Monday, 26 September 2011

October 2011...Very Special Guest...

 The late Dick Leith

Join us for what promises to be an inspiring, hilarious and moving evening as the PGR family celebrates the life of one of its most treasured regulars.
Throughout this evening our usual guest poet slot will be filled by a selection of the songs and poems Dick committed to CD before his passing.

If you've ever wondered why the Elephants needed ironing, you'll know this will be a night not to be missed.

Old hands and new poets alike are invited to come and share their wares and raise a smile.
Usual Time. Usual Place.
7.30pm @ The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa

p.s. for those regulars who would like a writing challenge, and who would appreciate the chance to share what Dick meant to take the opportunity to create something new...perhaps beginning 'I celebrate Dick because...'

Friday, 15 July 2011

It's so big Ladies and Gentlemen that even John Holmes would be jealous (if he were alive today).

Thanks to the devoted and supportive atmosphere of the PGR crowd, this is one of the most enjoyable slams you'll ever encounter.

There will of course be the option of our usual open mic slots...but the fact that there will be actual prize money and the chance to win a feature slot at a future PGR is surely enough to tempt even performance newbies to come and join the fun

The guidelines are as follows:
  • The slam will take place over 3 rounds
  • Each poem should be no longer than 3mins
  • Each poet will be appreciated according to their content, delivery and audience response
  • The top scoring 4 poets will duel it out in the Semi-final
  • The winner will take home a share of the door takings, and will be offered the chance to feature at a future PGR (assuming they've not featured numerous times before)
If you've any further questions, or to register - get in touch - PGRPoetry(at)

Monday, 6 June 2011

Summer Sun...PGR Fun...

Our next event is on Monday 13 June, at 7.30pm.
Each month we invite a fabulous guest performance poet. This month we are delighted to have the
unique and wonderful 
Naomi Paul
Naomi Paul writes, sings and performs. Over the past two years, she has been performing her own work at cabaret/comedy and spoken word events at various venues around the country, including Birmingham, London, Edinburgh and Manchester. She has had slots on local community radio stations Radio Wildfire and Rhubarb Radio, and, this summer, she will be taking a solo show to the Edinburgh Fringe. 
'Hear her shopping for underwear in Golders Green, riding a hippy bus out of downtown Oakland, sing a lament as a protest for books thrown out of libraries … and more.’
(Dave Reeves: Radio Wildfire)

‘Hilariously quirky unique viewpoint, beautifully delivered...' (Janice Connolly)

‘Naomi’s shrewd balance of recital, storytelling, and at one stage acapella singing bore testimony to her stagecraft.’ (Gary Longden)
DEFINITELY AN EVENING NOT TO BE MISSED! With open mic support from…….yes……YOU!
Come and share your poems or enjoy the talent of others- seasoned poets & first time performers most welcome!
Admission £3 (£2 Student/OAP)
If you would like to know more about the night, please email

Look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

This Month (May)

This Month the PGR family is delighted to welcome back...

Julie Boden

Julie is truly a poets poet...and a poetry lover's 'not to be missed event'.

She travels nationally and internationally, delivering workshops, conducting readings, performing, lecturing, mentoring and judging poetry competitions. She has appeared on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Poetry Societies and Poetry Please , Radio 3's The Verb,and Five Live's Late Night Currie. Her published poetry collections include: Through the Eye of a Crow (2003), Wasted Lives (2004), Bluebeard's Wife(2005), and Aheenthi(2006) which has been translated into Gujarati. She  was the seventh Birmingham Poet Laureate (2002/3) and is currently Poet in Residence at Symphony Hall Birmingham. 
'Poetry drips off her tongue like honey from a comb...' Birmingham Post
Julie is a longtime supporter and star of poetry in the midlands. Be sure to come along and experience an artist who is truly a master of her craft
Monday, May 9th, 2011, 7.30pm, £3 (£2 Student/OAP)
The Sozzled Sausage,
Leamington Spa
CV32 4NX

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Ides and Hares...

The Finest Poetry Open Mic Night In England
Happy March to everyone

 This month our guest poet is the blossoming  

Craig Lambert
Craig's poetry has been accurately described (by him) as a hotchpotch of the serious, the surreal and the self-deprecating. Sometimes combining elements of all three, such that the audience doesn't know whether to laugh or cry!

Your host would describe Craig's poetry as searingly honest, frequently hilarious...and at times 110% guaranteed to get a reaction. 

It's been a pleasure to welcome some new faces over the past few months, so if you're reading this blog for the first time and have a secret (or not so secret) love of poetry, come along and experience the unique atmosphere and talents of our amazing evening.

Love and Blessings,


Sunday, 30 January 2011

Other events you might want to know about in the area....

  • Apples & Snakes in conjunction with The REP in Birmingham bring you a hip-hop graphic novel post-apocalyptic one-man show “The Rememberers” from 4-19 February
  • Hit the Ode, Thursday 10 February- Bohdan Piasecki's new performance poetry night in central Birmingham
  • The great Bilston Love Slam on Saturday12 February hosted by Sara Jane Arbury and Marcus Moore
  • WRITING OUT LOUD! Come and enjoy Warwick Words Writers’ Group reading their poetry, short prose, scripts followed by Open Mic.THE WARWICK ARMS HOTEL High Street, Warwick. Thursday 24 February 2011 at 7.30 pm. Tickets £3.00 available on the door. For further information contact Dorrie Johnson:
 .....Also have you tried tuning into Radio Wildfire?
  • WHAT IS RADIO WILDFIRE? Radio Wildfire is an independent online radio station which blends spoken word, poetry, performance literature, comedy, storytelling, short stories and more with a novel selection of word/music fusion and an eclectic mix of musical styles. currently broadcasts live 8.00-10.00pm (UK time) on the first Monday of every month.

Alternative idea for Valentine's night Monday 14 February!

This month at PureandGoodandRight we are delighted to have with us the very wonderful Lorna Meehan

Lorna has been ranting about celebrities and asking big questions about life the universe and other such ridiculous things through the medium of poetry for ten years. She has performed at Glastonbury Festival, various Apples and Snakes shindigs and to a very confused bunch of old ladies while they were getting their hair done. She also runs 'Rhymes' a jolly good poetry night in Birmingham showcasing local talent and boasting the best raffle this side of the West Midlands. 

 If you would like to know more about Lorna, have a look at


With open mic support from…….yes……YOU!Come and share your poems - seasoned poets & first time performers most welcome!
Admission £3 (£2 Student/OAP)If you're planning to come along, or would like to know more about the night, please email 
Look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

January 10- Bohdan Piasecki

Wow! What a fantastic night!

Thank you to all those who attended our first event on a Monday!

We had a fabulous turn out and the downstairs area that we were using in The Sozzled Sausage was packed to the gunnels. Some familiar faces, some new faces and some that it was a joy to welcome back after a bit of a break.

In addition, we were thrilled with both the quality and quantity of the open micers and the variety of the performances was wonderful. We had also a ballad and some skilful harmonica playing from Dave Reeves from Radio Wildfire.

Our featured guest Bohdan Piasecki was a delight. Blending beautiful poetry In Polish, French and English with entertaining and amusing link pieces. He is a very talented performer, MC and promoter. He runs a new performance poetry night- Hit the Ode in Birmingham. Check it out!

Next month February 14 we have Lorna Meehan.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

First poetry night of 2011

Happy New Year to you!

Please come and join us for our first performance poetry night of 2011 on

Monday January 10 at 7.30pm at our great new venue

The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa CV32 4NX
We are delighted to be starting the New Year with the very talented Bohdan Piesecki as our featured poet.

Bohdan is a performance poet and slam host born in Warsaw, Poland, currently based in the UK, where he is putting the finishing touches on a PhD in poetry translation. Before his move to England, Bohdan started the first poetry slam series in his country, introducing Poles to spoken word and creating a platform for a whole new generation of performers. Bohdan has travelled around Europe (with some forays into North America) with his poetry; he represented Poland at the 2007 Poetry Slam World Cup in Paris (and was the only European poet to reach the finals), proudly wore the title of the 2008 Hammer & Tongue Oxford Season Slam Champion, and was an artist in residence at the European Poetry Slam Days in Berlin in 2009. He has a keen interest in literary translation and ways in which it can be used in performance, and actively pursues collaborations with other poets as well as artists from fields such as photography, video, music, and dance.
Bohdan derives a perverse pleasure from inflicting poems in Polish on unsuspecting international audiences. He has a tendency to speak too much, enjoys walking, but not chewing gum, and still hopes to learn to play bass one day. He also finds writing about himself in the third person has lost a lot of its lustre since the advent of social networking sites.
Bohdan is also the West Midlands Programme Co-ordinator for Apples & Snakes. Find out more about what he does there by following this link.

For a more in-depth look at Bohdan’s work, please visit his website,

DEFINITELY AN EVENING NOT TO BE MISSED! With open mic support from…….yes……YOU!

Come and share your poems - seasoned poets & first time performers most welcome!

Admission £3 (£2 Student/OAP). If you're planning to come along, or would like to know more about the night, please email

Look forward to seeing you there!