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Spoken word events in the South West


Telletales – theme-based reading nights
When: Monthly, day varies
Time: 7.30pm
Where: The Rum Bar or the Town House Falmouth

Cafe Frug – open mic night
When: Every 2 weeks, Thursday
Time: Varies
Where: The Penzance Arts Club
Booking: pacartsclub@supanet.com

Poetry Evenings
When: Third Wednesday of every month.

Cornish Arms, Pendoggett, Port Issac
The open mic starts at 8pm with occasional guests.


Taking the Mic – open mic night hosted by Tim King
When: 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 8pm
Where: Exeter Phoenix bar/cafe
Booking: TTM@speakinsong.co.uk  

Storyclub – twisted tales, music and more
When: 1st Wednesday of the month
Time: 8pm
Where: The Globe, Clifton Road, Newton, Exeter
Booking: Jon Freeman foolserrand@hotmail.com / www.squidoo.com/ExeterStoryClub

Stonesoup - storytelling
When: Regularly but varies
Time: Varies
Where: The Morley Arms, Billacombe Road, Plymouth

FORKED! – poetry to inspire delight and provoke
When: Every 2 months
Time: 8.30pm
Where: B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth
www.archive.applesandsnakes.org / www.b-bar.co.uk

Poetry @ the Blue Walnut & Cabaret Oasis – programmed nights
When: Once a month, varies
Time: 7.30pm
Where: The Blue Walnut Cafe, 14 Walnut Road, Torquay
Booking: poetryisland@hotmail.co.uk / www.facebook.com/pages/POETRY-ISLAND/265108900513

Word Command!
When: Regularly, check website
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Epicentre, Book Cafe, Paignton

Gallery Sessions & Spoken Word @ StudioQT
When: Every 3 months
Time: Varies
Where: Queens Theatre, Boutport Street, Barnstaple
Booking: www.archive.applesandsnakes.org / www.northdevontheatres.org.uk

Mrs Neville’s night out – programmed poets
When: Quarterly in February/May/September/December

Time: 7.30pm
Where: Jubilee Hall, Chagford
Booking: www.mrsnevillesnightout.com / cat@mrsnevillesnightout.com


Freeway Poets – national/local poets, open mic and live art
When: Monthly
Time: Varies
Where: Winchester Pub, Pool Hill, Bournemouth
Booking: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=338673183112

Blue Suede Sporran Club – national poets
When: Regularly throughout the year
Time: Varies
Where: The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers


Uni-Verse – international poetry
When: Monthly
Time: 1pm
Where: BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath
Booking: http://brlsi.org/admin/group.cfm?group=uv

Poetry at the Creative Innovation Centre

When: on the first Thursday of every Month
Time: 8pm
Where: The Creative Innovation Centre, Memorial Hall, Paul Street, Taunton
Booking: www.fireriverpoets.org.uk

Bath Storytelling Circle
– stories, songs & poems are welcome, performed from memory not read
When: 1st Monday of alternate months
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Upstairs at The Raven, Queen Street, Bath
Booking: David 01225 482170

Frome Poetry Café – themed poetry open mic and guests
When: 1st Monday of alternate months
Time: 7.30pm
Where: The Garden Café, 16 Stony Street, Frome
Booking: http://www.wordswork.net/poetry/index.htm / crysse@cryssemorrison.co.uk

Speakeasy Spoken Word

When: Watch out for seasonal and festival specials on Facebook
Where: Larkhall, Bath
Info: Facebook - SpeakeasySpokenWord | Twitter @speakeasybath


Salisbury Poetry Cafe
– readings and open mic
When: Last Thursday of the month
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Salisbury Arts Centre
Booking: poetrycafe@salisburyarts.co.uk / www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=329633307190

Pulsar Live Microphone Performance Poetry
When: Regularly, check website or radio
Time: Varies
Where: Location varies across Swindon, check website
Booking: www.pulsarpoetry.com / 01793 75941 / Pulsar Radio, Swindon 105.5 / www.swindon1055.com 


Writers in the Brewery – guest writer followed by open mic
When: Monthly
Time: Varies
Where: New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester
Booking: Rona Laycock writersinthebrewery@yahoo.co.uk

Cheltenham Poetry Cafe
When: 3rd Thursday of the month
Time: Varies
Where: Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Booking: annasaund@yahoo.co.uk / http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=123109759298


Arts House Open Mic – poetry friendly unplugged open mic
When: Every Thursday
Time: 8.30pm
Where: The Arts House, 108s Stokes Croft, Bristol

Acoustic Night – poetry and music open mic
When: Monthly
Time: Sign-up from 7.45pm to get a slot
Where: Halo Cafe/Bar, Gloucester Road, Bristol
Booking: anditrans@hotmail.com 

Poetry Pulpit – programmed slots and open mic
When: Monthly on Sundays
Time: 8.30pm
Where: The Left Bank, Cheltenham Road, Bristol
Booking: http://www.myspace.com/poetrypulpit

Brizzlemania – open poetry slam with featured guests
When: Monthly
Time: 8pm
Where: The Arts House, 108a Stokes Croft, Bristol
Booking: jack.dean@bathspa.org / http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Brizzlemania/158142340897523

Word of Mouth – national spoken word performances from renowned poets
When: Monthly
Time: 8pm
Where: Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol
Booking: www.bristololdvic.co.uk / http://citychameleon.co.uk/wordofmouth/

Shhh...it’s Sunday – programmed SW poets and open mic
When: Last Sunday of every month
Time: Varies
Where: Leftbank Bar, 128 Cheltenham Road
Booking: Rebecca tantonyr@hotmail.com

Hammer & Tongue
– renowned spoken word
When: Regularly throughout the year, check website
Time: Varies
Where: Currently at Leftbank,check website
Booking: http://www.hammerandtongue.co.uk/html/index.html

Love and Rage
When: monthly
Time: 7.30pm
Where: The Phoenix, 13 All Hallows Road, Easton

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