You could be a poet and might not know it – find out at Freeverse this Saturday!

A headsup here that this Saturday, 6th July 2019 Brownhills Community Centre will be hosting the annual Walsall poetry and spoken word festival Freeverse, which kicks off at 12 noon and tuns until 7pm.

There are workshops, performances from leading poets and performers, and the chance to meet and chat to other local poets. It looks set to be a fantastic event. There’s even grey pays and bercon.
The organisers said:

Can I draw your attention to Freeverse – Walsall’s Spoken Word Festival at the Lamp (Brownhills Community Centre) from 12.00 to 7.00 pm on Saturday 6th July 2019?

It’s a free event with live readings, open mic events, Find Your Voice poetry workshop and a merchandise stand plus we’ve faggots, gray payse & bacon bits bubbling away on the stove (ask your Nan).

Freeverse is a free poetry festival celebrating poetry from Walsall, the West Midlands and Beyond.

Organised by Orators and their Opinions open mic and Walsall Poetry Society Freeverse Poetry Festival is a brilliant afternoon of poetry with great local performers and the chance for poets of all levels of experience to share their words at special open mic sessions.

Appearing at the festival will be Willis the Poet, Holly Daffurn, Rob Francis, Paul McDonald, Samantha Roden, Paul Elwell and Gerald Kells. Our headliners are the fantastic Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists, aka Steve Pottinger, Dave Pitt and Emma Purshouse.

We’re also pleased to announce Scarlett Ward and Sallyanne Rock will be running a free poetry workshop entitled, “Find your voice.” Sign up by contacting Scarlett directly or leaving a comment below.

Brownhills Community Centre and The Lamp will have refreshments and snacks for sale at their licensed bar, please note car parking is also free as well. All poets are welcome to bring any of their books and sell them at the event. Please note all open mics are sign up after the event opens on the day itself.

This festival is supported by the University of Wolverhampton and supported and sponsored by Creative Black Country.

The Community Centre is what my generation would know as ‘The Annexe’ – the old Central Boy’s School, now a bustling community resource. To find out more,  you can pop in or call them on 01543 452119.

The Community Association have lots of stuff going on, and loads of great facilities, right in the heart of Brownhills. I love what they’re about and all the great things they’re doing.


It’s all going on at Brownhills Community Centre. Image from Walsall Council.


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