Blackfriars Vocal – open mic poetry

Friday 29 September 2017 – what are you doing?
Loitering South London?

Bankside

Scuffing your boots just south of the Bankside… Near Southwark tube, or the beautiful Blackfriars train station?

Well… here’s something exciting to do:

29 Sept PosterSee you soon!

Beckenham Open Mic Poetry 1 Sept

@beckbeatpoetry 1 September 2017

Who know’s where I’m going with this? Is there a need to poeticise now, so far between grand decisions? Who know’s? Anyhoo… The first Friday of September 2017 will see the return of Beck’ Beat Poetry to the excellent Beckenham. We’ll be skulking about in the local church hall – one of the rooms upstairs – and are on for just a short hour… Yet it’s still the finest open-mic poetry event in Beckenham!

Take a look down Albermarle Road on Friday 1 September and listen out for the ranting and romanticising of South East London’s wordsmith populace. We can’t sell you any beer/wine here, but recommend you take some before and during your performance. 5 min mic time for one English pound.poetry

Check out http://www.facebook.com/beckbeatpoetry for pics, verse and other.

Blackfriars Vocal 25 August

Dear poets and Southbankers! The excellent world of Blackfriars Settlement poetry will once again be cuddling your ears and strumming your heart strings on Friday 25 August 2017. We start at 7pm and you’ll get 5 minutes at the mike.

It’s open to all performers and styles, and you are welcome to simply enjoy the event from the safety of ‘audience’. Take a look at some of our previous performers, as well as a selection of their work, on our Facebook page. Alternatively; turn up and check it out yourself.

Beck Beat Poets online

David Pape is a regular poet at our Blackfriars Vocal events in Southwark. He’s an awesome orator, and as you can see from this – a talented writer.

I hope you enjoy Squirrel on Cocaine, any comments / feedback will get back to him.

Squirrel on Cocaine

This is the story of a squirrel who failed,
not so bright or bushy-tailed.
A regular rogue with hardened eyes –
a squirrel who cheats and drinks and lies.

Beat up a hare and mugged a rabbit,
all because he’d got the habit.
Lost his friends, became a stealer;
his only mate’s a cocaine dealer.

The crime rate’s up around the park;
he only comes out after dark.
“Are you looking at me? Are you a voyeur?”
he shouts in induced paranoia.

“It’s these ‘greys’ – they’re all the same;
sendem back to whence they came!
They’ve got no morals, they’re aggrevating
they’ll steal your nuts while you’re hibernating.”

He ‘round those half-empty lager cans,
making deals and dodgy plans.
Asking for trouble if he don’t mend his ways –
a fox’ll get him one of these days!

“Fell out of a tree, or so I’ve heard;
had a fight with some big old bird.”
A crook, a thief, a scoundrel, a rotter
it’s not at all like Beatrix Potter!

David Pape

© davidpape 2005

Blackfriars Vocal 30 June 2017

Here is the late news of our next open-mic poetry session.

Friday 30 June 2017 – doors 6.30, Mic on at 7pm and dependent on numbers, through till 9pm.

An intimate and warm group of poetry lovers awaits you, the brave! The Cariad Cafe is open throughout. Share your own work, something you’re working on or your favourite verses from another. You get 5 minutes after your name is pulled from the hat.

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Blackfriars Vocal

The monthly Open Mic poetry session, run at Blackfriars Settlement, is on again! 

This time we are sneaking two into June though!

Come join in the celebration of words in the soul of Southwark on Friday 2 June. Doors 6.30 – mic goes live at 7pm! The next one will be Friday 30 June, same times!

You are welcome to read your own, share your favourites or simply let the poems lift you with their unique take on our lives.

Find out more at facebook.

Blackfriars Vocal 28 April

You who are strolling the sleepy streets of Pocock and Rushworth on Friday 28 April. You who’ve a need to spout lyrical. You who flourish in the breath of the dreams of poets and imaginists.

Free open-mic poetry is back at The Blackfriars Settlement. Doors 6.30pm. Mic on at 7pm. Names in the hat for 5 minutes. All voices welcome. Cafe refreshments on site. See you there!

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Beck Beat goes on… in Southwark

Blackfriars Vocal Poster Feb 2017

 

We continue the search for a new venue in Beckenham (admittedly… have made little progress past initial exuberance of the opportunities!), and in the meantime, you are welcome to join us in the super spacious Blackfriars Settlement for Friday 24 February. It will be #openmic, #poetry, with cafe possibilities and 5 minutes of excellent audience enjoyability, for each of you ear-needy poets!

As you spout your latest, favourite, or work in progress. Also if you wish to share the origination of some other monger-of-words, then that’s cool too!

This is a real life event, of the free persuasion and is open to all; regardless of shoe colour or shampoo choice. All voices welcome. You might find more info from Facebook. Or you might skank around on Twitter?

Beck’ Beat December

Beck' Beat Poetry December Poster

In a tumultuous world, a world of apparently unending descent into division, where is the warmth? The Bonhomie? Where is the sensible ascent of humanity through the love of verse and appreciation of the dynamic, the diverse, the intertwined voices of people?

Yes that’s right; our theme for the December edition is LOVE!

Bring your best, worst, favourite, most tear-jerkingly audacious verse to #beckbeatpoetry December to share with our appreciative audience of word lovers.
New for the end of the year: #storytelling

You have 5 mins infront of other people. That is the only limitation on our Open-Mic event.
Doors open 6.30, the mic goes live at 7 for your own, or your favourites to be shared.
The audience are receptive, enthusiastic, and gone by 8PM!

Look out for the latest tales at https://facebook.com/beckbeatpoetry and follow our exploits on Twitter @beckbeatpoetry or #beckbeatpoetry.

Beck’ Beat November

Beck' Beat November Theme Revolt

Revolt!
Revolt!
Bring your tub thumping, cajole your anarchic, harness your sagacious to share with the wary at our November edition of #beckbeatpoetry. Live from The Beckenham Bookshop (Bromley’s finest bookshop), doors open 6.30 for live mic at 7PM. The event is free to attend and promises an intimate poetic atmosphere, an appreciative audience, and a selection of lovely pubs close-by.
Our theme this month will be “Revolt” and you are welcome to bring your own, your favourite or just spectate. Stand up and enjoy the warm buzz of ranting with amplification for 5 mins and sharing your word crafting with others.
Look out for the latest tales at https://facebook.com/beckbeatpoetry and follow our exploits on Twitter @beckbeatpoetry.

Beck’ Beat Southwark

Hello everybody!

As you can see, I’m aiming to make Beck’ Beat Poetry something of a ‘Thing’, ergo – we have our second event in Southwark in mid-October. The event is hosted at the fabulous Blackfriars Settlement (A community organisation near Pocock Street).

The last one we had here (in August) was an excellent opportunity for a very diverse audience to enjoy an equally dynamic spectrum of poetic voices. The newly ‘corporatised’ interior of the Settlement was transformed. It literally resonated with emotions as our small collection of Open-Mic readers broke down barriers of ignorance and let their words weave magical strands of hope and destruction. It really was that good.

You can see a flavour of some of what occurred, in August, on the Facebook page. Please check it out (obvs)!

If you can make it to this epically central location on a Friday night in the middle of October, jump in and read us a few of your poems.

Beck’ Beat October

There is a ‘theme’ for the October Beck’ Beat episode. The theme is “Autumn”. You do not have to read only Autumn poems – it’s more of a challenge to create something Autumnal… There will be a theme for the November episode too, but I can’t say what it is yet (it’s “Revolt”).

You do not have to read your own work, with so many beautiful Autumn-related works out there, you may just feel the urge to share. You do not have to read anything – our audience is open, enthusiastic and gone by 8pm.

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This is a real-world event, previous episodes can be checked out on the Facebook Page.

Episode September #beckbeatpoetry

We’re still going! Made the 6 month mark and people still coming thru the door… Excellent!

Celebrated the summer with two Supercool Events in August – the Blackfriars Settlement, Southwark, complementing our regular night at Beckenham Bookshop with a spectacular evening (including hot food and beers!) more of which can be found out here.

Now to the coming death of the twenty sixteen. Already blasted to pieces and ransacked by successive traumas… Recuperating at present (in some parts) after a real shot in the arms of Brazilian Olympics!

September 1 Thurs 6.30 - 8

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You are welcome to join the chill at this increasingly popular free Poetry Open mic event.

 

Beck’ Beat Poetry at WordFest, Twitter anon…

WordFest Beckenham is occurring on Saturday July 16 on Beckenham Green. It starts at 12pm and we have an intense Open-Mic session open to all from 4pm in the Creative Canopy (Big Top). You can sign up with me from 3.30pm in the tent for your stint on the stage!

The event promises to be a lively literary affair with diverse and exciting performances throughout the afternoon, as well as a raucous audience of Beckenhamers and other South-London types!

Poster describing events on at WordFest in Beckenham 16 July 2016

HABE WordFest 2016

In other news: I recently set up a separate Twitter identity for the Beck’ Beat Poetry open mic sessions and have been panicking about using it since! Follow us here for sporadic and mildly Poem themed tweets: @beckbeatpoetry

Dates of interest:

Monday 1 August – Beck Beat August Episode at Beckenham Bookshop (poster in the juice machine).

Friday 12 August – Beck Beat visits Southwark! One night only Open Mic Poetry at the fabulous Blackfriars Settlement – Charity, community, beacon, venue – and we even get refreshments (probably wine and finger food!!)

I look forward to seeing some of you about and around over the summer.

This is a real-world event, previous episodes can be checked out on the Facebook Page.

Beck’ Beat Poetry June

The sun hangs high over Beckenham Town and glinting in it’s sweet glare is the precious gem of an independent bookshop, aka The Beckenham Bookshop.

On Thursday 16 June, at 6.30pm, their doors will once again fling open to the fourth visit of local lyricists. It’s an Open Mic Poetry hour in suburbia. You are invited to sit and bask or let your own voice shine. It’s free to attend with the only limitation being time.

When you’re ready to poetise your 3-5 minutes, then get your sunscreen on and join us before 7 to sign up and help fill the hour with your own take on rhythm.

This is a real-world event, previous episodes can be checked out on the Facebook Page.

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Beck Beat Poetry May Edition

We’re back on a Tuesday for May.

Stretch out the Bank Holiday headiness into an evening of fast verse, pointed poesy and rueful rhyming, with a host of poets in the Beckenham Bookshop.

Here is your free opportunity to let it all out!

Welcoming to all novices, accomplished, published and polished, our intimate hour of noise is open to any style, slant and age.

For up to 5 minutes live, walk through that door on Tuesday 3 May, between 6.30 and 7PM and drop your name in the hat. The talking starts around 7 and it’s all in the ether by 8PM.

This is a real-world event, previous episodes can be checked out on the Facebook Page.

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Beck Beat Poetry

Open mic

Things need to change
Complain complain complain
Lets do something about it
Somebody already is
Well lets do it as well
It’s not going to change anything, nothing ever does
Lets do more
Nobody will come
Lets do it differently
They’re busy doing their own thing
Lets do it in the dark
Nobody will care
Lets do it with people we don’t know
There’s already too much of it out there
Lets do it in Beckenham
With a microphone
In a bookshop.


Having spent much time reading many of your words on screen, I recently got a hankering for some real, in-the-flesh poetry. A few events in London and some irregular You-Tubing later and my appetites whetted… Thankfully, the thoughtful wordsmyths at The Beckenham Bookshop agreed to support my urge to witness more of this on my own doorstep. Ergo…

Here’s your invitation to a free, Open Mic, Poetry event in Beckenham, London.
Tuesday 1 March, 6.30PM-8PM.
Sign up on the door for a 7 O’Clock start, with each artist given up to 5 minutes airtime (depending on numbers), you will enjoy a poetic reception at The Beckenham Bookshop and see the start of a regular, ‘local’, poetry event.

the first open mic poster

the first open mic poster