Nine Arches Press, The Centre for New Writing & Crystal Clear Creators present:

•Leicester Shindig!

Bi-monthly open mic at The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA

Monday 21st September 2015 at 7.30pm



Mark Goodwin & Poets from the Over Land, Over Sea anthology:








Shindig! Dates for 2016:


Mon 18th Jan

Mon 21st March

Mon 16th May

Mon 18th Jul

Mon 19th Sep

Mon 21st Nov


Night starts at 7.30pm. Book open mic slots on arrival. Free entry - we look forward to you joining us!





  • Warwick Write Sparks workshops


Starts Tuesday 26th January, 6-8pm.

Fortnightly at Warwick Space, Warwick.


Join us for six fortnightly poetry writing workshops beginning on Tuesday January 26th - Tuesday Apr 5th. Sessions are led by Nine Arches Press editor Jane Commane and are friendly, supportive and lively - usually involving tea, cake and plenty of poetry!


Each workshop includes poetry feedback and group support with your own poems (in turns over the six weeks), a poetry reading discussion, as well as writing workshop activities to develop and nurture your creative writing skills and your understanding of poetry-writing and creating a variety of poetic forms and styles.


Sessions take place 6pm - 8pm on the following dates:


Tues Jan 26

Tues Feb 9th

Tues Feb 23

Tues Mar 8

Tues Mar 22nd

Tues Apr 5th

Session to be lead by special guest tutor, poet Jonathan Davidson, on March 22nd.


Course fee: £79 for six sessions. Includes refreshments and cake.


Booking essential as spaces limited. Please click here to book your place.




  • 52: Launch Party & Workshop

Join Jo Bell and Nine Arches Press in launching 52: Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going.

SUNDAY 31st JANUARY at midlands arts centre, Birmingham B12 9QH


11am - 4.30pm for workshop

6-8pm for launch party


Booking essential: book here


Our day-long event includes a 52 Poetry workshop led by Jo Bell and Jane Commane, plus a fabulous evening of poetry at the launch itself - the 52 Poetry Party!

Tickets purchased for the workshop will include FREE ticket to the evening launch event.

Poetry Workshop: Communications & Conversations

Tickets: £27 (includes free entry to evening 52 Poetry Party). Limited number available, so book soon!

Takes place 11am - 4.30pm in the Randle Studio at mac Birmingham

Please note: workshop does not include food or hot drinks, but these are available in the cafe at mac.

Launch event: The 52 Poetry Party

Tickets: £5 (launch only)

6.00pm - 8.00pm in the Deloitte Room at mac Birmingham.


With readings from a number of special 52 poetry guests, TBC!

Come and join us for an evening of poetry from some of the guest poets who contributed towards the 52 project in 2014 and the book. Guest poets tbc.


Booking essential: book here


Find out more about the 52 book here: Write a Poem a Day. Start now. Keep going.



  • Launch of the terrible by Daniel Sluman


Thursday 4th February 2016

from 6.00pm for 6.30pm start.

In Room C001, Birmingham City University, The Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, BIRMINGHAM, B4 7BD.


With readings by poets Daniel Sluman, Angela France and David Clarke.


Daniel Sluman is a 29-year-old poet and disability rights activist based in Oxfordshire, UK. He gained a BA and MA in Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire, and has previously held editorial roles at Dead Ink, Iota, and the award-winning disability anthology FTW: Poets against Atos. He was named one of Huffington Post’s Top 5 British Poets to Watch in 2015, and his debut poetry collection Absence has a weight of its own was released by Nine Arches Press to critical acclaim in 2012. His latest collection of poems is the terrible.


David Clarke was born in Lincolnshire and now lives in Gloucestershire. He works as a teacher and researcher. His poems have appeared in magazines including Iota, Anon, Under the Radar and New Walk. His pamphlet, Gaud, was published by Flarestack Poets in 2012. His debut collection of poems, Arc, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2015.


Angela France has had poems published in many of the leading journals, in the UK and abroad and has been anthologised a number of times. She has an MA in ‘Creative and Critical Writing’ from the University of Gloucestershire and is studying for a PhD. Publications include Occupation (Ragged Raven Press) and Lessons in Mallemaroking (Nine Arches Press). Angela is features editor of Iota and runs a monthly poetry cafe, ‘Buzzwords’. Her most recent collection, Hide, was published by Nine Arches Press in March 2013.


Tickets are free but booking is essential.










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