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 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 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.