Here’s a round up of some live poetry and storytelling nights around Brighton. Have we missed one out? Add it here in the comments box. Have you been to one – then write us a review in the box below. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s also worth checking out general open mic nights – many of which enjoy a sprinkling of poetry to break up the staple diet of singer-songwriter stuff. The Bee’s Mouth often includes poetry readings. See Brightonsongwriters open mic listings for ideas.
Also see Brighton Poetry blog – which lists upcoming poetry and spoken word events.
Short Fuse – a night of short stories
Where: The Komedia, Gardner St, North Laine
When: first or second Sunday of the month, from 8pm
More details The night is themed on a different topic each time. And there’s an open mic slot. Send submissions (100 – 2500 words to email@example.com . Check out forthcoming dates and themes at Shortfusestories.co.uk or join the Facebook group.
Stray Signals – a performance and improv night
Where: Coachwerks, near London Road – 19 Hollingdean Terrace
When: First Tuesday of the month
Time: 8pm till 11pm
Find out more: See straysignals.co.uk or join the Stray Signals Facebook group.
Review: Kath says: “I thoroughly enjoyed the April 2010 edition of Stray Signals”, which is facilitated by JW’s Dulcie Few and local artist Mark Pembrey. Read her comments on the Stray Signals website.
Are you sitting comfortably? – stories on a theme by local writers
Where: The Basement, 24 Kensington St, Brighton, BN1 4AJ
When: ad hoc
Time: From 7:30pm
Cost: £6 / £4
More details: Join the Facebook group. To find out forthcoming dates and themes, and to submit a story, email the organiser Bernadette Russell on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the blurb for a recent night: “Close your eyes, make a wish, and come on down to the White Rabbit’s candlelit warren. Transformed into part fifties tearoom, part deranged children’s party, we’ve waved our wands and presto!: we’ve conjured up another evening of original stories, featuring local writers and this month’s theme: MAGIC.
“We invite you to enjoy FREE cakes, sweets, treats, and to be enchanted by our Special Guest Magician. Grab a “Teapot Cocktail” from the bar, and follow the bunny… down, down,down”
Rattle tales offers occasional live storytelling nights where the audience is in the show.A writer tells a story. You listen. And then you get involved: asking questions, giving opinions…and shaking rattles. “We’ll bring the rattles… you do the shaking,” says their website.
Where The Brunswick pub
When: occassionally – check their website
Cost: Not sure
Find out more: http://www.rattletales.org/
Scratch – get audience feedback on a sample of your work
Where: Basement Arts
Glue Gun ’91 – performance poetry in Hanover
Where: Upstairs at The Victory Inn
When: possibly first Thursday of the month – but check with the organisers
Details from: The Young Hanoverians website
Hammer and Tongue – performance poetry
Where: Komedia, probably
When: Thursdays – possibly the first of the month. Check with the website
Cost: about £5
Details from Hammer and Tongue– the biggest promoter of live poetry in the UK. It runs nights across Brighton, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol.
This is an occasional non-religious community happening of talks, stories and music. The idea is that you can catch up with friends over coffee while being “humoured, informed and entertained.”
When: Midday, occasionally, for 2 hours
Where: Emporium, 88 London Road
Cost: by donation, suggested £3
Details from: Emporium Brighton