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