Spoken word


May

  • WORD! with Paula Varjack
  • WORD! with Paula Varjack

  • Thursday 31 May. 7.30pm - 10pm
  • £7 / £4 concessions. 14+ parental guidance
  • WORD! is the longest running spoken word night in the Midlands. We celebrate the launch of our relocation to our new home, Attenborough Arts Centre with writer, filmmaker and performance maker Paula Varjack. Paulaís work explores identity, the unsaid, and making the invisible visible. She is also the creator of the ëAnti-Slamí, a satirical take on Poetry Slams where the lowest score wins. To perform in the open mic, sign up at the Attenborough CafÈ from 7pm.

June

  • WORD! with George Szirtes
  • WORD! with George Szirtes

  • Thursday 28 June. 7.30pm - 10pm
  • £7 / £4 concessions. 14+ parental guidance
  • WORD! is the longest running spoken word night in the Midlands. We present the award-winning George Szirtes who came to England as a refugee following the Hungarian Uprising in 1956. The author of multiple works as a poet, editor, and translator, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1982. To perform in the open mic, sign up at the Attenborough CafÈ from 7pm.

July

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  • WORD! In the Garden

  • Mark Gwynne Jones, Lydia Towsey, Project LALU, Mela-nie Abrahams/renaissance one
  • Thursday 26 July. 12pm - 9.30pm
  • £7 / £4 concessions. 14+ parental guidance
  • Join WORD! the longest running spoken word night in the Midlands - for this very special and al fresco summer’s night event. This unique WORD! event (with open mic and night blooming flowers) will fea-ture Green Room writers in residence (aka - the mighty Showcase Collective) and Mark Gwynne Jones - “one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land” (The Guardian).
    Well known for mind-altering poetry with an almost music hall edge, Mark Gwynne Jones mixes hu-mour and poignancy with great skill. A guest of BBC Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret and a favour-ite of Radio 3’s Late Junction, his shows have won five festival fringe awards for Best Spoken Word. As resident poet in four of London’s parks, Mark explored what is meant by ‘common ground’ in 21st century Britain. Mark has published five collections of poetry and has appeared in numerous antholo-gies.
    To sign up to perform on the open mic, email compere and co-ordinator, Lydia Towsey via: secreta-gentartist@hotmail.com some slots will also be available on the night from

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