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Open Mics are back for 2018!

21 Jan

The Creative Writing Society have released the first dates for open mic nights this year!  If you missed the launch party on Thursday 18th January at the Frog & Fiddle, don’t worry there will be one each month @ Smokey Joe’s Cafe, beginning on

Monday 5th February

and continuing in March with a joint Open Mic night and Magazine Launch Party on

Thursday 8th March.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to take the plunge practice reading out your own work in public in a friendly and supportive (and often inebriated!) atmosphere.  Or just turn up to support your friends, meet other writers, and see that it’s not that scary!

Other CW Society events coming up in January:

Wednesday 24th Quiz night @ Smokey Joe’s

Wednesday 31st Party Games ft Mafia @ FCH HC203


Thursday 20th Quiz night @ Smokey Joe’s

Tuesday 27th @ Frog & Fiddle’s Barn


Wednesday 14th Quiz night @ Boston Tea Party


Open Mic and magazine launch!

6 Nov

microphoneThis Tuesday, 7th November, don’t miss the launch of the latest edition of the Creative Writing student magazine, Show, Don’t Tell. Issue 12 is hot off the press and free to everyone who comes along to Smokey Joe’s Cafe at 7:30pm on Tuesday. That’s already pretty exciting, but in addition to grabbing a copy of the new issue, you can celebrate the launch with the open mic night being held in conjunction with the LGBT+ society. If you need inspiration, the theme is diversity and inclusion, but readings and performances on other themes are welcome too. What a night! Be present or be a pheasant!

Don’t miss this special, final open reading on Tue 9th

8 May

Open reading gold editionAll good things must come to an end, and so it is with Mathias’s splendid reign as open mic host. Mathias will be graduating this summer, and so Tuesday’s event – the Gold Edition Open Reading – which starts at Smokey Joe’s at 7pm, will be his final event as host. It will also be the Creative Writing Society’s final event of the 2016/2017 academic year. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty emotional. They say:

It’s time to celebrate the year that has passed,  and the future soon to be lived. It’s also time to say goodbye to some of the society members and society committee members who will go on to new adventures. As always, every kind of writing and performance is welcome. Mathias will host. There will be high-quality writing, speeches, gold, and fireworks.

All friends of the society are welcome.

Valentine’s Day open mic at the Frog!

14 Feb

What better way to spend Valentine’s than at the Creative Writing Society’s fantastic ‘Red Edition’ open mic night? OK, I can think of a few (a moonlit walk through Montmartre with Albert Camus, for instance), but the chances are that in our cynical postmodern age, this is as good as it will get.

It starts at 7pm in the Frog and Fiddle, tonight, Tuesday 14th February. And in addition to the readings, you will also be serenaded by two superb acoustic music acts: Arms & Hearts and Chloe Groves. So bring your best love poems, love stories, or romantic drama – or bring something completely different. Bring your loved one. Bring your secret crush. Bring a cute kitten.


News Flash: Flash Fiction Event Tonight!

9 Feb

A quick last-minute announcement about a event this evening: the wonderfully named ‘Flasher’s Club’ open mic is back, and will be held at Smokey Joe’s from 7.30.  Here’s the lowdown, from their blog:

Flashers’ Club is a quarterly flash fiction open mic night. Writers read original short fiction pieces between 100 and 1,000 words. There is a small entry charge, all of which goes to the charity First Story. Bring something to read, or just bring your ears!

We welcome all writers: published writers and unpublished, seasoned readers and debutants. The atmosphere is friendly, supportive and inclusive: no need to fear if you’ve never read before! We want to hear you. We like to bribe our readers with free literature (last time we had short story anthologies from indie publishers The Fiction Desk, this time litmags by Prole), so there’s a good incentive to get up behind the mic.

Previously UoG Creative Writing lecturer Lania Knight has contributed a guest reading, and at tonight’s event BA Course Leader Tyler Keevil will be doing the same.  So if you’re free, come along and take part, or just support the event and enjoy the show!



Creative Writing Society open mic night – Orange edition

31 Oct

The good people at the Creative Writing Society have organised the second open mic night of the year, and it’s at Smokey Joe’s tomorrow (Tuesday 1st Nov) from 7pm.

It’s an orange night. Bowler hats, flute bands, the sash my father wore? No, no, no: the theme is autumnal, with the orangeness inspired by the seasonal foliage.

Bring writing for sharing and/or ears for listening. Anything and everything is welcome: poetry, paraphrasing, flash-fiction, extracts, drama, skits, etc. If you’re not up for reading then sit back and enjoy high levels of new writing.

All friends of the Creative Writing Society are welcome.

As always Smokey Joe’s will provide plenty of food and drinks to make sure no one runs out of fuel.


First CW Society Open Mic of the Year!

30 Sep

That’s right, folks: the first Creative Writing Society Open Mic of the 2016-17 Academic year is happening next week, on Monday October 3rd.  These events are now a staple of the UoG programme and a lot of fun for all involved – not to mention hugely entertaining.  If you’re a seasoned performer, come and show us how it’s done; if you’ve yet to take that step and read your work in public, it’s a great opportunity to do so in a supportive environment.  But no pressure: you can also just come along to enjoy the show.  The fun starts at Smokey Joe’s at 7 p.m.  We don’t have to go on about it anymore, as this super-cool poster has all the key info, presented in a much more stylish way…


Last Creative Writers’ open mic night, this Tuesday

2 May

Don’t panic – it’s not the last one ever, but it will be the last one this academic year. Of course, for some people who are finishing their degrees before moving away, it may indeed be the last one, even though the tradition will last. That said, the last one was supposed to be the last one, so this one’s kind of like an encore. So I hope there are plenty of readers – let’s make it last! It starts at the Frog and Fiddle at 7:30pm on Tuesday May 3rd (don’t be the last to arrive) and lasts until late. Last thing, please see the FAQs below.

open reading my last seranade

Q: Is this seriously the last one?
A: For this year yes, but there will be more open readings next year.

Q: I haven’t been to any other open readings, can I still come?
A: Of course. If you haven’t been to any during the year this is your chance.

Q: Do I have to read?
A: No. Only if you want to. Open readings are just as much for the listeners as for the readers.

Q: Will there be another one word story?
A: There will be two.

Q: Can I bring my flatmates?
A: Yes. And you should.

Creative Writing Society Open Reading Tuesday at Smokey Joe’s

10 Apr

This Tuesday the Creative Writing Society is hosting what promises to be a brilliant Open Reading.  It will be the last of the Semester (and thus the very last for some of our 3rd years – which is hard to believe!).  So come along to read your work, or just to listen and support the cohort.  The fun starts at 7.30 p.m. at Smokey Joe’s.  You can find out more via Facebook here.  Hope to see you there!


Festive open mic night tonight!

8 Dec

Frog logoLadies and gentlemen (and all you ruffians too), it’s the last Creative Writing open mic night of 2015! It’s tonight (Tuesday 8th December), and the theme is Christmas (other theisms and anti-theisms are available). So whether you’re bringing Xmas cheer or packets of bah humbugs, come to the Frog and Fiddle pub for 19:30, get drinks, and get ready to start at 20:00. As always, bring your own writing to share or just sit back and listen. There will also be opportunities to take elfies for the Creative Writing Society Instagram competition!

Open mic night tonight – Cancelled

24 Nov

Just heard that this event has been cancelled due to a booking error at the venue. It ill now take place in a fortnight’s time.

Frog logo

Friends, scribes, poets, and constructors of playeth, this day, the 24th of November, cometh to the Frog and Fiddle tavern, at 7: 30 of the horologe, at which hour shalt beginneth much merriment and bardic pleasure, whence thee may drinketh and hark to performances for thy excit’ment and may, should thee so chooseth, bringeth thy own wit and wisdom, to share with the assembled company most generously.

You what? It’s the latest open mic night, it’s tonight (Tuesday 24th), and it starts from 7:30pm at the Frog and Fiddle Tavern. As always, it’s a chance to share what you’ve been working on in a relaxed and supportive environment, or you can just have a listen to what other students are writing. And ye olde Facebook event can be found here.

Creative Writing open mic night, tonight!

13 Oct

Frog logoBarbecues stowed in sheds, children’s sand pits filling with water and leaves; yes, summer is over, but the good news is that open mics are back! Tonight, Tuesday 13th October, we’re set for the first open mic of the new academic year, so brace yourself for the usual combination of poetry, prose, drama, and drinking.

Whether you’ve been to many open readings or are new to the whole idea, come along on Tuesday for an informal and relaxed literary evening. Feel free to get up on stage and share short readings of your work, or just come to listen, drink and mingle. Where is it? In ‘the barn’ at the Frog and Fiddle pub on Cheltenham High Street. When is it? Tuesday 13th October from 7:00pm. Be present or be a peasant!


Creative Writing Society autumn events!

28 Sep

CW society info poster

Massive end of year open mic and social!

20 May
Image is by Dennis Skley and covered by a Creative Commons license. Click to see more of his work.

Image is by Dennis Skley and covered by a Creative Commons license. Click to see more of his work.

Finished your assignments? Feel like celebrating? Good news – it’s time for the Creative Writing end of year open mic and celebration. Tomorrow night – that’s Thursday 21st – festivities kick off at the Frog and Fiddle from 7:30. After that, it’s time for the end of year social, lasting until late and ending at Propaganda. Everyone’s welcome at the open mic and the after party, so be present or be a peasant. See here for more information 🙂

After tomorrow, you’ve two more things to do before the summer. Don’t forget to enter the UoG novel writing contest and be sure to join us for our amazing weekend of fringe events from 5th-7th June.

The 2015 Cheltenham Poetry Festival is here!

21 Apr

2015 poetry festival logoIt’s spring, the sun is shining, trees are blossoming, and it’s time for the 2015 Cheltenham Poetry Festival! This wonderful event is back with another varied and imaginative programme, and student tickets are available from a discounted rate of £4. There’s loads to see and hear, and the full programme is available via this link, but here are some of our picks if you’re not sure what to attend.

Wednesday April 22nd: Cheltenham Poetry Festival Launch Event 6pm-7:30pm in Smokey Joe’s. See a performance piece described as ‘a work of genius’ by John Cooper Clarke, hear some 50s songs, and listen to poetry from Rick Vick. Plus, perform your own poetry and short prose at the launch’s open mic!

Friday April 24th: Little Machine, 8:30pm-10pm at The Wilson. This is an amazing way to experience poetry – Little Machine are a poetry band described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘The most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades.’

Saturday April 25th: The Other Side of Sleep, 2:30pm-3:30pm at Oxfam. The Other Side of Sleep is an anthology that explores the narrative poem, and the event will feature readings from contributors, including our own Angela France.

Saturday April 25th: The Minotaur is Not a Monster – Myra Schneider & Anna Saunders plus the launch of Dear World, 4pm-5:15pm at Oxfam. Another of our high-achieving alumni, Anna Saunders (‘a poet of quite exceptional gifts’), will be reading at this event, which also includes the launch of an anthology of poems on environmental themes.

Saturday April 25th: The Contradictions of Flesh – Sonia Hendy-Isaac & Clare Ferguson-Walker, 7:30-8pm at Smokey Joe’s. It’s a chance to complete a hat-trick of UoG alumni poets in one day! Sonia Hendy-Isaac, who previously studied and taught at the University of Gloucestershire, will be reading from her debut collection which has been described as ‘fiercely sensual, shamelessly witty, drunk with life’ (Alison Brackenbury).

Saturday April 25th: Hip Hop & Freestyle Cabaret with Martin Daws, Petra Vita, and Davey Evans, 9pm-10pm at Smokey Joe’s. One of our very top picks from the festival, this night promises laughs, beats, music, and wordplay. There’s a UoG connection too – Brandon Landis, one half of Petra Vita, will be known to many of our Creative Writers, and the evening will be hosted by our own Davey Evans.

Monday April 27th: Nine Arches – Jo Bell & Robert Peake, 6pm-7pm at The Strand. This hour of poetry comes with special recommendation – not to be missed!

Wednesday April 29th Chris Hemingway & Myfanwy Fox – Sarcasm and Stanzas plus open mic, 9pm-10pm at Smokey Joe’s. This event explore sarcasm and poetry and affords all the chance to perform their own work, whether it be sarcastic or sincere.

Friday May 1st: Nine Arches Poetry Show Case – Bobby Parker, Dorothy Lehane, 1pm-2pm at The Everyman Studio Theatre. This is another event that comes with special recommendation – two exciting voices from the spoken word scene. If you don’t have a class at that time then this is the place to be!

Friday May 1st: Joe Duggan & Rowan Middleton, 5pm-6pm at The Everyman Studio Theatre. One of our very top picks from this year’s festival – an absolute must! Joe’s work chronicles Irish pub life, politics, bingo, and failing exams. He’s joined by one of our tutors (and graduates) – the brilliant Rowan Middleton. Rowan’s work mixes myth and modernity to muse on landscape and environmental issues.

Saturday May 2nd: Lines of Return – the Poetry of T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Others, 3pm-4pm, The Everyman Studio Theatre. Poet and critic Stephen James unlocks the secrets of poetic craft – a great event for poets and students of literature.

Saturday May 2nd: How to Perform your Poetry, with Elizabeth Tyrell, 6pm-7:30 at The Everyman Studio Theatre. This is useful, not just for poets, but for any authors looking to improve their stage presence and performance skills

Saturday May 2nd: Breaking Bard – The Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam 8pm-9:30pm at The Everyman Studio Theatre. 12 poets go head to head in an exhilarating X-factor style poetry battle!

Check out the full programme and find booking links here 🙂

Tuesday 14th April – TWO great events!

9 Apr
Image by Paul Brigham of One Way Stock. Click the image for more of his work.

Image by Paul Brigham of One Way Stock. Click the image for more of his work.

Creative Writing events… You wait all Easter for one and then two come along at once. This Tuesday all associated  with Creative Writing at UoG face a dizzying choice. Here’s what’s on:

First off, there’s the launch party for Issue 5 of the wonderful Show, Don’t Tell magazine. It kicks off at 8pm at Yates’s, so come along for drinks, free copies of the magazine and the possibility of more news concerning the Randall Scandal. That’s hard to resist.

But equally tempting is the Open Mic night, happening simultaneously, about half a mile away, at the Frog and Fiddle. It kicks off at 7:30 for you to perform your poetry, prose, or drama.

Whether you attend the launch, the open mic, or a bit of both, we hope you have a great night 🙂

Open Mic: World Book Day Special

4 Mar

world book day logoThursday March 5th is World Book Day, and thanks to Kayleigh Moore we’re marking the day with a special event for everyone involved in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. Come and celebrate the written word with an evening of performances from your lecturers and yourselves!

It’s at the Frog and Fiddle pub from 7pm on Thursday March 5th.

The lecturers will start things off with some readings from their work, and then the floor will be turned over to you to perform your prose, poetry, and plays.

It should be a night to remember, so whether or not you choose to read, come and enjoy yourselves.

Creative Writing open mic – tonight!

27 Jan
Photo by Ed Schipul

Photo by Ed Schipul

We’re looking forward to the first open mic of 2015 tonight (Tuesday 27th January). Your host for the evening will be the very talented and funny Davey Evans.  There’s a birthday theme, so feel free to wear a party hat, if you’re that way inclined. As always, it’s a chance to share your prose, poems, and plays with students from different years. Alternatively, you may just want to have a listen and have a drink. It promises to be a laid back and fun night, with no pressure to perform. We hope to see you there!

Where? In The Barn at the Frog and Fiddle Pub.
When? Tuesday 27th January starting at 7:30pm.
Is there a Facebook event? Yup, right here.

Creative Writing open mic night, Monday 8th December

7 Dec
Photo by Ed Schipul

Photo by Ed Schipul

We’re looking forward to the latest Creative Writing students’ open mic night tomorrow night (Monday 8th December). Your host for the evening will be the very talented and funny Davey Evans, and during the interval music will be provided by Sam Ladd.  This is the last open mic this semester, so don’t miss it! As always, it’s a chance to share your prose, poems, and plays with students from different years. Alternatively, you may just want to have a listen and have a drink. It promises to be a laid back and fun night, with no pressure to perform. We hope to see you there!

Where? In The Barn at the Frog and Fiddle Pub.
When? Monday 8th December starting at 7:30pm.
Is there a Facebook event? Yup, right here.

Open mic night this Tuesday

10 Nov
Photo by Ed Schipul

Photo by Ed Schipul

We’re looking forward to the latest Creative Writing students’ open mic night tomorrow. The theme is ‘remembrance’, which you’re free to interpret however you want. As always, it’s a chance to share your prose, poems, and plays with students from different years. Alternatively, you may just want to have a listen and have a drink. It promises to be a laid back and fun night, with no pressure to perform. We hope to see you there!

Where? In The Barn at the Frog and Fiddle Pub.
When? Tuesday November 11th, starting at 7:30pm.
Is there a Facebook event? Yup, right here.