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.
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Wednesday 18 December 2019, featuring Mark McGivern
At The Babylon Gallery, Ely. Doors 7.00 for 7.30 start
Mark McGivern is a poet and event organiser. Based in Cambridge Mark runs a monthly night of music and poetry "Sunday Night Lives" and is a regular performer across the city. Mark often tells stories through his poems, often drawn from his own experiences, mixing shades of light and dark in his narratives.
19 February 2020: Ely Fen Speak ft. Matthew Paul
- 15 April 2020: Ely Fen Speak ft. Janet Sutherland