August 2022 Round-up: Virtual Literary Events

 

 

August is coming in hot, hot, hot! For most events organisers, this summer has been an improvement on the past two but, with rates of COVID fluctuating, we are still combatting various challenges to ensure gigs can happen safely. Many gigs have returned to their venues (at full/reduced capacity) while others have opted to stay virtual for a bit longer. Some, determined to stay accessible, have created hybrid events or are running different events for both in-the-flesh and virtual audiences.

Plenty of people remain understandably cautious about venturing out to attend gigs, especially those who are vulnerable, or are unable to attend in person. Here is the good news: creative communities across the UK, and all around the globe, continue to put on some amazing virtual events! 

The HCE magazine team have created another list of online literary open mics, events and workshops (listed in separate categories below), to help you plan for the weeks ahead. Don’t miss out on taking part – seize this opportunity to “travel” far and wide, maybe even overseas…

 


 

OPEN MICS

Mon 1st Aug, 7-8PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Wordspace Open Mic
Free poetry open mic in a friendly, informal, supportive environment. No pre-booked slots, sign-up on arrival. For more details and access, visit the Facebook event page.

Mon 1st Aug, 10.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
The Word is Write: Cafe Generalissimo Open Mic
Free poetry open mic event, hosted by Generalissimo Bryan Franco. For more details and access, visit the Facebook event page.

Tues 2nd Aug, 1-3PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Between the Lines

Southeast Asia’s weekly online poetry reading show, hosted by Kemlyn Bappe. For more details and how to access, check out the Facebook event page.

Tues 2nd Aug, 7-10PM (UK time) – hybrid: in-person/via Zoom
York Spoken Word
(Based in: York, UK)
An open mic event for poets and story-tellers, hosted by Rose Drew. Slots are 4 mins each. Approx. 20 open mic poets in person & 12ish via Zoom. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

Wed 3rd Aug, 7-9PM (UK time) –  via Zoom
Crafty Crows: Open mic special
Free Gloucestershire Poetry Society open mic event, hosted by Josephine Lay. No headliners in August, 5-min open mic slots. Open mic sign-up is first come, first served (email craftycrows2020ATyahooDOTcom). For more info and to register, visit the Helm tickets webpage.

Wed 3rd Aug, 2AM (UK time) – via Zoom/Facebook Live
SpoFest Poetry and Prose
Spoken word open mic night. Featured guests: Madeline Artenberg, James Benger, Sarah Worrel and author Christopher Moore. 3 mins per open mic reader. More info about themes, signing up for open mic and accessing the gig is available on the Facebook event page.

Thurs 4th Aug, 7.45PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Lime Square Poets featuring Liz Quirke
Free poetry open mic event. Featured headliner: Kerry poet Liz Quirke. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

Sat 6th Aug, 11PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Poetry in the Brew
Suggested entry: $5. Poetry open mic event with 5 min slots. Contact host Christine Hall for more info: poetryinthebrewATgmailDOTcom or visit the Poetry in the Brew blog for access.

Sun 7th Aug, 7PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Like a Blot From the Blue: Poets Get Ahead with Kate Jenkinson
Free poetry open mic, hosted by Fin Hall. Featured poet: Kate Jenkinson. Everyone must wear a hat! For more details and access, visit the Facebook event page.

Sun 7th Aug, 5-7PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Poetry LGBT – Open Mic

Free poetry open mic event. Spoken word from new and established poets/writers/creatives. Slots are 5 mins each. Subtitles/Live transcript is available. For more details and how to access, check out the Facebook event page.

Sun 7th Aug, 8PM (UK time) – via Zoom/Facebook Live
Cultivating Voices LIVE Poetry presents: A New Books Showcase
Free poetry readings event to celebrate new books from Heidi Seaborn, Raine Geoghegan & Gary Copeland Lilley. Register/sign-up via Zoom. For details, visit the Facebook event page.

Mon 8th Aug, 7PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Hunger-Themed Poetry Open Mic

Fundraiser – participants encouraged to donate to World Food Programme/Feeding America/similar organisation. Hunger-focused poetry open mic. In addition to the poetry, the event will feature brief remarks from anti-hunger experts about collective approaches to addressing world hunger. For more details and how to access, check out the Facebook event page.

Mon 8th Aug, 8.30PM (UK time) – hybrid: in-person/via Zoom/website livestream/Vimeo/Facebook Live/YouTube Live
Ó Bhéal
(Happens in: Cork, Ireland)
Free poetry open mic event, hosted by Paul Casey. Features live poetry prompt challenge, headliners (from Coventry, UK) Sujana Crawford and John Bernard, plus open mic. There are multiple ways to attend/watch the gig live. More info and access details are on the Ó Bhéal website.

Tues 9th Aug, 1-3PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Between the Lines

Southeast Asia’s weekly online poetry reading show, hosted by Kemlyn Bappe. For more details and how to access, check out the Facebook event page.

Wed 10th August,  00.30AM (UK time) – via Zoom
QPAC Open Mic
(Usually happens in: Queens, NY, USA)
Queens Poetic Alchemy Collective: a weekly open mic for poetry, music, comedy, rap & stories.  A safe space for all to share openly, influenced by the Daoist principles of alchemy. For more details, visit the Eventbrite page.

Thurs 11th August, 7.15PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Fire & Dust Poets Zoom Around the World: Emma Kemp
(Based in: Coventry, UK)
Free/Pay As You Feel monthly event. Moved to third Thursday for this month only! Poetry open mic slots, plus special headline guest Emma Kemp. Hosted by Ann Atkins. To attend, grab an Eventbrite ticket (free) for either open mic slot or audience. Details re: Zoom URL, etc. will be emailed before the gig.

Thurs 11th Aug, 7.30PM (UK time) – hybrid: in-person/via Zoom
DIY Poets August Showcase
Tickets: £3 donation/free entry. A showcase of Nottingham’s poetry talent, featuring: Donald Holmes, Elaine Boot, Sonja Dengler. Plus open mic. For more details and access, visit the City Arts page.

Thurs 11th Aug, 7.-8.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Open Mic Night with Sharena Lee Satti
Tickets: free/donations. Poetry open mic night, as part of Sangam Festival. Hosted by Bradford poet Sharena Lee Satti. For more details and access, visit the Facebook event page.

Thurs 11th Aug, 7.45PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Lime Square Poets featuring Jeff Kaliss
Free poetry open mic event. Featured headliner: San Francisco poet Jeff Kaliss. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

Sun 14th Aug, 11PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Uncloistered Poetry Online – August
Free poetry open mic event. Featured readers: JR Turek, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Doc Janning and Freesia McKee. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

Mon 15th Aug, 10.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
The Word is Write: Cafe Generalissimo Open Mic
Free poetry open mic event, hosted by Generalissimo Bryan Franco. For more details and to book tickets, visit the Facebook event page.

Tues 16th Aug, 1-3PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Between the Lines

Southeast Asia’s weekly online poetry reading show, hosted by Kemlyn Bappe. For more details and how to access, check out the Facebook event page.

Wed 17th June, 12-4PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Incite! – LGBTQ open mic
Free queer spoken word night, run by charity forum+ and hosted by performance poet Hannah Chutzpah. Featuring guest headliner plus open mic (5 mins slot – reserved for members of LGBTQ+ community). For a link to attend online, email: infoATforumplusDOTorgDOTuk. For more info, visit the Eventbrite page.

Wed 17th August, 00.30AM (UK time) – via Zoom
QPAC Open Mic
(Usually happens in: Queens, NY, USA)
Queens Poetic Alchemy Collective: a weekly open mic for poetry, music, comedy, rap & stories.  A safe space for all to share openly, influenced by the Daoist principles of alchemy. For more details, visit the Eventbrite page.

Thurs 18th Aug, 7.45PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Lime Square Poets featuring Meg Mulcahy
Free poetry open mic event. Featured headliner: poet Meg Mulcahy. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

Thurs 18th Aug, 7.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom webinar
(Un)spoken Word August 2022
Free and informal poetry/music open mic event, presented by Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Each event has a theme but all topics welcome. £50 prize for the favourite poem (decided by vote). For more details and to book tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sat 20th August, 6.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Malta Poets Society (Open Mic)
Free open mic for sharing spoken word, poetry, prose, dance, song, music, art and culture. For more details and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sun 21st August, 6-9PM (UK time) – via unknown
Malta Poets Society (Open Mic)
Free open mic for sharing spoken word, poetry, prose, dance, song, music, art and culture. For more details and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Tues 23rd Aug, 1-3PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Between the Lines

Southeast Asia’s weekly online poetry reading show, hosted by Kemlyn Bappe. For more details and how to access, check out the Facebook event page.

Wed 24th August, 00.30AM (UK time) – via Zoom
QPAC Open Mic
(Usually happens in: Queens, NY, USA)
Queens Poetic Alchemy Collective: a weekly open mic for poetry, music, comedy, rap & stories.  A safe space for all to share openly, influenced by the Daoist principles of alchemy. For more details, visit the Eventbrite page.

Wed 24th Aug, 7.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom webinar
An Evening with André Naffis-Sahely
Tickets: £5. Part of the Wordsworth Grasmere poetry reading series ‘Go to the poets, they will speak to thee’, hosted by Kim Moore. Featuring discussion and poetry with André Naffis-Sahely, plus ‘where were you when…’ themed open mic. For more details and to book tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Thurs 25th Aug, 7.45PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Lime Square Poets featuring Fred Johnston
Free poetry open mic event. Featured headliner: Galway poet Fred Johnston. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

Fri 26th Aug, 00.00 (UK time) – via Zoom
Phoenix Books Virtual Poetry Open Mic
Free poetry open mic event, hosted by Phoenix Books’ own Bianca Amira Zanella. Sign up for open mic at the start of the gig, via Zoom chat. For more details and to register for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sun 27th Aug, 6-8PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Speak the Word: Open Mic
Monthly poetry and spoken word open mic event. Slots are 5 mins. max. All levels of experience welcome. For more details and to register for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sat 27th Aug, 9PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Gestalt Poetry
Free poetry open mic hosted by Amy Hoskins. Headline poet: Jon Wesick. To request an open mic slot, email Amy at: amyhoskinsccATgmailDOTcom. For more details or to register, visit the Facebook event page.

Sun 28th Aug, 7-9PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Speak Your Truth
Monthly spoken word open mic event from the Spoke Poetry Hub. Hosted by Sharena Lee Satti and Andrew Doughty. For more details and to register for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sun 28th Aug, 7.30-10PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Allographic Virtual Open Mic
Monthly spoken word open mic event – poetry, story-telling, drama. For more details and to register for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Tues 30th Aug, 1-3PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Between the Lines

Southeast Asia’s weekly online poetry reading show, hosted by Kemlyn Bappe. For more details and how to access, check out the Facebook event page.

Wed 31st August, 00.30AM (UK time) – via Zoom
QPAC Open Mic
(Usually happens in: Queens, NY, USA)
Queens Poetic Alchemy Collective: a weekly open mic for poetry, music, comedy, rap & stories.  A safe space for all to share openly, influenced by the Daoist principles of alchemy. For more details, visit the Eventbrite page.

Wed 31st Aug, 2AM (UK time) – via Zoom
SpoFest Writing Prompt, Rough Draft and Exquisite Corpse
Free story-telling/poetry open mic event, with writing prompt challenges and prizes. Featuring special co-host Lauren Scharhag and ‘Corpse Wrangler’ Angela Yuriko Smit. August’s prompts: A) tantivy — gift card — disambiguate / B) Start your story with someone discovering a photograph that has something written on the back. Exquisite Corpse: writing a poem together. Rough Draft: tell a story on the spot based on the given prompt. $10 Amazon E-Gift card up for grabs! For more info and to register, visit the Facebook event page.

 


EVENTS

Mon 1st Aug, 2AM (UK time) – via Zoom
Tulsa Glitterary Queer Reading Series: Monica Teresa Ortiz and Kaitlyn Von Behren
Free queer poetry readings and discussion event, featuring Monica Teresa Ortiz and Kaitlyn Von Behren. For more details and to register for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Mon 1st Aug, 6AM (UK time) – via Zoom
Australian poetry: Poetry Editors Panel
Free discussion panel event. Find out what editors are looking for, what the current literary landscape is like and what role editors have to play in the poetic ecology. For more details and to register for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Tues 2nd Aug, 7.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Lime Square Poets Launch: The Songs I Sing Are Sisters
Free poetry book launch event, for ‘The Songs I Sing are Sisters’ by Cáit O’Neill McCullagh and Sinéad McClure. For more details and access, visit the Facebook event page.

Wed 3rd Aug,  2AM (UK time) – via Zoom
Montreal Pride Week: Wolsak & Wynn Poetry Reading
Free poetry readings and discussion event for Montreal Pride Week. This event celebrates two recent publications by Canadian literary press Wolsak & Wynn: ‘Emanations’ by Prathna Lor and ‘Nothing Will Save Your Life’ by Nancy Jo Cullen. For more details and access, visit the Facebook event page.

Thurs 4th Aug, 7.30-8.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Polari LGBTQ+ Literary Salon
Free LGBTQ+ discussion and readings event, as part of Sangam Festival. Hosted by Paul Burston and featuring a showcase of wonderfully talented LGBTQ+ writers of South Asian heritage: Tufayel Ahmed, Nikita Gill and Raga D’Silva. For more details and access, visit the Facebook event page.

Thurs 4th Aug, 6.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
‘163 Days’ with Hannah Hodgson
Tickets: £7.06. Poetry discussion event, as part of Leeds Poetry Festival. Hosted by Rhian Edwards. Hannah and Rhian will discuss trauma, truth and care in Hannah’s brilliant debut collection ‘163 Days’. For more details and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sat 6th Aug, 6.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
‘In Conversation’ – Book Celebration
Free book launch event, to celebrate the 1-month anniversary since publication of Janice Whyne’s poetry book ‘In Conversation’. With readings and Q&A. For more details and to register for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sat 6th-Sun 28th Aug, all times (on demand) – via PBH webpage
Robert Ganley: ‘Yay! The Search for Happiness’
Free spoken word show – part of PBH’s Free Fringe 2021. A poetry/comedy show with Robert Ganley. For details and access info, visit the PBH Fringe event page.

Mon 8th Aug, 00.00 (UK time) – via Zoom
Oceanside Library Summer Gazebo Readings
(Happens in: New York, USA)
Every Monday, hosted by Tony Iovino. Featured poets/authors: Gayl Teller, Valerie Giggs, Bruce Grossberg & Gary Opas. For access info, visit the Facebook event page.

Tues 9th Aug, 00.00 (UK time) – via Zoom
Poets Meet Mental Health: When Tears Aren’t Enough
Free discussion event about the stages of grief, with special guest Ja’Naye Modern Medusa Hardy (author, coach, teacher and spoken word artist) will be discussing The Stages of Grief. For more details and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Wed 10th Aug, 7PM (UK time) – unknown
Cheltenham Poetry Festival: Anthropocene Showcase
Free poetry showcase, featuring the editorial team behind international journal ‘Anthropocene’: Laia Sales Merino, Aaron Kent, Charlie Baylis. For more details, visit the ticketsource page.

Mon 15th Aug, 00.00 (UK time) – via Zoom
Oceanside Library Summer Gazebo Readings
(Happens in: New York, USA)
Every Monday, hosted by Tony Iovino. Featured poets/authors: Sharon Anderson, Regina Pasqualino, Harriet Slaughter & Robert Savino. For access info, visit the Facebook event page.

Wed 17th Aug, 7.30PM (UK time) – via YouTube
Nine Arches Press: Triple Book Launch
Pay by donation – Nine Arches Press book launch event, to celebrate the latest poetry titles by Tania Hershman, Ramona Herdman & Jessica Mookherjee. With readings and discussion. For more details and to register for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Mon 22nd Aug, 00.00 (UK time) – via Zoom
Oceanside Library Summer Gazebo Readings
(Happens in: New York, USA)
Every Monday, hosted by Tony Iovino. Featured poets/authors: Linda Dickman, Paula Curci, Sheila Hoffenberg, J R Turek & Larry McCoy. For access info, visit the Facebook event page.

Mon 29th Aug, 00.00 (UK time) – via Zoom
Oceanside Library Summer Gazebo Readings
(Happens in: New York, USA)
Every Monday, hosted by Tony Iovino. Featured poets/authors: Linda Opyr, Tom D’Angelo, Dennis Carey & Margarette Wahl. For access info, visit the Facebook event page.

 


WORKSHOPS

Tues 2nd Aug, 7-9PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Poetry Workshop – Finding Your Voice
Price: £5/£3 (concession). Writing workshop for participants 16+ to explore poetry and find their poetic voice. Session led by Sharena Lee Satti. All levels welcome, no prior experience required. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

Tues 2nd August, 7-9PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Arvon At Home Masterclass: Authobiographical Theatre
£35/£17.50 concession. Tutor Caroline Horton (writer/performer) will help participants explore how form and restriction can transform source material into something more universal while retaining the power of the personal. For more details or to register, visit the Arvon event page.

Tues 2nd Aug, 8-9.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Queerlysh – queer creative writing workshop
Weekly writing group for LGBTQI women and non-binary. Session involves some social time, breakout rooms, writing time and sharing of work. For more details and to register in advance, visit the Facebook event page.

Fri 5th August, 711AM-1PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Arvon At Home Masterclass: ‘Hide and Seek: Child’s Play and the Poem’
£35/£17.50 concession. Tutor Victoria Kennefick (award-winning poet) will make use of childhood games and playfulness to transform memories and feelings into poetry. For more details or to register, visit the Arvon event page.

Sat 6th Aug, 6-7.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Speak the Word: Poetry Writing workshop
Free workshop led by Speak the Word. Poets PJ Samuels and nudi will help participants engage in freewrite and prompted writing activities. All levels of experience welcome. For more info and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Tues 9th Aug, 8-9.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Queerlysh – queer creative writing workshop
Weekly writing group for LGBTQI women and non-binary. Session involves some social time, breakout rooms, writing time and sharing of work. For more details and to register in advance, visit the Facebook event page.

Tues 9th August, 7-9PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Arvon At Home Masterclass: ‘Flawed Characters in Fiction’
£35/£17.50 concession. Tutor Maame Blue (author) will help participants develop complex characters by exploring different points of view, and experimenting with setting and environment. For more details or to register, visit the Arvon event page.

Wed 10th Aug, 7.15PM (UK time) – via Zoom webinar
Arvon At Home: How I Write (Hannah Hodgson)
Free/donations. Readings and Q&A with writer and activist living with a terminal illness, Hannah Hodgson. For more details or to register, visit the Arvon event page.

Sat 13th Aug, 6-7.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Speak the Word: Poetry Editing workshop
Free workshop led by Speak the Word. Participants should bring a typed-up poem and a specific request for feedback, and will then support each other in improving their craft. All levels of experience welcome. For more info and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Tues 16th Aug, 6PM (UK time) – via Zoom
The Quiet Compere Tour 2022 – Stop 6 – workshop
Ticket prices vary: £0-£11.37. Free poetry workshop, part of the Quiet Compere Tour 2022 online and live. This sessions is a prompt-based creative writing workshop led by prize-winning poet, Sarah L Dixon. Participants will do a warm-up exercise and 2 or 3 writing exercises. For more info and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Tues 16th Aug, 8-9.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Queerlysh – queer creative writing workshop
Weekly writing group for LGBTQI women and non-binary. Session involves some social time, breakout rooms, writing time and sharing of work. For more details and to register in advance, visit the Facebook event page.

Tues 16th August, 7-9PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Arvon At Home Masterclass: Historical Fiction
£35/£17.50 concession. Tutor Katherine Clements (author) will guide participants through discovering the key things to consider in writing historical fiction, including how to approach real historical figures. For more details or to register, visit the Arvon event page.

Thurs 18th August, 2-4PM (UK time) – via Zoom
‘Bad Poetry’ with Helen Seymour
Free Apples and Snakes poetry workshop. Limited to 15 places, first come, first served. Tutor Helen Seymour (writer/performer) will give participants the space, time and expertise to experiment with their writing, including how to ‘get it wrong’. For more details or to register, visit the Apples and Snakes workshop page.

Sat 20th Aug, 11AM (UK time) – via Zoom
‘The Art of the Personal Essay: Sticking the Ending’
Price: $25. 90-min Writing workshop, led by editor and essayist Julia Nusbaum. Participants will examine work-in-progress and explore how to create a well-rounded ending that summarises the essay without being simply repetitive. The session will involve participants looking at essay examples and developing tools to apply to their own work. For more details and to register in advance, visit the Herstry website.

Sat 20th Aug, 6-7.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Speak the Word: Poetry Writing workshop
Free workshop led by Speak the Word. Poets PJ Samuels and nudi will help participants engage in freewrite and prompted writing activities. All levels of experience welcome. For more info and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Tues 23rd Aug, 8-9.30PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Queerlysh – queer creative writing workshop
Weekly writing group for LGBTQI women and non-binary. Session involves some social time, breakout rooms, writing time and sharing of work. For more details and to register in advance, visit the Facebook event page.

Tues 23rd August, 7-9PM (UK time) – via Zoom
Arvon At Home Masterclass: ‘Prose Poetry’
£35/£17.50 concession. Tutor Maya C. Popa (poet/editor) will guide participants through reading and studying examples of prose poetry by Natalie Diaz, José Olivarez, Aracelis Girmay, and also lead them through writing exercises to help you generate your own prose poem. For more details or to register, visit the Arvon event page.

Wed 24th Aug, 10AM (UK time) – via Zoom
Poetry Month Workshop: Lyrics – draw the line
Pay As You Feel writing workshop presented by Red Room Poetry as part of Poetry Month. This session is for poets and musicians to explore poetry as lyrics, led by Indigenous rappers DOBBY and SlinCraze. For more details and to register for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Wed 24th Aug, 7.15PM (UK time) – via Zoom webinar
Arvon At Home: How I Write (Susanna Clarke)
Free/donations. Readings and Q&A with novelist Susanna Clarke. For more details or to register, visit the Arvon event page.