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Well done! Great stuff!
I’ve finally got around to redoing this website of mine having let it lie fallow for more than a decade.
Go me! Whoop-whoop!! ✊🏻
I’ll assume that you intended to land here and it wasn’t just a serendipitous quirk of Mr or Mrs Fate: that you didn’t press the wrong button somewhere while seeking a cure for teenage acne or how to fold a fitted sheet. Also I’ll assume that autocorrect hasn’t sent you on a wild goose chase when actually seeking Al Barzakh and awaiting resurrection, that you’re not a member of the Kurdish barzanji tribe and not a New Zealander attempting to get the web page of the All Blacks rugby football team.
Should any of those happy accidents have occurred, I’m still filled with joy at the wonderful prospect of adding a hit to my web search statistics, and will hold further admiration if you decide to stay and have a firk around this self-indulgent page of me, Al Barz, poet, writer, ex-(lots of things), now residing in Pelsall.
Pelsall is about two millimetres up from Walsall on the Readers’ Digest Atlas of Britain, page 43. My house is at code J2JG+CJ2 Walsall - on GoogleMaps (which insists that I live two doors away).
Walsall is part of the Black Country conurbation and definitely NOT part of Birmingham unless you are one of the ignoramuses inhabiting that London, and are too uninformed on the breadth of the United Kingdom outside the M25 or the stockbroker belt.
Most urban villages that collectively make The Black Country are at least a thousand years old and appear in The Doomsday Book, commissioned by Norman immigrants who killed our King Harold - bastards! Birmingham is its young upstart neighbour, a bit down and to the right on your map app.
The Black Country is a distinctive, but with indistinct borders, area of outstanding industrial history. But all this is beside the point. You are here. I don’t know what you are looking for, but I sincerely hope you find it. Choose the menu items to see more about me and things concerning me.
Goo on me mon - or wench. Gi’ it a goo an dae mither afore yo gerran extra ‘air on yer bum.
Spoke - in the Lamp is a spoken word and poetry open mic event, usually on the last Wednesday of every second month, from 7:15 to 10:00 pm in The Lamp theatre space at Brownhills Community Centre.
Every two months Al invites a feature performer to be Spoke’s headline act. Both new and experienced writers are very welcome to read and perform their writings to a friendly, mostly local audience. Audience members are very much appreciated.
Spoke is a pay-as-you-feel entrance, but suggested £3 donation.
The Lamp theatre space has seating at tables, cabaret style.
*Free* self-serve teas/coffees!
Other drinks are available at the bar.
Raffle with delightful prizes for lucky 50p tickets
Poetry books available to purchase from performers.
Postal Address: The Lamp, Brownhills Community Centre, Chester Road North, Brownhills. Walsall, WS8 7JS
- This is a disabled-friendly building with a wheelchair lift from car park to the press-button entrance door at the normal level.
- Car park entrance via Pelsall Road.
Oh, Look Here!
My alphabetical list of some important poetribes, events, small and less small presses and links to their web pages, blogs, or social media doobries
|indie small press publishing, Big Smoke|
|indie small press publishing|
|contemporary small press publishing, Lancs|
|indie small press publishing, Scouse|
|indie small press poetry publishing, Big Smoke|
|poetry publishing, Brum|
|indie small press publisher, mostly horror, also Burdizzo Bards, Walsall|
|indie small press publishing, SouWest|
|monthly slam event, Doodlay|
|indie modern, classical, translation, poetry and fiction, Mancs|
|indie small press poetry and fiction, Brum|
|allsorts, Big Smoke|
|radical indie small press, Scouse|
|spoken word gigs and tickets, also splurges other unrelated boring stuff, wherever|
|indie small press pamphlets, aether|
|resource of those that made it BIG, international (Who is Tadeusz Rozewicz? Tut-tut!)|
|poetry open mic, special guests, 1st Thurs, Cov|
|indie small press publisher with a conscience, collections, aether|
|indie small press, books, pamphlets, downloads, aether|
|indie small press publisher, chapbooks, SouWest|
|indie small press poetry, annual Geoff Stevens Prize, SouWest|
|indie small press publishing, collections, pamphlets|
|- 30 poets, some living poets of some note for stepping lightly through with Doc Martins and pointe shoes|
|Staffordshire Poet Laureate 2019-2022|
|tiny indie literary magazine and chapbook press|
|slam events, Swindon??|
|indie small press poetry publishing, constrained formal visual pamphlets|
|indie small press poetry publishing, contemporary poetry and prose|
|indie small press publishing, books, pamphlets, audio, ebooks, NorEast|
|competitions, services and resources for poets|
|Poetry tag team, event organisers for Walsall’s Yes We Cant (among others) - Emma Purshouse, Steve Pottinger, Dave Pitt, Wolvo|
|indie small press publishing, poetry collections and pamphlets, Scots|
|small press publishing, poetry collections and anthologies|
|Library, Poetry, Scottish. What can I tell you?|
|indie small press publishing, hybrid collaborative poetry, alt, Big Smoke|
|sort of monthly event, not yet gone for a Burton|
it’s in Stafford, it’s literature, it’s a festival. 🤗
bi-annual magazine, UK & France
(+ Oz + USA - pending)
|indie small press publishing, poetry, fiction, Iota magazine, Peak|
|indie small press publishing, collections, Scaerb’ra and the World|
|hopefully annual event, 2-3 days, not Warsaw|
|A circle of writers in Walsall|
|indie publishing collective, anthologies, collections &c, radical aesthetic|
|annual week-long multi-venue event, Wolvo|
|monthly evening’s poetry entertainment and slam, Stafford|
|A litfest in Worcester for a week|
|poetry news, resources, superb poetry gig guide, national UK + the world|
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Cheer, ears! 🥂🍻