening, and you will hear some great artists performing as well as this exciting new monthly feature which will be updated at the start of each new month.
What's On - Aug
Sat 18th/Sun 19th ARTournament & Cafe Rennes 12:00pm until 11:00pm. Greyfriars, outside Cafe Renes. Gloucester City Centre. This August weekend is the Grand Finale to ARTournament but please don’t be sad cause we have already been planning a new and exciting adventure . . . watch this space Gloucester!! We have spent twelve months checking out all the talented Comedy Gurus, Bands, Musicians, Performance Poets, Story Tellers, Writers, Dancers, and Theatre Groups at the ARTournament Sunday Chills. The audience voted and we are delighted to bring you a FREE day of the best bands, musicians and a couple of surprises. There are also three stages of the best Comedy, Performance Poets and Gothic Theatre Group performing all day at Blackfriars on Saturday 18th. More info and a list of performers are detailed in this event listing…
We have the incredible Cafe Renes collaborating with us to bring you all a day of laughter, singing, dancing, mask making, fancy dress, story tellers, drinking and feasting. We are aiming to have a little something to entertain everyone and we all really hope you will join us. We would also like to thank Paul James who is head of the City Council and Mark Hawthorne who is head of the County Council for all their help and support with this project. The council has donated both Greyfriars and Blackfriars for these events and we all hope you enjoy yourselves.
We have an incredible line up of performers and will have full details of the line up and slot times before the end of July . . . please watch this space. ARTournament have only gone and booked a legendary singer for their free stage on Sunday 19th August. Get on! Top five hit in Italy Jamie Irie is Gloucester’s very own secret super-star legend. You will not believe how good and well-respected Mr Irie is in Jamaica and New York. Worked with everyone from Sly Dunbar and Shaggy to Tenorfly and The Mighty Diamonds. Impossibly brilliant voice and swagger! Ma-hoo-sive!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t believe us read what one of the top music mags have to say…
Sat 18th/ Sun 19th Stony Paint Jam, Bull Hotel 64 High St Stony Sratford; 12 noon-8pm. A whole weekend of visual and live art from the Jam Free crew will be taking over Stony Stratford for a weekend with poetry and music
Tues 21st Mee Club Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath. 7.30pm-11pm: I am launching a new club in Birmingham in August. It’s called The Mee Club, and it’s a spoken word cabaret club – for singles! (Audience, that is – not the acts!) It’s twice monthly, and the ‘show’ will feature performance poets, storytellers, journalists, actors, authors, singer-songwriters and comedians.
Thurs 23rd Bilston Voices, Cafe Metro, Church St Bilston, 7.30pm: Bob Hale
Fri 24th Word Up Six Eight Kafe, 6/8 Temple Row Birmingham; 6.30pm-8.30pm. Free in, Decadent Divas, plus support
Fri 24th Spoken Worlds. The Old Cottage Tavern, Byrkley Street, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2JJ Open mic, 7.30
Fri 24th Stand up Comedy and Poetry with jan watts, Solihull Arden Club, Sharmans Cross road, Solihull £5 in, 7pm
Sat 25th Poets Place, Birmingham Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ Tickets: £FREE 2-4pm Poets’ Place is an informal gathering of poets that happens twice a month. It is an opportunity to meet like‐minded people, give and solicit feedback on your poetry, or just sit back and write for a couple of hours without interruption. You can use the Poets’ Place to make new friends, discover new poets, share and have your work critiqued, make useful connections, set a writing schedule… The Poets’ Place can be whatever you decide to make of it.
The Poets’ Place is located on the Lower Ground Floor of Birmingham Central Library and it access via the Netloan Centre.
Sat 25th Hullabaloo Festival – Cheltenham Poetry stage runs 8.30 – 9.30 Saturday 25 August Guy Williams Charlie Du Pre
Sunday 26 August
Monday 27 August
Peter Wyton –
Sat 25th, Robin Hood and the Giant, Outside The Black Country Arms and The Crossing at St. Paul’s. 12 noon- 4pm
Sun 26th Sunday Xpress, Start 16:30 Adam & Eve Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0JD Open mic Tues 28th Poetry and Scones 1, Old School, Main St Alrewas, 11.15am-12.15� Bert Flitcroft, Sharing a favourite poem of your own with a group – just for the pleasure of it.
Tues 28th Word Wizards Buckingham Hotel, Buxton, 7.30pm, £3 in, Rob Stevens comperes
Wed 29th “42” Open Mic Night (Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy) Lunar Bar, New St Worcester, 7.30, Free in
Thurs 30th Hit the ode, Victoria Pub, Birmingham City Centre, £5 in. 7.30pm Richard Tyrone Jones Big Heart plus Lorna Meehan
Poetry, Play and Pints at The Crown Inn.
8.30–10.30, free in
An evening of poetry and
drama which will conclude with an open mic opportunity for you to share
your own poems with an audience. Sign up on arrival