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Marvelous Night Of Soul

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Soul Night in Stoke

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Bad Edit Presents



Advertised as a ‘jam with a difference’ Marmalade at the New Vic in Basford proved to be exactly ‘as it says on the tin’ or jar in this case. The concept is musicians from all sorts of backgrounds producing a sound that is both original and 100% Stoke.

On my visit their was an upright piano, didgeridoo, a plethora of assorted drums and percussion instruments, violinist, acoustic guitars, saxophone, mouth organ, vocalists (including singing, spoken word and rapping) and a big screen pumping out various images to both induce and inspire the musical creations.

It most certainly was like nothing I have ever been to before and I was soon welcomed in and urged to pick up an instrument and ‘have a go’ Being a bit of a novice and of a nervous disposition musically I decided on shakers (because they looked the easiest) and they were the closest.

The group was very welcoming and best of all FREE to take part.

The group runs every Monday from 7:30 until 10 pm at the rear of the New Vic Theatre

Contact for more details

Poems and Pints at The Leopard

The Leopard Inn Hotel in Burslem, Stoke on Trent is the superb venue for the monthly ‘Poems and Pints’ night, that is hosted by the well-known musician Richard Faulkner in partnership with the City Voices Writers from Hanley.

The night is being advertised inside the venue as taking part on ‘the last Tuesday of the month’ and has so far been quite well attended by the 20 or so regular members of the City Voices forum.

The group is probably better known for its festival of words and music, which again has been held at the Leopard Hotel for many years, and has been so popular it has even brought them to the attention of The Sentinel ‘our hero’ awards for their hard work raising funds for many local charities.

This is the first time the group has ventured out into the ‘pub scene’ in Stoke on Trent. With many similar ‘poetry nights’ springing up all over and around Staffordshire and The Moorlands, they will certainly have their work cut out to both entertain the general public and to have the many local poets flocking to share their own work to both their fellow writers and with an eager and attentive crowd.

For me the night was quite ‘sterile’ when it is compared to the many ‘poetry slams’ and hip hop nights that I have attended over the years, but that said; this is Stoke on Trent so maybe my expectations are far too high just yet

My only ‘real gripe’ was that the vast bulk of work read on the night was by members of City Voices reading comedy verse, various ‘meaningful prose’ and some recollections of the 1950’s that I have heard many, many times before (being a former member of City Voices for many years)

My concern is this: If this night is to survive and to flourish with so many similar ‘open mic nights’ that also cater for poets and comedians, it will surely need a constant and varied influx of ‘new blood’ and ‘new ideas’ to keep it interesting and not quickly become ‘just another city voices meeting, in a pub’

Stephen Harvey

Open Mic


Poetry in the Theatre


College Rd, Stoke, ST4 2EF

‘The very best poets and poetry in the region’

Wednesday, 4th April, 2012, 7pm – 10pm

Jo Bell, Peter Branson and John Lindley,

with Roger Elkin, W. Terry Fox, Gill McEvoy,

Andrew Rudd, ‘Trentvale Poet’, Phil Williams,

John Williams & Joy Winkler

                                                               plus ‘open mic.’

and music from ‘Parish Lantern’ and ‘Roaring Owls’

Drinks available from 7pm and during the interval.

Tickets: £4

For ticket info, contact: 

or   01270 883410

or just send a cheque, (pay ‘Poetry at the Film Theatre’), to:

‘Poetry at the Film Theatre’,

c/o Peter Branson, ‘Ash House’, 226 Sandbach Rd,

Rode Heath, Nr Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 3SB

(Your reserved tickets will be available at the box office from 7pm.)

All ticket proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis

City Voices and Age UK

City voices were delighted to welcome two members of the Age UK North Staffordshire, Goldenhill and Sandyford memories group. The group meets at Goldenhill community centre to talk about their memories of the area and to raise funds for good causes. The group is currently working on a book and so sent Jim Dutton and Jenny Bell on a fact-finding mission to one of Stoke on Trent’s most popular writing groups based at the City Central Library, Hanley on September 23rd to ask for help and advice, as well as poems and stories relating to Goldenhill.

The pair was then treated to poetry recitals from Paul Williamson, Tom Larvin and Derek Payne. There were also stories and comedy quips from local authors Stephen Harvey and Alan Barnett. To finish the session local short story writer and poet Lily Meigh sang a ditty that she had composed to the group and guests. City voices will be guests at the Goldenhill group in the following months so watch out for that one!!

Anyone interested in either group can contact:

Alan Barnett – City voices writers forum – 01782 814023

Jim Dutton – Goldenhill memories group – 01782 200729

City Voices festival of words and music

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