Fen Speak showcase gets new King’s Lynn venue

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Fen Speak, the showcase for local writing talent, is returning to Lynn next month.

This is a series of poetry and spoken Word Open Mic Nights for writers and performers in the Fens, organised by local poets Elaine Ewart and Leanne Moden, and supported by ADeC, Atelier East and the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, as part of the Fenland Poet Laureate Programme.

In November last year around 40 people squeezed into a room at the Friends’ Meeting House in Lynn and listened, awestruck, to a fantastic array of writing talent as 20 people in turn took centre stage and read out their own prose and poetry.

That was the very first Fen Speak on Tour event and was so successful it will be returning to King’s Lynn on Friday, May 1, to a bigger venue – The Great Hall at Thoresby College in Queen Street, Lynn

Sue Burge reports: “The Fen Speak team have created a wonderfully warm and supportive space for poets and writers to meet, connect, and share their work and all we need now is you! Come read us your poetry, prose, or monologues, and develop your performance skills along the way! Each Fenspeaker will have time to read two or three short poems (or a prose equivalent).

“Jonathan Totman, newly crowned Fenland Poet Laureate, will be doing a feature performance alongside the open mic slots.

“Entry is free (though donations to cover costs are very welcome) and writers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Best of all, there’s no obligation to perform, you can just sit and enjoy the performances and perhaps think about signing up for a slot in the future.

“Come along at 7pm for a 7.30 start. We’ll be aiming to finish around 9.30pm and there’ll be refreshments on sale for the breaks - it’s going to be thirsty work!”

If you would like to book an open mic slot for this event then contact Sue Burge on suekburge@hotmail.co.uk

She adds: “The last time poets and writers came from as far afield as Newmarket and London and we are hoping this will be a similarly dynamic and eclectic event.”