Fire & Dust Poetry

What time is it? 19:30-22:00

What's going on?

Monthly poetry open mic event. All welcome – poets, performance poets, slammers, MCs and anyone happy to listen to some poetry. (We’re also open to very short flash fiction.)

Open mic slots available on the night (approx. 5 minutes).
If you’re travelling far to get to us, contact Raef ahead of time to book a slot. Click here for more information.

Bring friends, bring poems, or just come along for a listen.

Tea/coffee/beer/wine/pop and cakes available for purchase.



Sophie Sparham is a spoken word artist and writer based in Derby. Her work has been featured in the People’s History Museum and UK Young Artists Festival. She has shared the stage with punk legends such as Crass’s Steve Ignorant, Subhumans, Inner Terrestrials and Alan Moore. Sophie has also performed at various festivals such as Rebellion Festival, Y Not, Shambala and Bearded Theory. Recently, she also gave a Ted X Talk at the University of Kent on how spoken word can expand our cultural awareness.

Her poetry mainly focuses on political and social subjects, such as depression, LGBT+ and feminism. Sophie’s debut poetry collection ‘Please Mind the Gap’ is available now and features a foreword from Benjamin Zephaniah.

As well as writing, Sophie produces radio documentaries. Her documentary, ‘St Pancras Pianos’, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4.



Photography credit: ACJ Media

HOLLY WATSON (The Coventry Conch blog)

Born and raised in Coventry, but currently living in Westcliff-on-sea. Holly’s blog The Coventry Conch describes her upbringing on the outskirts of the city in the 1990s. Holly has recently featured on Funny Women and BBC Radio and can be heard performing extracts from her blog throughout the UK.