Monthly Poetry Events In The North West & Midlands Area

These are just the events that I know of – so if you have any that would fit on this list please do leave the details in the comments and I will update.

Monthly Open Mics:

Natter Bolton – run by Romina Ramos and Stuart Beveridge in Bolton.

Shrewsbury Poetry – runs the first Thursday of each month, alternating between in-person and zoom. Details can be found on Facebook for each in-person event. The next zoom is Thursday 02/03/2023 and the person to contact about details is Jean Atkins.

Poems & Pints – Macclesfield – runs the first Wednesday of each month at The Button Warehouse in Macclesfield – events are listed on Facebook

Nantwich & Crewe Writers – meets once a month at Hopes & Beams in Crewe.

Poetry Whitchurch – runs the third Monday of each month, alternating between in-person and zoom. The March meeting will be a zoom meeting and log in details can be obtained by containing the charity through the Facebook page.

Northern Poets Society – Follow the Northern Poets Society on twitter or Instagram (@northerpoetssociety) for the exact dates on this monthly open mic. It runs virtually through zoom once a month, with in-person events throughout the year at various places such as the Manchester Art Gallery, and Clitheroe Castle.

Cirque-du-Artswarm – this is a bi-monthly event and not limited to poetry. The next night is Saturday 20th May in the Wistaston Memorial Hall in Crewe. Run by Mark Sheeky.

Word Stafford – Next open mic is Monday 3rd April due to the poetry slam taking place in March.

Wordcraft – currently on hiatus – but events are hybrid!

Stone Scratch Night – Second Thursday of each month at the Wren in Stone.

Malpass Poetry – Second Friday of each month at Magpie bookshop in Malpass, Shropshire.

What Power There Is In A Name

When I thought about it

there was no memory of your name

being slipped to me.

Just the taste of it on my tongue

and a certainty for the syllables

chanted into my pillowcase

when my head found home

and I wished you there.


I had to delay getting across to the pub tonight, as I was taking part in another poetry event with some local poets from my neck of the woods. It was done through Zoom and streamed live to Facebook (not without hiccups). I’ve included the link below for anyone interested. It might be fun to try and set up a dVerse zoom night perhaps? I start reading around the 51 minute mark, however the video is a bit choppy and my inability to listen to myself without cringing, means I’m not 100% on what the audio is like.