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Fen Speak is Ely's long-running 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 21st February with Michael Sindler

Online via Zoom

7 for 7.30 start

Register via Eventbrite

This month we have a headline set from Michael Sindler. Denver resident Michael Sindler is the current Beat Poet Laureate of Colorado. He's appeared in various print and web publications and numerous anthologies including 2020: The Year America Changed, New Beat Poets, and Caesura. He's collaborated in a wide array of media bridging projects and performances and facilitated workshops virtually and in person across the globe.

Upcoming events:

  • 20th March 2024 Ely with TBC

  • 17th April 2024 Online with TBC

Portrait photograph of poet Michael Sindler
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