upcoming poetry events around the region, as of november 8th

Cornwall – Falmouth;
Telltales 27th Nov., – submit what you wish to read via the online form, see below for weblink. At the Rum Bar, Killigrew St., Falmouth. Theme is Horizons.
January’s Telltales will be taking place on Thursday 24 January at Hall for Cornwall as part of their Platform season, As always it will be free to attend with a stellar lineup representing the best of what Cornwall’s writing scene has to offer. It’ll be Telltales as you’ve always known it, but because we’re dealing with the big boys you have to book your seat – you can start booking now by phoning the box office on 01872 262466. So, do you fancy taking to the Hall for  Cornwall stage? If so, this is what you have to do. Because it’s a theatrical space we thought submissions should be appropriately themed, so we’ve gone for This Mortal Coil. Think life’s stresses, being human, making mistakes, mortality, death, birth and everything between. Pretty broad, non? Which is why we are setting another criteria too. We’re looking for work that comes from a dramatic view point, a single narrator, a monologue, a  solilique or a single scene experience. It can still be poetry, short stories, scripts or prose it just has to feature one voice as the central thrust to the piece. If you’re interested in reading out as part of this milestone Telltales event then start submitting now. Use the form on the right and mark up your submission January HFC so we know what you are submitting for. Submissions close on the 9 December and we’ll let you know on the 13 December if you’ve been successfully programmed so you have lots of time to practice. To submit your piece online and for more details, go to;
Cornwall, Falmouth

The Caravanserai Yuletide
Dinner Cabaret
December 5th and 6th

Newlyn: Drollow Poetry Prom

Read your own poem or one by another poet or if you prefer, just listen and enjoy. Next meeting Friday 30th November at 7.45 pm  at  The Centre Chywoone Hill , Newlyn  TR18 5AD
Contact Les Gillard   les.gillard@gmx.com  01736 363842


The Artist Residence, Penzance:  Café Frug
A Wednesday evening of poetry and music hosted by Bob Devereux   (01736) 753899. Musicians and Poets welcome to perform.
Wednesdays 14th & 28th November from 8pm
The Artist Residence Hotel, 20 Chapel Street (opposite Admiral Benbow)
St. Ives
St. Ives Arts Club: Café Frug
A Thursday evening of poetry and music hosted by Bob Devereux   (01736) 753899. Musicians and Poets welcome to perform. £4.00 (performers free)
Every Thursday at 8PM
St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay, TR26 2DY
Devon – Exeter;
Wed. 20th Nov. – Taking the Mic 7.45pm – Exeter Phoenix Café Bar. Free!
3rd Wed. of the month. The have-a-go open mike show, hosted by Tim King, performance poet and Exeter Festival Slam Winner, and Morwenna Griffiths, poet and poetry columnist for the Express and Echo. At the Exeter Pheonix, Gandy Street, Exeter. Fully accessible venue. Ramp via West Entrance. Performing poets, stand-ups, singer songwriters… 3-5 minute slots available on a first come first served basis. Join the Facebook group and/or ask for a slot via their Facebook wall at; http://www.facebook.com/groups/236423159722504/
Wed. 7th Nov. – Exeter Story Club –  Cellar Bar, City Gate, Iron Bridge, Lower North St., Exeter EX4 3RB. Doors open 8pm, Stories from 8.30pm. First Wed. of the monthOptional theme – Pirates!
Stairs, no wheelchair access. Stories and music from everyone welcome. Free entry for tellers, £3 for listeners. For more info contact Jon Freeman at; foolserrand@hotmail.co.uk of the fabulous Tyburn Jig Theatre Company. Storyclub webpage; www.squidoo.com/ExeterStoryClub
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One of the best nights out in Exeter and still only three quid or nothing…
Next; Wed. 5th Dec.
Word Command’s Spoken Word evenings are a regular feature @ the Epicentre Book Café, 59 Torquay Rd. Paignton. Doors 7.30 PM, Start 8.00 PM, £3. Paignton’s biggest evening of spoken word!  Come along and join the fun. Word Command is an eclectic evening of poetry, comedy, story telling, and various other spoken word. And of course there’ll be fabulous cakes and other café delights including their famous allergy-friendly range of home cooking and treats on offer. Check out the website and their many events and workshops at; http://www.epicentrebookcafe.org.uk/home.htm and see and join their Facebook page at; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Epicentre-Book-Cafe/289531406677
And they have a Poetry group meeting weekly at Epicentre every Tuesday 4-7pm which is free! to work on writing poetry on a theme and give feedback.
Advance tickets are available for performance events. Should you like to buy a ticket or know more about the events, drop in to Epicentre, send them an e-mail at; epicentrebooks@gmail.com or phone 01803 553 790. They also have a newsletter which you can sign up for, with updates on their projects/how to get involved.


Sat. 10th Nov. 7.30-10pm

The Language Club at Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Street

Plymouth, PL4 0EB. 7.30 pm start. Open mike + bar. Tickets £5.00 / £3.00 conc. on the door. FFI check out and join their Facebook group at;
This month’s guests are poets Claire Crowther and Norman Jope
Tues. 27th Nov. Stone Soup Storytelling. Last Tuesday of the month, Sept. to April. Twisted Tales at The Morley Arms, Billacombe Rd., Plymouth. For an online map link and more details see; www.stonesoupstorytelling.org.uk
Twisted Tales has an open mike for storytellers/poets/acoustic musicians.
Grown up Storytelling, Music, and Poetry. Sixteen and over only. Doors Open 8pm – Entertainments from 8.30 – 11pm  Admission £3.

Pub website; http://morleyarms.co.uk/

Dorset – Poole;
Poole Poetry Group – Seaview Community Centre, Croft Rd., Parkstone, Poole – Parking on site. All Wednesday events are 7.30-9.30pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome. For more info, including that of nearby open mikes and news, go to; http://www.poolepoetrygroup.com/   Forthcoming;
Wed. 14th Nov. –A Poetry Style tbc.
Wed. 28th Nov. Critique your Poem. Do not bring poems to which you are emotionally attached, rather ones that need working on.
Wed. 12th Dec. Music and Poetry.
Somerset – Bath;
Mon. 19th Nov. – 3rd Mon. of the month. Bath Storytelling Circle upstairs at The Raven, Queen St off Milsom St./Quiet St. 7.30pm for 8pm start, Free. Real ales, friendly staff, and cosy. Stories, songs & poems welcome of 10 min. max. – performed from memory, not read – support the oral tradition.
Arrive early for a slot or simply sit back with a drink, listen & enjoy!
Story Circle Info: David tel. 01225 482170
Acoustic Night @ Halo Cafe Bar and Restaurant, 141 Gloucester Road, Bishopston. Bristol BS7 8BA. Access; Two sets of 2 or 3 steps, not steep, assistance available, but not yet easily wheelchair accessible. Fortnightly showcase. Check out their Facebook page at; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fans-of-Acoustic-Night-Bristol/116688498377873
Mon. 19th Nov.  – guest band The Fugitives from Canada plus Open Mic sessions. £5 on the Door.
Next; Mon. 3rd Dec. – guest tbc and open mike sessions.
Mon. 17th Dec. Christmas Special – 4 guests plus open mike £5.
Bristol’s premiere open mic night for all things spoken and performed. Doors 7.15 for 8.15 show. General info; Shows start at 8.15pm Register to perform at 7.45pm prompt. Ends 11.30pm. Poets, musicians, storytellers, magicians and many other intrepid performers have graced the stage at Acoustic Night. They feature special guests throughout the year. P.A provided and limited leads available. Half the 10 minute slots are spoken word – around 8, so do arrive promptly as they go fast. Entry now £2 for all to cover costs like posters and the excellent sound system, more for special events. Donations welcomed.
Check their Facebook page for guest headliners or to contact them.
Wiltshire – Salisbury;
Thurs. 29th Nov. Salisbury Poetry Café at Salisbury Arts Centre. Last Thursday of the month. Tickets £4. Poetry Café is an opportunity to hear readings by established and published guest poets, as well as the chance for everyone to share work in the open mic sessions. To book an open mic slot please contact Grace Gauld on 01722 744984 or e-mail; poetrycafe@salisburyarts.co.uk
The bar will be open from 7.30pm before the performance.
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