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Spoken Word Nights in Plymouth

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Beth Evans, Student Union President

Thursday 10th August, 2023

The who's who of local open mic nights and how to get involved! Please note that all of these open mics are for poets, some of them also encourage musicians and comedians.


All+ Open mic | @ladyoftheseaevents | Facebook

With 15 minute time slots for music, spoken word, comedy or poetry, All + is an open mic night for performers of under-represented genders. Hosted at Nowhere Inn (just behind Studio 11) and starting at 8pm. The remaining 2023 dates are listed below:

Tuesday 19th September

Tuesday 10th October

Tuesday 14th November

Tuesday 12th December

There's a mixed crowd with casual drinkers as well as those in attendance for the night which means you get to connect with other artists whilst expanding your audience to people who might otherwise never come across it. It's a super relaxed, casual group so it's a great place to get started. You can contact Sam on Instagram or Facebook to book a slot or ask more questions or just come along and sign up on the night!

image credits Lady Of The Sea Events

QueerOutLoud | @queeroutloud

QueerOutLoud, the South West's Queer Creative Network, hosts a Spoken Word, Poetry and Acoustic open mic for Queer performers. They happen on the second Wednesday of every month (September's however, is happening on Sunday 17th) and are often held at Minerva cafe (not the pub) though it is a rolling location. The atmosphere is really warm and inviting - it's such a calm and supportive community and definitely a safe space for new performers too. Plus there's food and drinks available from Minerva - what's not to love?

QueerOutLoud also run a shop at The Plot to share work by local Queer Artists, poets and Musicians so get down there and check it out!

image credits Thom Boulton

Poetry @ the PPL | @theppluk

Poetry at the PPL is hosted at the Plymouth Proprietary Library (full address below) once a month running from 7:30-9pm. This event is fun because there are two featured poets each night and then a 'Pull a name from a hat' system is used for open mic performances! And the library itself has brilliant vibes.

To attend the event, book on Eventbrite for a small donation. (please make sure you update the event you look at on eventbrite if you are reading this later than Aug 17th.)

St Barnabas Terrace, Plymouth PL1 5NN

Plymouth Proprietary Library

image credit Penny Cross/Plymouth Live

Bread and Roses | @ollyparkermusic |

Olly Parker hosts live events at the Bread and Roses including an open mic night on the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30-11pm. To book a slot, get in touch with @ollyparkermusic on Instagram or email the address linked above.

The Bread and Roses is Plymouth's only Social Enterprise Pub focused on community not profits. With incredible vibes, live music, art exhibitions and thoughtful conversation, they are here to serve the heart not only the body.

"Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread but give us roses."

image credits Bread and Roses

AUP Students' Union | @artsuniplymsu

We are hosting our very own Monthly Open Mic night in the SU, with the first event being held on the 21st September from 6-8pm! Sign up on the night or drop us an email in advance. With the mic open for acoustic sets, spoken word, poetry and novel extracts there really is something for everyone! This event is 18+ as the bar will be open.

image credits Arts University Plymouth

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