The Speakers' Corner, York

Come and be heard!

Open mic
Spoken Word 

Second Wednesday of every month at the Golden Ball pub on Bishophill, York 


Our guest feature programme for 2017

11th January - special guest Andy Fletcher and local guest Rose Drew - optional open mic theme "Resolutions"

8th February - special guest Becky Cherriman and local guest Oz Hardwick - optional open mic theme "Messages"

8th March - special guest Andy Willoughby and local guest Alice Tomlinson - optional open mic theme "Music"

12th April - special guest John Foggin and local guest Helen Shay - optional open mic theme "Silence"

10th May - special guest Angela Topping and local guest Phil Connolly - optional open mic theme "Food"

14th June - special guest David Costello and local guest Joanna Ezekiel - optional open mic theme "Drink"

12th July - special guest Pat Borthwick and local guest John Walford - optional open mic theme "The Alternative"

9th August - special guest Mickey Higgins and local guest Joanne Foxton - optional open mic theme "The Present"

13th September - special guests Jane Burn and Bob Beagrie - optional open mic theme "The Past"

11th October - special guest Steve Urwin and local guest tbc - optional open mic theme "The Future"

8th November - special guest Kirsten Luckins and local guest tbc - optional open mic theme "Darkness" 

13th December - special guest Gill Lambert and local guest Mary Callan - optional open mic theme "Light" 

About The Speakers' Corner

The Speakers' Corner began in January 2006 as a venue for the best spoken word performance from York, Yorkshire and beyond. This regular monthly event features poets, storytellers, raconteurs, stand-up comedians, even the occasional singer-songwriter. Guests at Speakers' Corner have gone on to win prizes in poetry slams and prestigious national writing competitions, while anybody who wants to come and perform is invited to sign up on the night for a spot in our hugely popular open mic. 

After a year-long break during 2013 to allow the organisers to concentrate on individual projects, The Speakers' Corner relaunched in January 2014 at The Golden Ball, 2 Cromwell Road, Bishophill, York YO1 6DU which continues to be our regular venue. The Golden Ball is a CAMRA Heritage Pub with an impressive range of gins and single malt whiskies as well as superb guest ales. It is also a community co-operative, collectively owned by local residents who have made the place a focal point for community activities in the area.

The Speakers' Corner takes place on the second Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8 pm start. Admission is £2. Participants are welcome to sign up on the door for a 5-minute slot at our perennially popular open mic; please get there early to guarantee yourself a slot!

Our open mics have an entirely optional "themed" element. We are looking for poems, stories, thoughts and anecdotes on the theme for the month. The best contributions may be published on the Speakers' Corner website, with the authors' permission. 

If you would like to be added to our email list, please go to the Contact Us page and fill out the web form with your details. We will not pass these to any other organisations and will only use your details to circulate information about poetry, spoken word and literary news.

How to find us

Click here for a Google map of the area. The Golden Ball is on the corner of Cromwell Road and Victor Street - just round the corner from Nunnery Lane car park and about 10 minutes' walk from York railway station. 


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