Friday, 12th August 2016
Moseley is a marvellous place for writers. As a relative newcomer I am amazed to find how many opportunities are available within a short radius.
Let’s start with Poetry. On the first Saturday of each month Chris Fewings, local writer, teacher and facilitator, offers his Poetry Workshop from 2pm to 4pm at The Birmingham Buddhist Centre in Park Road. Published poems are looked at from the angle of the day’s theme which sparks the writing activity. You don’t have to share your pieces but, as Chris told me “People nearly always do!”
Everyone welcomes the chance to look at their own work in a different light. One appreciative participant, Deb Curnock, said it really stimulates her. “It connects me with other poets and their various styles, which has enriched my poetic life. I usually write alone. Coming here sparks new ideas and helps me look at things in ways I wouldn’t have before. It’s lovely to know the workshop is there when I need a little inspiration.”
Sessions cost £10. You can come to all or any, and newcomers are welcome to join at any time. The theme on July 1st is Poetry and Music
Poetry Workshop: email@example.com
Cannon Poets is possibly the best known poetry group in Birmingham. Now over thirty years old, it meets in the Moseley Exchange every first Sunday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. There is a focus on writing during the sessions, with feedback and encouragement. Their quarterly magazine, Cannon’s Mouth, is open to submissions of any genre from all poets, not just members.
On Thursday 7th July at 7.30, as part of Moseley Festival, Cannon Poets are co-hosting a special event with Nine Arches Press. Birmingham Poet Laureates Adrian Blacklegs and David Hart will lead the evening at Moseley Exchange. The £5.00 entry fee will be well worth it.
Martin Underwood 0121 4266413 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer live poetry and Spoken Word there’s plenty of choice. The Dark Horse offers its monthly HOWL on second Wednesdays at 7.30pm. Leon Priestnall hosts this thriving night which gives local and national artistes fifteen minute headline slots. There are also around ten open mic slots of 5 minutes each available on the door. Headliners on July 13th are Timothy Scotson and Alya Hasinah. £3.00 entry.
Facebook Howl Community or www.darkhorsemoseley.co.uk
The Bohemian presents Boho Jam open mic every Thursday night from 8.30pm ‘til the jam runs out! MC’d and dreamed up by Ross Lyndon, this democratic variety night has 10 minute open mic slots up for grabs if you get there early. The beautiful Ben behind the bar will tell you all you need to know.
Facebook bohojam or www.bohemianbar.co.uk
Ort Cafe has two regularly monthly poetic occasions. Debbie Aldous’ Spoken Word at the Ort open mic variety night welcomes first time performers as well as seasoned regulars. The next one is on Friday July 8th at 7.30pm. Entry by donation.
Spoken Word At Ort: Facebook page or Debbie Aldous 07455 757144
Poets with Passion is every second Sunday of each month from 3.45pm to 6pm. Sunday 11th July offers the chance to share your own work or favourite poems on the theme of Peace … or to just relax and listen.
Poets with Passion: Tessa Kate Lowe 07989960115
Writers of fiction and other prose are also spoiled for excellent choice in Moseley. PowWow (Prince of Wales Writers on Writing), really is a wow! Held weekly from 8pm to 10pm it is led by prolific published novelist Katharine D’Souza. “We run it a little bit like a seminar” she tells me. “We have a discussion topic each week, proposed by members – usually around the writers‘ craft or the delights and perils of being a writer. I prepare the handouts and lead discussion in the first half and then we have focused feedback on one member’s work in progress.” Sessions cost £5.00, including the valuable handouts.
PoWWoW is not ideally for beginners. For that you might well like Polly Wright, co-founder of Women in Theatre and of HEARTH: Change through the arts. Polly inspires many readers and writers in a variety of wonderful ways. Her Readers and Writers group will start again at MAC in September along with two new stimulating courses.
email@example.com or 07974 718730
Fun with a Pen (FWAP), which is also a springboard for aspiring writers, will keep going throughout the summer. Novelist and short story writer Jan McCarthy is the inspiring facilitator of this lovely, lively group. The next get together is on Saturday July 9th in King’s Heath Park from 12pm to 4pm. The theme is Nature Writing. On the second Saturday in August the place to go is Sarehole Mill at 1am.
Facebook page Fun with a Pen or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, you could always decide to join the B13 writing team! Come and meet us at The Prince Of Wales on Wednesday 6th July from 7.30pm as part of Moseley Festival.
Sophie Painter: email email@example.com
It’s a wonderful writer’s life all right!
Tessa Kate Lowe