Second Wednesday of every month at the Golden Ball pub on Bishophill, York
13th January - with special guest Emma Whitehall. Open mic optional theme - "changes".
10th February - with special guest Hannah Stone. Open mic optional theme - "blue".
9th March - with special guest Steve Pottinger. Open mic optional theme - "red".
13th April - with special guest Winston Plowes. Open mic optional theme - "green".
11th May - with special guest Mark Connors. Open mic optional theme - "unity".
8th June - with special guest Adrienne Silcock. Open mic optional theme - "diversity".
13th July - with special guest Daniela Nunnari. Open mic optional theme - "Plan B".
10th August - with special guest Peter R White. Open mic optional theme - "Far Away".
14th September - with special guests the Argy Bargy Poets (Catherine Scott, John Fewings, Clint Wastling).
Open mic optional theme - "Close Up".
12th October - with special guest Jim Higo. Open mic optional theme - "disguises".
9th November - with special guest Laura Munteanu. Open mic optional theme - "legends".
14th December - with special guest Paul Sutherland. Open mic optional theme - "goodbye".
11th January - special guest Andy Fletcher and local guest Rose Drew
8th February - special guest Becky Cherriman
8th March - special guest Andy Willoughby
12th April - special guest John Foggin
10th May - special guest Angela Topping
14th June - special guest David Costello
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 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 will be published on the Speakers' Corner website, with the authors' permission.
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