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: 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 26 August 2020, featuring Leanne Moden
On Zoom. Register via Eventbrite. 7.30 start
Leanne Moden is a poet, performer and workshop leader originally from Wisbech, but now living in Nottingham. She’s performed at events across the UK and Europe, including recent sets at WOMAD Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sofar Sounds, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight, as well as shows in Estonia, France and Spain. She performed at the TEDx WOMEN event at UCL in 2016, and was a semi-finalist at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam in 2019. Leanne is currently working on her first full-length theatre show, and her second pamphlet of poetry was published by Burning Eye Books in July 2020.
21 October 2020: Fen Speak ft. John Greening
16 December 2020: Fen Speak ft. JS Watts