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Speakeasy Poetry Night

17th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


As part of our Becoming Stories project, we invite you to join our three wonderful guest poets at the Big Worle Hub for an evening of spoken word.

Fancy getting up and sharing your own poem? Speakeasy has an open mic, giving you the opportunity to spit bars, speak up, feel the love. You are invited to take to the stage for 5 minutes, just rock up and let us know your name before the event begins.

About our Guest Poets:

Melanie Branton’s published collections are Can You See Where I’m Coming From? (Burning Eye, 2018) and My Cloth-Eared Heart (Oversteps, 2017). She has performed at spoken word nights and festivals including WOMAD, Shindig and the Bristol, Wolverhampton and Exeter Poetry Festivals and has also qualified for three national slam finals.

Bob Walton was born in Cardiff and has been coming to Weston since he was 6 months old… and that was a long time ago! His second collection of poems, ‘Sax Burglar Blues’, was shortlisted for Wales Arts Review’s ‘Best Book from Wales in 2018’. A member of The Spoke poetry group, he has done readings across the UK. He was Head of English at Worle School for 6 years and now teaches creative writing at Cardiff University. He has been involved with Theatre Orchard since it was set up, both as a board member and as an artist, and currently runs Chapter 1 creative writing group at Big Worle with The Write Box.

Emma van Woerkom is a Poet, Poetry Film Maker and fully trained Shared Reading Facilitator. Winner of the 2019 Hay Writer’s Poetry Competition and the 2015 Richard Booth Prize for Non Fiction. Her poetry pamphlet FOUND ME: Blackout Poetry, was nationally shortlisted for a 2017 Saboteur Award Best Poetry Pamphlet. Paul Henry has described her work as “Self assured… controlled, vivid, spare and perfectly paced.” She has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, performed in venues across the UK from Shetland to Swindon and appeared at literature festivals including the Hay Festival.

Free Entry


17th October 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Big Worle Hub
11 Feniton, Clovelly Road
Weston-super-Mare, BS22 6LN
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