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2017

JUNE

Stoke Newington Literature Festival, Shabda Press, 3rd

Yes We Can’t, Walsall 4th

Stirchley Speaks, Birmingham 6th

Worcester LitFest 9th – 18th

30-40-60, The Hive, WLF 11th

Licensed to Rhyme, Guest Slot Bromsgrove, 12th

42 WLF Special The Anti-Poet, Worcester 14th*

SpeakEasy Festival Special, Worcester 15th

Spoken Trend Headline, Birmingham 28th

 

MAY

Permission to Speak, Headline 4th (Cancelled – Venue Closure)

Carol Ann Duffy, Malvern 5th*

Forget Me Not, Rob Gee, Birmingham MAC, 6th*

C.S Barnes’s Book Launch – The Women You Were Warned About, Worcester, 7th

Licensed to Rhyme, Bromsgrove 8th

Guitars & Gob, People In Motion Charity for Refugees, Kidderminster 9th

Grizzly Pear, Birmingham, 11th

John Hegley New & Selected Potatoes, Cheltenham Poetry Festival 13th*

Poetry Alight, Lichfield 23rd

Poetry Salon Worcestershire LitFest, 25th

Diverse Verse 2 Book Launch, 27th Walsall

Jo Bell & Roy McFarlane, Stourbridge 31st

APRIL

Poetry Ballroom with Suz Winspear and Dancefest, Worcester 2nd

Melissa Lee-Houghton & Sarah Leavesley – The Hive, Worcester University 6th*

Ohh Beehive, Swindon 11th

HOWL, Birmingham 12th

SpeakEasy, Gareth Owens, Worcester 13th

Uncorked, Worcester 20th

BLF Spring Edition (21-23rd)

Spoken Trend, Birmingham 26th

Stourbridge Literary Festival – Voices from the Middle, V. Press Reading, 30th

 

MARCH

PTS, Stourbridge 2nd

Stirchley Speaks, Birmingham 7th

SpeakEasy, Worcester 9th

Quiet, Quiet, Loud – Headline, Manchester 14th

Poetry Café Refreshed, Cheltenham 22nd

Hollie McNish, Worcester 23rd*

Earth Hour, Worcester 25th

Permission to Shut Up, Stourbridge 28th

Her Story, Worcester 31st

 

FEBRUARY

Permission to Speak, Ira Lightman, Stourbridge 2nd

Cheltenham weekend 4th

Antony Owen – Peace Poets at Coventry Cathedral 4th (date clash, but you can go)

Poetry Alight, Lichfield 7th

Howl, Luke Kennard & Sean Colletti, Bethany Slinn, Birmingham 8th

SpeakEasy, Matt Windle, Worcester 9th

VERVE FESTIVAL Birmingham Poetry Festival 2017 16-19th

Poetry Parlour with Jane Commane and Daljit Nagra

Come Rhyme With Me – Dean Atta & Deanne Rodger

Spoken Trend, Birmingham 22nd

 

JANUARY

Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room, Ludlow 3rd

SpeakEasy, Worcester 12th

Kings and Queens of Comedy, Worcester 20th

Poetry Bites, Birmingham 24th

42, Worcester 25th

Wolverhampton Literature Festival, Quiet Compere, 27th

Open Poetry, Walsall Arboretum, 29th

 

 

2016

DECEMBER

Permission to Speak, Stourbridge 1st

Stirchley Speaks, Birmingham 6th

FEATURED Performer SpeakEasy, Worcester 8th

 

NOVEMBER

Stirchley Speaks, Birmingham 2nd

Permission to Speak, Stourbridge 3rd

Birmingham Stanza, 8th

SpeakEasy, Worcester 10th

Poet Laureate Choice Awards, Birmingham 11th *

Spoken Word at The Ort, Birmingham 11th

Indigo Dreams Readings, Birmingham 12th *

Licensed to Rhyme, Bromsgrove 14th *

Verve Poetry Festival Launch Party, Birmingham 15th *

Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum, 16th

Open Poetry Arboretum, Walsall 20th

Poetry Bites, Birmingham 22nd

The Book Party, Fragile Houses Open Mic in Worcester, 24th

Shakti Women Womanly Words Book Launch, Birmingham 25th

42, Worcester 30th

 

OCTOBER

Buzzwords with David Clarke and Cliff Yates, 2nd Cheltenham

Book Launch Fragile Houses with Roy McFarlane, Antony Owen & Claire Walker, 3rd Waterstones Birmingham

Headlining Stirchley Speaks with Fragile Houses, 4th Birmingham

National Poetry Day at the Almshouse, 6th Worcester

Poetry Swindon Festival Big Weekend* 7 – 9th Swindon (Workshops with Andrew McMillan & Masterclass with Daljit Nagra)

Licensed to Rhyme, 10th Bromsgrove

Ledbury Poetry Salon with Deborah Alma, 11th Ledbury

HOWL, BLF Liz Berry & Benjamin Zephaniah, Gregory Leadbetter Book Launch, 12th Birmingham*

Speakeasy Roy McFarlane Worcester, Grizzly Pear Luke Kennard, Birmingham 13th

Woo Feministas She Speaks Her Mind – Worcester 21st

INKSPILL 4th Annual Online Writing Retreat, Guest Writers: Deeanne Gist, Gaia Harper & Roy McFarlane. 22-23rd Oct

From Pain to Poetry Workshop, Magnetic Diaries, Sarah James, Birmingham 22nd

42 Halloween Special

Workshop Angela France Stratford-Upon-Avon, 27th

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER

Permission to Speak, 1st, Stourbridge

Birth to Bone*,6th,  Waterstones, Birmingham- with fellow V. Press poets.

Speak Easy, 8th, Worcester

License to Rhyme, 12th, Artrix, Bromsgrove

Beginning With Your Last Breath – Roy MacFarlane Book Launch* , 14th, Wolverhampton

Early Bird Evening of Poetry*, 16th, Kenilworth

The Anti-Poet*, 17th, Worcester

Ten Letters*, 17th, Birmingham

Waterstones Open Mic, 28th, Birmingham

 

AUGUST

HOWL 10th, Birmingham

SpeakEasy 11th, Worcester

Lacuna – Kieran Davis Book Launch

 

JULY

Asparafestival Evesham Poetry Walk 3rd

Stirchley Speaks, Birmingham 5th

Waterstones Poetry Readings*, Birmingham 7th

Spoken Word at The Ort 8th

Howl feat Buddy Wakefield*, Birmingham 13th

SpeakEasy, Worcester 14th

Open Poetry, Walsall Arboretum, 17th

ORT Fundraiser, Birmingham 20th

42, Worcester 27th

 

 

JUNE

Jenna Plewes Book Launch ‘Pull of the Earth’ 6th June Bromsgrove Library *

Stirchley Speaks – 7th June P Café, Birmingham

Worcester LitFest 10th – 19th

The Atomic Sun Workshop – Antony Owen, 12th June Coventry Library Positive Images Festival

42 Festival Special WLF – 15th June, Worcester

SpeakEasy Festival Special WLF, 16th June

The Quiet Compere WLF, The Hive Worcester, 17th June

Midsummer Poetry Brothel, Caged Arts, 22nd June – P Café, Birmingham

 

MAY

Kathy Gee’s Book Launch *

SpeakEasy

The Poetry Salon with Charley Barnes WLF Fringe Event

Mental Health Poetry WAW

Park’s Café Arts Week

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APRIL

St Peter’s Church with Mike Alma

Mouth & Music Shakespeare

42 Drummonds

Poetry For Lunch

 

MARCH

The Works’ Canteen with Dave Reeves – at the Black Country Living Museum. Part of a collective of poets from PTS (Permission to Speak – Rob Francis) performing first half of the evening.

Womanly Words Shakti Women – Birmingham

Walsall Arboretum – David Calcutt

Woman’s History Month – Worcester Arts Workshop

Vanguard Readings * Birmingham

Workshop with Angela France

 

FEBRUARY

Stirchley Speaks, P Café – Headline

Daniel Sluman’s Book Launch ‘the terrible’*

Permission to Speak with Emma Purshouse

Writing West Midlands Group

Liz Berry National Library Day*

Howl, Birmingham

Waterstone’s with Emma Press & Liz Berry

Pangaea Poetry Workshop

Crunch Workshop, P Café

Feminist Poetry Night

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JANUARY

New Beginnings Workshop with Claire Walker

Spoken Word at The Ort

Writing West Midlands Young Writers*

Mouth & Music

SpeakEasy

Regional Voice Theatre Poetry by the Lake*

42

Patience Agbabi at The Hive*

52 Launch & Party*

*Attending event/not performing

 

DECEMBER

Poetry Alight Lichfield

Stirchley Speaks

Mouth & Music

Writing West Midlands Young Writers

Winter Wonderland Caged Arts P Café

 

NOVEMBER

Stirchley Speaks

Spoken Word at the Ort

Mouth & Music

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Public Address*

*Attending event/not performing

OCTOBER

Poets with Passion, Birmingham – 4th

National Poetry DayLight & Shade, Collaborative commission with Heather Wastie (Worcs. PL) and Suz Winspear, Kidderminster, 8th

Birmingham Literature Festival: 8- 17th

Short and Sweet 9th

Rita Dove & Guests 9th

Poetry Film Day 10th

E X P A N D I N G the History of the Universe 17th

Pamphlet Launch The Girl Who Turned into a Crocodile by Claire Walker, Droitwich 1oth

Headline: Poetry Café Refreshed, Cheltenham 14th

Phenomenal Women – Book to the Future Festival, Birmingham University, 15th

WWM Lead Writer, Senior Group, Worcester 17th

42, Halloween Worcester 28th

P Café, Caged Arts Halloween Special – Poetry Brothel – 31st

SEPTEMBER

John Hegley Workshop – Shropshire 1st September

Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room, Ludlow, 1st September

Spoken Word at The Ort Café, Birmingham, 4th September

Mouth & Music, Kidderminster, 8th September

SpeakEasy, Worcester, 10th September

WWM Lead Writer for Senior Group, Worcester, 12th September

Book Launch*, Plenty Fish by Sarah James Published by Nine Arches 12th

Poets With Passion at The Ort, Birmingham 13th September

Poetry On Loan Training, Worcester 14th September

Poetry For Lunch, P Café Birmingham 17th

Hit The Ode*, Birmingham 17th

Swingerella Wrecking Ball Tour*, Mockingbird Theatre, Birmingham, 18th

Caldmore Garden – Rehearsals for Carnival event, Walsall 19th

NPD Light & Shade rehearsals, 21st

Poetry Bites, Birmingham 22nd

MADHATTER’S WONDERLAND OF LAUGHTER – Arts All Over the Place, Fundraiser, Birmingham 24th

Caldmore Carnival Open Day, Group Poem Performance, Walsall 26th

42, Worcester 30th September

*Attending event/not performing

Asked to Headline in Cheltenham next month. Accepted for a Poetry Brothel event I applied for in August. Watch out for details of this event in October.

AUGUST

Stirchley Speaks, P café 4th

Paper Swans Poetry Anthology Book Launch, Poetry CaféLondon 8th

Headline Howl, Sun at the Station – Birmingham 12th

Carpet Museum Worcester LitFest Open Day – Kidderminster 15th in prep NPD

Word Up! Birmingham 21st

Mouth & Music Slightly Circus KAF Festival, Kidderminster 26th

Workshop Angela France, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 26th

42, Worcester 26th

Asked to read at Claire Walker’s Book Launch in October. Approached for a one off event that I wasn’t able to do as already booked. Booked for the next Fundraiser by AAOTP, more details in September.

JULY

I was asked to feature at a Birmingham event, unfortunately it clashes with Ledbury Poetry Festival, watch this space in August! There are other events and launches I am missing this month as I will be elsewhere in the UK too – summer does that!

Rhyme with Reason, Alfie Birds – Birmingham 6th

Poetry Lounge – Ludlow 7th

Ledbury Poetry Festival 8th

Quiet Compere Tour, The Hive – Worcester 10th

Stratford Poetry Festival – 52 meet and performance at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, 11th

Mouth & Music – Kidderminster, 14th

Walsall Arts Festival, Southcart Books, 21st

Madhatter’s Charity Fundraiser, Birmingham, 23rd

Shakti Women, Womanly Words Event, Birmingham, 28th

42, Drummonds, Worcester, 29th

Asked to perform along Suz Winspear (as Poet Laureate finalists) for a National Poetry Day performance organised by Heather Wastie, Worcestershire Poet Laureate.

JUNE

Stirchley Speaks, P Café – 2nd, Stirchley

Permission to Speak, Scary Canary – 4th, Stourbridge

Spoken Word at the Ort, 5th, Birmingham

POP UP Poetry, 7th, Cannon Hill Park, MAC, Birmingham

HOWL, 10th, Birmingham

Caldmore Gardens Carnival – a collaborative poem we have all written for, (compiled by David Calcutt) is being used, I am unable to make the performance due to working for Writing West Midlands, 13th Walsall

POET LAUREATE FINAL/ Worcester LitFest Launch, Guildhall, 12th Worcester

Confab Cabaret with JOHN HEGLEY, 15th, Malvern (not performing- was booked back in March perform at Ludlow’s Poetry Lounge when John Hegley Headlines)

WLF – Worcester LitFest – 42 Special with Adam Millard, 17th – Tickets £5

WLF – Worcester LitFest  – SpeakEasy WLF SLAM CHAMP Brenda Read-Brown, 18th – Tickets £5

WLF – Worcester LitFest – Solstice Walk in Torchlight, 20th,

Spoken Word at the Two Towers Brewery – 26th, Birmingham

Droitwich Arts Festival – Live Lit  Poetry Night at Park’s Café, 27th

Sunday Xpress – Birmingham, 28th

MAY

HEADLINE Permission to Speak, Rob Francis- 6th, Stourbridge

Mouth & Music – Love in the Revolution, Headliner Roy MacFarlane – 12th, Kidderminster

HOWL – The Sun at the Station, 13th, Kings Heath

42 – 27th, Worcester

Word Up, 29th Birmingham

Opus Club, Jasmine Gardosi -30th, Birmingham

APRIL

Spoken Word at The Ort Debbie Aldous – 3rd, Birmingham

SpeakEasy WLF Maggie Doyle & Fergus McGonigal -9th, Worcester

The Magnetic Diaries Sarah James – Book Launch reading – 11th, Droitwich

Mouth & Music Heather Wastie & Sarah Tamar -14th, Kidderminster

Restless Bones Poetry Anthology Event Elaine Christie, 22nd Birmingham

Word Up Ddotti Bluebell & Jasmine Gardosi, 24th, Birmingham

Drummonds 42 Andrew Owens, 29th, Worcester

MARCH

Permission to Speak, Robert Francis, Stourbridge. Featuring Caution Poet, I am booked to feature in May.

Spoken Word at The Ort Debbie Aldous

MAD March Malvern Book Events – Organised by Jan Peers -Lyttleton Rooms –

Martineau Gardens Charity Event – Nomad Variety (musicians, comedians and a poet!) with David Rees-Jones, Rich Stokes, Tom Christian, Rob Kemp, Karl Merrick and Nina Lewismartineau

 World Poetry Day @ Southcart BooksWPD  Walsall Poetry Performance Day 12-4

Caldmore Community Gardens Open Day with Poetry Reading  – David Calcutt, Jan Jenkins, Nina Lewis 3pm

This week I hoped to attend & perform at Poetry Bites, Drummonds 42, Grizzly Pear and Word Up… but I found in my emails from the previous week an invitation to read in LONDON!

This has meant due to finances, time & energy I am staying in after work all week so that I can be ready for FRIDAY!

Hark Magazine published my poem ‘Clench’ back in an early issue, they are now releasing Issue 4. This venture started as an online magazine, now they have (like many) started selling hard copies too. This event in London is to celebrate the success so far and also to promote and sell the latest issue. I am incredibly excited to be performing with others in London, to meet the team and new to me poets. My tickets are booked… it is real!

Hark Magazine Issue 4 Launch & Poetry Reading, 27th March 7.00 – 9. 30 pm

The Washington, London, NW3 4NE hark launch and reading

I have been asked to read at a Book Launch next month and am on track for performing with Sarah Dixon/Quiet Compere night, in July, in Worcester.

FEBRUARY

Permission to Speak, Robert Francis, Stourbridge. Featuring Fergus McGonigal, I am booked to feature in May.

permission to speak Feb

Mouth & Music, Heather Wastie & Sarah Tamar, Kidderminster. Featuring Lorna Meehan & Kate Wragg.

Hit the Ode, Spoz, Birmingham. Featuring Jasmine Gardosi, Rose Condo & MiKo Berry.hit 1

Drummonds 42, Andrew Owens, Worcester.

I have been asked to participate in the Mad Malvern Book Event in March & A Charity Event with 6 performers for Martineau Gardens.

JANUARY 

The Stanza group are producing poems for a museum this month, look out for posts, other than this I am working on submissions.

Tuesday 6th Guest Poet – Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room – with Jean Atkin/ Ludlow poetry lounge

Thursday 8th SpeakEasy – Have been asked to Perform

worcs speak

Friday 9th Stanza

Tuesday 13th – Team Leader Mouth & Music Spark Off / Heather Wastie

m&M

Saturday 17th WWM

Wednesday 28th Caldmore Community Gardens – Writing in the Moment Workshop with David Calcutt

Wednesday 28th Drummonds 42/ Andrew Owens – The 42nd 42!

Friday 30th Word Up/ Ddotti Bluebell & Jasmine Gardosi Guest Poet alongside Antony Owen & Lilly Blacksell

OCTOBER

I am performing poetry at these events*.

Thursday 23rd October

Poetry for Lunch

Library of Birmingham

PFL Jan

Thursday 23rd October

Born Free Night promoting Restless Bones Poetry Anthology

Ort Gallery, Birmingham

born free

Elaine Christie Presents Film ‘BORN FREE’ and
RESTLESS BONES – New poetry anthology about the decline of the natural world, a voice for the voiceless. All funds go to fight the fur trade.23 October at 19:00 Free Entry

Sunday 26th October

The Hen Race Book Launch

Alan Durham

alan durham

Worcester

Sunday 26th October

SOCKTOMBER Fest

socktober soctober

Charity Event

An annual drive during the month of October when people are invited to do something which will generate money or socks which can be distributed to homeless people.

The Old Print Works, Birmingham

Wednesday 29th October

42, Drummonds

42

Worcester

Thursday 30th October

Poetry For Lunch

Library of Birmingham

poetry for lunch

Thursday 30th October

Mostly Halloween

Ort Café, Birmingham

Friday 31st October

Word Up

Birmingham

NOVEMBER

 Tuesday 4th November

Cork Guest Poets

cov1

Coventry

Thursday 6th November

Fergus McGonigal’s Book Launch

Worcester

Tuesday 11th November

Mouth & Music

Kidderminster

Thursday 13th November

SpeakEasy

Worcester

Wednesday 19th November

Spotted Dog

Birmingham

Thursday 20th November

Hit the Ode

Birmingham

Friday 21st November

Quiet Compere

Cheltenham

Tuesday 25th November

Poetry Bites

Restless Bones

Birmingham

I am also currently writing submissions, involved in a Poetry Society Project for Hanbury Hall (Stately Home), writing articles and organising INKSPILL (25-26th October) our online writing retreat weekend, right here on the blog.

I have been booked for paid events next summer and have just finished my first commission for Naked Lungs, ‘Urban Nature’ which was performed at Birmingham Literature Festival earlier on in October. I had the privilege of opening the Poetry, Performance (and Everything Else )Festival in Birmingham for Arts All Over the Place and performed at the closing event this month too.

I work for Writing West Midlands as an Assistant Writer and am starting a new 1 to 1 Mentor role next month at the Worcester group. I also hope to do some Arts Award training with them later in the year.

DECEMBER

Performing a 15 minute set for ‘Reading Aloud’ an event organised by David Calcutt on the 6th December

Southcart Books, Walsall. 11am – 3:30pm

southcart books

Mouth & Music Hosted by Heather Wastie at The Boars Head Kidderminster 9th December 7pm

Christmas theme

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Undecided clashes on 11th December

Bare Fiction Magazine Launch – 6/8 Kafe, Birmingham 7pm

Speakeasy – The Old Rectifying House, Worcester 7:30pm

Mostly Comedy Christmas Special – The Ort, Birmingham 8pm

do415com open mic

Spoken Word, The Ort, Birmingham 19th December 7:30pm

For more information on what I have been up to look at The Write Year page.

* events I am attending but not necessarily Performing at

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