LEAMINGTON POETRY FESTIVAL 2021
October 23rd/24th 2021
Give yourself over to an entire weekend of poetry! The Leamington Poetry Festival features a full programme of completely free-to-attend spoken-word events, including Fringe shows, themed readings, public Open Mics and live comedy. Shortlisted in the 'Best Literary Festival' category at the Saboteur Awards, the 2021 Festival will be bigger and better than before! This event receives support and funding from The Royal Leamington Spa Town Council and Warwick District Council.
Saturday October 23rd - Sunday October 24th 2021
Temperance Cafe & Bar, 33 Bath St, Leamington Spa, CV31 3AF
Free entry, no tickets required, donations bucket at some events for those who can afford it to pay what they want.
SCRIPTSTUFF POETRY @ ART IN THE PARK FESTIVAL, LEAMINGTON SPA
Saturday August 7th 2021
This is a totally free and family-friendly event located right in the middle of Leamington's dynamic and incredibly popular Art In The Park Festival, which had over 40,000 visitors in 2019. This year, Art in the Park is showcasing poetry and spoken word for the first time and Scriptstuff Poetry is hosting all day long. Anyone can drop in, and for those who want to get involved, just turn up and put your name down for a slot on the Poetry Open Mic – anyone and everyone is welcome to come and read or perform any poetry they want to.The perfect way to spend a relaxing, post-lockdown sunny afternoon. Bring a picnic, some sunshine and your ears and you can sit back and let the words wash over you.
Featured poets include Matt Black, Amanda Baker, Willis the Poet, Kezzabelle Ambler, Tina Sederholm, Sunita Thind, Word Guerrilla, Gary Carr Emma Dakin and Jemima Hughes.
Saturday August 7th 2021, Midday – 5.00pm
Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa town centre. CV32 4AA
Free to attend, no ticket required.
BIRMINGHAM DIFFUSION POETRY SLAM STILL LOCKED DOWN
Third Friday of every month from 2021
STILL SUSPENDED DUE TO LOCKDOWN
Originally launched in March 2020 but halted just days before the first heat due to the COVID lockdown, the Birmingham Diffusion Slam in Birmingham City Centre will be the one of the biggest poetry Slam competitions in the country. Monthly heats and an end-of-year Grand Final, the ultimate winner will scoop a prize bag of dozens of paid gigs and festival appearances across the Midlands, including a performance slot at Birmingham's Verve Festival. Supported by Two Towers Brewery, Verve Festival and the BMI, the Birmingham Diffusion Poetry Slam is a poetry party like no other, with loud music, a fully-stocked bar, audience participation, headline guests, giveaways, open mic spots and poetry workshops for everyone.
Third Friday of every month (2021) 7pm-late.
The Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret St, Birmingham, B3 3BS
SCRIPTSTUFF POETRY NIGHTS - LEAMINGTON SPA
Third Wednesday of every month
7.00 - 10.00pm
NEXT ONE: WEDS SEPTEMBER 15TH with very special guest Tré Ventour, Race and Black History Educator
The original Scriptstuff Poetry night, in the Magic Lantern Room at the gorgeous Temperance Café & Bar. We start the evening with The Big Poetry Quiz (with real prizes!) and then hear from a fabulous and varied selection of Open Mic poets. Anyone can have a go on the Open Mic, and every month we are delighted to welcome familiar faces, nervous newcomers and the poetry-curious with equal enthusiasm. Our judges then choose the poet they really want to hear more from, and that poet is named as our Poet of the Month; it could be you! To wrap the night up our audiences can sit back and listen to a half-hour set from one of our wonderful Headline Guests. Scriptstuff Headliners come from all over the UK and are some of the best poets writing and performing today. Previous guests include Nafeesa Hamid, Antony Owen, Laura Potts and Tyrone Lewis.
Third Wednesday of every month, 7.30 – 10.00pm
Temperance Café, 33 Bath St, Leamington Spa, CV31 3AF
Entry £3 (£2 concessions)
SCRIPTSTUFF POETRY @ CAMPER CALLING FESTIVAL, RAGLEY HALL
Aug 27/28/29 202
CALL FOR PERFORMERS
Scriptstuff Poetry is delighted to be hosting afternoon poetry on the Woodland Stage at the amazing Camper Calling festival in Warwickshire, August 27-29. This is a family music festival with 20,000 people attending, headlining this year’s incredible line-up are The Manic Street Preachers and Supergrass.
We are inviting poets to apply to perform at the festival. You will need to be available for at least two of the three days and be able to perform for up to 30 minutes at a time. We will be scheduling a broad selection of people across a diverse range of genres, styles and subjects, but primarily we are looking for people who can engage with an audience. We are also looking to stay closely aligned with the ‘family’ theme of the festival, so no profanity or overtly adult themes. In return for their time and effort all performers will receive a free plus one access and camping pass for the entire sold-out festival! There will of course be ample merchandising and book sale opportunities.
APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
SCRIPTSTUFF POETRY NIGHT - NORTHAMPTON STILL LOCKED DOWN
Second Thursday of every month, 7.30 - 10.00pm
STILL SUSPENDED THROUGH LOCKDOWN
Our brilliant Northampton night relocated at the start of 2020 to Upstairs at The Wedgwood in the town centre! We open each month with Words From The Bard – The 10th Bard of Northampton to be exact, who always entertains and educates. We have a Big Poetry Quiz (with real prizes!) and then get in to the Poetry Open Mic which absolutely anyone can have a go on, and every month we are delighted to welcome familiar faces, nervous newcomers and the poetry-curious with equal enthusiasm. One Open Mic-er volunteers a piece of their poetry to be workshopped On The Chopping Block so audiences and all present are invited to wade in with their opinions and feedback, and we finish things off with superb half-hour set from one of our wonderful Headline Guests. Scriptstuff Headliners come from all over the UK and are some of the best poets writing and performing today. Previous guests include Nafeesa Hamid, Laura Potts and Tyrone Lewis.
Second Thursday of every month, 7.30 – 10.00pm
The Wedgwood Pub, Abington St, Northampton, NN1 2BH
Entry £3 (£2 concessions)