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:

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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

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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

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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.

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!

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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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Countdown to Poem-A-Thon

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With less than 2 weeks until the awesome Poem-A-Thon for MSF and refugees, I can excitedly share that the event has already rasied over £7,500 (that’s lots of $$’s, especially given that poets and friends of poets are the ones raising the cash!)

I’ve already begged for your contributions in this earlier post, and now I’m repeating myself. The stories of what refugees are going through is horrific. The cause for most of the pain is generally due to the anger and ineptitude of our own governments (UK, US, European), so here they come – the non-extreme, bits of families, doctors, chefs, designers, writers, gardeners – here they come seeking refuge and opportunity. If you can help the excellent work of Medicines Sans Frontier, by donating £10 or more to this poemathon, it will make a real difference to some random, foreign, unknown somewhere (someone who will never know that you even bothered).

My just giving page

My attempt at A Haiku about the event:

Low red Bedouin moon
Dawn shoreline, the crisp blue Med.
Words chill London air

Thank you for reading and supporting the plight of other human beans.

60 poets will be reading from 12pm-10pm and if you can get to Vout-O-Reenee’s surrealist club on Saturday 5th December, entry is free and you are bound to hear some magic and meet some fabulous people.