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Festival of CoMA East Midlands

Festival of CoMA East Midlands

A weekend of participation in new music for musicians of all ages and abilities. One residential course, four concerts. Several DIY poets are collaborating on text based pieces which will be performed during the weekend.

The programme will build on CoMA East Midlands successful EMC2 experimental music event in March 2017. As well as music from the CoMA repertoire, the East Midland event will include new improvisational works, works by regional composers and two new pieces written for EMC2 but not yet performed. Local partners will also include SLIE (the South Leicestershire Improvisors’ Ensemble) and/or CHA (Bruce Coates, Christopher Hobbs and Virginia Anderson). There will be rehearsals throughout the weekend for allcomers and a concert on the Sunday. Take part!
For more information download festival brochure CoMA East Midlands Festival Flyer 2018

Wordwise #18 Derby

Wordwise #18 Derby

This month February sees headliners Mark Mace Smith plus Alice Short and lots of open mic.

Women Say Stuff 3

Women Say Stuff 3

Join us for another wonderful celebration of creative women at Women Say Stuff 3 at Sobar Café in Nottingham. We have some incredible headline performances from the city’s top women, including music from Amie Cherry and Just Jude, poetry from Salani Mutseyani, lyrical dexterity courtesy of Alice Short, and a special guest performance from Georgina Wilding, the first ever Young Poet Laureate for Nottingham!

Our open mic slots are available to all those who identify as women, so arrive at Sobar from 6pm to book your place on stage! We like poetry, prose and storytelling, or you can just come along to listen – everyone’s welcome! Children are allowed, but please be aware that some content may not be suitable for under 14’s.

There is a suggested donation of £3 on the door. All monies raised will be divided between two fantastic charities: Notts SVS and POW.

For more information, check out our facebook event page.

Crosswords Spoken Word Open Mic

Crosswords Spoken Word Open Mic

Crosswords is a fab little spoken word open mic night that takes place in the caves underneath the Malt Cross Pub on St James’ Street. There are plenty of open mic slots and a featured poet every month! In February, our featured performer is the fantastic Birmingham-based performer, Lexia Tomlinson!

Lexia is a poet, actress and spoken word artist who delivers captivating performances. Her work engages audiences with its unabashed honesty wrapped-up in metaphors; she loves writing about the personal and socio-political issues in life, her main ethos is “the social is political and the political is social but everything is personal”. She has opened for the likes of Buddy Wakefield (A Choir of Honest Killers tour) and curtain raised for a Kate Tempest play (Hopelessly Devoted), a 2017 Roundhouse Slam Semi-Finalist she is now concentrating on delivering excellent headliners, like she has done, at events and festivals such as Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Wychwood, Verve, Evidently and Headspace.

Arrive at Crosswords from 7:30pm on the night to book your short open mic slot. We like poetry, prose, storytelling, a cappella singing, and monologues! Or you can just come along to listen – everyone’s welcome! Entry is £2 per person and refreshments are available.

For more information, check out our facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/320918258412560/

DIY Poets Monthly Meeting

DIY Poets Monthly Meeting

DIY Poets meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 8pm upstairs at the Broadway bar, Broad Street, Nottingham city centre. Come along to share your work in a friendly supportive environment. You will also get the chance to be involved in organising and publicising future DIY Poets events.

Crosswords Open Mic

Crosswords Open Mic

Crosswords is a fab little spoken word open mic night that takes place in the caves underneath the Malt Cross Pub on St James’ Street. There are plenty of open mic slots and a featured poet every month! In January, our featured performer is the fantastic Sophie Sparham!

Sophie is a spoken word artist and writer based in Derby. Her work has been featured in the People’s History Museum and UK Young Artists Festival. She has shared the stage with punk legends such as Crass’s Steve Ignorant, Andy T and Subhumans. Recently, she performed at a conference at Northampton University alongside Andrew O Neill and Alan Moore. Sophie has also performed at various festivals such as Rebellion Festival, Y Not, Shambala and Bearded Theory.

Sophie’s poetry focuses on political and social subjects, such as depression, LGBT+ and women’s issues. Her debut collection poetry collection ‘Please Mind the Gap’ is available now and features a foreword from Benjamin Zephaniah. Sophie also writes sci-fi and fantasy stories and her first novel ‘Snow is Hell’ is also out now. 

Arrive at Crosswords from 7:30pm on the night to book your short open mic slot. We like poetry, prose, storytelling, a cappella singing, and monologues! Or you can just come along to listen – everyone’s welcome! Entry is £2 per person and refreshments are available.

NB: there are over forty steps down to the caves, some of which are uneven and steep.

DIY Poets @ Nottingham Night Light

DIY Poets @ Nottingham Night Light

Something different for a Friday Night. DIY poets have been going for 15 years and have encouraged countless poets to write and perform.

Here is a chance to catch them as part of Nottingham’s Light Night festival. The theme for the evening will be – Light and Dark. Expect variety and eloquence, darkness and illumination.