Nine Arches Press and Crystal Clear Creators present:

•Leicester Shindig!


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




Shindig! Dates for 2015:


Mon 19th Jan

Mon 16th Mar

Mon 18th May

Mon 20th July

Mon 21st Sept

Mon 16th Nov


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




  • Short Course: Towards a Poetry Collection

Writing West Midlands offering a six week course with Jane Commane of Nine Arches Press: begins on Tuesday January 27th in Warwick.


£110 for all six sessions

27th January – 10th Mar 2015 (excl. 17th February), 6 – 8pm


As part of a six week course, Jane Commane (poet, tutor and editor at Nine Arches Press) will guide you through the process of curating and creating a collection of your poetry. Discover the different ways to get into print, find the right shape and form for your collection and right sort of publisher for you. Whether it’s a pamphlet, book collection or mini-epic, discover how best to refine, hone and polish your poems so they can shine and show your writing at its best. Also, get plenty of practical tips on how to build up your reputation and profile as a poet, how to submit your collection, and how to structure, order and develop your collection of poems.


The course will also include short one-to-one feedback sessions on individual collections with the workshop tutor.


“I found it very informative, inspiring, and well thought out and the insight that you gave, from a publisher’s point of view, was invaluable.” Bo Crowder, previous short course attendee.


How to Book:

To book, please contact our box office The Box on 0121 245 4455 or you can book online by clicking here.


Full information here.



  • Writing The Cities: Midland & Other Stories

22 JANUARY 2015 at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street E1 6AB


T 020 7650 2350



7pm. Free.


Midland tells the stories of three young women as they fight to find their feet amidst the accumulated rubble of the twentieth century. From the bombsites of the 1940s to the construction sites of the 1960s and the school halls and decaying tower blocks of the 1980s, experimental writer Honor Gavin has created an ingenious narrative of one Midlands family that is also a startling, anarchic history of a city.


Joining Honor Gavin to launch this ground-breaking novel is Steven Camden (aka Polar Bear): a renowned spoken word artist and co-author of Build and Destroy, an exploration of the Brummie psyche. The editors of three innovative publishers - Nine Arches, Influx and Penned in the Margins - will lead a discussion on writing about place, with a particular focus on Birmingham as England's great, and often overlooked, second city.


Presented by Penned in the Margins, Nine Arches Press and Influx Press.


More info here


  • Fire & Dust Open Mic

Wednesday 4th Feburary 2015 from 7pm

At the Big Comfy Bookshop, Fargo, Coventry CV1 5EA.


An evening of great poetry hosted by Silhouette Press, with special guests from Nine Arches Press.

Featuring poets Matt Merritt & Jayne Stanton.


Jayne Stanton is a poet, teacher, tutor and musician from Leicestershire who recently celebrated the release of her debut pamphlet, Beyond the Tune (Soundswrite Press, 2014) . She blogs at


Matt Merritt is a poet and wildlife journalist from Leicester. His third collection, The Elephant Tests, is out now from Nine Arches, and previous publications include hydrodaktulopsychicharmonica (Nine Arches, 2010), Troy Town (Arrowhead, 2008), and Making The Most Of The Light (HappenStance, 2005). He blogs at:


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