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. 

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Next Event:

Wednesday 21 April 2021, featuring Paul Stephenson

On Zoom. Register via Eventbrite. 7.30 start

Paul Stephenson grew up in Cambridge and studied modern languages. He took part in the Jerwood/Aldeburgh mentoring scheme in 2013/14. He has published three poetry pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), which won the Poetry Business pamphlet competition judged by Billy Collins; The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016), written while living in the Paris at the time of the November 2015 terrorist attacks; and Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017). He completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with the Manchester Writing School and co-curated Poetry in Aldeburgh in 2018-2020. He interviews poets on his blog: paulstep.com. / instagram paulstep456 / twitter @stephenson_pj

Upcoming events:

  • 16 June 2021: Fen Speak ft. Zoe Brooks

  • 18 August 2021: Fen Speak ft. TBC