Fen Speak is Ely's regular poetry, spoken word and storytelling open mic night where local writers come together to share their work in a friendly environment.
Who: all are welcome - poets, spoken word artists, non-fiction or fiction writers, or those just wanting to listen! The events include first time readers as well as regular contributors.
What: poetry, fiction, non-fiction - each reader gets a slot of around 3 minutes, depending on how busy the night is. It's free to attend, with donations taken to cover running costs. Just turn up and sign up, or email in advance to book your reading slot. There are also often special guest readers, such as local poets who have recently had new work published.
Why: come to share your work, gain confidence in performing it, hear and meet other fantastic writers, and find out more about writing happening in the fens - the reasons to come are endless!
Where: All events are happening online via Zoom until further notice. Usually we would be in Ely's Babylon Gallery, Waterside, CB7 4AU.
When: third Wednesday of every other month - see below for the latest dates. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start, and we usually finish around 9.30pm.
Wednesday 17 February 2021, featuring Rick Dove
On Zoom. Register via Eventbrite. 7.30 start
Rick Dove is a London-based poet and storyteller. A regular performer on the London poetry scene since late 2015, Rick has been published in poetry zines, national press, and his own solo pamphlet and full collection. His work blends the old and new, taking a keen interest in both societal and personal change and how they interact as we grow.
21 April 2021: Fen Speak ft. Paul Stephenson
16 June 2021: Fen Speak ft. TBC