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.

30 June image

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!

Pocock Vocal Posters

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 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 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

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

My dark star