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Top 5: Poetry and Spoken Word Events in London

Top 5: Poetry and Spoken Word Events in London

29 September 2016 Stephanie Brandhuber

If you’re feeling especially creative of late, or are possessed with a need to pour some poetry on a page, it might be because we’re fast approaching National Poetry Day. October 6th marks this year’s day to celebrate all things poetical, so we’ve gathered together a fantastic list of poetry and spoken word events that occur regularly across the capital So get on board with London’s beatnik scene, we’re sure the crowd won’t be too mean. A tomato to the face is the worst that could come, but even that sounds kind of fun. Right?

Hammer and Tongue
Taking place on the first Tuesday of every month, the Hackney arm of Hammer and Tongue presents a year-round programme of poetry slams with touring guest artists. This lively, monthly event is held at The Book Club in Shoreditch, which is always a great venue to spend a quirky night. Aside from featuring some of the biggest names in live poetry and spoken word slam, aspiring poets attending Hammer and Tongue can sign up for 3.5 minutes on the mic to perform their poetry in front of the crowd. Politeness not guaranteed.


Image Credit: theartsdesk.com
 
Hammer and Tongue takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH. 7:30pm for 8pm start. Tickets £5 concessions, £6 standard. Visit them online for full details.
 
Bang Said The Gun
Calling itself “the poetry event for people who don’t like poetry,” Bang Said The Gun puts an emphasis on audience participation in order to give attendees the best time possible. This popular monthly poetry event, which usually takes place at the Bloomsbury Theatre, has earned itself a reputation for being the liveliest, loudest, and most raucous poetry gathering in the city. For an irreverent night of spoken word that packs a punch, don’t miss this wild night of poetic entertainment. If there’s any poetry night that will reverse your poetry preconceptions, Bang Said The Gun is definitely it.
 


Bang Said The Gun takes place at the end of each month at the Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH. Visit them online for ticket prices and additional information.
 
Jawdance
Hosted by Apples and Snakes, London’s leading organization for performance poetry and spoken word, Jawdance is a monthly event featuring acclaimed acts in poetry and music, established artists, and exciting newcomers. Be wowed and amazed by these poets’ waltzing words and take part in their open mix draw – an opportunity for poets of all abilities and experiences to share the stage with the biggest names in spoken word. Taking place at RichMix, one of East London’s most beloved arts venues, Jawdance is sure to have you busting out your inner bard.


Image Credit: Sloetry Photography. Jawdance @applesandsnakes @RichMix. Artist: Maria Ferguson
 
Jawdance takes place every month at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Entrance is free. For more information, visit them online.
 
Out-Spoken Live
Taking place on the last Tuesday of every month, Out-Spoken Live is a monthly poetry event at The Forge in Camden. Not only is this venue beautifully designed and wonderfully intimate, but it also boasts incredible acoustics, making it the perfect venue to host this night of spoken word and musical entertainment. Drawing upon a wonderfully eclectic range of poets, performers, and musicians, Out-Spoken Live is the perfect place to go to see how talented and varied Londoners can truly be.


 
Out-spoken Live takes place on the last Tuesday of the month at The Forge in Camden, 3-7 Delancey St, London NW1 7NL. Tickets are £8 in advance, £10 on the door. To find out more, visit them online.
 
Rhymes with Orange
Are you stuck in a job that just doesn’t allow you to express your true creative self? Are you feeling stifled by the corporate monotony? Need to slam down some verses?  If the answer is yes to any of these, then head on down to Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch where a monthly spoken word night happens in front of an energetic and supportive crowd. Rhymes With Orange occurs on a Thursday night each month and features a number of ten-minute special performances, a very unique Limerick Challenge, and ends with the ever-popular Orange Crusssssssssh open mic segment of the night where attendees will get the chance to win a 10 minute featured slot at the next Rhymes with Orange event. Feel brave enough? Then give poetry your best try, come down to Shoreditch and stop on by.
 
Rhymes with Orange takes place once a month at Bedroom Bar, 62-68 Rivington St, London EC2A 3AY. For details of their next event, visit them online.

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