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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 19th June with Julie Stevens

Babylon Gallery, Ely

7 for 7.30 start

This month we have a headline set from Julie Stevens. Julie Stevens writes poems that cover many themes, but often engages with the problems of disability. She is widely published in places such as Ink Sweat & Tears, Broken Sleep Books, The Honest Ulsterman, Strix and Indigo Dreams Publishing. She has 4 published pamphlets: Journey Through the Fire (2024), Step into the Dark (2023), Balancing Act (2021) with The Hedgehog Poetry Press and a chapbook Quicksand (Dreich, 2020).


Upcoming events:

  • 17th July - Online with TBC

  • 18th September - Ely with Ian Clarke

  • 16th October - Ely with Matt Howard

  • 20th November - Online with TBC

  • 18th December - Ely with Kaddy Benyon

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