The Ramblers Ball is BACK this summer, and this time it is hitting the road! The popular open-mic poetry night created by Digbeth’s social enterprise café, Evolve, and friends, will return at 6pm on 11 July, taking over the stunning grounds of Blakesley Hall for one night only.
Enjoy Kings Heath in association with Twisted Tongues present The Kings Heath BID Performance Poetry Slam!
Join us on Tuesday 18th June at The Station as we crown the first ever Kings Heath BID Performance Poetry Slam Champion!
Free entry, all welcome
The Kings Heath BID Performance Poetry Slam
Tuesday 18th June
Doors 7pm, Start time 7.30pm
Organised by Enjoy Kings Heath in association with Twisted Tongues
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Spice up your Write! is an ADM PGR Studio-funded event organised by Birmingham City University ADM doctoral researchers, developed to foster productivity and wellbeing for doctoral researchers traversing through the unknown stages of the PhD journey.
We invite researchers to come out of their isolated study spaces to overcome writer’s block and ebb of creativity, to break through boundaries and foster wellbeing through the provision of professional advice and peer-support.
The day is structured with timed writing sessions framed with invited talks and performances from early-career researchers, professionals and artists both inside and outside of academia, to provide realistic testimonials, advice and creativity to an informal writing environment.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any dietary requirements.
Dr Sarah Raine will be sharing her experiences as a PostDoc researcher, particularly how writing features in that role, offering tips on what elements of her writing were most helpful and supportive of moving onto a PostDoc position.
Dr Serena Trowbridge will discuss how to write academically, at sentence-level (finding your own voice, using jargon, balancing the academic with the creative) and at thesis-level (writing to find your ideas, writing for different audiences, structuring your work), concluding with a writing exercise.
Michael Roberts will be sharing his mindfulness techniques and resources to promote wellbeing and stress-busting that is rife in the life of a doctoral researcher and conclude the day with a brief meditative session.
Adrian B Earle is Managing Director at VerseFirst productions & Producer of the VerseFirst Poetry Podcast and the Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. He writes and performs poetry under the name Think/Write/Fly and is a 2019 Hippodrome young Poet. His debut pamphlet 5000 HURTS is published in October by Burning Eye Books.
Evening Poets and Poetry fans,
Introducing the Line Up for May 15th Words @ the Woodman:
Naush Sabah was, for many years, an IT lecturer, home educator and community organiser, who wished she’d taken writing more seriously. She now works as a freelance writer and editor, whilst completing an MA in Creative Writing. Her short play, Coins, is being performed at The Rep, as part of the 2019 Write Away programme for playwrights. Her graphic novel, Threads, is currently in development with Burnt Roti. She is Assistant Editor at Short Fiction Journal and Co-Founder and editor at Poetry Birmingham.
Cas Violet is a first-time performer, a Marvel nerd and a raging bisexual with an aesthetic somewhere between Steven Tyler and Hans Christian Anderson. They pride themselves on dark, macabre imagery and philosophical, personal poetry.
Chris Fewings writes poetry compulsively and is learning to write fiction. He also facilitates creative writing groups and recites dead poets at open mics. A creative non-fiction pamphlet ('Birmingham Flows: reimagining city, countryside and self') arose out of his love for Birmingham's greenways, which follow its numerous streams and canals.
Enjoying a range of formats, Leila has a penchant for weird worlds, quirky characters, and beautifully crafted sentences. Though her first love is speculative fiction, she revels in any format that allows her to explore the intersections between science and literature. Editor of www.manaleak.com/mtguk, Leila can be found on Twitter @lkhowl_writing.
Suna Afshan is a reticent writer of prose and poetry and is reading for an MA in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University. In the summer of 2018, she was awarded the university's Mercian Prize for her collection of poetry titled “Word of Mouth” born of the tête-à-tête one reserves for public spaces and the stuff of diaries we’d take to the grave. Suna’s work is concerned with the queering of the domestic and looks for the gentle mysticism of suburbia. She is Co-Founder and Editor at Poetry Birmingham.
Adrian Earle (ThinkWriteFly)
Adrian B Earle is a Poet, Media Maker, Facilitator and Storyteller; Producer & Managing Director at VerseFirst Productions a 2019 member of the Hippodrome Young Poets. Doing all sorts of Coolness you can check out Here: www.thinkwritefly.com
Free Entry, Grab A Pint Downstairs
Doors @ 6pm!