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: Events are mix of in-person and online events, with the in-person ones in Ely's Babylon Gallery, Waterside, CB7 4AU.

When: third Wednesday of every 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 19 January 2022

Online via Zoom. 7 for 7.30 start.  Register via Eventbrite.

To kick off 2022 we have a special open mic night.  No headliner this month, just plenty of time for you poems and stories

Sign up for an open mic ticket if you'd like to read something, or just come along and enjoy the show and to hear about our plans for 2022.

Upcoming events:

  • 16 February 2022 Online with David Ralph Lewis

  • 16 March 2022 Ely with TBC

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