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 20 October 2021, featuring Beth Hartley & Stewart Carswell

On Zoom. Register via Eventbrite. 7.30 start

Join us this month for a special double headline set from Fen Speak hosts Beth Hartley and Stewart Carswell, reading from their recently published books.

Beth Hartley is a poet of people and place; the transient and the eternal. She makes: - home, faith, work, words and dinner. Itchy preacher, always Mama. Part of the FenSpeak team, running and hosting Ely’s main poetry night. Her first poetry collection, "What if Stars" is out now with Allographic Press. https://linktr.ee/PoetryBees

Stewart Carswell grew up in the Forest of Dean and currently lives in Cambridgeshire. He studied Physics at Southampton University, and has a PhD from the University of Bristol. His poems have recently been published in Under the Radar, Envoi, Ink Sweat & Tears, and The Fenland Reed. His debut collection is "Earthworks" (Indigo Dreams, 2021), available to order now.

Sign up for an open mic ticket if you'd like to read a poem or story, or just come along and enjoy the show.

Upcoming events:

  • 15 December 2021: Fen Speak ft. TBC