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 19 February 2020, featuring Matthew Paul
At The Babylon Gallery, Ely. Doors 7.00 for 7.30 start
Matthew Paul's first collection, The Evening Entertainment was published by Eyewear Publishing in 2017, and he is a participant on the Poetry Business Writing School programme. Clare Pollard said of The Evening Entertainment, “Matthew Paul explores two often-neglected subjects, work and play, with wit and precision. Whether you’re looking for something for the commute or for the weekend, these delightful, dazzling poems will titillate even the most jaded palette.” @MatthewPaulPoet
15 April 2020: Ely Fen Speak ft. Janet Sutherland
- 17 June 2020: Ely Fen Speak ft. Leanne Moden