Regular UK Open Mic Poetry Events


To use this list; Check down location list for places close to where you want to go. 

All locations are listed alphabetically so places close together geographically will not necessarily be together on this list.



Day(s) of the month

Event details

Andover, Hampshire

4th Wednesday

Free Expressions - The lights theatre Andover Hampshire SP10 1AH - 7.30pm  free

Bangor, Gwynedd


POETica  at Blue Sky Cafe,  - No longer regular event, occasional events still held.


2nd Thursday

Bath Spa University Reading Series 2008 - The Lonsdale Room, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath - 8.00pm

Entry: £6.00,  Guest readers only.


2nd Monday

Poetry and a pint - St James Wine Vaults
Julian Rd, Bath  8pm Free


3rd Monday

Bath Storytelling Circle - Upstairs at The Raven, Queen St (off Milsom St/Quiet St) BA1 1HE - 7.30 for 8pm start -  performed from memory, not read, stories,  poetry and music.


3rd Thursday

Can Openers - Window Arts Centre - 8pm £2

  4th Wednesday Speakeasy at The Rose and Crown back room, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6SJ - 8pm.


1st Friday

Purely Poetry - Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, £4 open mic, all readers, all styles welcome. http://www.poetryni.com/purely-poetry.html


Last Friday

Bookfinder's Open Mic - Bookfinder's Café, off University Ave - 8pm - 11pm 

Beverley, East Yorks 1st Thursday

Subtle Flame - Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley East Yorks UK HU17 8JG

Pub phone 01482 869040 Car park, Ground Floor Access, Great Beer,

Come Early to get a seat!  not August and October - 8.30pm Admission £2 - Email mloz21@hotmail.com

Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees

4th Tuesday

The Write Room - Wellington Inn, 31-33 High Street, Wolviston, Billingham - 8pm  £3


1st Sunday

Cannon Poets have met monthly since 1983. We meet at The Moseley Exchange, The Post Office Building, 149-153, Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP usually on the first Sunday of each month [except August] at 2pm.

  3rd Wednesday Hit the Ode: The Victoria, 48 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN. The best poetry from the region, the country and the world. £5. http://ow.ly/szHP1 

1st Thursday

Coffee Shop Poets - the Margarett Rose Abri café, 58-59 Cheapside, Digbeth, (The Old Post Office), Birmingham  B12 0PG - 8.30pm come early to book a spot. free


3rd Sunday

Sunday Xpress -  Adam and Eve, 203 Bradford St, Digbeth B12 0JD - 3.30pm  Free

  Last Thursday

Rhymes - The Custard Factory Reception, Gibb Street, Birmingham, £5 on the door.


  1st Friday First Friday -The Hollybush, Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath, B64 5EA  Around 8.30.  Free entry.



The Drum Arts Centre – check website for spoken word events;  http://www.the-drum.org.uk/


3rd Sunday

Write Out Loud -  Churchills, Manchester Road BL2 1HE - 8:00 pm  £1

Bournemouth 1st Wednesday

Freeway Poets, at The Winchester, 39 Poole Hill, Bournemouth Dorset Bh25PW, 01202552206 emailDoors open at 7pm and entry is £3,   

Freeway Poets facebook event page



2nd Tuesday

Slammers -  Centre Stage, 14 Queens Road, Westbourne - 8pm  £2


3rd Tuesday

SHP Poets -  The Green Room, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, BRACKNELL RG12 7PA - 7.00 pm  £2   Workshop followed by open floor.


2nd Monday

Beehive Poets - The New Beehive Inn, 169-171 Westgate, BD1 3AA - 8.30 donation http://www.beehivepoets.org.uk/    (Poetry events most Mondays check website.)


2nd Wednesday

Zanze Bards - Zanze Coffee Lounge - 8.00 p.m donation

  2nd Thursday

Undercliffe Cemetery Alive! Poets Society. Open Mic. Occasional guest poets. Free entry. Donations expected. All monies go to the Undercliffe Cemetery Charity.



3rd Wednesday

Pure Open Mic Poetry -  The Lansdown, 8 Clifton Rd, Clifton - 8.00pm  Free


4th Monday

Poetry Workshop - The New Beehive Pub, Westgate Bradford - 8.30pm


4th Monday

Brighton Poetry Society - Cellar of the Sanctuary Cafe Brunswick Street East, Hove - 8pm, for 8.45pm £3


Last Tuesday

Horseplay - The Sanctuary Cafe - 7:30  £4

  Last Thursday

Pighog Plus Poetry Night. at the Redroaster Café, St James Street, Brighton. email paul@pighog.co.uk for further details.  Every last Thursday in the month, a mix of guest poets and open-mic slots. £5 or £3 concessions. Doors open at 7.45pm for 8pm start

Bristol 1st Tuesday

Poetry Unlimited   CAfe Kino, Stokes Croft, Bristol    First Tuesday of

the month    11.30am    open reading and discussion    usually themed.


Every Thursday

Arts House Open Mic  The Arts House, Stokes Croft, Bristol   Every

Thursday 8.30pm Entry Free

  1st Thursday

Hammer & Tongue open slam  The Hatchet, Frogmore St, Bristol   7.00pm 

First Thursday of the month. sign up to compete on the door to compete.


1st Thursday

Portcullis PoetsEugenie House, Royal York Crescent, Clifton - 7.45pm for 8pm start  Free


2nd and 4th  Sunday

Acoustic Night Bristol - Halo Cafe Bar - 8.15pm donation - www.acousticnight.com


2nd Thursday

Poetry at the Portcullis - The Portcullis, Sion Hill, Clifton - 7.30pm for 8pm Free

  4th Thursday

Poetry Revue Shoe - The Square Club, Clifton Every 4th Thursday  8.30pm - 10pm £4

Burton upon Trent, Staffs

3rd Friday Cancelled

Cancelled due to loss of venue - further information soon.

Anne Lee School of Drama, The Grain Warehouse, Derby Street, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2JJ - Open mic night with good disabled access. Starts 7:30, £2 entry for readers and non-readers. Refreshments available. Details at: www.gary-carr.me.uk/worlds.html


1st Wednesday

Irwell Writers - The Mosses, Cecil Street (opposite Asda) - 7.30pm  £3

Bury St Edmunds last Tuesday of month

Poetry Aloud,  7.30pm at The Bay Tree Cafe Bistro, 11 St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SQ.


2nd & 4th Thursday

Upbeat Open Mic - at The Waterman – 7.30 for 8.30   Free

  2nd Friday

Relevant Record Café   An Open Mic Poetry Evening

Contact Brad via e-mail at bradevans1971@gmail.com  for further info.


Last Friday

The CellarBards - last Friday of each month at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan.  Entry is £3.00, there is an open mic and also occasional guest writers. 


1st Wednesday

Speakeasy - The Source Cafe, Nelson Street, Carlisle - 8pm for 8.30pm start  free

Chelmsford 4th Friday Howl - A monthly night of poetry, spokenword and comedy, Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford.  £5 entry, tickets available on the door.


1st Sunday

Buzzwords - Exmouth Arms, Bath Road GL53 7LX - Doors 7pm start 8pm Entry: £3

Chester last Thursday The Chester Poets - The Old Boot Inn, Eastgate Street Row, Chester. An open poetry night every last Thursday of the month (except December)  from 8:00 pm.
Cirencester last Thursday
Writers in the Brewery - in the Theatre of New Brewery Arts, Cirencester 7pm to 9pm  -  £3 entrance.
Cleckheaton 1st - 3rd - 5th Saturday Talking Zebras at The Wickham Arms Hotel​, 15 St Peg Lane, Cleckheaton.  BD19 3SA    -  2.15pm meet for a 2.30pm start on every 1st - 3rd - 5th Saturday of each month


1st Wednesday

The Writers Café - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1AT - 7.30pm   £4    Website - http://writerscafe.vox.com


3rd Wednesday

A Pound of Poetry - Appetite Café, Church Walk, Colchester, Essex - 8pm  £1


1st Tuesday

Night Blue Fruit - The Tin Angel, Spoon Street - 9pm to 11pm   free

Croyden 2nd Thursday

Poets Anonymous hold a meeting on the Second Thursday of the month at Matthews Yard, off Surrey Street, Croydon CR0 1FF. All Welcome with poems to read - or without. £2.00  www.poetsanon.org.uk


1st Friday

Poets Anonymous

 South Norwood & Woodside Social Club, 21 Enmore Road, SE25 5NQ – starting at 8pm

 £2 - £1  www.poetsanon.org.uk


2nd Saturday

Poets Anonymous  - at United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove - 2.30 - 4.00 pm  £1  www.poetsanon.org.uk

Derby 1st Thursday

Derby Performance Poets - first Thursday of the month 7.30-9.30pm

Anybody who is interested in writing or performing or poetry at all is welcome to come along.  Perform in front of an enthusiastic and supportive crowd or just sit and listen - enjoying the atmosphere in the CUBE.http://www.deda.uk.com/cube/cube-events/poetry-nights/


2nd Tuesday

Well Versed - Staff Restaurant, Mole Valley District Council, Pippbrook - 7.30pm

Douglas, IOM

2nd & 4th Friday

Movies, Music and Poetry I.O.M -  Jabberwocky Cafe Duke St Douglas - 7.30  Free


Varies check website

Colpitts Poetry Readings – Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Durhan  8pm. - £4 / £2.50



1st Tuesday

Foakies - Royal Oak, 1 Infirmary Street - 8pm

Folk music and poetry night - £3


Last Sunday

Shore Poets - The Lot, 4-6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU £3 / £2    http://www.shorepoets.org.uk/   

Enfield Last Wednesday

The Gaslight Club open mic night situated in Taps Bar Silver Street Enfield for acoustic or semi acoustic performers,  contact James on 07982 830026 or email james@radiojj.co.uk if you are interested in performing.


check website

Uncut Poets - Black Box, Media Centre, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter  £5 /


  1st Sunday

Spokes Amaze! -  Bikeshed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT. A spinning wheel of word wizardry: Poetry as you’ve never heard or seen it before.  £5 / £2 slammers. http://ow.ly/szISa 

  3rd Wednesday
Taking the Mic. - Exeter Phoenix Café Bar. Gandy Street, Exeter - 8pm - poets, stand-ups, variety acts, singer songwriters... 3-5 minute slots available on a first come first served basis. E-mail; livtorc@yahoo.com Website:  http://www.wondermentalist.com   - Free - Fully accessible venue.
  2nd Thursday
ExCite Open Mic Night, Otto Retro, 6 New Bridge Street, Exeter, Entry £4/3.- 8pm. To book an open mic spot e-mail; stanza@rachelmccarthy.com


Check website for details

Poetry Frome the Garden Café http://www.wordswork.net/poetry/past.html * *


1st Monday

Open Mic -  Samuel Dow, 69 Nithsdale Road G41 2AJ - 7.30pm   Free


Every Tuesday

Open Mic at Glasgow University Union - 9.00pm  free – music, comedy, poetry


1st Tuesday

Poems and Pints  Samuel Dow, 69 Nithsdale Road G41 2AJ - 8pm  50p


1st Saturday

Bards in the Park - Secret garden, Tollcross Park, Winter Gardens - 1pm  Free.

Great Torrington

2nd Thursday

Plough Open Mike - Plough Arts Centre -8pm  Free


3rd Wednesday

Den of Voice - The Boileroom,13 Stokefields - 8pm  donation.

Harrogate 3rd Wednesday Poems, Prose & Pints at the Tap & Spile, Tower Street, Harrogate, HG1 1HS.  Entry £1.  Open mic then a featured artist.  From 7.30pm,

Hebden Bridge

Every Wednesday

Open Mic Surgery - Upstairs at the Stubbing Wharf pub - 9pm free,  music and poetry


Last Tuesday

Hebden Bridge Poetry - White Lion Hotel - 7.30 p.m. in the conference room  £2

Hennock,  Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot

4th Saturday

HOOT! @ Hennock - village Hall, Hennock - 8pm  £3

Heswall, Wirral 1st Thursday Linghams Bookshop, Telegraph Road, Heswall.  7.30  £3


2nd Thursday

Albert Poets - Cellar bar at Dogma, 29 Queensgate HD1 2RD - 8.00 pm  Free


4th Wednesday

Off The Road - Hull Adelphi - 8.00pm  £3

Keynsham, nr Bristol

3rd Wednesday

A S P - Poetry Circle - Humanities Building
Broadlands School, St Francis Road, Keynsham - 7.30 - 8.30 p.m  free


3rd Thursday

Poems and Pints night - Portmann Hotel, Portland Road, KA1 2DL - 8.00 pm


1st Friday

Odd Socks - Park Hotel, St Oswald Street LA1 3AS - 8pm  £4

  3rd Friday

Spotlight Literary Cabaret –  at The Storey - Spotlight event opens with an Open Mic session http://www.spotlightlancaster.co.uk/ , Tickets: £4/£2  Doors 8.00pm (Open Mic 8.15-8.45pm

Leamington Spa

3rd Friday

Spotlight Club -  Yorkshire House, Parliament St. - 8.30  £3


2nd Thursday

PUREandGOODandRIGHT Poetry & Pints - The Fox, 32 Clarendon Ave, Leamington Spa, CV32 4RZ   - 7.30, except December.  Contact is pgrpoetry@gmail.com

Ledbury last Tuesday Homend poets, at Icebytes cafe, ledbury - folk music + poetry with a theme for 1st half(; very last tuesday of the month


1st Wednesday

Wicked Words - Seven, 31A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton (just next to Casa Mia Grande) - 8pm   £3

  3rd Wednesday
Leeds Combined Arts. - Headingley Community Centre, North Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HG commencing at 7.30 p.m.   A host for the first half and the second half is open floor.
  every Wednesday (term time) The Scribe magazine; on every wednesday from 5-7pm (in term time only) holds poetry workshops at the Peach and Pear cafe, on Brudenell Road in the Hyde park area of Leeds. All welcome, whether member of the univerisity or not.
  last Wednesday

Poetry by Heart (except August bank holiday and Christmas weeks) at HEART Centre Cafe, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN.  Start time 7:30 pm.   Each month up to six poets each have a 15 minute slot to perform their work.  They receive no fee or expenses, and admission is free.  Follow us on http://heartpoets.wordpress.com/


1st Tuesday

Word! - The Y, East Street - 8.00pm  £3  7.30 to sign up to read.


2nd Friday

 Poetry Leicester -   The Friends' Meeting House, 16 Queens Road, Leicester  LE2 1WP     from September to July. Visiting poets, scholars and speakers hosted by the Leicester Poetry Society. Usual time 7.30 pm. For full details of speakers and venue see  www.poetryleicester.co.uk

  3rd Wednesday

Weaving Words at The Exchange, in Leicester. 50 Rutland Street, LE1 1RD


1st Monday

Liskeard Poetry Group monthly meeting  Stuart House, Barras Street, Liskeard. Time 4:30 – 6pm.  £1.50

Little Sutton, Wirral 1st Tuesday
Writers Circle Little Sutton, Wirral,  at the Community Centre attached to the Library, in Little Sutton the first Tuesday in every month commencing at 7pm and terminating at 9pm. Contact Reg Weaver on weaveapoem@ntlworld.com.


1st Monday

Come Strut Your StuffThe Egg Cafe, Newington, L1 4ED (between Bold St and Renshaw St) - Open floor poetry and acoustic music (with no mics). First come-first served, with names taken from 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Free. www.comestrutyourstuff.co.uk


1st Wednesday

Dead Good Poets' Society - Everyman Bistro, opp. Catholic Cathedral - 8pm  £1

  3rd Sunday

LiverBards - at Ma Egertons, 9, Pudsey Street, Liverpool. L1 1JA on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 7:50pm. Admission is free.


3rd Wednesday

Dead Good Poets' Society - Guest night - Everyman Bistro, Hope Street - 8pm £3 cons

  3rd Wednesday Poetry prose and acoustic music night at the ship and mitre liverpool every 3rd wed contact 07817209937 and ask for Dr Horsewhip c Delaneysss. 


4th Thursday

Liverpool Poetry Café The Hub at the Bluecoat  7pm – 9pm Guest readers.  Tickets free from Bluecoat ticket office


Most evenings except Sunday

Poetry Café Covent Garden – many different events, check website for details.  http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/cafe/ 


Torriano Meeting House

Unless stated otherwise, all readings take place on Sundays at 7.30pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket) 

Address: 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX


1st Sunday but varies, check website.

Ferargo Slam @ Charlie Wright’s International Bar 45, Pitfield St, London, London and South East N1 - £6/£5 


EX4 1st Sunday

Spokes Amaze! -  Bikeshed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT. A spinning wheel of word wizardry: Poetry as you’ve never heard or seen it before.  £5 / £2 slammers. http://ow.ly/szISa 

1st Monday Until the Lights Go Out at The Library Bar, 235 Upper Street, Islington - Poetry and Musict - o perform, talk to Mike or Irina before 7.15 or msg them on FB to guarantee a spot. Admission free but we do accept small donations


1st Monday

Hammer and Tongue - Green Note Cafe - 7.30pm  entry £4/5 – slam format


1st Monday

Jam On That - The Jam Factory - 8pm free


1st Monday

RAW (Real interActive Writing) - The Abbey Tavern, 124 Kentish Town Rd - 7.30pm  free workshop and open mic

  2nd Monday
Kid, I wrote back at Bar Kick Stage, 127 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE
Nearest Tube: Liverpool St/Old St - 7pm - 10pm £3 on the door/FREE TO PERFORM!
SE17 3rd Thursday #Telema,  The Artworks, Elephant Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE17 1AY. Disable access.  A poetry slam winner gets £50 and 2 PAID FEATURES at another event
SE19 1st Tuesday

BEYOND WORDS. Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, London SE19 1QH Poetry and more.... headline poet & showcases newer voices from open-mic. 7 for 7.30pm. £4/3.   email: beyond.words@aol.co.uk   Good access.


Every Tuesday

needleandthread open mic - The Half Moon, 10 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London, SE24 9HU  - 8pm  free  


Every Tuesday

Poetry Unplugged -  Poetry Cafe Covent Garden 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX - 7:30pm  £4


1st Tuesday

Steel Grasped poetry The Sir Richard Steeles, 97 Haverstock Hill, NW3 - 7.45pm  free  www.myspace.com/stevejameskl 


2nd Wednesday

Behind the Mic - Upstairs at The Adelaide, 143 Adelaide Road, NW3 3NL - Doors: 8pm. for 8:30pm £5

Swiss Cottage 2nd Wednesday, but check website.

Friday Night Writers - Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London, United Kingdom - doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start, produces annual anthology .Find out more on the website http://www.fridaynightwriters.wordpress.com

  4th Wednesday Jawdance - Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA.  A splurge of spoken word! FREE. http://ow.ly/szHWg


1st Tuesday

Y Tuesday Poetry Club - Three Kings Public House, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1 - 8pm  free


1st Friday

Behind the Mic - Women Only Night - at Glass Bar, West Lodge, Euston Gardens, 190 Euston Road. - 8.30pm  £3


2nd Sunday

Fanzine at The Vauxhall Griffin - 6.00 pm £4

Music and poetry see website


  2nd Sunday Spoetry at the Lord Parmerston, Tufnell Park.   33 Dartmouth, Park Hill, Dartmouth, London.  18:00 start until 22:00.   Free


2nd Tuesday

Ambit Reading - Bath House, 96 Dean Street, Soho  6.30pm 


NW6 (West Hamstead) 2nd Tuesday Essence of Poetry Workshop Readings Reflections Discussion  6.45-8.15pm Room 3 The Rooms Above Westheath  Yard 174 Mill Lane NW6 1TB £10 at door.


2nd Thursday

Angel Poetry - Borders Bookshop, The Angel in the N1 Centre Parkfield Street - 7pm


2nd Thursday

Poetry Sessions -  All Saints Church, Wansworth - 7.30pm Donation

N6 2nd Thursday (Occasionally 3rd)

Poetry in the House - Lauderdale House Poetry Readings - Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, London N6 5HG - Nearest tube Archway (Northern Line), then a 10 minute walk uphill towards Highgate Village. Buses 143, 210, 271 run direct to the House.- £5  8pm


3rd Wednesday

Twin (Poetry) - at Navasartian Centre, 223 Northfield Avenue, NORTHFIELDS, Ealing - 7.30pm for 8pm finishes at 10pm   £4  cons


3rd Wednesday

Touch Me I'm Sick - The Old Crown Pub, 33 New Oxford Street, London WC1A

Nearest tube Holborn - 7.30pm - Free - No Wheelchair access - Contact vintagepoison@hotmail.com


3rd Sunday


Sundays at the Oto -  Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL  3-5 pm, £4



1st Wednesday

More Poetry  7.30 for 8pm the first Monday of each month presented by juli Jana and Ken Champion at Antonio's coffee shop and gallery,Leyden Street 5min from Liverpool Str tube station. Guest and floor spots.http://www.kenchampion.org.uk/events/ 


3rd Thursday

Apples and Snakes – The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London  £3  http://www.applesandsnakes.org/ 

EC2A Last Tuesday SpeechMotion - The Horse and Groom, 28 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3NZ.a unique mix of performance and film. Tickets: £5/4 msft Facebook fan page Guest list only!  www.facebook.com/msftlondon
  Last Wednesday Incite! LGBT & Queer Poetry - First Out Cafe Bar • 52 St Giles High Street • WC2H 8LH
Cost - Free Contact: incite@camdenlgbtforum.org.uk /


4th Wednesday

Utter! North - Salisbury Pub, 1 Grand Parade N4 1JX - 7.30pm £5 -£2

Richmond 2nd Thursday Sweet Thursday - The Old Ship, 3 King Street, Richmond, Surrey. TW9 1ND - 7.30
  2nd Friday "Poetry Jam @ The Tea Box - The Tea Box, 7 Paradise Road, Richmond. TW9 1RX  7.30pm Free Entry   Call  020 8940 3521, e-mail on info@theteabox.co.uk   disabled access.
WC1 Regular dates Tuesdays and Fridays check website for details
Camden and Lumen Poetry. 1 Buck Street, Camden Town, London WC1. Lumen, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1. 6.30-9pm  £4/£3 in aid of the Cold Weather Shelters. 
Website - http://www.camdenlumen.wordpress.com        
N16 3rd Saturday

TamaRe House Poetry Corner @ Open The Gate- The Black Culture Cafe. Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 1pm-2.30pm then 4.30pm- 5.30pm Address: 33 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London, N16, 8BJ For more info. Contactdenise@tamarehouse.com  Website: www.tamarehouse.com/poetrycorner

Londonderry N.I.

Every Monday

Open Mic Madness - Mason's Bar, Magazine St - 10pm free

Lower Lydbrook, Glos

2nd Tuesday

Garden Cafe & Gallery cabaret - The Malt House,
Lower Lydbrook, Glos, GL17 9NN.
7.30pm  Music, poets, storytellers.

Macclesfield 3rd Tuesday

Improv Night - Live music, video projection, spoken word and experimental art. Mash Guru, Backwall Gate, Macclesfield, SK11 6LQ - 8:30pm Free

Manchester 1st Wednesday alternate mths
Other Room, Experimental poetry reading series - The Old Abbey Inn, 61 Pencroft Way, Manchester, M15 6AY. Website: www.otherroom.org


2nd Thursday

For Folk's Sake - Cup Cafe, Thomas Street, Northern Quarter - 6pm  £4


3rd Thursday

Freed Up - Green Room, - 7.30pm  free


3rd Thursday

Inn Verse - The Salutation Inn - 8pm  free


3rd Friday

Manky Poets -  Chorlton Library, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester - 7.50-9.30pm £2


Last Monday

Poets and Mash - Matt and Phreds - 7.30pm  £4

  Last Monday

Hard Rain - at Isis Café, 910 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 (Near Albert Road) - see www.isiscafe.com for more details or just call in.  8pm – 10 pm: poetry performance

  check website for details

Young Identity in Manchester. workshops for young people aged 13 to 25 every Monday at HOME  and a quarterly event call One Mic Stand in partnership also with Contact theatre. Every three months on the Friday. We are also in September2020 putting on a monthly showcase for brand new writer.

Our website is www.youngidentity.org

Mansfield, Notts

1st Tuesday

Forever Greens Art Café -  Forever Greens Art Cafe,  Restaurant, Ransomwood Business Park - 7pm £4.50 - www.myspace.com/theartcafe


1st Saturday

Open Mic Nite -  The Strangers Home, Bradfield - 8.30pm free

Margate last friday bi-monthly

Big Talk - Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent CT9 2LB. Big poetry from a small theatre to the world. £5, £3 for 'open micers'. http://ow.ly/szIuu

Mossley Every Sunday

open mic - Commercial Hotel in Mossley (OL5 0AA) Anything goes from poetry to mind reading, music to magic. If you want the stage for 15 mins just turn up.

Middlesbrough Last Friday The Black Light Engine Room - Python Gallery, Gosford Street Middlesbrough, TS2 1 BB.
theblacklightenginedriver@hotmail.co.uk for details.

New Brighton, Wirral

2nd Monday

Bards of New Brighton – “the Mags” Magazine Lane - 8pm - Free

Newcastle upon Tyne

3rd Thursday

Ten by Ten - The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn, Byker NE6 1LD - 8pm  £2


2nd Friday

Library Poetry Group - at Newquay Library, Marcus Hill - 11am to 1pm   Free


2nd Monday

Cafe Writers - at Jurnet's Bar, Wensum Lodge, 169 King Street - 7.15pm  donation

  3rd Tuesday Poetry at Olives - readings from invited writers and open mike (mainly, but not only poetry) at Olive's Bar, 40 Elm Hill, Norwich. 7.30 pm, free, raffles with prizes of poetry books and hand-bound notebooks to fund events.  


3rd Friday

Open Mic Poetry Night - Epic Bar - 7.30pm  free


1st Monday

Black Drop -  Canal House Bar, Canal Street - 8pm Entry: £2


3rd Wednesday

Speakeasy - The Alley Cafe, Cannon Court - 8pm free

Otley, Leeds

1st Tuesday

Otley Poets - (except January) at 8pm at Korks Wine Bar Bondgate Otley for 8-30pm start.Free except guest poets night when it's £1 entry.

Everyone must purchase a drink of some kind as we are not charged for the room.

For further info contact Sandra Burnett telephone: 01943/465372


3rd Tuesday

Poetry Gym - Black Horse Hotel, corner of Westgate, Otley, LS21 3AS - 8pm  £2


1st Monday

Jam On That - The Jam Factory - 8pm


Every Tuesday

Combibos Coffee Open Mic - Combibos Coffee, Gloucester Green - 7pm Free   music and poetry


Every Thursday

The Catweazle Club -  East Oxford Community Centre - 8.00pm  £4 - http://www.catweazleclub.org  


2nd Tuesday

Hammer and Tongues -  190 Cowley Road - 8pm


Last Saturday

Open From Subject Received Size
celebrate@anniversary-gifts-by-year.com 50th Anniversary Poems Competition Sun 15/08 6 KB Mic -
Waunifor Centre, Maesycrugiau SA39 9LX - 7.30pm  £2


Every other Thursday

Café Frug -  Penzance Arts Club -  an evening of performance - poetry, music, comedy, film  - 8pm  £2 and £4


2nd & 4th Wednesday

A Pint of Poetry and a Dash of Drama - Charters pub near the Town Bridge - 8pm

  3rd Tuesday

Petersfield Write Angle Poetry & Music Open Mic  Upstairs @ The Square Brewery, Market Square, Petersfield GU32 3HJ

Guildford, United Kingdom
  last Sunday

The Draper’s Poetry Gig - VENUE: The Draper’s Arms (Wetherspoon’s),            29-31 Cowgate,  Peterborough, PE1 1LZ - 8pm  Usually two headline poets doing twenty minute slots and there is plenty of open mic time, ACCESS: ALL on the ground floor and access is easy. Host  Ron Graves, The Draper’s Arms Poet-in-Residence,  graves@reidgraves.com

Plymouth Last Tuesday Stone Soup Storytelling – Twisted Tales.  – The Morley Arms, Billacombe Rd., Plymouth. For more details see; www.stonesoupstorytelling.org.uk
  bi-monthly Forked The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth PL1 2NJ. Performance poetry to inspire, delight and provoke! £7 on the door, £5 advance. http://ow.ly/szISa 


4th Sunday

Tongues & Grooves - The Florence, Southsea, Portsmouth- 8pm £3

Port Talbot

2nd Thursday

Pomes Penyeach  Pontardawe Arts Centre:. A monthly poetry evening with open mic.

Preston last Wednesday

Damson Poets – The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP. Disabled access.  www.damsonpoets.wordpress.com  contact: Terry at tsqdor@hotmail.com


2nd Friday

Poets' Café -  South Street Art Centre, South Street   8pm for 8.30pm £6  cons.


4th Sunday

Write Out Loud -at Olde Boars Head, Long Street - 8pm  £1

Rottingdean, Sussex 3rd Friday Open Arts Cafe Neville Road 7 to 9 new and established poets equally welcome. Five minute slots to read. £3.00 to cover costs. Max. 25 people. Call in to cafe and book your place.

Sale, Gt. Manchester

3rd Wednesday

Write Out Loud – Sale - Waterside Arts Centre, Sale Town Centre M33 7ZF - 7.30pm  £1


3rd Wednesday

Vital Signs - Adelphi House, The University of Salford, Adelphi Street, Salford, M3 6EN - 2.00pm  £3 cons £2 Series of readings by leading poets and writers no open floor.

Salisbury last Thursday Salisbury Poetry Café at Salisbury Arts Centre.  open mic. Last Thursday of the month. Tickets £4. Poetry Café is an opportunity to hear readings by established and published poets, as well as the chance for everyone to share work in the open mic sessions. To book an open mic slot please e-mail; poetrycafe@salisburyarts.co.uk


Every Sunday

Opus Unplugged -  Riverside Cafe, 1 Mowbray Street (bottom of Corporation St , over from Kelham Island) - 8pm



Every Tuesday

Poems and Pints - Burton Street Bar, Burton Street, Hillsborough, S6 2HH - 7-10pm  Free


2nd Tuesday

Spoken Word Antics - The Red Deer, Pitt Street - 20.00  £2


Every Wednesday

Listen - The Green Room, Division St - 8pm free



Every Wednesday

Abbeydale Writers' Workshop - Totley United Reformed Church, Totley Brook Road, Sheffield - 7pm to 9pm

  3rd Monday

Gorilla Poetry is every third Monday at The Gardener's Rest on Neepsend Lane (S3 8AT). It's absolutely free and anyone that wants to perform will get a five minute slot with no need to book in advance. There's a facebook page for it here.


4th Tuesday

Out of Line - The Cremorne - 7pm.free - spoken word night, featuring songs and short films.


1st Wednesday

Southend Poetry Group - Upstairs at The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road SS1 - 7.30pm

Southport 3rd Thursday

Southport Arts Centre - Studio - 7.30pm.  2 to 5 minutes reading or performance.

Sowerby Bridge

Every Sunday

Live Space - at Bridges, 1 Station Road, HX6 3LB - 7.00pm – entry £2.00


1st Monday

Puzzle Poets Live at Puzzle Hall Inn, Hollins Lane, Sowerby Bridge - 8pm (donation)

Stanley, County Durham

3rd Monday

Open Mic at the Lamp Light - at Lamplight Arts Centre, Front Street, Stanley - 7.30pm  £1

St. Helens

2nd Wednesday

Words Alive - The Citadel, Waterloo Street - 8pm £2

St.Ives Thursday

Cafe Frug with Bob Devereux St Ives St Ives Arts Club. Contact Bob: 01736 753899 or visit


St. Leonards

2nd Thursday

Poetry & Song Night - Bar Blue - 8pm Free

Stoke Newington, 1st Sunday
Word - The Others, 6-8 Manor ROAD, Stoke Newington, N16 GSA
7pm - 12am - £3 Entry (plus free copy of Inc. Magazine)


4th Sunday

Sundown - The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea - 6:30pm  £3


Swindon 2md Tuesday

Poetry Swindon.  It is held at The Victoria, 88 Victoria Road, SN1 3BD.  It is the second Tuesday of every month.  It cost's £5.00 for non members and £3.00 for members.


1st Thursday

Poetry at The Brewhouse organised by Fire River Poets. The Studio, The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset. Box Office 01823 283244. Fully accessible venue. Car park. Entry: £5.00. Open mic slots available. To book a slot 01823 252486. Not July, August and December.

Teddington see website Rhythm & Muse - more info at www.rhythmandmuse.org


2nd Tuesday

Magic Words at Bramsche 31 Rochdale Road,  Todmorden, OL14 7LA 7.30pm - £3  spoken word night. Guest poets & performers, plus a warm & friendly open mic spot open to all!   www.bramsche.co.uk

Torquay 2nd Friday
Cabaret Oasis @ The Blue Walnut The Blue Walnut Cafe, 14 Walnut Road, Torquay TQ2 6HS. Entry £3.50 - 8pm. Doors 7.30pm. Facebook page at; http://www.facebook.com/pages/POETRY-ISLAND/265108900513


2nd Thursday

Poetry Workshop - Truro Library - 2.30pm to 4.30pm Free

Tunbridge Wells

3rd Tuesday

Kent and Sussex Poetry Society - at he Camden Centre, Market Square, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2SW - 8pm  £3

  every two months

Words@javabean  Every two months at the JavaBean Cafe in Tunbridge Wells. Open Mic night. contact @javabean @CarolynTGrey for more details.

  every two months Word Up! Poetry Slam and Spoken Word Performance. Roughly every two months and takes place at the Forum in Tunbridge Wells. www.twforum.co.uk and @WordUpPoets


4th Monday

The Fourth Monday Poets - at the Mill, King Street, Ulverston, at 7.30. It's Free


1st Thursday

Red Shed Readings - Labour Club Red Shed - 7.30pm £2


2nd & 4th Tuesday

Black Horse Poets - Henry Boons Pub on Westgate (close to the Railway station) - 7pm to 9pm  free  www.blackhorsepoets.weebly.com   

Ware, Herts

1st Friday

Poetry Reading  Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane - 8pm £4 - £2.50


1st Friday

An Evening of Poetry Reading - Warrington Central Library, Museum Street, Warrington, WA1 1JB - 7pm to 9pm  free


Last Thursday

Poetry Wednesbury - St Paul’s Church, off Wood Green Road, 7.30 pm


1st Monday

Wells Poetry at the Fountain - Upstairs at the Fountain Inn, at the bottom of St. Thomas Street in Wells, 7.45 for 8pm. £2  https://wellsfountainpoets.wordpress.com/about/  

West Runton, Norfolk 1st and 3rd Wednesday
Poets at The Village Inn, West Runton, Norfolk, England - Small dedicated group but mood is often light-hearted. Readers and/or listeners always welcomed. Established 2004. Admission free. Contact Bill Jervis 01263 837 046. Every evening takes the shape from whoever turns up. No agenda, no commitments, no fees.


2nd Thursday

Write Out Loud - at Tudor House Hotel, New Market St. - 8.30 pm Free

Winsford, Cheshire

Last Wednesday

Bring Bacchus the Beat -  DeBees Music Bar - 8pm free

Withington 1st Thursday alt months

Counting Backwards is a new series of text-sound-performance events. It takes place on the first Thursday of alternate months at Fuel cafe bar in Withington. From Thursday 3 June 2010. Entrance is free.   http://tingbckwrds.wordpress.com/


2nd Tuesday

City Voices - at City Bar, King Street - 7.45pm Free

  Last Wednesday

The Poetry Train - hosted by Tony Stringfellow. Britannia Hotel, Lichfield St, Wolverhampton.  Start 8.00pm. Admission £2.


Last Wednesday

Poetry Reading Group - Central Library, Wolverhampton - 4.10pm to 5.30pm  Free


1st & 3rd Monday

Take the Stage -  City Screens Basement Bar, 13-17 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL - 8.00pm Entry: £2 / Performers free



1st Tuesday

The SPOKEN WORD -  The Exhibition Hotel Bootham, York, North Yorkshire , YO30 7BW - 7.30pm


2nd Wednesday

Speakers' Corner -  The Golden Ball, 2 Cromwell Road, Bishophill, York YO1 6DU.

Open mic with a monthly guest feature.  Admission £1.


Yeovil 4th Saturday Manifesto! Open Floor for Original Poetry and Song meets 12-2pm  every 4th Saturday of the month at Yeovil Public Library, Somerset UK.  Free. All welcome. Fully accessible,