Poetry Events

With thanks to my good  friend Gary Longden for this list! Check out his site at http://www.behindthearras.com.


Tues 18th Jan Rhymes Annual Slam, Old Crown Public House, Digbeth, 8pm: £5, Flagship Slam with the Best of Midlands
Poetry Slamming it out.


Tues 18th Jan “The Fizz 5” Polesworth  Poets, Polesworth Abbey,Polesworth 7.30pm: Open mic. Sarah James from Worcester

Sun 23rd Jan Sunday Express, Adam & Eve PH, Digbeth, 3pm: Free in, Spoken Word Open Mic

Tues 25th Jan Poetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Cafe,7.30pm: £5 .Alasdair Patterson plus Open mic


Wed 26th Jan, History Presentation, Kitchen Garden Cafe. 7.30pm: £1, Prof  Peter Marsh on “Chamberlain Family Letters –  From Empire to Appeasement” http://highburyparkfriends.org.uk/

Thurs 27th Jan, Bilston Voices, Metro Cafe, Bilston,7.30pm: £2, Poetry Evening with five performer bill. Not Open Mic

Fri 28th Jan, Comedy Night, Prince of Wales Pub, Cambridge St,8pm: Free in.


Tue 1st/Wed 2nd Feb “Snug” by Brewers Troupe, Hollybush, Cradley Heath,7.30pm: £5


Thur 3rd Feb Poetry@The Cafe, Digbeth 8pm: free admission. Open mic Poetry

Fri 4th Feb, Spoken Word/ Acoustic NightHollyush, Cradley Heath  8pm; free in.Open mic

Fri 4th Feb Espresso Theatre, Margarett Rose Abri Cafe, Digbeth 8pm: £3 An evening of short plays.


Monday 14th February ,Pure Good and Right Poetry Night,,The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX  7.30pm: Free in, Open mic Poetry

Wednesday, February 23rd ,Funbags Cabaret Comedy,  The Station Pub, Kings Heath High Street, Birmingham,  7:30pm – 10:30pm £5.
Join a wealth of local comedy talent for another awesome RoguePlay Funbags Cabaret! The improvisation troupe will be joined by hilarious performance group ‘The Ugly Killers’ as well as comedy sketches from the seriously uptight yet awfully charming ‘Gillian and Jane’ and stand-up from comedy golden boy and seasoned Funbagger Aaron Twitchen. Don’t miss this jam-packed comedy jamboree! Tickets available in advance at www.rogueplay.co.uk

Thur 3rd Mar Poetry@The Cafe, Digbeth 8pm: free admission. Open mic


Friday 11th March Comedy Cabaret for International Womens Week Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton,7.30pm: £5
Thursday 24th March, Poetry at St Martins Church (The Bullring) 7pm-10pm: £3, Open Mic Poetry,Lorna Meehan Headlines




Events at Cafe Abri….

i everyone!

Just wanted to say thanks to you all for attending, supporting,spreading the word and/or performing at the cafe over the last year. On a personal note, it’s strange to think that I never knew many of you this time last year and feel that, alongside the odd freebie coffees I get from Lloyd and Jean the biggest pleasure I get through my involvement with the cafe is meeting so many talented, innovative, genuine people who are not only happy to come and share their talent but also listen, support and encourage other like minded people. I’ve enjoyed watching people’s talent unfold and grow month on month whether it be in comedy, music, poetry or theatre. Hell! this is sounding like the Queen’s Christmas broadcast!!! I hope you know what I mean.

We’re upping the gear a bit at the Cafe in the New Year and have some great events lined up and hope you’ll be able to get involved by having some nights out at the cafe and also spread the word (see below for details)

On behalf of Jean, Lloyd and myself – a big thanks for your support and we hope you hav a fab Xmas and that 2011 is better than any year you’ve ever had and only to be bettered by 2012 and every year thereafter…not much to ask eh??

Here’s what’s happening over the next few weeks –

weather permitting we’ve got the songwriters Circle on wed 29th Dec at 8pm when local (and not so local songwriters bring their guitars (or whatever) and take turns at performing their songs. all ages, styles and levels of ability welcome – Listeners also most welcome!!! adnmission free!

then on Thursday 6th Jan we’ve got the coffee shop poets open mic for poetry and spoken word – again, free to all – starts 8pm

Sunday 23rd of Jan we’re re-starting the’ Lazy Sunday Afternoon’ sessions. two acoustic acts each do a 45 min set – admision free starts 3pm – a chilled out way to see out the weekend

Wed 26th Jan we’re back round to the songwriters circle again

Sat 29th Jan 8pm – our new, revamped comedy night with stand up, sketches and possibly comedy music‘Laffs@The Caff’ (£3.50 – bring your own wine or beer – in moderation S’il vous plait!!)  the very best in new and more established comedy from around the region with a different MC every Month…this month’s MC..a real rising star – brought to you all the way from the Jobcentre…Mr Aaron Twitchen

Thurs 3rd Feb Coffees hop Poets – open mic for spoken word and poetry

Friday 4th – The Espresso Sized Theatre 3 – an evening of short- sharp plays under 30minsby local writers and performers (£3.00 BYO drink)

Hope to see you at some or better still all the events!

Have a great Xmas  and a brilliant new year


Coming up at Cafe Abri.

News just in from my good friends at the cafe of up and coming events..

Wednesday 29th September @ 8pm (the last Wednesday of the Month) is The Songwriter’s Circle where song writers of all ages, styles and levels of ability can get together and play their songs in turn. As with all the events we hold at the café, the event is designed to be friendly, intimate and supportive. Admission is free and listeners are welcome too.

As this is a new event and we’re trying to build it up, it would help us a lot if you could pass word about it on to any songwriters you know.

Saturday, October 2nd @ 8pm a very special edition of the ‘Laff-a-cino’ our caffeine fuelled evening of comedy hosted by our very own MC Rachel Sambrooks, all the way from The Jobcenter and who appears at absolutely no expense whatsoever!!

This time round the café is proud to play host to a variety of new and more established comedy acts as part of The Birmingham Comedy Festival 2010…Rachel says’..it’s  The only new act competition in Birmingham Comedy Festival and it’s one with a Boho twist – come have a laugh at Laffacino New Act of the Year competition and everyone’s a winner!

Admission £3 and you can bring your own drink (in moderation please…anyone deemed to have brought in too much will have to share it with me) esquisite coffee, tea and naughty cake type stuff on offer (and you can still share it with me but baggsy the fork first..I don’t know where you’ve  been!!)

Thursday 7th of October @ 8pm (First Thursday of the Month) Coffee Shop Poets our monthly open mic for poetry and the spoken word. A place where poets and writers can share and perform their work to a welcoming and attentive audience. All genres welcome. Admission free – come and be dazzled and beguiled by our illustrious music stand…once called a ‘lectern’ no less…be warned… however good your performance…NO ONE upstages The Music Stand!



Hope you’re all safe and well and that you’ll be able to join us at the Café @ The Margarett Rose Abri 58-59 Cheapside Digbeth B12 0PG

Please email if you want any more info etc

Luv n Peace

Goings on…

Saturday, 19th June, 8pm

@ The City Tavern

38 Bishopsgate Street


B15 1EJ

Richard Bruce Clay, reading from his new book:


Dos and Don’ts of

Ritual Sex Magick and

Christian Puritanism in

Stourbridge and Halesowen

with music by Phil Cervi and Dave Mitson


Brendan Hawthorne, reading from his new book Exhibit B


Louise Stokes

Paul Rafferty

Summer workshops announced!

Hello all

Just to let you know that our next poetry and a pint is April 30th,The Spotted Dog,Digbeth from 6pm. An informal gathering of Wrote Under writer’s co-operative,chit-chat and a drink if one so desires.
Contact Bren on 07833643720,he’s running this one!

And to let you know we have confirmed our summer programme of workshops. All to take place as part of our poetry and a pint nights.

The Spotted Dog,Alcester St,Digbeth from 6pm. If you would like to attend turn up and enjoy.No booking,no paperwork,no complications.

All welcome-no leaders,no silly ‘name bingo’ games,just good honest community vibes and co-operative spirit. Everyone welcome. All free!

May 14th: An introduction to our work who we are,what we do.

May 28th: Poetry swap shop. Read each other’s poetry,or another (more famous) author with a view to finding your voice. All welcome.

June 11th: Performance workshop.Seasoned performers offer advice and a chance to practice a short performance. Poetry and prose but all welcome.

June 25th:Favourite author’s: An evening of sharing favourite authors. Readings and bookswapping.

July 9th and 23rd: New project workshop: come and pitch your book,cd,multimedia,prose,play,exhibition and everything else to us! Anything goes all welcome!

Contact Sammy

Poetry and a pint evenings: New event!!

New event New event New Event!


Share writing in the writer’s and performance workshop

Get involved in the non-for-profit creative collective

Contribute to our fanzine, newsletter or blog

Get a chance to see your own creative project come to life

Help to organize or perform at our gigs and festivals



Every 2nd Friday from 6pm onwards.

April 2nd, 16TH, 30TH. May 14th, 28TH. June 11th,25th,July 9th,23rd.



Brendan: 07833643720

What I have been doing with my spare time..

And so it begins. I don’t actually have any spare time because actually I am doing these things..  and here are a few suggestions of things you might like to do to with your time,spare or otherwise.

  • Reading Khaled Hossini’s The Kite Runner. http://www.khaledhosseini.com/

  • Watching Being Erica on E4, if you miss this time travel therapy series you can always enjoy it on 4OD. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/being-erica/4od

  • Visiting The Coffee Shop Poets: Every 1st Thursday,58-59 Cheapside Digbeth (the old Post Office), 8.30pm Free in.

  • Shouting at Jeremy Kyle,and being enthralled by his make -up and make- believe. If you miss the pantomime,it’s on ITV2 as well. Heaven help us, he’s even got a DVD out. http://www.itv.com/lifestyle/jeremykyle/default.html

  • Going to the Christmas Sunday Xpress- Dec 13th,The Adam And Eve,Digbeth, 3pm til late.Free in.Raffle.

  • Ignoring the X Factor now all of the good ones have gone. Singing competion? Performance parade? Who cares?

  • Learning to say swearwords in sign language.

  • Posting blogs-Have a go, mail me sammywroteunder@googlemail.com ,it’s got to be better than this..

Sammy x

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