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Hit the Ode
Join us! We have poems. Poems which may require some self-assembly. Poems bright like trumpet solos. Poems which will bloom in a couple of months if you give them plenty of light and water them well. Good poems. Come and get them!
One regional, one national and one international poet – Hit the Ode: a unique performance poetry night bringing world-class spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham. Our flagship Midlands event is at the Hippodrome featuring...
From Nottingham, Joshua Judson Joshua is a poet from Nottingham. He is an alumnus of Mouthy Poets collective that was based at Nottingham Playhouse and is an active member of Barbican Young Poets in London. He is in the midst of finishing his studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His work has been published in The North and Magma among other journals, and he has worked with partners such as Tower Bridge, St. Mungo’s and the Barbican.
Josh is the Director of the Bilborough Poetry Collective program at Bilborough College, Nottingham. In 2013, he founded Poetry Is Dead Good, a monthly poetry night in Nottingham.
From London, Jolade Olusanya Jolade is a poet, director and photographer from East London and part of creative collective: SXWKS. He was the finalist in the 1st ever Young Poet Laureate for London in 2013, a current Barbican Young Poet alumni and winner of the 2017 Outspoken Prize for Poetry and Outspoken Performance Poetry Prize. He is currently working on his debut poetry collection. @JoladeO
From Brussels, Samira Saleh Samira Saleh is a spoken word/performance artist, passionate about telling and sharing stories to bring people closer. She's been using the important outlet that is spoken word as a tool for self empowerment since she first stumbled upon the phenomenon online. She's also traveled abroad to learn from the worlds biggest spoken word organisations how to facilitate workshops to empower and give voice to the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society. Currently she organises and curates for Mama's Open Mic in Antwerp. Keep an eye out for this bad ass upcoming poet! The revolution will not be televised, she will be heard!
Open mic slots are ONLY available on the door and will be chosen at random so get down early to grab a slot.